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Happy Labor Day! The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7.

Teen Zone

Late Night Movie Friday

Come to a teens-only after hours movie screening this Friday, Sept 4th at 7pm! Eat some tasty snacks, hang out with your friends, and enjoy the show.

Teens will be voting among 4 back-to-school movies in the teen zone and online. A winner will be announced on Wednesday and then it’s movie time!

Be sure to be in the Library before 7pm if you want to come (it’s after hours – so the rest of the library is closed). And don’t forget to arrange a ride home that night!

See you then!


Intro to Yoga

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 4:15 for a brief presentation on the history and applications of yoga and then begin your own practice.
It’s no joke that yoga can be as simple as focusing on your breath. By placing your attention on your breath and connecting it to certain poses and movement, you can calm your mind, tune into your body, and be surprised at all you can do!
Yoga can be used to help with all kinds of things from sports stretching to reducing anxiety. Yoga can be social or introspective. It can be invigorating and calming. It is what you make it, all you have to do is try.

Home to see you on the 2nd for Intro to Yoga! Come and learn more!


PSAT Practice Test Sept 19th

Join us for a free PSAT practice test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep on Saturday September 19th.

This 2.5-hour long practice test includes the same types of critical reading, math, and writing skills multiple choice questions as the PSAT.

The test begins at 9:30am so please come early. Students should bring their own calculators for the practice tests. Heads up – phones can not be used as calculators for this practice test as they are not allowed during the real PSAT.

Register by calling the library at 785-843-3833, or in person at the Teen Zone Desk. Results will be sent out via email so please be sure to include your email address when you sign up!


Not sure what the PSAT test is or if you should take it? Here is some more information from Kaplan about the test and why you might want to sign up.



Additional free practice tests with Kaplan at the library:

Saturday October 3rd – ACT Practice Test

Saturday November 14th – ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test

Teen Social Media Ambassadors

Are you obsessed with finding and sharing stories online?

Do your friends look to you on to find out what’s going on, both in Lawrence and around the world?

Are you interested in books, music, video games, movies and TV, technology, and pop culture?

Are you comfortable using various social media platforms, like Twitter and Tumblr? Do you love the library?

Then we’re looking for you as our first ever social media ambassador!

The Teen Zone at Lawrence Public Library is an exciting space where you can hang out, use computers, find a good book, magazine, and more. We also have all kinds of events and programs that range from silly and fun to informative and educational. We want someone who will help us get other Lawrence teens interested in the library and spread the word about what the library can do for them. We realize that there’s no one better to do this Real Actual Teens.

An ideal ambassador  is someone who is familiar with social media (especially Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram), is interested in promoting the library, and can commit to spending at least an hour or two a week on the library’s social media and attend a regular meeting.

What you will potentially do:

  • Curate the new Teen Zone Tumblr, including posting submitted book reviews in a standard   format, vetting art submissions, reblogging fun and interesting content, and sharing Teen Zone related content
  • Tweet from the Teen Zone account to promote library events, other local events of interest to teens, books and other pop culture related content
  • Create photos and videos for the Teen Zone Instagram account
  • Get the word out about the library to other local teens, whether on social media or in person

What you will learn:

  • How to create a long term social media plan and marketing calendar
  • How to track social media analytics to judge the effectiveness of outreach and marketing
  • How to write for the web
  • Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects — if you’re interested, we’ll work to make it happen
  • Plus you’ll have a killer addition for your resume and college applications!

What you will need:

  • Be enrolled in 10th through 12th grades in a local high school
  • Strong communication skills, including timely replies to emails
  • Organization skills, especially an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Interest in equal access to learning resources and be a generally socially conscious individual
  • Commitment to representing the library in a positive and professional manner (but still using your voice and sense of humor)
  • Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train
  • Journalism or writing experience a plus

To apply for this volunteer position, submit the Teen Zone Social Media Ambassador Application at the Teen Zone desk or email to (and don’t forget to have your parent or guardian sign, too). 

 Questions? Contact us at 

Comic Creation on July 18

Joel from Astro Kitty will give us a crash course on creating characters and starting your own comic. Come to learn how it’s done, or bring in work you’ve already created to share and get tips.

Full event info here.

Altoid Survival Kits July 15

Get ready for whatever life throws at you! Come to this session and the Boy Scouts will help us make our own survival kit small enough to fit into an Altoid tin.

Call the library to sign up or stop by the teen zone desk. We want to make sure we have enough materials for everyone!

Full event info here

Dagorhir! on July 11

The Lawrence Public Library and the Realm of Emberfeld are having a Dagorhir demonstration on July 11 from 2:30 – 3:30 on the Library Plaza (between the library and the parking garage.)

Dagorhir is a sword fighting sport that uses foam weapons and equipment to simulate medieval-style battles.

The equipment we use is designed to be as safe as possible and we take the safety of the participants very seriously. Since the fighters at this event will be younger than normal, this will be even more the case, but as this is a full contact sport, we do require a waiver signed by a parent/guardian for participation. When filling it out, the Character Name, Realm,and Unit lines may be ignored and be sure to fill out both the front and the back.

Fight on,

Chris Mayo

Administrator, Realm of Emberfeld

Download the Dagohir Waiver here or you can pick one up at the Teen Zone.

Full Event Info Here

Teens’ Top 10 Book Club July 9

We are one of only 15 teen book clubs in the country who get to nominate titles for Teens’ Top Ten, YALSA’s teen choice book award! Instead of everyone reading the same book, you’ll be able to choose from advanced reader copies and brand new releases from over 30 publishers. Come grab a book and find out how it works!

Plus, find out how to use your book club reviews to earn extra grand prize entries!

Full Event Info Here

Costume Making: Masks

Come make the first, and most important part of your costume – the mask! We’ll be making comfy cloth masks in whatever style you like best. Then join us later in June and July to make other parts of your ultimate hero or villain costume.

Come to all of our costume programs!

T-Shirts: Wed., June 17, 2:30pm

Hairbands or Lightning Shoes: Wed., July 1, 2:30pm

COSTUME CONTEST!  Wed., July 22, 2:30pm


Teen Zone Mask

Mini Movie Marathon


We’ll be watching Big Hero 6 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


We’ll have snacks and drinks available to enjoy while we watch the two films. Be sure to have dinner first, and feel free to bring extra snacks if you want them. We’ll start our screening at 6:00pm with Big Hero 6, and then move right in to Captain America.

Our screening will end right at 10:00pm so be sure to arrange a ride before we get started!

See you there,