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Sherlock Scavenger Hunt on June 13th

You play the detective as you solve a murder mystery around the Library Plaza and Watson Park. Find each clue to solve the mystery and prove your sleuthing abilities.

The hunt will start just outside the library on the plaza (between the library and the parking garage.) Come by 2:30 to hear all the instructions!

Full Event Info can be found here.

Pizza Gardening on June 10th

The Master Gardeners are here to help us plant the ingredients we need for our own Pizza or Salsa.  Each person will make a basic gardening container and some tips on how they could expand it on their own. We’ll also talk about herbs, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Plus fresh samples of herbs to smell and taste AND a delicious snack.

Full Event Info can be found here.

CANCELLED: Jurassic Park

Due to inclement weather, we’ve decided to cancel our dinner and movie tonight. We’ll have dinos on the lawn August 14th, so mark your calendars!

Meeting Room Policy Change

It’s hard to believe we’ve  had  9 months to settle into our brand new building. As we’ve settled in, some of our policies need a little tweaking so we can make our space more useful and well cared for in the years ahead. We’ve recently changed our meeting room policy to accommodate non-profits and businesses alike. There will no longer be any charge for our meeting rooms. To offset this loss of revenue, we’ve implemented a $50 per hour rental fee for our Auditorium.  This fee will also help offset some of the costs of cleaning and keeping the space as beautiful as possible for our community events.

For more information, or questions, please contact us at 785-843-3833, or you can email us at

To reserve a room, visit


Jon Ronson at Free State Festival

We are excited to announce a partnership with the Free State Festival to bring Jon Ronson to Lawrence on Tuesday, June 23!

Tuesday, June 23


Liberty Hall


As the Free State Festival ramps up, visit the official festival website to see a full list of speakers in the categories of art, ideas, music, and film.

An award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker, Jon Ronson’s unique brand of intellect and comic wit has been described by comedian Jon Stewart as “satirical investigation.” He is a regular contributor to the BBC and NPR and he is the author of eight books including the bestselling The Men Who Stare at Goats. The book was originally a BBC documentary series and later a major motion picture starring George Clooney. Jon is also the author of the bestselling book The Psychopath Test, which The San Francisco Chronicle called “…no ordinary piece of investigative journalism.” In the book he explores the concept of psychopathy and how we define sanity, insanity and eccentricity in our society and in ourselves. The book was adapted into a story for NPR’s This American Life and has become one of the show’s most popular episodes of all time. Other books include Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Ronson wrote and directed the documentaries Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, Reverend Death, Kidneys for Jesus and he co-wrote the film Frank starring Michael Fassbender. His newest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, was released in March 2015.

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Caddy Stacks!

Caddy Stacks is back! One of the library’s most popular events, this family-friendly fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 30th starting at 10:00 am, winding it’s way through the stacks of the library (inside) and continuing until 5:30pm. Come check out our wacky community-built mini golf course that screams, “Lawrence, Kansas!” The cost is just $5 per person or $20 for a group of six for 18 holes. All proceeds support the 2015 Summer Reading Program. Questions? For more information, please contact Kathleen Morgan at 785-843-3833 x131.


Thanks to our title sponsor whose generous proceeds support Summer Reading:


Summer Reading!

What is Summer Reading?

We’ve planned one of the best summers yet, all based on our awesome superhero theme: “Every Hero has a Story!” We’ll have events for all ages (and all over town) throughout the summer. Plus, anyone and everyone is invited to complete Summer Reading – all you have to do is read 12 books or for a total of 30 hours if you’re a child or teen, or read 5 books or for a total of 30 hours if you’re an adult. Fill out a reading log with all of the books you’ve read over the summer, and when you turn it in, you’ll get sweet prizes…just for reading!

You can pick up a booklet with all of the information you need (bonus: reading recommendations are included!) at any desk in the library and check out the full details here. Happy reading!


Summer 2015

May is here and you are thinking about summer! The Library will be offering all the great performances, clubs, and storytimes that we always do, along with the summer reading program. You will be able to pick up a booklet with the event schedule and reading log soon,  and plan to come to the annual Summer Reading Kickoff: Saturday, May 30, from 10 am to noon, on the Library Lawn and on Vermont St. Food, entertainment, Caddy Stacks minigolf, a Friends book sale, and more!

AARP Driving Safety Class

Offered three times a year, this two-day course will refresh your driving skills and update you on new federal, state and local laws. A trained instructor will lead you through a workbook, dvd, and discussion – no driving is involved. After completing the class, you will receive a certificate that may be presented to your insurance company for a discount on your policy. The next class will be Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, 2015 in meeting room B in the library. Classes run 10am – 3pm each day with a lunch break. The class is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. To register contact Pattie Johnston at 785-843-3833 ext. 115 or via email at

SORRY…THIS CLASS IS FULL.   Another class will be offered in October.