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4th of July

The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, for Independence Day.


Mathematical Mind Shows


Albuquerque’s Fractal Foundation is back with their spectacular, award-winning show! It takes viewers on an educational and highly entertaining tour of fractals in nature, and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical equations.


Fractal Shows for all ages

Friday, July 12 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 13 at 1:30 &  3:30 pm

Children’s Show and Crafts

Saturday July 13 at 10:30 am

All of these events will take place at the KU Natural History Museum. Make sure to get there early. We ran out of seats at our shows last year!


Children’s Book Sale at the Library

Load up on books for summer reading at the Friends of the Library’s second annual children’s book sale.  It will be held from 9:30am-1:30pm. From picture books to chapter books, the Friends have hand-picked a huge selection for every reading level.  Check out the sale in the library’s event room during the June 1st Summer School kick-off party. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. All proceeds benefit your public library.

Memorial Day

The Lawrence Public Library will be closed for Memorial Day, Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27.

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Summer School Party!

Saturday, June 1, 10 am to noon, in the Library parking lot, we’re formally kicking off summer with the Library’s own version of “Summer School”.

No more homework, no more text books, just experts from around town to teach you some fun DIY.  Want to know how to change a tire?   Sing the new KU Fight song? Sink the perfect putt? Learn gardening, make art with dead fish, speak in a foreign language, play the fiddle, and lots of other cool things. We are partnering with tons of awesome community organizations to teach you some fun new skills to show off to your friends. Check out the full list of activities here.

In case of rain, come over to the Hobbs Taylor Lofts, just south of the Library.

Special thanks to Douglas County Community Foundation and Kansas Health Foundation for their support of the library and summer reading.




Closed for Staff In-Service

The library will be closed this Friday, May 3, for staff training.  We will reopen Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

If you would like to return an item while we are closed, book drops can be located outside of Checkers, both Hy-Vee locations, and here at the library.  Each book drop is now equipped to accept all material types, including CDs and DVDs.  If you’d prefer to hang on to your item for an additional day, please feel free to do so, as no items will be due (and no overdue fines will be assessed) on days that we are closed.

Good books. Good prices. Great cause.

It’s almost time for another legendary Friends of the Library book sale! Because of library construction, the sale will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. While the space might be different, the bargains will be the same – thousands of books, audiobooks, dvds, and more at great prices.  If you’d like to get first crack at all the great deals, just become a member of the Friends and you can get in the first night.



Thursday, April 25, 4 pm – 8 pm (Members Night)

Friday, April 26, 10 am – 6 p

Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, April 28, 12 noon – 6 pm (Half Price Day)


Computer Classes are Back in Session

Technology moves so fast these days, that it’s easy to let important tools pass you by.  We want to get you back up to speed with Computer Classes @ Lawrence Public Library!  Whether you are interested in connecting with friends and family through social media, or if you want to punch up your resume by learning workplace software – we have a class that’s right for you.  Our technology courses are perfect for beginners, but can also be a great place for seasoned users to ask a few questions or learn cool new tricks.   And the best part is – the Computer Classes are absolutely free!

Each class will last for one hour, and seating is limited so it’s important to register in advance.  To contact us, please call 843-1178 or email Lynn Koenig at

(May class dates were originally listed on Thursdays. These classes will now be offered on Tuesdays. The Computer Troubleshooting class originally listed will not be offered in May.)

Upcoming classes:

Introduction to Excel Part I
Thrusday, April 11—7pm

An introduction to Microsoft’s spreadsheet application commonly used for statistical and financial needs.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

Introduction to Excel Part II
Thursday, April 18—7pm

A continuation of the skills learned in  “Introduction to Excel Part I”.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Thursday, April 25—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

Introduction to Facebook
Tuesday, May 7—7pm

Get started on the web’s most popular social networking site, Facebook.  Learn how to establish an account, edit your personal information, find friends, and control content and privacy settings.  Participants must have a valid email address and be familiar with the web.

Googley Goodies
Tuesday, May 14—7pm

Chances are you’ve used Google to search the internet, but did you know they offer a great free alternative to Microsoft Office?  If not, this class is for you.  Our resident Technology Assistant gives you a guided tour of useful Google sites and services.

Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 21—7pm

Get started with Microsoft’s word processing software.  Learn how to format a document, enter and edit text, save and manage files, and more!  Basic computer skills are needed for this class.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Tuesday, May 28—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

April Fools

Get your laughs at a premium as a truckload of Lawrence comedy icons gather together at the Jackpot Music Hall for three rounds of head-to-head, no holds barred, Lawrence-themed sketch comedy 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.

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

- See a list of participating fools here…