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An Evening with Karen Russell

We are thrilled to announce that Karen Russell will open the next chapter in our Ross and Marianna Beach Author series October 15th, at 7:30pm, at Abe & Jakes’s Landing. Russell is the author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Swamplandia, and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Her work is a surrealist mashup that is both funny and haunting. Join us for an evening of humor and stories as Karen talks about what inspires her and how she gives life and voice to her magical worlds. The Raven Bookstore will have copies of her work for sale, and there will be a book signing following Russell’s talk.

Free tickets will be available at the Welcome Desk starting October 1st.

An Evening of Poetry

We are delighted to host our new 2015-2017 poet laureate, Eric McHenry. Come and hear his distinctive voice that wanders from baseball to mysterious parachutists. McHenry is the author of two books of poetry, Potscrubber Lullabies and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, and is the recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007 and the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. Join us in the Library Auditorium at 7:00 pm Thursday, August 27th, for and evening of poetry.

Digital Books, Audiobooks, and More

The library offers digital content in a variety of ways. You can check out these materials anytime from anywhere!

Check out ebooks (including Kindle formats) and digital audio through the Sunflower e-library powered by Overdrive. You can search for titles in our catalog here (tip: it’s just an author search for “Overdrive”).

Digital books are also available through the Kansas State Library through 3M Library, Freading, and Tumblebooks.

Want to listen to audiobooks on your device? Access them through Overdrive or the State Library on One-Click Digital.

Don’t have your own ereader device? We also have Kindle ereaders available for check out. They come fully loaded with dozens of titles for adults, kids, and teens. We even have a set of eight Kindles for book clubs — your group can choose the title!

You can access digital magazines through Zinio.

Want a specific title in a digital format but can’t find it in the catalog? Feel free to suggest it for purchase, and we’ll check to see if we can purchase it.

Have questions about accessing digital content from the library? You can chat, email, or call anytime.

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