The History of Read Across Lawrence at LPL
Read Across Lawrence uses literature as a springboard to launch community conversations about important issues of our times. Each year, we distribute 1,000 free copies of the selected book and invite cornerstone community institutions to host lectures, panels, discussion groups and film screenings throughout Lawrence.
This annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. In 2012, Read Across Lawrence broadened its scope to include teens and children with books related thematically to the adult selection.
In 2017, in partnership with KU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and KU Libraries, we received a $14,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in Lawrence. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Lawrence Public Library is one of 77 organizations to receive a grant to host a NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. The NEA Big Read in Lawrence will focus on In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit The Big Read site.
Previous Read Across Lawrence selections: