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Late Night Movie

Ready for another after-hours library movie? On December 4th, when the library doors close for the rest of Lawrence, they’ll be opening for teens! At 7pm come to the auditorium for a movie of your choice. As always, snacks will be provided.

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the teen zone or online ( for the film you most want to see.

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!

Big Deal at Your Library

Don’t let fines keep you from borrowing books, movies, and music any longer. From Black Friday through Sunday (11/27–11/29), we’ll waive 50% of your fines when you pay your remaining balance.

Look for our 50%-off coupon in the Lawrence Journal-World this Thursday (Thanksgiving edition.)

Clip it and come see us — we miss you!

3D Puzzling

Fri Nov. 27, All Day
Teen Zone

Calling to all future architects, spatial masterminds, creative souls, and building geniuses! Help us complete our brand new 975 piece 3D puzzle of the Empire State building. If that monument isn’t enough of a challenge for you, we also have a 409 piece tower of Isengard!

Do you think we can finish them by the end of the day? Stop by the Teen Zone anytime during the day to help us reach our goal.

MAKE: Fall Leaf Lantern

Wed Nov 25, 2:30-3:30pm
Readers’ Theater

If you’re feeling festive, come and craft with us! And if you’re not in the Thanksgiving mood quite yet, this craft is sure to put you in the spirit. You’ll be feeling like this in no time!

For this craft, we will be making beautiful paper lanterns with fall leaves and wax paper. These lanterns are simple and make perfect decorations for the fall season. Take it home to decorate your Thanksgiving table!

Super Smash Bros Tournament

Sat. Nov 21, 1-3pm

Think you’ve got what it takes? It’s time to put your skills to the test.

Come down to the Library and face off against your fellow gamers in the monthly Super Smash Bros tournament.

Teen Advisory Board

Sat Nov. 21, 4-5pm
Meeting Room B

If you think you know what the teens of Lawrence want, then this is the event for you. Make your voice heard! Join the Teen Advisory Board and help us make the teen zone and the library better.

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets monthly to make decisions about the Teen Zone, potential events, and more! Email Miram at or drop by the Teen Zone for more information.

If you want to join TAB, fill out this form and submit it to the Teen Zone staff.

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?

these broken stars

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.