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Be An Organizer!

Want to take a leading role in making the next TEDx event at Lawrence Public Library an amazing one? Join the TEDx Organizers! This is a group of just 3-5 teens who make almost all the decisions about the event.

They review information on potential speakers and select those they feel will make the best event together; they pick which official TED talks we will watch as part of the program ; they decide what kinds of activities, if any, will be available for attendees between talks; they decide how the stage will be decorated; and they help to recruit volunteers and attendees.

If this sounds like the thing for you, fill out the attached application form and return it to Miriam Wallen in the Teen Zone.

TEDx Organizer Application


(psst! We know time is kind of short. If you get the application in, we can wait a few more days for the reference)


4th Annual Star Wars Reads Day

Join us for the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday Oct 10th 2:00-4:00pm at Lawrence Creates Makerspace!

We’ll have activities and events for people of all ages including a costume contest, life size Star Wars Clue game, Vader Voice Modulator, and of course all our Star Wars Books ready for checkout.

Once again we will be partnering with Lawrence Creates Makerspace (located at 512 E. 9th Street)  and using their technological know-how to bring you the opportunity to fight a lightsabre battle, use the force, and try out new lines in Darth Vader’s voice.

Check out the schedule of events below to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

2:00 - Door’s Open!

2:15 - Wookiee Yelling Contest  AND Costume Contest

2:30 - Star Wars Clue: Round One

2:30 – 3:30 - Don’t drop the stormtrooper!

3:15 – Star Wars Clue: Round Two

3:45 - Door prize drawing; ‘Droid’ winner announcements


Plus many ongoing activities such as…



Banned Book Speakeasy

Make your reservation for dinner with a banned book at the Banned Book Speakeasy! Open for one night only from 6:00-7:30pm in the Readers’ Theater, this nightclub caters to those who dare to read banned books and also enjoy a good slice of pizza.

September 27-October 3rd is Banned Books Week. The time of year when we all turn our attention to the issue of censorship and the importance of intellectual freedom. Over dinner at the Banned Books Speakeasy you’ll hear from a variety of characters about why they’ve been banned. Over pizza (or maybe desert) discuss banned books with your fellow diners and decide where you stand on the issue.

To reserve your space call the library at 785-843-3833 or sign up at the Teen Zone desk. Don’t forget to get the password for the door!

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,