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Happy Labor Day! The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7.
Service Storytime and more!Spencer Art Cart: Bead Blitz!Tail Wagging ReadersMaster Gardeners for Kids: Chia Sock HeadTween Club

What’s Going On For Kids at the Library

All children’s programs meet in the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area, unless otherwise noted. And always check our online calendar.

FRIDAY, SEPT 4

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.tween club logo

Tween Club (grades 3-5) 3:30-5:00 pm. A club just for tweens in grades 3-5, or ages 8-11! Meet us to hang out, play some games and craft with your friends.

SUNDAY, SEPT 6 & MONDAY, SEPT 7

Sorry, the library is closed for the Labor Day weekend.

TUESDAY, SEPT 8

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

Books and Babies (birth to 23 months & their families) 6:00 pm. Songs and stories for babies birth to 23 months and their families.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 9

Books and Babies (birth to 23 months & their families) 9:30 and 10:30 am. Songs and stories for babies birth to 23 months and their families.

Master Gardeners for kids: Chia Sock Head (Ages 5-11) 4:00 pm. What is a seed? Come join us and the Douglas County Master Gardeners team to find out and make a special craft that will grow its own hair! Registration is required. Please call 785-843-3833 to sign up.

THURSDAY, SEPT 10

Toddler Storytime (2 year olds and their families), 9:30 and 10:30 am, in the Readers’ Theater. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 7:00 pm. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

FRIDAY, SEPT 11national day of service

Library Storytime is special today! 10:30- 11:30 am, in the Auditorium. Stories, a craft, a police car and a fire truck! Join us in a special storytime in honor of the September 11th National Day of Service, featuring Lawrence Fire Chief Mark Bradford, and Police Chief Tarik Khatib. Following storytime, children will complete a craft to send to a community organization. AND there will be a police car and a fire truck to look at!

SATURDAY, SEPT 12Tail wagging readers

Tail Wagging Readers (grades K-5) 10:30-11:30 am. Register for a 15 minute time slot by calling 843-3833. Read out loud to registered therapy dogs from Loving Paws Animal Therapy. This is a great way to practice reading and build reading confidence with a warm furry friend. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. We meet on 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

african.beads Spencer Art Cart: Bead Blitz (all ages) 1:30-4:30 pm. Learn about beaded jewelry from Africa and create a beaded treasure of your own. The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in the Spencer Classroom Collection. Sponsored by Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum of Art.

SUNDAY, SEPT 13

Stories & Songs (all ages), 3:30-4:00 pm, in the Readers’ Theater. All ages are welcome to this musical storytime. Hear great stories, sing, clap, and move your feet!

MONDAY, SEPT 14

Toddler Storytime (2 year olds and their families), 9:30 and 10:30 am, in the Readers’ Theater. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

TUESDAY, SEPT 15

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

Books and Babies (birth to 23 months & their families) 6:00 pm. Songs and stories for babies birth to 23 months and their families.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 16

Books and Babies (birth to 23 months & their families) 9:30 and 10:30 am. Songs and stories for babies birth to 23 months and their families.

THURSDAY, SEPT 17

Toddler Storytime (2 year olds and their families), 9:30 and 10:30 am, in the Readers’ Theater. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 7:00 pm. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

If you like Chasing Vermeer…

So you loved Chasing Vermeer, but now you’re looking for a new book to read? We’re on the case with recommendations with books full of art, mysteries, and puzzles!

There are plenty of books to keep you guessing, with missing paintings, art heists, and even paintings as portals to another world. Or maybe you’d like a book with codes to solve or secret societies, treasure hunts, or missing magicians. Find them all in the catalog!

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The Other Side of the Library

This is for the regulars.  You know who you are.  You’re in the children’s room every week, it feels like you’ve read every picture book in the collection, your child helps other kids find books when the librarian is busy.  Maybe there are days when you even start to feel (gasp!) bored here.  If this is you, march your child right over to the other side of the library and sooth your ennui with the adult oversize books.  These books filled with Read More..

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The Movie Was Better (What!?)

I know, I know, that’s a crazy thing to say.  Everyone knows the book is always better than the movie.  I’ve been disappointed so many times by movie-versions of awesome books that I wonder why I bother anymore.  But every once in a while, I’ve been surprised, loving the visual remake even more than the original book.  Here are some great ones: Read More..

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I Have a Confession

At the risk of losing my library certification, or possibly my job, I have a confession to make:  I hate Goodnight Moon.  Okay, I know that’s not how we encourage children to talk, so let me revise: I don’t prefer Goodnight Moon.  Is this the appropriate forum to go into detail about everything I don’t like about it?  Probably not, but let me just mention a few things.  Read More..

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Poetry in Picture Books

Do you want to share poetry with your child but can’t stand any more of the tired old rhythm of nursery rhymes?  You’re thinking maybe it’s time to explore the emotion and organic flow of free verse, but your kids aren’t quite ready for Sylvia Plath.  Try these books that explore the sound, rhythm, flow, and feel of words as they tell their story.  Read More..

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