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Labor Day Closing

The library will be closed on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 9:00am. Grab your books, movies, and music for the long weekend!

Local Author: Kelly Barth

Join us on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00pm in the auditorium as local author Kelly Barth reads from her memoir My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus. Equal parts humorous and poignant, Barth recounts her attempts to reconcile her spirituality and sexuality. In accepting herself, she is at odds with a faith that has been the foundation of her life.

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Mom’s Night Out

Moms, need a night out? We’re back with Mom’s Night Out Part 2. Join us at the Eldridge Hotel on Aug. 5, 7:00pm, for cocktails, friends, and alone time! Popular mom blogger and author of “I Just Want to Pee Alone” will join us, but this time to talk about her new book “I Just Want to Be Alone” – a compilation of 36 women’s hilarious essays on the men in their lives. Bring your ladies, leave the kids with dad, and take a night off!

Banned Book Trading Cards

Calling all artists for the 3rd annual Banned Book Trading Cards! Each year at the Lawrence Public Library, we celebrate the freedom to read by combining art and literature. We’re sending out a Call for Artists asking people in the community to submit their original artwork for any banned or challenged book. Seven winners will be selected to turn into limited edition trading cards, to be given out to the Lawrence community during Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27). Our 2012 and 2013 trading cards can be purchased here.
Official Rules:
1. Open to artists of all ages living in Douglas County.
2. Artwork must be 2D and measure 5″ wide by 7″ high.
3. Submit original artwork only. A brief artist’s statement must also accompany this piece. List the name of the banned/challenged literature and the author that inspired the art. Include a sentence that states the reason for banning along with one to two paragraphs that describe how the work of art relates to the book or author. Please include name, address, phone number, and email address.
4. Artwork must be submitted to the library no later than August 22.
5. Submissions may be dropped off at the welcome desk in the library, mailed, or transmitted digitally via email attached as a PDF.
6. Artwork becomes property of the Lawrence Public Library and will not be returned. The submissions may be used in future promotions, displays, advertising, etc.

Submit artwork to:
Lawrence Public Library
Attn: Kristin Soper
707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-3833 x122

Grand Opening Schedule

Lawrence, are you ready for a grand opening? Check out our schedule of events for opening day!

Saturday, July 26

10:00 am - Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Mike Amyx and city commissioners, community book passing relay, and music from the LHS band!

10:45 am – Doors open!

11:30 am – Celebrity storytime with a local mythical bird and our own Michael and Morris!

2:00 to 4:00 pm – Library  Luau (an outdoor beach party with crafts, games, Sylas & Maddy’s ice cream, Eileen’s cookies, luau dancing, an appearance by several KU athletes, music, and more!)

7:00 to 9:00pm –  Dinner & a Movie with Downtown Lawrence: grab dinner and drinks from Lawrence favorites like Free State Brewery, Mass Street Soda, and Mass Street Sweet Shoppe, and enjoy live music from the Beer Bellies!

9:00pm – A showing of Ghostbusters will start at 9:00pm on Vermont St. outside of the library’s front doors!

Plus, enjoy local musicians playing throughout the day, and explore your new space.


Musicians in the atrium and lobby:

10:30-11:30am: The Lawrence Woodwind Quintet

  • Amelia Stern, oboe
  • Sharon Learned, flute
  • Paul Jordan, clarinet
  • Stuart Levine, French horn
  • Jan Somerville, bassoon

11:00-11:30am: Linda Mannering and John Brewer, pianists

11:45am-12:15pm: Uptown Mandolin Quartet

12:00-12:30pm: Dee Blaser, pianist

12:30-1:00pm: Dana Rath, cellist from Bishop Seabury

12:45-1:45pm: Tenasie, rock country 

1:30-2:00pm, and 3:45-4:15pm: Keys of Joy students

  • AJ Baker
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Jackson Roberts
  • Nisa and Sina Khosh
  • Audrey Cornell
  • Mina Khosh
  • Evan and Joy (non-students), Cannon, Erik
  • Lydia Wood
  • John Hunter
  • Noel White

2:30-3:00pm – Joyce Jordan, pianist

3:00-3:30pm – Fresh Picked, bluegrass

4:00-4:30pm – Stephanie Ann Barrows and Clark Jamison, new age flutist and percussionist 

4:30-5:00pm - Daniel Mangiaracino, pianist from Bishop Seabury

4:45-5:00pm – Mahathi Reddy, bho shambho dancer

5:00-5:30pm - Ulises Magana de la Paz, pianist from Southwest Middle School

5:15-5:30pm – Sign Language Choir

(Special thanks to Patrick Giroux for designing our commemorative T-shirt!)


Moving FAQs: July 9-25

As we finally make the move to our brand new space, the library will be closed starting July 9 until July 25 to move from our temporary location and train our staff in the new building. Our grand opening will follow on July 26, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, music throughout the day, a Library Lawn Luau, and a new Dinner and a Movie series beginning that night. Details on the grand opening can be found here.


Moving FAQs

When will you move?

We will begin the move on July 9 and will be closed for the following 2 and a half weeks, until July 25. The grand opening of our new building will follow on July 26. To learn about grand opening events, click here. While we are closed, stay tuned to our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for updates and announcements.

Why do you have to close for so long?

