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Karaoke Cafe

Friday, Sept. 26 4:00-6:00pm. We’ll be serving up more snacks and drinks than usual to prep you for singing with your friends. Come join us for karaoke madness.

Karaoke Cafe will take place in the Readers’ Theater just off the Teen Zone.

Snack Smart

This Thursday September 18th at 4:00 come to the Reader’s Theater and learn all the delicious details of healthy snacks and even try some!

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After Hours with Patricia Lockwood

Nationally recognized poet Patricia Lockwood will be reading from her new book, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals on Friday, Sept. 19 after hours at the library starting at 7:00pm. The subject of the book is the natural world, but their images would never occur in nature. What if a deer did porn? Is America going down on Canada? What happens when Niagara Falls gets drunk at a wedding? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? What would Walt Whitman’s tit-pics look like? Why isn’t anyone named Gary anymore? Did the Hatfield and McCoy babies ever fall in love?

Colloquial, incantatory, and full of control, the poems in this new collection, which have been published in publications including The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, Tin House, Fence, and The Awl, have already been generating a significant amount of attention. When “Rape Joke” appeared on The Awl in July of 2013, it went viral, receiving over 100,000 likes on Facebook. In the wake of that publication, the Guardian in England said of Lockwood that “she has casually reawakened a generation’s interest in poetry.” “Rape Joke” has also been selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2014 volume, which will be published later this year.

Paper People

Ages 7-11, join new Children’s staffer Liza MacKinnon to create your own paper character! Please register at 785-843-3833. Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 pm, in the Readers’ Theater in the Children’s area. Please register at 785-843-3833.

Labor Day Closing

The library will be closed on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 9:00am. Grab your books, movies, and music for the long weekend!

Local Author: Kelly Barth

Join us on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00pm in the auditorium as local author Kelly Barth reads from her memoir My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus. Equal parts humorous and poignant, Barth recounts her attempts to reconcile her spirituality and sexuality. In accepting herself, she is at odds with a faith that has been the foundation of her life.

Teen Zone launches next generation of game systems

The Teen Zone unveiled its new equipment lineup of three big screen HD TVs along with a new Playstation 4, Wii U, and XBox One.

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Mom’s Night Out

Moms, need a night out? We’re back with Mom’s Night Out Part 2. Join us at the Eldridge Hotel on Aug. 5, 7:00pm, for cocktails, friends, and alone time! Popular mom blogger and author of “I Just Want to Pee Alone” will join us, but this time to talk about her new book “I Just Want to Be Alone” – a compilation of 36 women’s hilarious essays on the men in their lives. Bring your ladies, leave the kids with dad, and take a night off!

Banned Book Trading Cards

Calling all artists for the 3rd annual Banned Book Trading Cards! Each year at the Lawrence Public Library, we celebrate the freedom to read by combining art and literature. We’re sending out a Call for Artists asking people in the community to submit their original artwork for any banned or challenged book. Seven winners will be selected to turn into limited edition trading cards, to be given out to the Lawrence community during Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27). Our 2012 and 2013 trading cards can be purchased here.
Official Rules:
1. Open to artists of all ages living in Douglas County.
2. Artwork must be 2D and measure 5″ wide by 7″ high.
3. Submit original artwork only. A brief artist’s statement must also accompany this piece. List the name of the banned/challenged literature and the author that inspired the art. Include a sentence that states the reason for banning along with one to two paragraphs that describe how the work of art relates to the book or author. Please include name, address, phone number, and email address.
4. Artwork must be submitted to the library no later than August 22.
5. Submissions may be dropped off at the welcome desk in the library, mailed, or transmitted digitally via email attached as a PDF.
6. Artwork becomes property of the Lawrence Public Library and will not be returned. The submissions may be used in future promotions, displays, advertising, etc.

Submit artwork to:
Lawrence Public Library
Attn: Kristin Soper
707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-3833 x122

Grand Opening Schedule

Lawrence, are you ready for a grand opening? Check out our schedule of events for opening day!

Saturday, July 26

10:00 am - Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Mike Amyx and city commissioners, community book passing relay, and music from the LHS band!

10:45 am – Doors open!

11:30 am – Celebrity storytime with a local mythical bird and our own Michael and Morris!

2:00 to 4:00 pm – Library  Luau (an outdoor beach party with crafts, games, Sylas & Maddy’s ice cream, Eileen’s cookies, luau dancing, an appearance by several KU athletes, music, and more!)

7:00 to 9:00pm –  Dinner & a Movie with Downtown Lawrence: grab dinner and drinks from Lawrence favorites like Free State Brewery, Mass Street Soda, and Mass Street Sweet Shoppe, and enjoy live music from the Beer Bellies!

9:00pm – A showing of Ghostbusters will start at 9:00pm on Vermont St. outside of the library’s front doors!

Plus, enjoy local musicians playing throughout the day, and explore your new space.


Musicians in the atrium and lobby:

10:30-11:30am: The Lawrence Woodwind Quintet

  • Amelia Stern, oboe
  • Sharon Learned, flute
  • Paul Jordan, clarinet
  • Stuart Levine, French horn
  • Jan Somerville, bassoon

11:00-11:30am: Linda Mannering and John Brewer, pianists

11:45am-12:15pm: Uptown Mandolin Quartet

12:00-12:30pm: Dee Blaser, pianist

12:30-1:00pm: Dana Rath, cellist from Bishop Seabury

12:45-1:45pm: Tenasie, rock country 

1:30-2:00pm, and 3:45-4:15pm: Keys of Joy students

  • AJ Baker
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Jackson Roberts
  • Nisa and Sina Khosh
  • Audrey Cornell
  • Mina Khosh
  • Evan and Joy (non-students), Cannon, Erik
  • Lydia Wood
  • John Hunter
  • Noel White

2:30-3:00pm – Joyce Jordan, pianist

3:00-3:30pm – Fresh Picked, bluegrass

4:00-4:30pm – Stephanie Ann Barrows and Clark Jamison, new age flutist and percussionist 

4:30-5:00pm - Daniel Mangiaracino, pianist from Bishop Seabury

4:45-5:00pm – Mahathi Reddy, bho shambho dancer

5:00-5:30pm - Ulises Magana de la Paz, pianist from Southwest Middle School

5:15-5:30pm – Sign Language Choir

(Special thanks to Patrick Giroux for designing our commemorative T-shirt!)