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Summer Book Sale Starts June 2

Find your perfect beach read for the perfect price!

The Friends of the Library open their garage doors on June 2 for a special Members Only night of pre-shopping before the public sale begins on Friday morning at 10 AM. If you want first dibs at awesome new deals, join at the door and become a member!

Here’s the schedule. Can’t wait to see you there!

THU—Jun 2* | 5-7 PM

FRI—Jun 3 | 10 AM–6 PM

SAT—Jun 4 | 10 AM–6 PM

SUN—Jun 5 | 12–4 PM

*Members’ Night—Join at the door!

Sale is located on the Kentucky Street side of the Library.

Memorial Day Closing

Stock up on Library stuff this week because we’ll be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Sunday and Monday.

If you can’t find something on the shelves, remember we’ve got digital magazines, movies, eBooks, audiobooks, and games for download—FREE—on your mobile devices.

Have a safe holiday, and we’ll see you back bright and early, 9 AM Tuesday, May 31.


Summer Reading Starts May 26!

Summer Reading Starts May 26! Summer reading is for all ages. This year we’re exercising our minds with books + events on art, science, fitness, literature, and summer fun. We’ll take you all over town from May 26—Aug 19!

Everything you need to know is right here.

As always, we want you to read. A lot. And as always, reading gets you great prizes and a shot at awesome grand prizes. We’ve also partnered with some great community organizations to bring you more.

Summer Reading is a totally local, totally fun way to keep your brain engaged all summer long.

Third Thursday Book Club

Third Thursday every month at 7 E. 7th!

On May 19 from 7-8:30 PM, we’ll meet for cocktails and food at 7 East 7th (located above John Brown Underground) and talk about our most recent title.

Contact Kate for more details:

AudioBooks from OneClickDigital

Just in time for your stay/va–cation.

On Tuesday, May 17 from 10-11 AM, learn how to browse and download audiobooks using the OneClickDigital system.

We’ll meet in Meeting Room C.

All Dressed Up and Ready To Roll

May is National Bike Month! In honor of this great occasion, Lawrence Public Library is rolling out its new book bike. The bike is the library’s cool new outreach vehicle.

Look for it this summer at the Farmers Market, the Neighborhood Drop-In Playground Program in South Park, and other special events around the city. The book bike is part of the library’s Dr. Bob Reader Program and is made possible by a gift of the Bob Frederick Family.

Friends Sales at Tuesday Farmer’s Market

The good deals aren’t just edible! Every Tuesday in May from 4-6 PM, the Friends will be rolling out deals on books and other items, and setting up right on the lawn with all the other vendors.

So, now you can shop for fresh produce and books together, and help support your library!

Modular Synthesis 101

You’ve heard a lot about our fab new synthesizer, but do you know how to use it?

Class is in session with studio manager Ed Rose on Friday, May 13 from 5-6 PM in the Sound+Vision Studio. See who’s going!

We’ll learn the basics of modular synthesis—what the individual modules do, how to connect them, and how to construct basic patches.



Author Talk with Molly Krause

On Thursday, May 12 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, local restaurateur and cookbook author, Molly Krause, takes a walk into the realms of fiction with her new book, Joy Again.

The story follows the journey of a woman grappling with the aftermath of her husband’s unexpected, and mysterious death.

Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell books, and Molly will stick around to sign them.



Apothecary Garden

Learn to grow a healing garden!

We’re meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 7-8 PM in the Auditorium to find out how a medicinal plant garden can provide remedies for a variety of conditions.

Joanne Bauman of Herbalists Without Borders will be here to teach us how to choose plants and design a sustainable medicinal garden.