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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.


See You In Paradise with J. Robert Lennon

Thursday November 6th at 7pm in the Auditorium

J. Robert Lennon, the author of seven novels, including Mailman, and Familiar, will read from his latest short story collection, See You In Paradise.

Haunting, surreal, and often tinged with science fiction elements, Lennon’s work is driven by a fertile, experimental imagination and an interest in examining suburban malaise. He creates strange, unsettling, dystopian fictional worlds that may be real or may be manifestations of his protagonist’s obsessions, pathologies, or damaged psychological states. Drawing on 15 years of work, this excellent collection includes a rich variety of short stories that explore these distinctive themes. Some of the stories are idea-driven, and they often highlight Lennon’s interest in science fiction and flair for the macabre. “The Wraith,” for example, is a potent and disturbing story about an unhappy suburban couple who suddenly find themselves living with a zombielike supernatural creature. Other entries are more character driven, and these are among the best in the collection. “Total Humiliation in 1987,” for example, is an accomplished, emotionally moving psychological study of a marriage falling publicly and ignominiously apart in front of a couple’s teenage children during a summer vacation. Lennon examines the suddenly unfathomable gulf that has grown between these parents with intelligence and pathos.  An eerie, disquieting, and powerful collection; recommended for fans of literary fiction. -From Library Journal


Friends Book Sale

Join the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library for another monthly book sale! Adult, young adult, and children’s books will all be available, including fiction and nonfiction, plus DVDs and CDs – and at great prices!

October Book Sale Dates:

  • Thursday, October 30, 5:00 – 8:00pm (member night, memberships available at the door, beginning at $10) 
  • Friday, October 31, 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm

November Book Sale Dates:

  • Friday, November 28, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 29, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Donations Accepted:

  • Sunday, October 19, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, November 9, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

Donations of up to 4 grocery bags of books, cd’s or dvd’s  will be accepted. We do not accept magazines, records, VHS or cassette tapes. Thank you! Drop off may be made at the lower level, Kentucky Street side at the garage door.

James McBride – TONIGHT!

Reigning National Book Award winner James McBride will visit Lawrence TONIGHT (Oct. 22), 7:30 pm at Liberty Hall, as we kick off the first annual Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. If you weren’t able to get tickets to the event, try your luck at the door! Because of the Royals game, we’re expecting some open seats. Any open chairs at 7:15pm will go to those waiting in line. 

This exciting new program brings nationally-recognized authors to the library thanks to generous grants from The Ross & Marianna Beach Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird offers a blend of humor and history. It’s McBride’s latest novel, and is an irreverent and funny fictional account of a young slave who joins John Brown’s abolitionist mission. The book won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

Taking the stage with McBride is the Good Lord Bird Band, a gospel jazz quintet that provides a unique musical backup to the author’s readings from the novel. The evening also will include a special performance by Lawrence’s Ninth Street Baptist Church choir. Together they will provide a memorable and exuberant evening of words and music.

Want to know James McBride’s favorite books? See his list of favorite reads here.

Want to try some books similar to The Good Lord Bird? See our staff picks list here.

Costume Contest!

Show off your cosplay skills and take part in our Teen Read Week Costume Contest. We’ll vote on our favorites and award some awesome prizes for the top 3 costumes.

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