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Banned Book Trading Cards Gallery

Check out our gallery of Banned Book Trading Card submissions. Huge thanks to our judges, Porter Arneill, Ben Ahlvers, Meredith Moore, Alicia Kelly, Miriam Wallen, and Heather Kearns, who had the difficult challenge of selecting only 7 pieces out of over 60 entries. Huge thanks go to all of our wonderful artists who submitted work. You blow our minds year after year!

Hey, Parents…It Doesn’t Have to Be “Talkward”

Scared to talk to your teen about sex?

Lawrence Journal World’s “Double Take” columnist Dr. Wes Crenshaw will show you how to have those difficult conversations that revolve around consent and building healthy relationships for your teen.

Join us (and other parents) Wednesday, September 30, from 7–8:30 PM in the Library Auditorium.

You have a voice — register to vote!

Need help filling out the form? Stop by the library and we’ll walk you through it!

Since 2013, Kansas law has required those who are voting in Kansas for the first time to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship during voter registration.

Voters who did not submit proof of citizenship at the time they registered are currently on a “suspense” list, and their registration will not be complete until proof is received by the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.

Did you recently register to vote, and aren’t sure if you’ve completed the process? Click here to check the current Douglas County suspense list. Aren’t sure what forms of I.D. can be used to prove your citizenship? Click here for a list of valid documents.

Have you previously registered to vote in Kansas, but aren’t sure if your registration is current (have you moved, changed your name, or changed your party affiliation)? Check here! Looking for the online Voter Registration Application? Here it is! (You can also print out a form and mail or deliver it to the Douglas County Clerk @ 1100 Massachusetts Street.)

Want more information about the voter registration process in Kansas? Check out the Douglas County Clerk’s website and the Kansas Secretary of State’s VoteKansas website.


Banned Book Trading Cards Revealed

Friday, September 25th at 6:00pm

As part of part of Banned Books Week, we are celebrating the freedom to read with a new series of Banned Book Trading Cards. Local artists will submit their work and a panel of judges of will select seven winners. These winners will be revealed on the September Final Fridays on our grand staircase by none other than the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. Which books will be portrayed? Which artists will be selected? How many knees will give out when we do the charleston? All will be revealed on this magnificent occasion!

Fall Ball

Calling all mathletes, athletes, and fantasy baseball fans!

Mathletic Adventures with Bill James

Sun, Sept 20, 2:00pm

Enter the fascinating world of runs, hits, and pythagorean expectation with Bill James, the local Lawrence legend who inspired the film Moneyball. He’ll talk about how he’s developed and championed the use of sabermetrics to more accurately measure individual player and team performance.

An Evening of Poetry

We are delighted to host our new 2015-2017 poet laureate, Eric McHenry. Come and hear his distinctive voice that wanders from baseball to mysterious parachutists. McHenry is the author of two books of poetry, Potscrubber Lullabies and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, and is the recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007 and the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. Join us in the Library Auditorium at 7:00 pm Thursday, August 27th, for and evening of poetry.

Dr Who Comics Day on August 15

Saturday, August 15th we’ll be celebrating Dr Who Comics Day! Drop by the Teen Zone any time to do some Dr Who crafts, to help create the ultimate Dr Who Guess Who game for the Teen Zone, and to vote for your favorite Doctor and companion. Don’t forget to check out the Dr Who inspired book display! Hope to see you there.

A Long and Winding Walk Across the Sunflower State

August 13th at 7pm in the Library Auditorium.

For five years, Henry Fortunato, the 2013-14 Simons Fellow in Public Humanities at the University of Kansas, had planned for a trans-Kansas trek, all on foot. Last fall, he finally did it — a 450-mile, 39 day, expedition starting at his front door in Overland Park and ending when he crossed into the Mountain Time Zone in Greeley County. Come hear how he became a naturalized Kansan through his adventure.

This program is produced in conjunction with Lawrence Magazine as part of their About Lawrence feature.

Happy Birthday, LPL!

Time sure flies when you’re having fun! Sunday, July 26th,  is our one year anniversary of moving into the newly renovated and expanded building.  Stop by the library to celebrate with us this week, and join us for cupcakes at our dinner and a movie party Thursday July 30th!

Last Bash of Summer: Dinner and a Movie!

Thursday, July  30, 7:30 pm. End your summer reading with dinner and a screening of Despicable Me on the library lawn. Our very own Michael Bradley will perform for the kids during dinner and we’ll serve ice cream to celebrate.

7:30pm – Dinner & drinks available from local Downtown food vendors

9:00pm – Movie starts!

Free popcorn from Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and door prizes! Bring a chair or blanket and your family and friends and join us on the Lawrence Library Lawn for dinner and a movie! Local food and drink vendors will be onsite for your dining and drinking needs, or grab dinner at your favorite Downtown spot beforehand and then head over for the movie. Bring a picnic if you like! Free popcorn and door prizes from some of your favorite Downtown businesses. Family friendly and lots of fun! Presented by Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and the Lawrence Public Library.

**We are happy to announce that closed captioning will be available for these films!**