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Happy Labor Day! The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7.


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!**

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!

Battle of the Banned… Books!

Welcome to our 4th annual Banned Book Trading Cards Competition!

Banned books week celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of open access to information by highlighting the attempted or actual banning of books in the US.

During banned books week, we’ll display all submissions at the Library. A panel of judges will select seven submissions for printing and distribution and we’ll hand out a different selection each day of the week.

For inspiration, here’s a list of frequently challenged books compiled by The American Libraries Association.

Requirements: Submit original artwork only. A brief artist’s statement
about the work must accompany each entry. Include the name of the banned
or challenged book, author that inspired the piece, and 1-2 paragraphs
about how the piece represents the book or author. Please include name, address,
phone number, and email address. Selected pieces will be scanned on a
flatbed scanner for printing. At the conclusion of Banned Books Week, all artwork
will be returned to the artists, with the option of donating their original art to the


Medium: paper
Size: 5” x 7” + 300dpi high resolution
Due by: August 31st
Where to submit: Drop off entries or mail to -
Lawrence Public Library, attn: Kristin Soper
700 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044


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!