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Teen Zone

Computer Crashing

At 2:30 on Friday March 13th we’ll be pulling apart computers to see what makes them tick! Come to the Readers’ Theater just off the Teen Zone and we’ll set you up with computer parts and tools enough for everyone.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Tuesday at 3:00 (once the parade is finished) swing by the Teen Zone. We’ll be making pearler bead projects like shamrocks, rainbows, and all kids of other things. Plus we’ll be enjoying some tasty green smoothies.

Be sure to wear your green!

We’ll be meeting in the Readers’ Theater (you can find this through the Teen Zone OR through the Children’s Area. Just ask if you have trouble finding it!)

FREE Practice ACT Test

Register now! Once again you have the opportunity to take a free ACT practice tests at the library!  Kaplan is running a practice tests for teens and also providing a free follow-up session where you can learn test taking tips and strategies and get help with real test questions. Read More..

Chocolate Fest!!!

This Saturday from 4:00-5:30 pop in to the library Auditorium for Chocolate Fest!! This year is “Chocolate Fest for the Birds” in honor of Where Things Come Back and the Lazarus Woodpecker. We’ll be making chocolate bird nests and eggs.

This is one teen library event you do not want to miss!

All 6-12th graders are welcome to participate.


chocolate bird nest

Kansas Day Celebration

Thursday, Jan. 29 from 3:30-4:30pm

Eat buffalo chips in the Teen Zone then pop into the Reader’s Theater to take a photo of yourself in the famous John Brown Kansas painting. Send it out to your friends in honor of Kansas Day!


Where Things Come Back Scavenger Hunt

Saturday February 7th from 3:00-5:00 join in the Where Things Come Back scavenger hunt. Read More..

Read Across Lawrence Teens’ Lazarus Burger Kickoff!

Sunday February 1st from 2:00-4:00pm kickoff the start of Teen Read Across Lawrence Book and our book, Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley!  Read More..

Watch Jayhawkers with director Kevin Willmott

Saturday at 2pm join us for a screening of Jayhawkers followed by a Q&A session with director Kevin Willmott.

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New TTT Book Club Books: January 2015

As a nominating group for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Awards, the LPL Teen Book Club regularly receives new advanced reading copies of forthcoming young adult titles. Find out more about how to be a part of our book club. Read More..

MLK Day Essay Project

The Lawrence Public Library in conjunction with the United Way of Douglas County will be hosting a Martin Luther King event on January 19th, from 3-5pm. As we celebrate the progress that has occurred we feel it is essential not to forget there is still work to be done.

As part of this event we would like to share essays with examples of discrimination happening in our community. If you have a story you would like to share of a time you were discriminated against or looked down upon because of your race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, religion, or something else please write a short 1-2 paragraph essay. The essay should include a brief description of what happened, where, and how it made you feel.

Please submit your essay by January 15th to If you have questions or would like more information feel free to email us.

It is so easy on a day like Martin Luther King Day, when we look back on how minorities were treated in this country and celebrate how far we have come, to forget that equality is not everyone’s reality in America or even here in our own community. The Martin Luther King Day Essay project seeks to raise awareness around the issues of discrimination and prejudice that still exist in our community.


- blog post by Alisha Fisher, United Way Americorps member at Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department