In response to frequent requests from patrons, we now have EC (Early Childhood) and M-rated (Mature) video games available in the library. These are in addition to the other types of games available for check out: E (Everyone), E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) and T (Teen). Read More..
The Lawrence Public Library Foundation, together with the Bob Frederick family, is proud to announce “Dr. Bob Reader,” a new program at the library that celebrates the life of former University of Kansas Athletic Director, Dr. Bob Frederick. Its mission is to encourage children to be healthy and fit, through exercise, good nutrition, and lots of reading!
Created by Bob Frederick’s four sons, Brian, Brad, Mark and Chris, and their mother Margey, this wonderful library reading program provides a free book to any child receiving a first library card. The books will focus on eating right, exercise, good sportsmanship, and treating one another with respect – all values that Bob Frederick lived by. Creating a generation of Dr. Bob Readers in our community will ensure that his spirit of integrity and equality will live on in Lawrence.
If your child comes in for his or her first library card, be sure to ask for a Dr. Bob Reader! Read more about the program here…
Even though you don’t see any shovels in the ground or construction dumpsters set up yet, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes in preparation for the upcoming renovation and expansion. Architects are busy in the “Design Development” phase, the period in which they move from conceptual drawings to detailed plans. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the City, we are planning for our upcoming move into our temporary space – the former Borders building at 700 New Hampshire Street. Read More..
Congratulations to everyone in Lawrence for a fantastic summer of reading! 5,633 kids, teens & adults read over 50,000 books for Summer in the City.
Every teen and adult reader was entered into a grand prize drawing. We are pleased to announce adult winners! Teen winners will be announced later this week.
- iPad: Ruth B.
- Nook: Debbie S.
- Eldridge Hotel overnight stay: Daisy W.
- Lawrence Arts Center class: Stuart B.
- Salon Di Marco massage: Valerie B.
- Liberty Hall passport: Terri M.
- $100 715 gift card: Pete L.
- $100 Au Marche gift card: Ruby W.
- $100 Brits gift card: Risa G.
- $100 Community Mercantile gift card: Ali F.
- $100 Downtown Lawrence, Inc. gift card: George S.
- $100 Garry Gribble’s gift card: Tonya M.
- $100 Phoenix Gallery gift card: Melissa I.
- $100 Raven gift card: Thomas C.
- $100 Wild Territory gift card: Yvette B.
All winners have been contacted directly by email or phone. Winners may claim their prizes at the main level reference desk until Monday, September 10, or should contact Rachel Smalter Hall at email@example.com / 785-843-3833 x132 to make special arrangements. Special thanks to all the prize donors!
On Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 pm, the library hosted an information session for artists about the City’s Percent for Art commission for the new library. Participants learned about the selection process, viewed examples of other public art installations, saw architect renderings of the new library, and heard Lawrence Public Library’s vision for this project. Click here to view a video of the presentation.
This information session was intended for artists who wanted to learn more about the project and were interested in responding to the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to win the commission. Artists who were not able to attend the session are also welcome to submit RFQs — please see below for additional details.
The Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a recommendation from Library Director Brad Allen to temporarily relocate the library to 700 New Hampshire St, the former Borders building, during the expansion and renovation of the current library. The recommended plan stays within the $19 million project budget and allows for a shortened construction schedule, better customer service, and parking for library patrons. This recommendation will now be forwarded to the City Commission for consideration. Read More..
Are you a fan of Lawrence Public Library? If so, you can now show your library love with a t-shirt! We have two shirts for sale right now – our Summer in the City shirts and our regular Lawrence Public Library shirts. We have a variety of sizes for kids and adults – from onesies through XXL – and they are all on sale for one low price, just $5! Stop by the Circulation Desk and ask to see samples and sizes.
Going on vacation but have a request coming in soon? No problem! If you think a requested item will come in when you can’t get to the library, you can freeze the request. By freezing your request, you can keep your place in line and still receive your item when you come back. Click here for instructions.
Our free computer classes are starting up again in July! From Computer Basics to Getting Started with Facebook, we’ve got something for everyone. Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Knology Computer Lab on the lower level. Click here to see a full list of what’s coming up. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling (785) 843-1178. Classes are limited to 12 seats – so call today!
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