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Grant Funding Workshop

Wednesday, October 29th
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Library Auditorium
Grant Funding Workshop

Presenter: Kief Schladweiler, Funding Information Network Services Specialist with the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy and serves grantseekers, grantmakers, and the general public. This workshop is free. You are welcome to bring your lunch!

Learn how to draft a grant proposal and discover the grant funding resources available at your library. Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation, including:

  • What funders expect to see in your grant proposal
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Douglas County Community Foundation and United Way of Douglas County partnered with Lawrence Public Library to sponsor this class.

Please register at 785-843-3833 or

Lawrence Public Library is a part of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. Our partnership in the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network is made possible by the generous support of the Douglas County Community Foundation.

Star Wars Reads Day III

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

Star Wars Reads Day happened for the third year in a row (and this time, it’s for all ages)! Join us on Saturday, October 11, from 2:00-4:00 at 512 E 9th Street to celebrate all things Star Wars with tasty snacks from the cantina, crafts for your home and wardrobe, and high tech fun courtesy of Lawrence Creates Maker space.

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Karaoke Cafe

Friday, Sept. 26 4:00-6:00pm. We’ll be serving up more snacks and drinks than usual to prep you for singing with your friends. Come join us for karaoke madness.

Karaoke Cafe will take place in the Readers’ Theater just off the Teen Zone.

Snack Smart

This Thursday September 18th at 4:00 come to the Reader’s Theater and learn all the delicious details of healthy snacks and even try some!

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After Hours with Patricia Lockwood

Nationally recognized poet Patricia Lockwood will be reading from her new book, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals on Friday, Sept. 19 after hours at the library starting at 7:00pm. The subject of the book is the natural world, but their images would never occur in nature. What if a deer did porn? Is America going down on Canada? What happens when Niagara Falls gets drunk at a wedding? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? What would Walt Whitman’s tit-pics look like? Why isn’t anyone named Gary anymore? Did the Hatfield and McCoy babies ever fall in love?

Colloquial, incantatory, and full of control, the poems in this new collection, which have been published in publications including The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, Tin House, Fence, and The Awl, have already been generating a significant amount of attention. When “Rape Joke” appeared on The Awl in July of 2013, it went viral, receiving over 100,000 likes on Facebook. In the wake of that publication, the Guardian in England said of Lockwood that “she has casually reawakened a generation’s interest in poetry.” “Rape Joke” has also been selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2014 volume, which will be published later this year.

Paper People

Ages 7-11, join new Children’s staffer Liza MacKinnon to create your own paper character! Please register at 785-843-3833. Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 pm, in the Readers’ Theater in the Children’s area. Please register at 785-843-3833.

Labor Day Closing

The library will be closed on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 9:00am. Grab your books, movies, and music for the long weekend!

Gaming with the Pro

Every Wednesday starting at 3pm, the Teen Zone’s very own Philip holds court on gaming and gives advice on Super Smash Bros Brawl. Come play and Philip will give you pointers and tips on how to improve your game. Think you can take him on? We challenge you to beat Philip in Gaming with the Pro!




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Local Author: Kelly Barth

Join us on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00pm in the auditorium as local author Kelly Barth reads from her memoir My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus. Equal parts humorous and poignant, Barth recounts her attempts to reconcile her spirituality and sexuality. In accepting herself, she is at odds with a faith that has been the foundation of her life.

Teen Zone launches next generation of game systems

The Teen Zone unveiled its new equipment lineup of three big screen HD TVs along with a new Playstation 4, Wii U, and XBox One.

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