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Author Interview Pizza Party

On Sunday, Feb 19 from 1:30-2:30 PM in the Auditorium, come Skype with Kelly Jones, the author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer! We’ll have pizza and learn what inspired this magical book about chickens! Program is for Ages 7-11!

Library Closing Early

The library will close at 4 PM on Saturday, Feb 11 to set up for our annual Library Foundation Fundraiser and transform the space into a Caribbean-inspired Carnaval of lights, feathers, food, and cocktail bar before doors open at 7 PM.

Come party with us and help support the library!

Art Carnaval

From farms to Fabergé, eggs and chickens will inspire this program lead by the Spencer Museum of Art on Wednesday, Feb 15 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater. Program is for Ages 7-11!

Adult NEA Big Read Kick-off

We’re so excited to read together! On Saturday, Feb 4 from 11 AM–12 PM, snag your very own copy of the NEA Big Read adult book, In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, sip some Dominican coffee, enjoy pastries, and hear about all the great events we have planned for you through March 5.

Meet up in the Auditorium! First come, first served!


A Magical RAL Kids Kick-off Party

Our month-long community read for kids starts with magic and free books! See Korso the Curious and hear what we have in store for Kids RAL 2017!

On SaturdayFeb 4 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, kids ages 7-11 can get a free copy of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones while supplies last.

Book Club Shakedown

Is your book club losing altitude? Maybe it’s failed to launch? For newer clubs looking to find their footing, seasoned clubs needing a spark, and everyone in between, we’ve got expert help.

Join us Thursday, Feb 9 from 7-8:30 PM at the gorgeous Cider Gallery (810 Pennsylvania) in east Lawrence for refreshments, drinks, and great book club fun! (Even if you’re “currently without club,” you are welcome to join in!)

Spaces are limited, so please RSVP Polli at

PS—Join the convo on Facebook to see who else is going.

Chicken Care 101

Would you like to raise chickens in your own backyard? Join us on Sunday, Feb 12 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium! We’re partnering with Douglas County K-State Research and Extension to explore raising chickens in Lawrence. We’ll meet live chickens, have fun activities for kids, and more! For chicken lovers of ALL AGES!

Pen Pals Unite

Come and connect with a pen pal from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, Feb 8 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater! We’ll learn about the area with KU’s Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, learn how to write unique letters with Wonder Fair, and more! Program is for Ages 7-11.

Kansas Day + Local History Portal Launch

Celebrate Kansas Day with the launch of our online local history portal! All ages welcome on Sunday, Jan 29 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium.

Peter and Rosalea Carttar will discuss the remarkable postcard collection available to view on the portal, and you’ll learn how you can be part of this project!

Digital Douglas County History is a collaboration of the Watkins Community Museum, the Douglas County Genealogical Society, and LPL. Email Melissa for more info.

KPR’s Points of View: Taxing the System

How does cutting taxes affect the wellbeing of our state’s budget?

On ThursdayJan 26, Kansas Public Radio’s Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium on the pros, cons, and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.