Since we’ve been in the temporary space, out collections have been split – only about half of our materials were housed in the old Borders building, and the other half were held in a storage unit. We will be bringing all of these materials back together in our expanded space. In addition, the building is not only new to the community, but new to our staff! Part of our closure will be used to train staff on the new spaces and new technology.

What services will be available during the closure?

  • Library staff will work to get items on hold available for pick up. As many as possible will be filled, but during this busy time, we appreciate your patience in fulfilling holds. If you receive an email notification saying your hold is ready, you can pick it up at the 700 New Hampshire location during the following times:
    • Friday, July 11 – 4:00 to 7:00pm
    • Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July 13- 12:00 to 4:00pm
    • Monday, July 14 through Thursday, July 17 – 4:00 to 7:00pm
  • Holds can be placed via our catalog while we are closed. We will fill these holds as we are able to find the items, but please expect longer delays than usual.
  • Book drops will operate as usual. All of our remote book drop locations around town are a great place to drop off your books!
  • As we move our tech needs, some of our services will be temporarily unavailable. This includes phone lines and even some of the services in our catalog (placing holds, etc.). We will work to get these services back up as quickly as possible.
  • Once phone lines are back up at (785) 843-3833, lines will be staffed to answer patron inquiries.
  • Interlibrary loan services will not be available from July 3 to July 26.
  • Book van service will run normally on July 9 and July 11. It will not run the following two weeks, July 13 through July 26.

What about due dates while you’re closed?

No items will be due during this time. All due dates will be adjusted so that items are due after we re0open. No fines will accrue during this time!

How can the community help? 

We are so grateful for all the offers of volunteer help during the move! We will use library staff and a professional moving company to execute the move, and do not anticipate needing community volunteers during that time. However, we do need your help in other ways:

    • You can help us spread the word! Tell your neighbors, friends, and family that we’re closed, and check our social media pages for updates (like discounts to local businesses while we’re closed!).
    • You can be patient and understanding during this time of transition. While we are working on a move that is efficient, timely, and smooth, we know that there will be unforeseen issues and problems that occur. As we enter into a time of great change for our organization and our community of users, please bear with us and know that we are working to get your public library up and running in its temporary home as soon as possible!

What if I need to contact the library while you are closed?

Our phones will be down for a short while during the move, but we anticipate getting them online quickly. Our social media team will be mobilized to monitor Facebook and Twitter during this time, and will be able to answer questions and post updates about the progress of the move. Via our website you can email us. Finally, the best way to stay informed about what is happening during them move, or any other time, is to sign up for our weekly eNewsletter, Connections.

 What if I’m bored while the library is closed?

Our community is a great resource to eliminate boredom! Several of our library BFFs around town are graciously offering discounts while we are closed to keep a smile on our patrons faces. Support these local businesses while we’re closed:

  • Wednesday, July 9: Marisco’s – 20% off an entree when you show your library card
  • Thursday, July 10: MADE on Mass – % off for showing your library card (details coming soon)
  • Friday, July 11: The Bourgeois Pig  - $.75 off coffee espresso when you show what you’re reading
  • Saturday, July 12: TBA
  • Sunday, July 13: Frank’s North Star Tavern (details coming soon)
  • Monday, July 14: Arizona Trading Company – 10% off and an ATC sticker with library card
  • Tuesday, July 15: TBA
  • Wednesday, July 16: Eileen’s Cookies – free 4″ cookie with library card
  • Thursday, July 17: Johnny’s Pizza North – $10 pizza if you mention library deal ($5 off!)
  • Friday, July 18 : Liberty Hall (details coming soon)
  • Saturday, July 19: Liberty Hall (details coming soon)
  • Sunday, July 20: Liberty Hall (details coming soon), and La Parilla – 10% off with library card
  • Monday, July 21: Liberty Hall (details coming soon), and The Raven Bookstore – 15% off to people with a pulse and a love of books
  • Tuesday, July 22: Liberty Hall (details coming soon), and Weaver’s – 15% off regular and sale prices items with library card (excluding cosmetics, fragrances, and kitchen electrics)
  • Wednesday, July 23: Liberty Hall (details coming soon), and The Roost – 15% off  with library card (excluding alcohol)
  • Thursday, July 24: Liberty Hall (details coming soon), and Merchants on Mass – 10% with library card
  • Friday, July 25: Liberty Hall (details coming soon)



Alternative Book Covers

Check out these great alternative book covers created by two of our Summer Reading Program participants.

On the left is a cover byRaeley for “Will Work for Prom Dress” by Aimee Ferris, and on the right by Jaylynn is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling.

Once you’ve handed in your reading log you too can hand in an alternative book cover for an extra chance to win our grand prize drawing!



Summer Reading Kickoff!!!

Date/Time: May 31st at 10am 

Your Story Starts Here is our summer theme! Join us for another great outdoor party at the Library, with music, food, and lots to do. This will be our last party at this location!


Karaoke Cafe: Special Edition – Done with School!

Come celebrate the end of the school year with us karaoke style! We’ll be serving up more drinks and snacks than usual to prep you for karaoke madness. Singing is not required to take part in the cafe, but highly recommended.

Date: Friday, May 23
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Event Space

Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. Questions? Call (785) 843-3833.