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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Tell your sister, tell your boss—tell everyone!—how cool it is to have a library card.

There are so many hidden benefits to signing up, like free access to learning tools like, home delivery for patons with mobility issues, and thousands of free downloadable ebooks, movies, music, and audiobooks.

Plus, it’s a total bargain: For every $1 in taxes, a Lawrence Public Library card gives back $5.45 in materials, services, databases, and events!

What’s not to love? Come see us today and #GetCarded!

Kids’ Behavioral Wellness Fair

Join us for a day of fun and information on Saturday, September 17th from 9am to 1pm in the Auditorium! The KU Child and Family Services Clinic will offer helpful resources for parents, free mental and behavioral health screenings for kids of all ages, and information about support services. Kids can visit fun, free activity booths to learn mindfulness and relaxation strategies. Screenings are not treatment or assessment and are non-diagnostic; topics include developmental concerns, attention and hyperactivity, disruptive behaviors, and mood and anxiety issues. This program is FREE and for ages 2-17, accompanied by a guardian.

Web Design Basics

Want to create a website, but not sure how?

This free 4-week class, offered each Wednesday from Sep 7–28, will introduce you to the basics of HTML, CSS, and web design, with insights from local web design professionals.

RSVP with Melissa!


Class 1 — WED | Sep 7 | 6-7:30 PM | Meeting Room B
Class 2 — WED | Sep 14 | 6-7:30 PM | Meeting Room B
Class 3 — WED | Sep 21 | 6-7:30 PM | Meeting Room B
Class 4 — WED | Sep 28 | 6-7:30 PM | Meeting Room B

Roald Dahl 100th Birthday Celebration!

We’ll celebrate this beloved children’s author on Wednesday, September 14th with Willy Wonka himself! Grab a golden ticket, discover your Roald Dahl character name, test your candy bar knowledge, and much more all in the Auditorium! This program is for all ages, but please register at 843-3833 or at the Children’s Desk.

Labor Day Closings

The library will be closed Sunday-Monday, September 4-5 in observance of Labor Day.

If you plan to spend this upcoming weekend reading, we’ve got some book suggestions that might help give Labor Day a little more context.

Click the book covers for details.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.40.40 PM     jungle

the-grapes-of-wrath-original-dustjacket     on the waterfront


Butterfly Lunch & Learn

On Thursday, Aug 11 from 11:30-12:30 in the Library Auditorium, bring a lunch and join Lawrence Parks & Recreation gardeners to learn all about the Monarch Watch Garden near the Vermont Street parking garage.

The City is providing drinks!

Image: “Releasing Monarch larvae onto milkweed in the butterfly garden” courtesy of Brad Hoppe, horticulturist, Lawrence, KS.

Limited Library Service August 22–24

We’ve got big news! The library is getting a new computer system, which means some of our services—and you—will be affected temporarily (72 hours to be exact) as we make this switch.

FAQs + Info you need to know

Some libraries close when this happens, but we’re staying open (LPL Lite). We won’t be able to do everything, but we can do some things! See the calendar map below. Still have questions? Call us! 843-3833.

Click images to enlarge

Migration calendar

LPL lite map with description




Confabularryum 2016!

On Saturday, August 13 from 9 AM-2 PM at Lawrence Free State High School, it’s Lawrence’s 3rd annual festival of making and creativity.

The Lawrence Public Library will be there with “The Produce Section”, a local musical act created by Ed Rose, our Sound + Vision Studio Manager. You have to see it to believe it! See who’s going!

Everyone’s welcome to this free, all-ages event. Enjoy fun, hands-on activities and interactive workshops for kids, parents, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and the entire community.

Experience traditional arts and crafts, fun physical activities, high-tech coding classes, 3-D printing, virtual reality, robotics, and a whole lot more.

For more information email Confabularryum.

Banned Book Trading Cards V: The Quest for Diversity

Diversity is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week. How do we define diversity? Check out ALA’s post on the many definitions, and the boons and problems with each one. A majority of banned and challenged books are by or about people who have been marginalized because of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or ability.

We are asking Lawrence artists of all skill levels and ages to create works of art based on their favorite banned or challenged book. Of course, we want you to pick a book that speaks to you artistically, but we’d like submissions to focus on books that have been challenged because they offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. Check out ALA’s Banned Books Week page for inspiration and a list of frequently banned or challenged books. We Need Diverse Books is also an excellent resource!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see past year’s selections.

The nuts and bolts of submission:

  • Create a 5”x7” original artwork based on a book that has been banned or challenged. If the piece is a copy of your original artwork, it will be scaled to 5”x7’ for uniformity.

  • Include its title, author, and a few sentences about how the piece represents the book.

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • Submissions may be in either landscape or portrait orientation.

  • For digital submissions: Save file in PNG or JPG format at 300 dpi minimum.

Submission deadline is Sep 1.

Banned Book Trading Card Unveiling is Friday, September 23rd at 5pm in the Library Auditorium.

Find out what pieces were selected to become Banned Book Trading Cards!

During Banned Books Week, we’ll display all submissions at the library. A panel of judges will select seven works to be printed and distributed as banned book trading cards. We’ll hand out a different card each day of the Banned Books Week.

Drop off, or mail entries to:

Kristin Soper
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

IMAGE: Detail of 2013 winning artist Leah Hoelscher’s, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie



Breastfeeding Awareness Celebration + Global Latch On

“We can work together to support each mother through her individual breastfeeding journey.”

On Saturday, August 6 from 10AM–12PM in the Auditorium, for the first time, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County will join the “Global Big Latch On,” a synchronized breastfeeding event held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7. The coalition’s goal is to raise awareness about the community support available for breastfeeding.

This free, all-ages event includes:

  • 10 AM–12PM — Community partners will have breastfeeding support information available.
  • 10 AM–12PM — Photos and stories of mothers’ breastfeeding journeys on display.
  • 10-10:20 AM — Registration to participate in the “Global Big Latch On.”
  • 10:30-10:45 AM — “Global Big Latch On” takes place. Mothers who are breastfeeding or pumping/expressing milk will be counted for the official tally.
  • 11 AM — Storytime for children.

More from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department:

Cary Allen, a certified breastfeeding educator at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and member of the breastfeeding coalition, is excited about hosting a local site for the “Global Big Latch On” and encourages breastfeeding moms to participate and help put Douglas County on the map. Last year, 15,336 women participated from 654 locations in 28 countries. One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age or beyond. In Kansas, although most mothers hope to breastfeed and 77 percent of babies start out being breastfed, only 11 percent are exclusively breastfed 6 months later.

Allen said the success rate among mothers who want to breastfeed can be improved through support from families, friends, employers and policymakers. “It’s important to think about how to value well-being from the start of life, respect each other and care for the community we live in,” Allen said.

Agencies involved in the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County include: the Health Department, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, La Leche League of Lawrence, Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists, Lawrence Pediatrics, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, tiny-K Early Intervention of Douglas County, Lawrence Parents as Teachers, Mother’s Milk Kansas and Sunflower Birth and Lactation.