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Teen Zone

RAL Adult Kickoff + Book Giveaway

Join us for the first in a fantastic lineup of programs surrounding the themes in The Martian — our 2016 Read Across Lawrence selection.

THU | Jan 28 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium

All ages welcome to hear science fiction authors and KU professors, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, and experimental particle physicist Philip Baringer discuss the marriage of science and technology throughout the history of the science fiction genre.

How does technology inspire authors to create new realities, and how does science fiction inspire scientists to take their vision one step further? We’ll be distributing copies of Andy Weir’s The Martian, so be there, and by all means, be square.

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Get Help Getting Help Paying for College

SUN | Jan 31 | 2-3 PM | Meeting Room B

Adults and teens, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be intimidating.

Come to a presentation led by Leah Maness from KU’s Financial Aid & Scholarships office and take the guesswork out of the process.

Official FAFSA website

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.