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Hamilton: Remixing American History

In our next installment of Diverse Dialogues, we’ll explore the pop culture phenomenon Hamilton: The Musical on Thursday, May 4 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.

Nicole Hodges Persley from KU’s Theater Department will lead the discussion. Offered in partnership with KU’s Langston Hughes Center.

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Sack Lunch with KU Football

Together with Just Food on Sunday, April 23 from 1-3 PM, LPL invites you to join the KU football team for a sack lunch on the Library Lawn.

El día de los niños, El día de los libros | Children’s Day, Book Day

On Saturday, April 29, we’ll celebrate the world of books and the diverse culture of Lawrence with some of our favorite Multicultural Storytime presenters in the Auditorium from 3-4 PM. We’ll have stories and songs followed by a reception. Visit for more info about Día.

STEAM: Electricity

What is electricity? How does a circuit work? Join us on Wednesday, April 26 from 4-5 PM in the Auditorium to explore these questions and more with electrician Mike Blackford. We’ll also have several hands-on activities. Register at 843-3833. Program is for Ages 7-11!


Together with the Strengthening Families network, we are hosting BLOCK Fest in the Auditorium on Saturday, April 29. This is a day for parents and kids aged 8 months-8 years to come together for a session of playing with blocks, education about child development, and info about how children learn science and math concepts. No registration is necessary. Two sessions will be held in the AM: 9:30- 10:30 AM and 11AM- 12PM.

Be Well with Herbs

Local herbal educator, Tamara Fairbanks-Ishmael, will discuss the original medicine—plants—for healing. Join us TUE, Apr 18 from 7-8 PM in the Auditorium to learn more about common, easy-to-grow herbs and see a demo of plants used for healing.

Questions? Email Gwen:

Get Your West Side Stories!!

We now have a fancy new SmartLocker at the 6th street Hy-Vee location thanks to a generous grant from US Bank! It’s a new service, so here’s some pointers that will help make the process a little easier. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 785-843-3833!

Select the “SmartLocker at Hy-Vee Sixth” option for your hold pick-up location. If you don’t see this option, turn off your single-click holds preference.

You will get an email alerting you to pick up your items. Just like holding an item for pick-up at the library location, or checking out any item, your account will need to be up-to-date, and in good standing.

When you pick your items up, follow these steps to open your locker, or lockers.

  • Scan your Library Card
  • Enter your pin number
  • Select the locker you want to open (if you have more than one)
  • The locker number is next to the title of the items it contains
  • Select Open Selected Lockers, or Open All
  • Your locker or lockers will open and you can take your stuff home

Thanks again to US Bank for making this fantastic new service possible!

Advance Directives

April 17th at 7pm, we’ll begin our Before You Check Out series with a discussion on advance directives. Before You Check Out is a series of programs about what you, your family, your friends…anyone…should know about death, options of care, legalities of end of life choices and funerals plus other options.  It isn’t something that is commonly talked about in ways that you know what you should do, what you can do and what you want to do before you can’t make your desires known.  Each of the programs will focus on a different aspect. Each will be informal discussions with information that will help you make an informed decision with time for questions and answers.

Local health care professionals will answer your questions concerning all the details of what you need to know about advance directives. Linda Upstill from the Lawrence Coalition to Honor End of Life Choices and Terri Kaiser from the LMH Palliative Care team will explain what the directives are and how to have a meaningful conversation with your family and friends abut what you want.

This program is free and open to the public.  No prior registration is required.  Before You Check Out programs will be held on a regular basis through this year.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115

Points of View: Building a Better Lawrence

Thursday, April 13th, at 7pm in the Library Auditorium, Laura Lorson of Kansas Public Radio will moderate a panel of local thinkers on the tension between individual rights and the well-being of the wider population, particularly applied to our community. Panelists include Meg Heriford of Ladybird Diner, Reggie Robinson from the KU School of Public Administration, Julia Good Fox of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University, and Ben Eggleston of KU Philosophy Department.

This program is in partnership with Kansas Public Radio as part of our quarterly Points of View Series.

Fact Checking Bootcamp

Is the news you read true?

Join KU Journalism faculty to learn about evaluating and verifying news sources in this 4-part series. Then, do some fact checking of your own! Questions? Ask Melissa:

TUESDAYS | 6:30-8 PM

TUE | Apr 18: | Meeting Room C
Gain strategies for effective online searching, plus ways to search and access public documents.

TUE | April 25 | Meeting Room A
Learn the telltale signs of news that may not be factually sound, and about the online resources you can use to verify the veracity of news stories.

TUE | May 2 | Meeting Room A
Uncover the ins and outs of filing requests for public documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).

TUE | May 9 | Meeting Room A
Follow the money in campaign and other political financing by learning about campaign finance laws and searching public records.