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Visiting Author Whitney Terrell

Terrell’s audacious new novel begins with a literal bang as a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq goes terribly wrong… (Publishers Weekly)

Join us Wed, June 29 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for an evening with celebrated Kansas City author Whitney Terrell! He’ll share his third book, The Good Lieutenant, which explores the nature of war and the decisions that lead one young officer on a path to tragedy. Offered in partnership with The Raven book store. Book signing to follow.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Whitney Terrell’s first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.

His nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesDetailsHarper’s Magazine,The New York Observer,The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post MagazineSlate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

SOURCE: whitneyterrell.com
IMAGE: © Sharon Hoffman, The Kansas City Star

Thomas Frank @ Liberty Hall

On Wednesday June 15 from 7:30-9 PM at Liberty Hall, we’re bringing New York Times bestselling author Thomas Frank to talk about his latest book as part of the Free State Festival (a Pre-State Festival appetizer, if you will.)

In Listen Liberal, Frank explores how current liberal politics abandons the working class, leading to greater income inequality. Book signing to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

Summer Reading Starts May 26!

Summer Reading Starts May 26! Summer reading is for all ages. This year we’re exercising our minds with books + events on art, science, fitness, literature, and summer fun. We’ll take you all over town from May 26—Aug 19!

Everything you need to know is right here.

As always, we want you to read. A lot. And as always, reading gets you great prizes and a shot at awesome grand prizes. We’ve also partnered with some great community organizations to bring you more.

Summer Reading is a totally local, totally fun way to keep your brain engaged all summer long.

All Dressed Up and Ready To Roll

May is National Bike Month! In honor of this great occasion, Lawrence Public Library is rolling out its new book bike. The bike is the library’s cool new outreach vehicle.

Look for it this summer at the Farmers Market, the Neighborhood Drop-In Playground Program in South Park, and other special events around the city. The book bike is part of the library’s Dr. Bob Reader Program and is made possible by a gift of the Bob Frederick Family.

2015 Annual Report—What A Year!

One thing is for sure: Lawrence uses its library. Our partnerships are growing, readers are reading, our community is learning, and it just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for another incredible year!

A huge thanks to Billy Pilgrim for making us look so beautiful on paper: 2015 Annual Report.

Free State FX Modular Synthesizer Launch Party!

We’ve been waiting forever to share this with you!

Come meet our new, modular synthesizer from Free State FX! This Saturday, April 16 from 2-4 PM we’ll go though the individual modules and walk through a handful of demo patches!

See who’s coming and meet up in the Sound+Vision Studio.

Celebration + Thanks Parade!

TUE | Apr 12 | 5 PM | Library Lawn

National Library Week is April 10-16 and we’re rallying library supporters for a walk to City Hall to say “thank you” for our wonderful library!

As if it couldn’t get any better, Michael and Morris the Monkey from our ridiculously popular Toddler Storytime will play music for our stroll! So, wear your library t-shirt, make a sign telling the City why you love your library, and we’ll provide the flags (red with white dots, of course!) Once we arrive at City Hall, there will be a brief, 5-minute presentation of the library’s annual report and a proclamation from our Mayor.

Help rally support with our Facebook event!

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Join us and bring friends!

5:00 PM — Assemble on the Library Lawn
5:15 PM — Parade walk begins with Michael & Morris
5:35 PM — Arrive at City Hall (Cheers! ♥)
5:45 PM — Proclamation kick-off with Mayor Mike Amyx
5:50 PM — CHEERING! MUSIC!

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Life-Changing Recipe Contest

Calling all home cooks, local chefs, scout troops, foodies—Do you have a healthy corn dog or fried twinkie recipe?

Your recipe might be what it takes to help someone eat healthier without sacrificing decadence. On April 23rd, 2016, the Carnivale is rolling in to the library with entertainment, exhibits, and a spectacle of information will lead you through the annual Nutrition Carnivale, including a recipe contest!

In partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Health Spot, come on down if you’re up for the challenge! Win prizes and bragging rights: Enter here!

Hello, Space Station? Yeah, It’s Lawrence, KS…

We’re going on a 10-minute date with the International Space Station* and we’re inviting Lawrence teens for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to speak with astronauts—live—sometime between July and December this year with the help of the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club and Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

Anyone can attend, but we’re handing the radio over to teens, so start thinking about what you might want to talk about in this rare, live chat.

*we have been conditionally approved and only have a few more steps before our date will be set!

More news as we know more.


ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio.

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Tax Forms + Handy Tax Resources

Lawrence Public Library is receiving fewer tax forms from the IRS every year. This tax season, we have three forms available in the library’s checkout lobby: the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ.

But what about the rest? You can download forms from the IRS and print them at home. If you don’t have a computer or printer, come use one of ours!

Need help doing your taxes? There are several services available right here in town. Our Information Services staff has organized what you need to know right here.

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