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Teen Book & Media Swap

It’s Teen Read Week! This year’s theme, “Seek the Unknown”, fits in nicely with our teen book & media swap. Bring your gently used books, DVDs, and videos games rated up to T or PG-13 to swap for new to you items. For every item you bring, you will receive one ticket to get another item. The more you bring, the more tickets you will receive. It’s easy and it’s free! Hope to see you there!

Teen Book and Media Swap
Saturday, October 19, 2:00-4:00 pm
At the Library

This program is part of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Read Week “Seek the Unknown”. Help us celebrate and promote teen reading by taking part in our events and letting others know that you love young adult literature!

Nerd Nite 21: Nerds to Know (And Who You Likely Don’t)

Nerd Nite 21 brings you Sam Shepard, Charles and Ray Eames (who we love!), and William Morris (the marxist textile designer, not the talent agency). We’re excited to meet some new nerds with the help of Rob Shulte, Meredith Moore, and John Kaleugher.




Sam_ShepardRob recommends the following you-tube clips to whet your appetite for Sam Shepard.

Curse of the Starving Class 

Buried Child

True West

Fool for Love

Lie of the Mind

If you want to learn more about the man check out his autobiography Motel Chronicles.

Unfortunately we don’t have a collection of the plays Rob talks about, but we can score them on inter-library loan.

Here’s some collections of his plays that include Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, True West, Fool for Love, and Lie of the Mind.


charles and ray eamesFor Charles and Ray Eames we’ve got this documentary (it is Doctober after all), this book on mid-century design, and this one on modern architecture.

The Eames were also prolific film makers, and while we don’t own this collection, we can get it for you!





We’ve got this biography of William Morris, this book that focuses more on his design, and here’s one on The Red House.


Star Wars Reads Day

Saturday, October 5, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, at Lawrence Creates, 512 E. 9th Street (9th & New Jersey St.). Lawrence Public Library is teaming up with the new makerspace in town, Lawrence Creates, for the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day. We’ll start the day off with a Wookiee yelling contest followed by crafts, games, a special appearance by R2D2 and much more! Prizes will be awarded for the best Wookiee yells. All ages are welcome, costumes are highly encouraged!


2013 Banned Books Trading Card Entries

Banned Books Week begins Sunday, Sept. 22 and we’re celebrating the freedom to read in a unique way – through Banned Books Trading Cards! We sent out a Call for Artists asking people in the community to submit their original artwork for any banned or challenged book. Our call for submissions resulted in 99 entries from local artists of all ages and backgrounds. All of the submissions are on display here – just click on an image to read why the book was banned and the artist’s statement about the piece.

Of these 99 entries, seven have been selected as the 2013 Banned Books Trading Card winners. Those seven were turned into limited edition trading cards, one for every day of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28). One limited edition Banned Book Trading Card will be available at the Lawrence Public Library each day of Banned Books Week. Stop by the library every day between Sept. 22 and 28 to complete your set!

Live out of town? Can’t stop by the library every day? Want to send a set to friends? A full set of trading cards is now available to purchase online! Click the link below to go to our store.


2013 Banned Books Trading Cards

We ban bugs, NOT books!

As a precautionary measure, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library announced the cancellation of the annual Fall Book Sale due to a contaminated donation. The response from the community was overwhelmingly positive! Several people requested a place to donate funds to make up for the revenue lost from the sale. We’ve set up a safe and secure site to donate to the Friends, who financially help fund things like Read Across Lawrence, the summer reading program, author visits, and more.

If you would like to donate to the cause and help the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, click on the “Donate Now” button below to go to our safe and secure donation site.



Nerd Nite 20: The Nerdy Dirty Thirties

We are so happy that Nerd Nite is partnering with us again for our Read Across Lawrence selection and the KU Common Book The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. There will be talk of the farm equipment that ripped up the prairie, land erosion’s affect on art, and populist movements born out of hard economic times. Did we mention there will be Nerd Nite pint glasses too?

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What is nerd nite you ask?

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along.  And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well.  Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths.  Fun, right?  As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!  (from

Check out our local nerd nite here


Of course this resource list starts out with The Worst Hard Time. But our presenters have other dust bowl resources for you to check out.

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From One Ways to Listers: The Agricultural Equipment that Helped Usher in the Dust Bowl

Beth Beavers


Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s by Donald Worster

Encyclopedia of Antique Farm Implements & Antiques by C.H. Wendel

Farm Collector magazine:

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains:

Texas Plant Information Database at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department:

The National Archives:

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog:

Kansas Memory/Kansas State Historical Society:

The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns

The Plow that Broke the Plains a 1937 documentary that the Farm Security Administration released.

You Need a Continent Against Your Feet: The Dust Bowl and Eroded America

Kate Meyer


Bust To Boom: Documentary Photographs Of Kansas, 1936-1949  by Donald Worster

Hard Times: the 30s Time Life Books

An Introduction to The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck by Dan Stone

Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath by Rick Wartzman

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Harvesting the High Plains : John Kriss and the Business of Wheat Farming, 1920-1950 by Craig Minor

Bound for glory: America In Color, 1939-43 introduction by Paul Hendrickson

Framing America: A Social History of American Art by Francis K. Pohl The Farm Security Administration photos at the Library of Congress. They’re all public domain.








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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.