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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)

Get In Touch With Your Issues

With Zinio, our digital newsstand, you can read current issues of your favorite magazine on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.  All you need is a library card, access to the internet, and a few minutes to set it up.  Click here to get started!


Lawrence Community Kindle

Thanks to a very generous grant from Wal-Mart, Lawrence Public Library is giving the community a chance to populate one of our circulating Kindles. The Kindle will go live in our catalog Monday June 10th at 10 am. The first 26 people to place holds on it will each get to choose a book for us to upload onto the device.
But what if you’re not one of those lucky 26 people? Don’t worry, everyone in Lawrence will have the chance to vote for their favorite book on the kindle and then those folks that voted will get a chance to win their own kindle.
We can’t wait to see the tastes of our fellow Lawrencians!

Here are some more details.

Place your hold here.

Attention Kindle owners!

With your Lawrence Public Library card, you can now access Kindle content and more via the Sunflower eLibrary consortium. Powered by OverDrive, the Sunflower eLibrary offers ebooks in Kindle, EPUB, and PDF formats. You can also access audiobooks, music, and movies.


This ebook service is in addition to the 3M Cloud Library, which we provide through the State Library of Kansas.  Together both services offer an array of titles in multiple formats – making two great sources of ebook content for the same low price (Free!).

Computer Classes are Back in Session

Technology moves so fast these days, that it’s easy to let important tools pass you by.  We want to get you back up to speed with Computer Classes @ Lawrence Public Library!  Whether you are interested in connecting with friends and family through social media, or if you want to punch up your resume by learning workplace software – we have a class that’s right for you.  Our technology courses are perfect for beginners, but can also be a great place for seasoned users to ask a few questions or learn cool new tricks.   And the best part is – the Computer Classes are absolutely free!

Each class will last for one hour, and seating is limited so it’s important to register in advance.  To contact us, please call 843-1178 or email Lynn Koenig at

(May class dates were originally listed on Thursdays. These classes will now be offered on Tuesdays. The Computer Troubleshooting class originally listed will not be offered in May.)

Upcoming classes:

Introduction to Excel Part I
Thrusday, April 11—7pm

An introduction to Microsoft’s spreadsheet application commonly used for statistical and financial needs.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

Introduction to Excel Part II
Thursday, April 18—7pm

A continuation of the skills learned in  “Introduction to Excel Part I”.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Thursday, April 25—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

Introduction to Facebook
Tuesday, May 7—7pm

Get started on the web’s most popular social networking site, Facebook.  Learn how to establish an account, edit your personal information, find friends, and control content and privacy settings.  Participants must have a valid email address and be familiar with the web.

Googley Goodies
Tuesday, May 14—7pm

Chances are you’ve used Google to search the internet, but did you know they offer a great free alternative to Microsoft Office?  If not, this class is for you.  Our resident Technology Assistant gives you a guided tour of useful Google sites and services.

Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 21—7pm

Get started with Microsoft’s word processing software.  Learn how to format a document, enter and edit text, save and manage files, and more!  Basic computer skills are needed for this class.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Tuesday, May 28—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.