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September is Teen Health Month

September is Teen Health Month at the Lawrence Public Library.

We want teens to start the school year off right by eating nutritious foods, exercising and getting plenty of sleep. The benefits: more energy, better grades, healthy growth and reduced risk of diseases like cancer and diabetes.

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ACT Practice Test

The ACT test is an important test for college bound students, as it is used to determine college admissions. On Saturday, March 29 at 9:30 am Kaplan Test Prep will be offering a free practice exam.

Where: Bishop Seabury Academy

When: March 29, 9:30am-1:00pm

Registration is limited and spaces fill up quickly, so please call the library at 785-843-3833 to reserve your spot.

Don’t forget to bring a pencil and calculator!
ACT Results and Strategies will be at the Library April 9, 7pm.

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Karaoke Cafe

Come celebrate with us karaoke style! We’ll be serving up more drinks and snacks than usual to prep you for karaoke madness. Singing is not required to take part in the cafe, but highly recommended.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Event Space

Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. Questions? Call (785) 843-3833.

Time Lord Cafe

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who at this week’s cafe. Stop by for Whovian themed snacks and drinks as well as crafts and games.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Library events space

We’ll have some giveaways, too!  Bow-ties & scarves are highly encouraged.

National Super Smash Bros Brawl Tourney

We’re kicking it up a notch and joining a nation-wide smash tourney! As part of International Games Day on November 16, the Teen Zone will be entering a national Wifi Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament against other libraries around the country.  The rules for the tournament call for 2vs2 play, so players will be paired into teams representing the Lawrence Public Library and the Teen Zone.  Teen Zone Staff member Philip currently plans to live-stream the event, so if you’re interested in participating, please contact the Teen Zone Desk and ask for a photo consent form and for more information!

When: Saturday, Nov 16, 12:00-3:00 pm
Where: Library Events Space


Origami & Hachimaki Making

Come learn the traditional arts of Japanese paper folding and Hachimaki stylized headbands with our special guest Erica Norikami. Your Hachimaki might come in handy when preparing your end of semester projects or studying for finals.


Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament

Got what it takes to be the champion of Brawl? Show your stuff and compete for prizes. Can’t make it to this week’s session? The Teen Zone hosts a Brawl tournament every month.




Where: Library Events Space

When: Saturday, September 28

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Open to teen in grades 6-12. Questions? Call 785-843-3833 x121.

Story Terrarium Submissions

Submit a Story Terrarium for display during Teen Read Week. Pick your favorite book, find some items you think represents the story you love, put them in a large jar, and turn it into the Teen Zone. We’ll have them on display during the week of October 13-October 19 and we’ll ask patrons to vote on their favorites. The fan favorite will win a prize! For an idea on how to create your jar, please visit:

ACT Test Results and Strategies

Learn test-taking strategies to help you achieve a higher score on the ACT. Kaplan Test Prep will be here to share secrets as well as hand out results to teens who took the ACT on September 14th, 2013.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
When: 7:00-8:00 pm 
Where: Lawrence Public Library Event Space 

Open to  teens, including those who took the practice test and those just looking to learn more about the test. Parents welcome, too! Question? Call (785) 843-3833.

Read Out for Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week and we’re holding a virtual read-out to recognize the importance of the freedom of information. Choose an excerpt from your favorite banned or challenged book, come to the Teen Zone, and be recorded reading your excerpt. Bring your own book, or choose a passage from a banned book we have on display.


Stop by the Teen Zone any time this week and we’ll film you!

We’ll share your reading on the American Library Association’s dedicated YouTube channel as well as out website.

Please limit your reading to 3 minutes. You will need to bring a photo/video consent form signed by your parent/guardian with you to the library. Pick a form up from the Teen Zone desk or online here: photo consent form.