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What’s Happening

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

Health Insurance Marketplace: Information and Enrollment

Starting October 1, 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace, sometimes known as the health insurance “exchange” will begin open enrollment. Coverage starts January 1, 2014.

The Marketplace website, will be the primary tool for delivering information to Americans about their health coverage options.

Quick facts about the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people seeking insurance or who are uninsured. Generally, people who currently have insurance through their workplace, who have insurance through Medicaid/KanCare, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Tricare or the Veterans health care program are not the target of this open enrollment period.

Most people will be eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options.

The Marketplace simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, and other features important to you before you make a choice. Plans will be presented in four categories – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – to make comparing them easier.

Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies. They cover the same core set of benefits called essential health benefits. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans can’t charge women more than men for the same plan. Many preventive services are covered at no cost to you.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be offering forums for the general public to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and signing up for the insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace.

Sun Oct 13, 6:30 pm

Tues Oct 22, 7:00 pm

Thu Oct 24, 3:00 pm

Fri Nov 8, 1:30 pm

Want to learn more about how it works? Watch these videos

Watch this 6 minute video about the Health Insurance Marketplace APPLICATION

This video introduces an interactive online application process for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on Using an example of a single man from Arizona, images of computer screens from the application unfold while a narrator explains the content of each screen. The program concludes with a printable summary of the application and an explanation of what benefits will be received.

Watch this 4 minute video about the Health Insurance Marketplace ENROLLMENT

This video introduces the Marketplace enrollment process for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on Using the same individual from the Marketplace Application video as an example, the scenario continues, as he follows step-by-step instructions on how to find and enroll in a health plan. Images of computer screens from the Marketplace enrollment process unfold while a narrator explains the content of each screen. The program concludes with a successful completion of all enrollment steps, and how to contact the health plan to submit payment.

Find answers to your questions

The questions section features answers on many topics.

The Info Desk at the library has handouts and bookmarks to provide information about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Telephone assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace is available 24/7 – 1-800-318-2596

Find local application assistance

Visit to find help in your area. More sites are listed each day leading up to October 1. You can search by city and state or zip code to see a list of local organizations with contact information, office hours, and types of help offered, such as non-English language support, Medicaid or CHIP, and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). When open enrollment starts October 1, 2013, these organizations will be able to assist you in finding the kind of help that works for you.

Local assistance: Call Certified Navigator Rosilyn Wells at Heartland Community Health Center at (785) 841-7297, ext. 219 for assistance to set up a time for assistance in completing Health Insurance Marketplace applications

These local agencies will have Certified Navigators and Certified Application Counselors: Heartland Community Health Center, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Catholic Charities. The Kansas Insurance Department provides local resources at

Heartland Community Health Center
1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 100
Lawrence, KS 66044

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
200 Maine St Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-0721

Lawrence Public Library
700 New Hampshire St Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-3833

Catholic Charities
1229 Vermont Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-0109

What is the Library doing to help?

The Lawrence Public Library is providing information about the Health Insurance Marketplace online and in a display of handouts at the Info Desk. We are also partnering to provide sessions with Certified navigators and and Certified Application Counselors available to help you complete the online application for the Health Insurance Marketplace and compare insurance options. Those sessions will be held in the Library Events Space at the library on:

Wed Oct 2, 3-5 pm

Thu Oct 10,1-5 pm

Fri  Oct 11, 5-7 pm

Sat Oct 19, 4-6 pm

Library staff cannot assist customers in completing the application or enrollment process, but can provide technology assistance in using the library’s public computers and printers. Librarians can also make referrals to local agencies with trained application assistants.

If you are a consumer and have specific questions about the Affordable Care Act, please visit, the official Affordable Care Act website, for more information. To read more about state-wide healthcare information, view ”Healthcare in Kansas” from the Kansas Insurance Department.

(Info from and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library)