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Read Across Lawrence for Kids Kick-off

Saturday, August 31st @ 11:30am – 12:30pm at Watson Park
Ages 8 – 14 and their parents

We’re celebrating the start of Read Across Lawrence for Kids by hosting a beach party! What’s that you say? Kansas doesn’t have beaches? Don’t worry, we’ll improvise. Pick up your FREE copy of this year’s featured title, Turtle in Paradise, enjoy live music, and nosh on sandwiches provided by Jimmy John’s. But wait, that’s not all! Show your Read Across Lawrence for Kids copy of Turtle in Paradise to the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatics Center for a free swim that day!

*Free admission to the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatics Center only applies to the child who has received a Read Across Lawrence for Kids copy of Turtle in Paradise. Free admission is only available the day of the Kick-off, August 31st.


Design Your Own Turtle in Paradise T-shirt

Saturday, September 7th @ 11:30 am -12:30 pm at Lawrence Public Library
Ages 8 & up

Show off your Read Across Lawrence for Kids style by making a Turtle in Paradise t-shirt using all kinds of crafty, cool methods such as magazine transfers, bleach pens, and sandpaper. Bring a plain t-shirt!


Flavors of Key West

Sunday, September 8th @ 1-2 pm at the Lawrence Public Library
Ages 8 & up

Enjoy an ice cream making demonstration by Lawrence’s own ice creamery, Sylas and Maddy’s. Learn how to make “cut-up”, a Key West specialty!


Diaper Baby Gang 101

Saturday, September 14th @ 1-2 pm at the Lawrence Public Library
Ages 10 & up

How do you burp a baby? How much does a babysitter make an hour? Does the Diaper Baby Gang’s Secret Formula really work? Learn the in’s and out’s of babysitting with a specialist from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. We’ll also be talking about the entrepreneurial side of babysitting (i.e. $$$).


Free Family Movie Matinee of Annie

Saturday, September 21st @ 4:30pm at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. St.
All ages (This event was originally scheduled for September 14.)

Main character Turtle’s favorite thing to read is Little Orphan Annie, an extremely popular comic that appeared in the funny pages back in the day. It’s hard to come by this comic nowadays, so Lawrence Public Library and Liberty Hall teamed up for a FREE showing of Annie, the famous flick inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip!


Hurricane a Comin’!

Sunday, September 15th @ 1-2 pm at The Sandbar, 17 E. 8th St.
Ages 8 & up

The famous hurricane of 1935 makes a big appearance in Turtle in Paradise. Learn the science of what a hurricane is and participate in activities with a couple of UKanTeach students from the University of Kansas. You’ll also experience the excitement of Lawrence’s famous, the one-and-only indoor hurricane, at The Sandbar.


Cool Comics

Saturday, September 21 @ 1-2 pm at the Library
Ages 8 & up

Do you like comics as much as Turtle does? Astrokitty Comics & Games will be visiting the library to talk about cool comics from yesterday and today. Be prepared to draw because you’ll learn how to create your own comic as well!


Secret Book Club

Sunday, September 22nd @ 1:30-2:30 pm at the Lawrence Public Library
Ages 8 – 12

The featured book of September’s Secret Book Club is our Read Across Lawrence for Kids book, Turtle in Paradise. Discuss the book and enjoy themed activities.


Kansas to Key West: How Kids Had Fun During the Great Depression

Wednesday, September 25th @ 4:00-5:00 pm at Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass. St.
Ages 8 & up and their families

The Great Depression was… well… depressing. So, what did kids do for fun? Explore different games and toys of the time and learn how to craft some of your own!


Read Across Lawrence Author Talk Finale

Saturday, September 28 @ 2-3pm at The Lawrence Arts Center
Ages 8 & up

Meet our Read Across Lawrence for Kids author, the three-time Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Holm in a virtual author talk on the big screen in the Lawrence Arts Center auditorium! Learn about Jennifer Holm’s personal inspiration behind Turtle in Paradise, what it’s like to be a writer, and what she’s currently working on. We will also be raffling away prizes and conclude with a slice of key lime pie in celebration.


Downtown Lawrence Treasure Hunt

Ongoing throughout the month of September

The hunt is on!  Attempt this Read Across Lawrence for Kids Treasure Hunt by picking up a sheet at the Children’s Room or Teen Zone desk and navigate your way through Downtown Lawrence in search of Black Caesar’s Treasure. Those that complete the hunt will not only find the treasure, but be eligible to win tickets to the Real Pirates exhibit at Union Station.


Read Across Lawrence for Kids Exclusive Ice Cream Flavor

Ongoing throughout the month of September

Make sure you stop into Sylas & Maddy’s to try the exclusive Turtle in Paradise flavor offered throughout the Read Across Lawrence for Kids Month!