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AARP Driving Safety Class

Offered three times a year, this two-day course will refresh your driving skills and update you on new federal, state and local laws. A trained instructor will lead you through a workbook, dvd, and discussion – no driving is involved. After completing the class, you will receive a certificate that may be presented to your insurance company for a discount on your policy. The next class will be Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19, 2015 in meeting room B in the library. Classes run 10am – 3pm each day with a lunch break. The class is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. To register contact Pattie Johnston at 785-843-3833 ext. 115 or via email at

Teen Zone OPEN

March 30: *UPDATE* Kennedy Glass was able to clean up and secure the area with plywood. Our Teen Zone is now open again. Replacement glass will be installed as soon as possible in the coming weeks. Thank you for everyone’s support!



March 28: Unfortunately, a car ran into our Teen Zone on March 28 and shattered several panes of glass. As a result, our Teen Zone will be closed until appropriate repairs can be made. We’ll be working as quickly as possible to reopen this space for our teens.

Our young adult book collection is still available, teen librarians have set up a temporary desk to help patrons, and additional computers can be found in our computer lab downstairs. The teen study room is also still in action! Any updates will be posted here.











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!