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Historical Heroes

Celebrate local historical heroes this July with LPL and Watkins Museum of History! We have two upcoming programs as part of our local heroes series:

Marla Jackson on Maria Rodgers Martin

Sunday, July 19, 2:00pm
Library Auditorium

Learn the story of Maria Rodgers Martin, who was kidnapped by Union Soldiers and brought to Lawrence as contraband. Jackson illuminates another side of the Border War as she recounts how Martin’s life took a devastating turn upon entering a free state.

3D Printing on July 8

Come and learn how 3D printers are made, watch one in action, and take the first steps to designing and printing your own items. Everyone who comes will come away with their own 3D printed gift!

Registration Required. Call the library at 785-843-3833 to register or stop by the Teen Zone desk.

Full event info here

Closed for 4th of July

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, for Independence Day. Be sure to pick up all your patriotic selections before Saturday!

Fingerprinting 101 on June 24

Come hang out with officers from the Lawrence Police Department. Learn how the pros lift fingerprints and maybe even try it yourself!

Full event info here.

Super Smash Bros Tournament June 27

Face off against your fellow gamers in a Super Smash Bros for Wii U tournament.


Full event info here.

Fire Extinguisher Training on June 27

After the Smash Bros Tournament come hang out with the fire department and try your hand at discharging a fire extinguisher. Learn to do it right!

This program will take place in the library’s circle drive just off Kentucky.

Full event info here.

Costume Heads and Toes on July 1

Add the final touch to your hero or villain costume with either a comic inspired POW headband, or add wings or lightning bolts to your sneakers.

Full event info here.

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Genre Book Club

Want to test out a genre without reading several books? Sign up for Genre Book Club! This summer we’ll explore one genre each month and choose several books from that genre. When you sign up for your spot in the book club (limited spots available), we’ll put one of these books on hold for you. Pick up the book, read it, then come to the discussion where we’ll share our book and talk about the genre as a whole. The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers!

Important information:   

To participate, please call the library at (785) 843-3833.



  • Reading ListCall to reserve a book
  • November 8th, 2:00pm - discussion

More details:

What are genre discussions?
These are small group discussions led by LPL library staff around a genre (for instance, Romance or Mystery or Science Fiction) or a sub-genre (for example, Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery or Space Opera). The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers!

What will we do during program?
We are inviting up to twelve participants to choose a book specially chosen to fit into the genre we are discussing that month. Participants will agree to read the book and come prepared to share it with the group.

What are short stories?

A short story is a brief yet complete work of fiction that can vary in length short-enough-to read-all-at-once to I’ll-need-a-bookmark-for-this-one. Most short stories are character-driven and focus on a single event. Commonly anthologies or collections of short stories are published together into a single volume.

What is the Discussion Guide?
We’ve put together a few questions to guide you as you read through the book. When you come to the book discussion, the guide can give you something to refer back to when sharing the book with the group. (Don’t worry, it’s not required homework, just something we found helpful and thought you might too.)

Tuesday Tucks Me In

Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 pm, in the Auditorium.

Come meet Tuesday! New York Times bestselling author, Luis Carlos Montalván and Tuesday will read their widely acclaimed children’s book, Tuesday Tucks Me In. Learn about the beneficial and beautiful relationship Capt. Luis has with his hero, and service dog, Tuesday.

Copies of Until Tuesday and Tuesday Tucks Me In will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Raven Bookstore. Our Tail Wagging Reader dogs will be here to celebrate the event and the Humane Society will also be on site with pets looking for their forever homes.