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2014 Banned Book Trading Cards for Sale!

For the third year, we celebrated the freedom to read with our Banned Book Trading Card project. Each year, we send out a call to artists to submit their original artwork for any banned or challenged book. Of the 47 entries we received this year, 7 were chosen to be turned into limited edition trading cards. You can now purchase the entire set at our online store here, and we’ll ship it to anywhere in the world. They make great gifts, too! Our 2013 sets are also still available in our store

2014 Trading Cards from Lawrence Public Library on Square Market

Our call for submissions resulted in 47 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.

New Catalog Now Live (with Mobile App!)

Our new catalog is now live! You can try it here. Some of our favorite features include:

  • Patrons create a username (won’t have to type your barcode every time you want to place a hold!)
  • Ability to create book lists for yourself or to share, and see other people’s suggestions (great vacation reads, mysteries for middle grades, Matilda’s epic reading list, and more)
  • Can rate and review titles you like (or dislike!)
  • Add books to your shelves: “read,” “in progress,” or “for later”
  • See great staff picks
  • Better search capabilities (want to find new music? Type “new music”)
  • We now have a mobile app!
  • Plus all of the previous features of placing holds, renewing books, paying fines online, and more.

You can now download our mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. iPhone =  Android = 

We’d love to hear what you think of the new catalog or if you have any questions!

We’re Open!

Visit our new building at 707 Vermont St. to explore reading cubbies and programming space for kids, a great social and activity area for teens, study spaces for all ages, meeting rooms for community gatherings, and improved technology throughout! Stop by any time during our normal business hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00pm

Summer in the City

Summer reading for all ages is under way! Your Story Starts Here, with books + events on art, science, fitness, literature, and summer fun. We’ll take you all over town from May 23 – Aug. 18.

As always, we want you to read. A lot. And as always, reading gets you great prizes and a shot at awesome grand prizes. But this year, we’ve also partnered with some great community organizations to bring you more. Summer in the City is a totally local, totally fun way to keep your brain engaged all summer long. Here’s what you need to know:

Ready to get started?  You can pick up a reading log and calendar of events at any service desk *starting May 23.  Or download them and get started right now:

Special thanks to our 2014 Summer Reading Partners!

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Display Your Artwork at LPL!

Calling all local artists – want to display your work at the library? Our new building will have two spaces for local exhibits, with the potential to add more in the future. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal to the Library’s Art Committee, first read through the policies below and then download the art application.

Please attach at least three photograph examples of your artwork with your submission.

Applications can be turned in at the Info Desk (at current location; new building will be Welcome Desk) or submitted electronically to

Any questions you might have can also be answered by sending an email to

*Typically, the Library Art Committee will need at least 60 days advance notice to review applications. However, we are looking for artist(s) to display for the grand opening on July 26. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the hopes to select two exhibits to be displayed from July 26 through the month of August. 

Exhibit and Display Policy

Exhibit Application

Grand Opening Announced

An official opening date for our new library at 707 Vermont St. has been announced: July 26! Grand opening celebrations are currently in the works, so mark your calendars for the last Saturday of July to check out your new Lawrence Public Library!

National Poetry Month

April marks National Poetry Month, and all ages are welcome to celebrate with us at the library! You can participate in our children’s poetry party, the poetry slam for teens and adults, or contribute to our Pop-Up Poetry display. Check out the details of these programs that commemorate the literary art that brings rhythm, meter, and emotion together.

Poetry Party

*Ages 5-11
Wednesday, April 23
Library Event Space
Building challenges, open building time, and more. Please register at (785) 843-3833.


Poetry Slam

*Ages 13 and up
Wednesday, April 16
Library Event Space
Open to slammers ages 13 and up – first ten to sign up will compete. Ten poets will compete in the first round, five in the second round, and the top three will compete for prizes in the final round. Prizes include gift certificates to local businesses and a bag of frozen burritos! Please bring 3 poems to slam. Slammers will have 3 minutes per performance. Judges and onlookers wanted and welcome!


Pin-Up Poetry

*All ages
April 1-30
Check out the Pin-Up Poetry project, a creation of the Kansas Humanities Council. Throughout the library, we’ve scattered stations where you can write your favorite poem or poem excerpt, or create your own! Choose your theme (epic, tragedy, love, or nature) and turn it into one of the librarians at the info desk. We’ll take all of the submissions and add to a community display in our front window!

Financial Literacy at LPL

In 2010, the library was awarded a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, to offer programs and materials dedicated to teaching financial literacy in our community. We accomplished this by providing a series a speakers to host Financial Wellness Clinics, offered housing and credit counseling workshops, provided child care during workshops for busy parents, sponsored the Reality U program at both Lawrence High School and Free State High School for students to learn financial literacy, and purchased books and materials to serve as permanent resources in our collections.

To increase the longevity of our Financial Wellness Clinics, we filmed these programs and are now offering the videos and corresponding materials on our website to anyone interested in learning about the following topics:

1. Pay Yourself First: Creating a Household Budget and Sticking to It

Session 1 Handouts:


2. Getting Out of Debt: Saving and Investing

Session 2 Handouts:


3. Groceries: Weekly Meal Planning and Food Savings

Session 3 Handouts:


4. Be Prepared:  Establishing An Emergency Fund

Session 4 Handouts:


5. Saving and Investment Basics

Session 5 Handouts:


6. Setting Goals and Achieving Your Financial Dreams

Session 6 Handouts:


7. Choosing Investments Wisely and Practicing Good Habits


8. How to Spend and Save in Relationships




Mail Notifications Update

Starting Monday, Feb. 17, the library will no longer send notifications through the mail. Instead, we will notify patrons of holds, due date reminders, and late fees accrued by telephone or email. Please call (785) 843-3833 to speak with a librarian (with your library card number handy!) to upgrade to email notifications or to make sure your telephone number is up to date in our system.

Thank you!

Trading Cards for Sale!

Our 2013 Banned Books Trading Cards are now available for purchase. You can buy multiple sets or send a pack to a friend! Each set is $7 plus $2.95 to ship anywhere in the U.S. Click on the link below to check out our store. If you want the 2012 set, we’ve got a few of those left, too!



2013 Trading Cards on Square Market

2012 Trading Cards on Square Market