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Amazing Olive Press Storytime—Back by Popular Demand!

All ages are invited to hear the Rabbi Zalman Teichtel tell the Hanukkah story, and later help squeeze olive oil and make wicks to use in a Menorah!

Join us Friday, December 16th from 10:30-11:15 AM in our Readers’ Theater. Check out the photos from last year to see how much fun we had! The space fills up quickly, so get here as soon as possible.


J miss linda has everyone pick an olive to press


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Amazing Olive Press Storytime

This Friday, Dec 16 from 10:30- 11:15 AM, we’re hosting, Rabbi Zalman Teichtel who will join us for his annual holiday storytime in the Readers’ Theater. We will squeeze olive oil and make a wick to use in a menorah for Hanukkah!

Two Tall Boys with Poets Eric McHenry and Ed Skoog

See over 12 feet of amazing poets in action!

On Thursday, December 15 at 7 PM in the Auditorium, join our Kansas Poet Laureate, Eric McHenry, and Lunchbox Podcast host and poet, Ed Skoog to hear about the craft of poetry and Ed’s newest collection, Run the Red Lights.

Simran Sethi on Chocolate

Simran Sethi author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate, will talk about food and sustainability with a special emphasis on chocolate on Monday, December 12 at 7 PM in our Auditorium.

Learn about the new podcast she’s starting based around the food. We’ll also have samples of one of her favorite varieties of hot chocolate!

New Year’s Closed Dates

We will be closed SAT-MON, Dec 31-Jan 2 for the New Year holiday. Come stock up on books, DVDs, and CDs before the break!

Saturday | Dec 31
Sunday | Jan 1
Monday | Jan 2

Bonus! Our eLibrary is open 24-7. Even if you’re stuck without wi-fi, you can download plenty of eBooks, music, audiobooks—even popular magazines—before you travel (or hibernate.) Note: As the holiday lands on a weekend this year, the Library will be closed for three days instead of the typical two.

Print Your Book!

You’ve written your book—now it’s time to print it! Teens and adults ready to take the next step are invited to join the Printing Services staff of the KU Bookstore on Wednesday, Dec 7 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Auditorium. They’ll walk us through their self-publishing resources, including tips on designing a great cover and handling copyright registration.

Anyone Can Learn to Code!

“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” That’s the Hour of Code campaign mission.

But, here at the Library, we want all ages to give it a try! On Saturday, Dec 10 from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Auditorium, anybody can learn the basics of computer programming!

Join us for some hands-on fun at this Hour of Code event. No experience needed, all ages welcome! Need info? Email Melissa.

RESCHEDULED: Mysterious Mustache Book Club

Due to weather concerns, Mysterious Mustache Book Club on Jan 15 has been rescheduled to Jan 22!

SUN | Jan 22 | 1:30- 2:30 PM | Ages 8-12 | Readers’ Theater

We’ll be discussing The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer! Ask at the Children’s Desk for a copy. Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.


Candy Construction

Who can make the coolest gingerbread house at Lawrence Public Library? We’ll find out on Dec 14 from 3:30- 4:30 PM in the Auditorium.  We’ll have all the makings for a small gingerbread house. Bring your creativity! For Ages 5-18!

Taking on Life: The Prison Poetry Project

MON | Dec 5 | 7 PM | Auditorium

A free and open evening of poetry and art to honor 15 years of the Douglas County Correction Facility’s writing program. Poet Brian Daldorph will speak and read selections from the poems that have emerged over the last 15 years in classes he has led within the prison walls. He will be joined by poet and former student Antonio Sanchez-Day as well as writer Mike Hartnett. The evening includes a chance to view three original works of art created by Norman Akers, Lora Jost and Jen Unekis based on prison poems from the project. Co-sponsored by Lawrence Magazine and Lawrence Public Library with cooperation of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.