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Teen Zone

Teen Advisory Board

Want to have a say in what happens in the library? Do you have ideas for programs or how to improve the Teen Zone? Join the Teen Advisory Board & come to our meeting! You’ll meet up with your fellow library-minded folks, start brainstorming ideas for events, & make your voice heard.

Sat, Jan 23, 4:00-5:00pm

Readers’ Theater

All Together

Get a feel for what it’s like to experience injustice.

Teens 6th – ­12th grades are invited to join AmeriCorps members in a thoughtful activity about the importance of recognizing and acting out against discrimination and bias.

PS—We’re also gonna eat some serious pizza.

Lunch On Us

The first 200 children ages K–12 (and their families) can come eat with us on Monday.

At 12 pm, a free lunch will be served compliments of Jimmy John’s, with fruits and veggies donated by The Merc.

Because USD 497 does not have school on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, children who rely on free and reduced lunch may not otherwise have an afternoon meal.

Book A Librarian

Burning question? 30-minutes of one-on-one help is yours by appointment.

Our librarians are experts in finding answers to your questions, but sometimes it takes longer than a 60-second visit to get what you need (or even know what to ask.)

In-person or telephone research appointments with our info pros cover a range of needs:

  • General library resources and databases
  • Small business and non-profit resources
  • Genealogy, local history, and house history resources
  • Consumer and health information
  • We can also provide assistance to Spanish and Chinese speakers

Here’s what to do:

  • Click the button below
  • Wait for us to contact you shortly
  • Set up a time together

We require at least seven days advance notice in most cases. You can also contact us by phone at 785-843-3833, or by email.



Tech Thursday: eAudiobooks 101

THU | Dec 17 | 4-5 PM

An eAudiobook is similar to a book on tape or CD, downloaded as a computer file. You can listen to the file directly from your computer or transfer it to a portable player such as an iPod or MP3 player.

If you’re new to this technology, we can show you how to get started. Meet us in Meeting Room B!

Openings for February Certification

We’ve got four spots available for February’ Sound+Vision Studio Teen Certification Class.

Mondays from 3:30-5:30 PM, ages 13–18. You’ll get:

2/1 — Studio Basics / Intro to Digital Audio Workstations
2/8 — Acoustic Production Techniques (drums, bass, guitar, voice)
2/15 — Electronic Production Techniques (virtual instruments, MIDI instruments, Ableton, Reason)
2/22 — Mixing

Lawrence teens: We want to make it easier for you to use the studio without the ‘rents harshin’ your vibe. Just sign up for our first Sound+Vision Certification class! Parents—think STEAM.

Successful completion of all four, two-hour sessions allows for use of the Studio and Suites without adult supervision. Space is extremely limited so message us here or contact Ed Rose to reserve a spot.

Keep up-to-date on all things S+V here.

Tuesday Drop-in Tech Help

TUE | 5-6PM | Meeting Room B

We’re here to help troubleshoot all your technology woes. Any and all gadgets welcome!

Season’s Readings!

SAT | Dec 12 | 10A – 6P
SUN | Dec 13 | 12 – 4P

Find the perfect gift or book to cozy up with at the next Friends Booksale — all while supporting your library. We’ll be set up in the Library Lobby.

Tech Thursday: Windows 10

THU | Dec 3 | 4-5 PM

According to, the good thing about Windows 10 is that it bridges the gap between PCs and tablets without alienating anyone. However, many of the new features can be lost on anyone who isn’t interested in touch. Let us help you navigate the newness. Meeting Room B.

Early Start for Teen RAL + Authors Visit

Winter break is nigh, yo, so we’re giving teens a head start (while homework is at bay) on These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Grab your copy in Teen Zone Wednesday, Dec 2 between 2:30–9 PM.

On Thursday, Dec 3, both authors will visit the middle schools. Then at 7PM, they’ll head over to Hastings to sign copies of their latest book. Now’s your chance to meet them!