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Dance the Night Away at our Last Bash!

On Thursday, August 3 from 7–9 PM on the Library Lawn, grab your dancing shoes and bring your best moves for Mundo Nouvo, KC’s Latin and Caribbean music sensation!

We’ll have free Kettle Corn, but bring some dollars for Coney Island Hot Dogs and Free State beer.

There will be a LEGO free-build for all ages and we’ll debut our Summer Reading-inspired Rube Goldberg machine. See you there!

Diverse Dialogues: I Am Not Your Negro

Join us in the Auditorium on Wednesday, August 2 from 6–8:30PM for this special screening in celebration of James Baldwin’s 93rd birthday.

Following the screening, we will talk about how relevant his work remains with Kevin Willmott, film director, writer, and professor of film and media studies at KU, and Darren Canady, writer and associate professor of English at KU.

This event is free and open to the public. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at KU.

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, 2017 we will have the exciting opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse visible across the continuous United States since 1979. To help celebrate the Lawrence Public Library and KU are providing a number of different opportunities to learn about and then enjoy viewing the eclipse together.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun out entirely. The eclipse on August 21st will begin around 11:40 am and will reach it’s peak (with the moon covering the greatest amount of the sun) at about 1:07 pm. Lawrence is slightly outside the “path of totality,” or the region across the U.S. in which the sun will appear to be completely covered by the moon, but we are near enough to the path that less than 1% of the sun will remain visible.


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Join in!

All are invited to learn more about this exciting event at 4:30p m on August 20th at the library’s “The Great American Eclipse of 2017” program. Professors from KU’s Physics and Astronomy Department will be shedding light on the science and significance of this year’s big solar event.

Then, on Monday August 21st from 11:30-1:30 pm, join fellow members of your community at the Shenk Recreational Sports Complex for “The Eclipse at KU.” This will be a family-friendly event featuring science and art activities, telescope viewing with astronomers, and food trucks.

How can I get glasses to view the eclipse?

We are happy to report that the Lawrence Public Library is one of thousands of libraries around the country to receive free solar iewing glasses thanks to  STAR Library Network – STEM Learning in Libraries and the Space Science Institute. Starting on Monday, August 7th, we will begin handing out the glasses at the Welcome Desk. As the number of glasses is limited, each person will be able to take a maximum of two.

Additional glasses will be available at the library’s “The Great American Eclipse of 2017” program at 4:30 on August 20th, and at KU’s viewing party during the eclipse itself.

What if I don’t have glasses or don’t have enough for my entire family?

There are a variety of fun ways that you can safely view the eclipse even without special glasses, and many of them are completely free. Two ideas you might want to try out are creating your own pinhole camera (you can find easy-to-follow instructions provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here,) or simply using a colander and a piece of white paper, cloth, or light-colored wall as in the picture below.

John Lord Colander Action
(photo courtesy of John Lord)

Safety First

Please do remember that it is not safe to look at the sun directly unless you are using solar glasses, or solar viewers specifically created for such activities. Regular sunglasses will not be sufficient. For more detailed information check out NASA’s site on viewing safety.

What happens if it’s overcast?

We’ll all be keeping our fingers crossed for a bright, sunny day on August 21st, but in case of cloud cover NASA will be streaming the event online. it can be viewed at NASA’s official eclipse site, as well as through facebook and youtube.

Dance the Night Away at our Last Bash

We worked hard building a better world this summer and now it’s time to PARTY! As Summer Reading draws to a close, let’s celebrate in style before everyone heads back to school.

On Thursday, Aug 3 from 7-9 PM on the Library Lawn, grab your dancing shoes and bring your best moves for Mundo Nouvo, Kansas City’s Latin and Caribbean music sensation.

We’ll have free Kettle Corn, but bring some dollars for Coney Island Hot Dogs and Free State beer. There will also be a LEGO free-build for all ages and we’ll debut our Summer Reading-inspired Rube Goldberg machine.

New to Medicare or Applying for the Service?

New to Medicare? Join the Senior Resource Center’s  Health & Human Services team as they present information on what to expect from the Medicare system at this informative session. The next  session will be held next Wed, October 12 20, from 7:00-8:00pm in meeting room A on the lower level of  the Lawrence Public Library.  Next sessions: Thursdays: November 9 and December 14.  For more information, contact Lori Phillips at the SRC, 785-842-0453.

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Great Deals for A Great Cause

The Friends of the Library’s Summer Booksale is one of the biggest community sales of the year! Come score incredible deals while helping to support your library.

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes a strong library is vital to our community. Through membership dues and legendary book sales, they raise funds to support library collections, programs, and services.

Join today: Become A Friend!
Get the full Friends of LPL scoop at

Donation Box is closed through July 16

Members-Only Night
Join at the door for first crack at the goods!
THU | Jul 6 | 5 – 7 PM

Public Sales
FRI | Jul 7 | 10 AM – 6 PM
SAT | Jul 8 | 10 AM – 6 PM
SUN | Jul 9 | 12 – 4 PM

Donation Box Opens
MON | Jul 17 | 9 AM

Friends Booksale map

Book Squad Podcast 007: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Feminist post-apocalypse, and more!

Lucky Number Seven – Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Feminist post-apocalypse, and more!


Two Book Minimum:

Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

Exit West by Moshin Hamid Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

She Said / She Said:

Encyclopedia Of An Ordinary Life 

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Available from Lawrence Public Library |

From the author of the viral Modern Love column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life , Amy Krouse Rosenthal has ingeniously adapted the centuries-old format of the encyclopedia to convey the accumulated knowledge of her lifetime in a poignant, wise, often funny, fully realized memoir. Using mostly short entries organized from A to Z, many of which are cross-referenced, Rosenthal captures in wonderful and episodic detail the moments, observations, and emotions that comprise a contemporary life. Start anywhere–preferably at the beginning–and see how one young woman’s alphabetized existence can open up and define the world in new and unexpected ways.

Watch Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s TedX talk The Crevices of Life (2011)


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This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Library Closed July 4

We’ll be be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independance Day, then back to see your smiling faces on Wednesday, July 5 at 9 AM. Have a safe holiday, everyone.


Kidsapalooza: Bees Are the Bomb!

Do you love fruit, flowers, veggies? Thank the Bees! On Wednesday, June 28 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’re having a bee-utiful program planned with the Master Gardeners. You’ll create a bee bomb to take home! Program is for ages 5-6! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Exploratorium: Build a Better World!

On Monday, June 26 from 2- 3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll explore how we can improve our world through innovative technology, creating videos, therapy animals, and more! This program is for ages 7-11! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.