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For two straight hours this Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 PM, we’re showcasing a panorama of vintage “local-multiplayer” favorites and modern classic video games.

Take a break from the heat and come dig the classic version of “multiplayer” gaming with us. All ages welcome in the Library Auditorium.

Fitness Fridays: Tai Chi for Life

It’s week four of our free workouts on the library lawn.

At 7 AM this Friday, July 1, learn the basics of this graceful, low-impact exercise through a series of slow-motion movements. Not only will your body benefit from improved strength and coordination, your mind will benefit from the focused, meditative movements of this popular martial art.

In partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Attendees will need to sign a release waiver before participating. In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel.

Summer HAM Jam!

This weekend at Wells Overlook Park, we’ll be talking to as many HAM Radio operators around the world as possible!

The Douglas County Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day runs Saturday, June 25 from 1–10 PM and Sunday, June 26 from 8 AM–1 PM. All ages welcome!

We’ll have a radio specifically for “non-hams” to make supervised contacts. Swing by to learn about HAM radios and get ready for our contact with the International Space Station in September. Questions? Miriam‘s got answers!

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Raspberry Pi Projects

On Wednesday, June 22 from 7-8 PM, we’re meeting in the Auditorium to explore projects you can build using the inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer platform. All ages welcome!

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. Raspberry Pi makes learning to program and understanding how computers work fun.

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A Hike Through History with Henry Fortunato

Avid walker and distinguished historian Henry Fortunato is back with two awesome events for exercising your mind—and body.

TALKA Hike Through History begins with a talk about the Burroughs Creek Trail Hike Through History exhibit that’s coming to the library in late June.

WALK—Then on Saturday, June 18 at 10 AM, Henry takes us for a 3.2 mile walk along the Burroughs Creek Trail and brings history to life on a lovely summer morning. We’ll meet at Hobbs’ Park, 702 E. 11th Street. Rain date: July 16. 

Henry Fortunato is the founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC and a visiting fellow at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities. He is the award-winning former public affairs director of Kansas City Public Library. In 2014, Fortunato walked across the state of Kansas.

Check out this great list of related library resources that our Book Squad’s Shirley put together!

Sponsors—Dolph and Pam Simmons, The Health Spot (Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lawrence Public Library), Kansas Health Foundation, Watkins Museum of History, The Hall Center for the Humanities, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Kansas Historical Society, and Sunflower Republic.

Walking (App) to Rivendell

This Wednesday, June 8 from 7-8 PM, experts from Ad Astra Running Store will be here to introduce us to some great Fitness wearables and Apps.

They’ll have ideas for runners, walkers, and everyone who joins in the library’s summer-long activity program following the Hobbit’s path to Rivendell!

Meet up in the Library Auditorium!


See who’s going here.

Dinner + Movie on the Lawn!

It’s the 30th anniversary of calling in sick!

On Friday, June 17 at 7:30 PM, bring a chair or blanket and your family and friends and join us on the Lawrence Library Lawn for dinner and the 30th anniversary of the 80s classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Local food and drink vendors will be on site for your dining and drinking needs, or grab dinner at your favorite Downtown spot beforehand and then head over for the movie. Bring a picnic if you like. Free popcorn and door prizes from some of your favorite Downtown businesses. Family friendly and lots of fun, but please leave your furry friends at home. Presented by Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and the Lawrence Public Library — See who’s going!


  • 7:30pm — Dinner & drinks available from local Downtown food vendors and live entertainment
  • Vendors — Drasko’s FOOD TRUCK ,The Purple Carrot Co-op, Torched Goodness, TCBY, and Juice Stop; Face painting by Aunt Nancy’s Face Art
  • Entertainment — Live music courtesy of Lawrence’s own The Beer Bellies!
  • 9:00pm — Movie starts!
  • Free popcorn from Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and door prizes!


Thanks to event series partners and sponsors: Kansas Jayhawks, WOW Connect, MSM Systems, Essential Goods, Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, Standard Beverage Corporation, The Free State Brewing Co.

Exercise Your Mind and Body—From PiYo to POUND!

Every Friday this summer, we’re offering sampler classes from local Lawrence gyms and fitness centers.

Switch up your routine at the library, meet new friends, and perhaps connect with a new workout buddy! Click to see the full schedule.

Fitness Fridays schedule of events

Free Lunch for Kids + Teens

Mon-Fri | Jun 6-Aug 5 | 12-1 PM | Library Lawn

Through the Lawrence Summer Food Program, kids ages 1-18 can enjoy a FREE lunch, and adults can eat a healthy meal for $3.45. No lunch on July 4.

Sponsored by AmeriCorps/VISTA, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, City of Lawrence Parks & Rec, K-State Research & Extension-Douglas County, Lawrence Public Schools Food Service Program, Just Food, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence DG CO Health Deptartment, Lawrence Housing Authority, LiveWell Lawrence.


All-Season “Perkout”

We just added another perk to having a library card.

Three area athletic facilities, Body Boutique, CrossFit Lawrence, and Summit Gym have collaborated with Gwen, our Health Librarian, to offer a free 1-month pass to library cardholders.

Pick one up at the ask desk, get on the holds list—and get moving!

We have four passes total, you can only check it out once a year, but you get 30 days of free access to see if joining a gym is your jam or not!

The passes will be treated like any other library item: there will be a holds list, they have a return date, and they’re absolutely free. You must be 18+ to use this collection.

Questions? Email our Health Librarian Gwen or our Info Services Coordinator Melissa.