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An Evening with Patricia Lockwood

Lawrence’s own ribald poet is back! On Thursday, May 11 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium, hear Lockwood read and talk about her latest book — a vivid, heartbreaking and funny memoir about having a married Catholic priest for a father.

Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and person-hood.

Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition. (Source:

The Raven will be selling books for her to sign!

Garden Pest Control

Critters are cute, but when they start eating your salad fixins before you do, that’s not cool.

On Wednesday, May 10 from 6-7 PM, get the lowdown on preventing, detecting, and controlling common garden pests from plant specialist, Jennifer Smith. Find us in Meeting Room C. Adults and teens welcome. Email Yilan ( with any questions.

Storytime Break!

All Storytimes (except Sing & Rhyme Storytime) will be on break from April 30t – May 20th. We’ll see you back in the Readers’ Theater for Storytimes on May 21st!

Day of the Child/Day of the Book

Celebrate the world of books and Lawrence’s diverse culture with some of our favorite Multicultural Storytime presenters. All ages welcome!

Join us Saturday, Apr 29 from 3-4 PM in our Auditorium for stories and songs, plus a lively reception afterwards.

Sara Paretsky: Fallout

This Sunday, April 23rd, at 7pm we’ll be hosting bestselling author Sara Paretsky in our auditorium. Paretsky will talk about the latest chronicle in V. I. Warshawski’s casebook. The legendary investigator finds herself following a puzzling case that will take her into deadly new territory as she searches for a young film student and a former film star who are on the run in the heart of the Midwest. A book signing will follow Paretsky’s talk and the Raven will sell copies of Fallout.

Hamilton: Remixing American History

In our next installment of Diverse Dialogues, we’ll explore the pop culture phenomenon Hamilton: The Musical on Thursday, May 4 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.

Nicole Hodges Persley from KU’s Theater Department will lead the discussion. Offered in partnership with KU’s Langston Hughes Center.

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Sack Lunch with KU Football

Together with Just Food on Sunday, April 23 from 1-3 PM, LPL invites you to join the KU football team for a sack lunch on the Library Lawn.

El día de los niños, El día de los libros | Children’s Day, Book Day

On Saturday, April 29, we’ll celebrate the world of books and the diverse culture of Lawrence with some of our favorite Multicultural Storytime presenters in the Auditorium from 3-4 PM. We’ll have stories and songs followed by a reception. Visit for more info about Día.

STEAM: Electricity

What is electricity? How does a circuit work? Join us on Wednesday, April 26 from 4-5 PM in the Auditorium to explore these questions and more with electrician Mike Blackford. We’ll also have several hands-on activities. Register at 843-3833. Program is for Ages 7-11!


Together with the Strengthening Families network, we are hosting BLOCK Fest in the Auditorium on Saturday, April 29. This is a day for parents and kids aged 8 months-8 years to come together for a session of playing with blocks, education about child development, and info about how children learn science and math concepts. No registration is necessary. Two sessions will be held in the AM: 9:30- 10:30 AM and 11AM- 12PM.