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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

We Are The Solution

Monday, Jan. 19th from 4:00-5:00pm

6th-12th graders will have the opportunity to talk about the issues that matter most to them and how they can be a part of the solution. We’ll share some issues that people are passionate about, and the ways people are making change on those issues. Then we’ll get into groups and design a plan of action! Presenters will discuss a new center developing in Lawrence that will engage youth in these issues on a regular basis.Youth will be asked to give their feedback on the kinds of programming in which they’d like to be involved. Snacks will be provided!

This program is being led by members of the Lawrence Community Food Alliance.

Sail the Seas on a Budget!

Always wanted to take a cruise without falling into a money sinkhole? Learn from the experts Brenda and Geoff Kirkendall, who over the course of 20 cruise adventures have learned the ins and outs of affordably sailing the seas. They’ll explore what sites to go to for booking, packing tips, and how to enjoy yourself without running up a huge bill.

Tuesday, Jan. 13


Library Auditorium


Participate in Read Across Lawrence 2015

Read Across Lawrence is an annual month-long event where we invite everyone in the community to get on the same page by reading the same book at the same time, and then coming together at a variety of events to talk about it. In Feburary of 2015, we’ll have an adult selection, teen selection, and a book just for kids – all with corresponding programs. Select one of the options below to learn more.

RAL for Adults

The Handmaid’s Tale


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Adult Details

RAL for Teens

Where Things Come Back


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Teen Details


RAL for Kids

Chasing Vermeer


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Kids Details

Free copies of all three books will be distributed the last weekend of January at kickoff events, and remaining books will be available at the library until supplies last. In addition, we’ve purchased several extra copies of each book that are available in our catalog for rapid checkout. 


2015 Partners & Sponsors:


 TheCommonsLogoFinal      KU libraries             friends copy


merc   lawrence-public-school-usd-497-squarelogo    wonder fair   Dole-logo

  bert nash        rural pearl

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Midcentury Modern and Japanese Design

Join us January 11th at 3pm for an afternoon of design.

Japan’s successes in design-related industries after World War II helped propel its future economic boom. Admiring foreigners, including Elizabeth Gordon, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine, and former KU architecture professor Curtis Besinger, who wrote for Gordon’s magazine, helped promote interest in the livable qualities of Japanese design internationally, which greatly influenced mid-century modern design in the West. This talk will explore Japanese aesthetics and how the West discovered them, the focus of Graham’s new book, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, and Culture.

Located in the Library Auditorium.

Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

The library will be closed to ring in the new year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1. Be sure to stock up on books, movies and music to get you through the holiday!