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Edible Books Festival

Take a bite out of a book! All ages are invited to create your own edible work of art based on the title, form, or content of a book. Whether you are participating or just viewing, stop by the library during Final Friday on March 27 between 6:00 and 9:00pm to vote for your favorites!

Please register as an individual or as a team by 5:00pm on Thursday, March 26 by calling (785) 843-3833. Entries can be dropped off at the library between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Friday, March 27.

Teddy Bear Picnic with Meadowlark Music Together

Sunday, March 8, 3:00-4:30 pm, for ages 0-7 and families. Bring your Teddy Bears or other favorite lovey and a blanket for your family to sit on. Songs, movement, snacks, and fun – with a Bear theme – led by Karen Abraham of Meadowlark Music.meadowlark music together

Nutrition Carnival

Come one, come all to a nutrition carnival for ages 4 and up! Learn all about nutrition from local organizations who will provide interactive exhibits and games to make nutrition learning fun. We’ll have veggie verses with poet Topher Enneking, proper care for your organs with the OrganWise Guys, and a hula hooping workshop by the talented gals at HoopMamas. Learn what foods can help you stay active, think better, and stay on top of your game, just in time for spring!

Saturday, March 7

11:00am to 1:00pm

Library Auditorium


Skype with John Corey Whaley

Friday, February 20

Library Auditorium

5:30-7:15 Pre-Skype Hair Styling

Come early to get your hair styled into the Lazarus cut from the book (a bright red faux hawk), or just to add a touch of red. Pick up a permission slip at the Teen Zone Desk or here: Lazarus Hairstyle Permission Slip

7:30-9:00pm Skype Session

We’ll keep the library open late for a Skype session with John Corey Whaley.  Ask at the Teen Zone in February to find out how to submit a question for our author. Don’t miss out on all the woodpecker, writing, and missing persons info!


WTCB Panel Discussion

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30-7:30pm

Library Auditorium

Dig in to the heavier side of the book with a panel of experts who will speak on suicide, abuse, and grief as it affects the characters in WTCB.

Papercut Art with Angie Pickman!

Saturday, Feb 14th from 2:00-3:30 pm in the Auditorium. Inspired by the cover of Where Things Come Back artist Angela Pickman will teach us how to create our own papercut art.

RAL for Kids-Art Detectives and Thieves

Saturday, February 14, 3:00-4:00 pm, for ages 7-11. The Spencer Museum of Art and Lawrence Public Library are gathering all you super sleuths to find art clues and uncover the secret stories of art! ralkidslogo 100w


Mates of State Concert

Join us this Sunday after the Super Bowl for a FREE all ages concert to the indie pop duo Mates of State! They’ll be performing in our auditorium. Limited edition silk screen posters will be available for $5. Doors open at 9:00pm, concert starts at 10:00pm on Sunday, Feb. 1!

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


Win a Free Kindle eReader!

In celebration of our Community Kindle project, we’re now giving away a free Kindle! Anyone can enter to win by stopping by the welcome desk at the library and filling out an entry form.

What is the Community Kindle project?

Over the past year, we checked out our Community Kindle dozens of times. Each new patron checking out the ereader was given the opportunity to choose one ebook to download to the Kindle. The library will continue to have Kindle ereaders available for checkout loaded with popular adult, children’s, and young adult titles.

Already have an ereader?

Did you know the library has more than 14,000 ebooks available for download on your mobile device, laptop, or ereader? Search “ebook” in our catalog and find a huge list of titles, or search for a specific book and use the ebook format filter on the left side to see digital resources.
Contest rules and eligibility: 
1. One entry per person
2. Kids under the age of 18 must have parent signature
3. Winner chosen by random drawing; odds of winner determined by number of entries
4. Must pick up prize within 10 days of announcement
5. Must be resident of Kansas
6. If any prize is won by a minor, it will be awarded in the name of minor’s parent or legal guardian