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Holiday Closures

The library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 for the holidays. Be sure to grab all of your books, movies, magazines, video games, and more before we close!

Adventures on Appalachian Trail

So you’ve read Wild, and loved Cheryl Strayed’s journey across the Pacific Crest Trail…did you know we have the same type of adventurer in our midst? Jo Renfro, a local Lawrence artist, hiked all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! Come hear her story at the library on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:00pm. 

This event is offered in collaboration with Lawrence Memorial Hospital as part of the Health Spot programming.

Thrifty Gifter

Give something practical this season to a loved one, or even yourself. On Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6:00pm, we’ll be making Magnetic Spice Jars with mason jars and rare earth magnets. Supplies are limited to 20 people, so if interested, email Kristin Soper to register at: or call (785) 843-3833 x122.

Floss Bar

Forget boring peppermint dental floss! On Saturday, Dec. 13, we aim to mix up your floss routine (or inspire you to floss more). Drop in at the Health Spot from 11:00am to 12:00pm as we sample all varieties of dental floss from Absinthe to ranch to bubblegum!

Want a chance to put your dentist in the hot seat? Check out our Drill Your Dentist program on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Ask Dr. Marvin Heinbach and Dr. Jeff Larkin anything regarding teeth!

This Weekend Only: 50% Off Fines!

In the midst of your holiday shopping, get 50% off your fines when you pay the remaining balance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 28-30)! To redeem this holiday deal, you must go to the Accounts desk (across from the self check machines). In addition, this promotion is also good for $2 off at the Friends of the Library Book Sale, happening Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. Be sure to stock up on books, movies and music to enjoy over the holiday! We will reopen on Friday at 9:00am. Be on the lookout for our Black Friday weekend special!

Special Storytime: Carmen Agra Deedy

On Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2:00pm, master storyteller and award-winning picture book author Carmen Agra Deedy will read from her books to the children of Lawrence. Her writing has been featured on National Public Radio, and her popular picture books include The Library Dragon14 Cows for America, and Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach. This extra special storytime is brought to you in partnership with the Lawrence Arts Center where Carmen will perform stories for adults later that evening.

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In Memory of Marianna Kistler Beach

The state of Kansas lost a tremendous benefactor this past weekend with the passing of Marianna Beach. The Beach family has done so much for several communities in our state, most recently here in Lawrence. In 2010, The Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation contributed the largest gift to Lawrence Public Library in its history to launch the New Stories capital campaign for the library building project. In 2013, they provided a second generous gift to create the Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. The inaugural event of the series was held late last month with National Book Award Winner James McBride and his Good Lord Bird Band. At that event and in the days since, library staff have been inundated with rave reviews. I do not write this to brag about the library. I write this because without Marianna Beach, this program and many others like in the years to come simply would not have occurred. The benevolence of Marianna Beach and her wonderful family that now guides their foundation has bestowed a forever gift to our community for which we should all be thankful. Our thoughts are with the Beach family. Citizens of Lawrence, please take a personal moment of silence to pay respect to a wonderful woman and someone who gave back so much to others.

-Brad Allen, Library Director

Chasing Weather with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Stephen Locke

“The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers,” Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg writes in  Chasing Weather, a collaborative book featuring weather chaser/photographer Stephen Locke’s images and Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poetry (Ice Cube Press). Come see a multi-media presentation that includes images and videos of wild weather matched with stirring poems. Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant and variable world more visible to us, and shows us how to truly see where and who we are.

Wednesday November 5th at 7pm in the Auditorium.