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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!**

Super Smash Bros Tournament on July 25

Face off against your fellow gamers in a Super Smash Bros tournament.  Make sure to be there a little early!

Bracket starts at 1pm in the Auditorium!

Full event info here

Costume Contest on July 22

Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain for a Heroes vs. Villains costume contest! Plus we’ll be taking green screen photos of you in action as you save (or ruin) the day. The top three winners will receive prizes!

2:30-3:30 in the Readers’ Theater.

Full info here.


Teens’ Top 10 Book Club on July 23

Join us 2:30-3:30 in the Readers’ Theater
We are one of only 15 teen book clubs in the country who get to nominate titles for Teens’ Top Ten, YALSA’s teen choice book award! Instead of everyone reading the same book, you’ll be able to choose from advanced reader copies and brand new releases from over 30 publishers. Come grab a book and find out how it works!

Plus, find out how to use your book club reviews to earn extra grand prize entries!

Full event info here!

Historical Heroes

Celebrate local historical heroes this July with LPL and Watkins Museum of History! We have two upcoming programs as part of our local heroes series:

Marla Jackson on Maria Rodgers Martin

Sunday, July 19, 2:00pm
Library Auditorium

Learn the story of Maria Rodgers Martin, who was kidnapped by Union Soldiers and brought to Lawrence as contraband. Jackson illuminates another side of the Border War as she recounts how Martin’s life took a devastating turn upon entering a free state.

3D Printing on July 8

Come and learn how 3D printers are made, watch one in action, and take the first steps to designing and printing your own items. Everyone who comes will come away with their own 3D printed gift!

Registration Required. Call the library at 785-843-3833 to register or stop by the Teen Zone desk.

Full event info here

Closed for 4th of July

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, for Independence Day. Be sure to pick up all your patriotic selections before Saturday!

Fingerprinting 101 on June 24

Come hang out with officers from the Lawrence Police Department. Learn how the pros lift fingerprints and maybe even try it yourself!

Full event info here.

Super Smash Bros Tournament June 27

Face off against your fellow gamers in a Super Smash Bros for Wii U tournament.


Full event info here.