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April Fools!

Get your laughs at a premium as a truckload of Lawrence comedy icons gather together at the Jackpot Music Hall for 3 rounds of head-to-head, no holds barred, Lawrence-themed, sketch mayhem. Your opinion could be taken into consideration for once by being selected for the judges’ panel via an edge-of-your-seat raffle drawing. Those special few selected will decide which of the two competing teams will claim the title “April Fool” and more importantly where the grand prize, a charitable donation of 200 ducats will be given. Collect mountains of door prize swag and laugh your pants off as Lawrence Magazine and Lawrence Public Library bring you the next installment of the About Lawrence… series.

Performers include: Mike Anderson (Host of Channel 6’s “TheNot So Late Show”), Will Averill (That guy
from FYIFK), Barry Barnes(Washboard musician extraordinaire and Zumba instructor), Matt Gaus(Co‐
Creator of “Loaded for Bear”), Monica Greenwood (from“Loaded for Bear” and “Victor Continental”),
Jacqueline Grunau (Co‐Founder of “Underthe Table”), Emily Lowrance‐Floyd (Co‐Creator of “Loaded
for Bear”), Peter Lyrene, Jay Maus, Chris Nelson (from“Loaded for Bear” and “Victor Continental”), Ed
Parker, Kitty Steffens (from“Loaded for Bear” and “Victor Continental”), October Strange, Vintage
Players (Theatre Lawrence’sroaming senior comedy squad) and The Travelers (A division of Theatre

Here are the deets:

-There is no cover charge

-As this is an “anything goes” grudge match and is being held in a venue that serves alcoholic beverages, we ask that no one under the age of 18 show up without a legal guardian

-Seating will be limited and not guaranteed

-The Location for this event is the Jackpot Music Hall located at 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

Show us your pièce de résistance!

If you’ve ever thought that reading is delicious, than this event is for you! We invite all ages to create an edible work of art based on the form, title, or content of a book. Bring your masterpiece to the library on the morning of April 6 and take part in our first ever Edible Book Festival. Participants and casual viewers will get the chance to vote on their favorites and prizes will be awarded!

Edible Books Festival 
Saturday, April 6
10:00 am-12:00 pm

To enter the Edible Books Festival as an individual or a team, call 785-843-3833 no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5.  Entries must be brought to the library between 9:00-10:00 am on Saturday, April 6 along with the inspiring book or picture of the book. No registrations are required to view the submissions and vote for your favorites. Stop by and check them out!

If you want to double up on your chances at winning, enter your creation to The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Edible Book Festival held on the evening of Friday, April 5. This is their 7th year creating edible works of art. Check out their Flickr collection for past entries and inspiration.

For more information about the international phenomenon of edible books, please visit



Candy Creations

The spring break fun continues with Candy Creations! Express your creativity and satisfy your sweet tooth. We invite you to play with your food today and make art out of delicious, delicious candy. Prizes will be awarded for the top three fan favorites.


When: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Teen Zone/Event Space


Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. No registration required. Questions? Call (785) 843-3833 or email

Teen March Madness Bracket Contest Begins March 17, Win an iPod Nano!

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a week away, which means that the Teen Zone’s March Madness Bracket Challenge is nearly here.  Even more exciting, the top Teen Zone Bracketologist will win an iPod Nano!

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Warrior? Prophet? Terrorist?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and noted author Tony Horwitz is coming to Lawrence! Together with the Lawrence Public Library Foundation and Crown Automotive, we are thrilled to sponsor this special guest as part of the 1863 Commemorate Lawrence year-long observance of the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid. Join us on Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 pm at Liberty Hall for this free event. Mr. Horwitz will be joined on stage by KU Professor of History Jonathan Earle for a lively discussion about John Brown, his life, and his legacy. Mr. Horwitz is the author of several best-selling books, including his most recent, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. The Raven Bookstore will be selling copies of Mr. Horwitz’s books at the event.  We expect a big crowd for this event, so plan on coming early. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.                   





Teen T-shirt Design Contest

Do you like to draw, paint, or create other kinds of 2-D art?  Would you like to see your artwork worn by over 500 Lawrence teens? Enter our Summer Reading T-shirt Design contest! Read More..

Caddystacks is back!


Lawrence’s craziest community fundraiser is back and is wackier than ever! With library renovation and expansion getting under way, this year you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit golf balls around the empty library building at 707 Vermont Street.

If you’re in the mood to mingle with “Lawrence Masters” such as Sheahon Zenger, Scot Pollard, Bud Stallworth, and Kelley Hunt, then come to the Adult Golf Party on Friday night. For family-friendly fun, bring the kids on Saturday or Sunday and golf away. Read more here…

Lawrence Masters Party and Tournament (Adults Only) – Fri, Feb. 22
Mingle with the Masters Pre-Party: 6:30 p.m. $50
Adult Open Golf – 7:30 p.m.: $35 
Make Your Reservations Here

Family Golf – Sat, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun, Feb 24, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per person or $20 for a family or group of 6
Free for kids under 3



Meet Tim Dorsey

Join us at The Sandbar on Sunday, February 17 at 4:00 pm as we welcome hilarious and highly-acclaimed crime fiction author Tim Dorsey. If you take a little Dave Barry, throw in some Carl Hiassen, mix in a bit of John D. MacDonald, add a pinch of Dexter, and bake it in the Florida sun, you’ll end up with Dorsey’s series featuring Serge Storms.  Tim will blow into town to talk about his new book, The Riptide Ultra-Glide. Read more here…

Trash or Treasure?

We’ve taken everything we need to our temporary headquarters, put a few things in storage, and the rest is up for grabs! As renovation and expansion of your public library begins, you’ll have a chance to stroll through the building and maybe find a bargain.  Read more here…

Farewell (for now) to the Library!

This Sunday, from 2:00 – 3:30, stop by the library building at 707 Vermont St. and say farewell for now!  As the renovation and expansion project starts, you can stroll through the empty building, enjoy light refreshments, and even sign a wall for posterity.  Read more here…