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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!

Ripping Yarns

This cat bed has been all over Facebook this week, and after seeing work by local yarn person and Lola Lawrence maker, Kitty Steffens, it seems chunky knitting has arrived.

Anyone experimenting with giant needles and yarn should join us Monday evening to show us how it’s done. Bring your knitting or crocheting work in progress, and if you don’t have yarn or needles, we’ve got some to get you started.

Maybe it’s cowls-n-catbeds for gifts this year?

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IMAGE: Chunky hand-knit cowl | Courtesy of Kitty Steffens
IMAGE: Cat in chunky cat bed | Anna Mo/Ohhio

All-ages International Games Day

It’s your move, Saturday, November 21.

From 9am – 6pm in the Auditorium, we’ll have board, card, and dice games all day long. We might even play the International Game of Gossip. Game on!

Co-sponsored by Hometown Games and The Toy Store.

Write Club

If a story is in you, it has got to come out.
William Faulkner

Swing by Tuesday, November 17th, from 7-8:30 PM and get your write on. Remember: the first rule of Write Club is… to provide an encouraging, safe and supportive environment for writers to find their voice and express themselves.

More information here.

Read Across Lawrence 2016 is Out of This World!

Read Across Lawrence 2016 is Out of This World!

Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with KU Libraries and the Friends of the Library, today announced selections for the 2016 Read Across Lawrence program. This annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. Scheduled for February 2016, Read Across Lawrence will feature books for children, teens, and adults that explore outer space.

“We are over-the moon about the upcoming Read Across Lawrence program,” said Brad Allen, the library’s Executive Director. “The books will appeal to a wide audience and the programs will be phenomenal. We are so grateful to KU Libraries and the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library for their support in making it all possible.”

Free books and full program details will be provided in January. The selections are:


For Adults | The Martian by Andy Weir

(From the LPL catalog:) Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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For Teens | These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

(From the LPL catalog:) These Broken Stars is an epic, romantic young adult space opera about two star-crossed lovers who must fight for survival on a deserted planet: It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes — the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

true meaning of smekdayFor Children | The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

(From the LPL catalog:) When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens — called Boov — abducted her mother? In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find her mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.


AUMI: Music by Anyone

WED | Mar 23 | 4:30 PM

Come make music using just your face or by rocking your body. ”I feel AUMI really challenges societal concepts of ability and disability and starts to dissolve those differences as well as who can be a musician. It’s also a way to use the arts as a force for social change.” –Lief Miller, musician + occupational therapist

AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instruments) is an incredible tool for anyone with limited movement to create music independently. For example, lining up your nose with the tracking box on the computer screen makes it possible to play notes on a keyboard. Come try it!

WHERE: In the LPL Sound+Vision Studio.

ACT & SAT Test Prep Resource—And More!

Teens! Stop stressing because the test prep books are checked out. We’ve got access to LearningExpress Library which offers practice tests for these (and a ton of other) tests! Go to “All Centers” and then “College Prep Center” to start.

LearningExpress Library provides online learning and preparation — including more than 800 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks — for a wide variety of tests, from the GED® to Military and Career testing.

“Features include learner, exam, and simulation modes. These timed and untimed practice modes, in which the user can view answers during testing, and practice in untimed mode to learn the material and in timed modes to improve test readiness, help students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic exams — such as the GED® test, COOP, HSPT® , SAT*, ACT® , AP*, PSAT/NMSQT*, ACCUPLACER® , ASSET® , and COMPASS® , career certification tests such as NCLEX-RN® , Praxis I® and II® , and more, and build skills in math, reading, writing and basic sciences.” —Rebekka Hanson/

Get on it. It’s Amazing.

All Day Friday 10/23

No school and not sure what to do with yourself? Drop in to the Teen Zone and make some creepy crawly decorations.

You’ll have the choice of helping us to give the Teen Zone a Halloween makeover, or taking what you make home with you to bring your haunted house to the next level.

All day long we’ll be making Dia de los Muertos style banners and magnetic spiders so drop in any time. If you really want to get your hands dirty, though, we’ll be making bloody hand prints and mini ghosts from 2:30-3:30 in the Readers’ Theater. Be sure to wear something that can get dirty though!