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Congratulations Summer Readers!

We had a great year for summer reading in the Teen Zone! Congratulations to all of our 709 finishers. That’s over 8580 hours reading on top of 5064 books. Check out all the statistics (age, gender, school, etc.) below.

We gave away books, t-shirts, coupons, string backpacks, and of course, our grand prizes! Alia S. won the skateboard from White Chocolate. Monika L. won the Manicure and Pedicure from Images Salon and Spa. And finally Maddie S-B won the $50 Gift Certificate from downtown Lawrence.


Here are all the details for your enjoyment:

2015 Summer Reading Stats Graphic

Vote Now for 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Award!

Voting is now open for Teens’ Top Ten Award! Choose your favorites now through October 24th, 2015. You can check out the list of titles in the catalog, then cast your votes!

PSAT Practice Test Sept 19th

Join us for a free PSAT practice test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep on Saturday September 19th.

This 2.5-hour long practice test includes the same types of critical reading, math, and writing skills multiple choice questions as the PSAT.

The test begins at 9:30am so please come early. Students should bring their own calculators for the practice tests. Heads up – phones can not be used as calculators for this practice test as they are not allowed during the real PSAT.

Register by calling the library at 785-843-3833, or in person at the Teen Zone Desk. Results will be sent out via email so please be sure to include your email address when you sign up!


Not sure what the PSAT test is or if you should take it? Here is some more information from Kaplan about the test and why you might want to sign up.



Additional free practice tests with Kaplan at the library:

Saturday October 3rd – ACT Practice Test

Saturday November 14th – ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test

Teen Social Media Ambassadors

Are you obsessed with finding and sharing stories online?

Do your friends look to you on to find out what’s going on, both in Lawrence and around the world?

Are you interested in books, music, video games, movies and TV, technology, and pop culture?

Are you comfortable using various social media platforms, like Twitter and Tumblr? Do you love the library?

Then we’re looking for you as our first ever social media ambassador!

The Teen Zone at Lawrence Public Library is an exciting space where you can hang out, use computers, find a good book, magazine, and more. We also have all kinds of events and programs that range from silly and fun to informative and educational. We want someone who will help us get other Lawrence teens interested in the library and spread the word about what the library can do for them. We realize that there’s no one better to do this Real Actual Teens.

An ideal ambassador  is someone who is familiar with social media (especially Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram), is interested in promoting the library, and can commit to spending at least an hour or two a week on the library’s social media and attend a regular meeting.

What you will potentially do:

  • Curate the new Teen Zone Tumblr, including posting submitted book reviews in a standard   format, vetting art submissions, reblogging fun and interesting content, and sharing Teen Zone related content
  • Tweet from the Teen Zone account to promote library events, other local events of interest to teens, books and other pop culture related content
  • Create photos and videos for the Teen Zone Instagram account
  • Get the word out about the library to other local teens, whether on social media or in person

What you will learn:

  • How to create a long term social media plan and marketing calendar
  • How to track social media analytics to judge the effectiveness of outreach and marketing
  • How to write for the web
  • Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects — if you’re interested, we’ll work to make it happen
  • Plus you’ll have a killer addition for your resume and college applications!

What you will need:

  • Be enrolled in 10th through 12th grades in a local high school
  • Strong communication skills, including timely replies to emails
  • Organization skills, especially an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Interest in equal access to learning resources and be a generally socially conscious individual
  • Commitment to representing the library in a positive and professional manner (but still using your voice and sense of humor)
  • Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train
  • Journalism or writing experience a plus

To apply for this volunteer position, submit the Teen Zone Social Media Ambassador Application at the Teen Zone desk or email to (and don’t forget to have your parent or guardian sign, too). 

 Questions? Contact us at 

Seeking Fall VolunTeens!

Are you looking for a place to volunteer this Fall? How about at the library? If you’re in 7-12th grade we’d love to have you volunteer for us.

Our VolunTeens provide an invaluable service. They help us stay on top of the ongoing task of shelving books and ensuring that everything in the library is tidy so that people can find what they’re looking for.

VolunTeens pick out an ongoing schedule helping for either 1 or 2 hours each week. For most of this time our VolunTeens help with shelving, but also sometimes help set up for programs and get ready for big events.

If you’re interested just fill out the attached application and return it, along with a letter of reference, to the Teen Zone desk by Saturday September 12th.

Volunteen Fall Application 2015

Call or email Miriam (785-843-3833 ext 138 – OR –  if you have any questions or need more information.


P.S. If you’ve been a VolunTeen in the past you can skip the reference and just send us in your application.