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Turn Your Bicycle Into Electrical Power

This Thursday, join Lawrence Creates inventor Paulo Leal as he explains how to transform an everyday bicycle into a power generating machine!  Run your computer, power up your cell phone, and make a smoothie in a blender all by pedal power. It’s the perfect mash up of electricity and exercise!

Thursday, Jan. 22

7:00 to 8:30pm

Library Auditorium


We Are The Solution

Monday, Jan. 19th from 4:00-5:00pm

6th-12th graders will have the opportunity to talk about the issues that matter most to them and how they can be a part of the solution. We’ll share some issues that people are passionate about, and the ways people are making change on those issues. Then we’ll get into groups and design a plan of action! Presenters will discuss a new center developing in Lawrence that will engage youth in these issues on a regular basis.Youth will be asked to give their feedback on the kinds of programming in which they’d like to be involved. Snacks will be provided!

This program is being led by members of the Lawrence Community Food Alliance.

Sail the Seas on a Budget!

Always wanted to take a cruise without falling into a money sinkhole? Learn from the experts Brenda and Geoff Kirkendall, who over the course of 20 cruise adventures have learned the ins and outs of affordably sailing the seas. They’ll explore what sites to go to for booking, packing tips, and how to enjoy yourself without running up a huge bill.

Tuesday, Jan. 13


Library Auditorium


Midcentury Modern and Japanese Design

Join us January 11th at 3pm for an afternoon of design.

Japan’s successes in design-related industries after World War II helped propel its future economic boom. Admiring foreigners, including Elizabeth Gordon, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine, and former KU architecture professor Curtis Besinger, who wrote for Gordon’s magazine, helped promote interest in the livable qualities of Japanese design internationally, which greatly influenced mid-century modern design in the West. This talk will explore Japanese aesthetics and how the West discovered them, the focus of Graham’s new book, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, and Culture.

Located in the Library Auditorium.

Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

The library will be closed to ring in the new year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1. Be sure to stock up on books, movies and music to get you through the holiday!

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 for the holidays. Be sure to grab all of your books, movies, magazines, video games, and more before we close!

Adventures on Appalachian Trail

So you’ve read Wild, and loved Cheryl Strayed’s journey across the Pacific Crest Trail…did you know we have the same type of adventurer in our midst? Jo Renfro, a local Lawrence artist, hiked all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! Come hear her story at the library on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:00pm. 

This event is offered in collaboration with Lawrence Memorial Hospital as part of the Health Spot programming.

Thrifty Gifter

Give something practical this season to a loved one, or even yourself. On Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6:00pm, we’ll be making Magnetic Spice Jars with mason jars and rare earth magnets. Supplies are limited to 20 people, so if interested, email Kristin Soper to register at: or call (785) 843-3833 x122.

Floss Bar

Forget boring peppermint dental floss! On Saturday, Dec. 13, we aim to mix up your floss routine (or inspire you to floss more). Drop in at the Health Spot from 11:00am to 12:00pm as we sample all varieties of dental floss from Absinthe to ranch to bubblegum!

Want a chance to put your dentist in the hot seat? Check out our Drill Your Dentist program on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Ask Dr. Marvin Heinbach and Dr. Jeff Larkin anything regarding teeth!

This Weekend Only: 50% Off Fines!

In the midst of your holiday shopping, get 50% off your fines when you pay the remaining balance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 28-30)! To redeem this holiday deal, you must go to the Accounts desk (across from the self check machines). In addition, this promotion is also good for $2 off at the Friends of the Library Book Sale, happening Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.