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New Library Website: Valentine’s Day “Soft Launch”

Before we make the switch to our new website — scheduled to officially launch during National Library Week, APR 8-14, 2018 — we invite you to take a couple of baby steps with us.

Baby Step 1: Starting Wednesday, FEB 14, when you search for LPL events, you’ll find a brand new web calendar and can start exploring the new site. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lawrence!

Baby Step 2:  Play around in the new space. Our current website — the one you know and love — will keep on truckin’ through APR 7. After that, we’ll say goodbye and make the big switch on Monday, APR 9.

PS—We’re looking for feedback. Email your thoughts to us here.

Stay tuned for more updates.

New Calendar of Events’ Fresh Features:

  • Events paired with your interests
    When you search for books, music, games, or movies, related library programs will show up in the catalog — BOOM!
  • Never miss anything—even better, bring a friend!
    Events have a one-click, save-to calendar button as well as a social sharing option. Put feelers out and see if your people want to go, too.
  • Simple search
    Find things to do by date, event type, program name, audience, or language.
  • Easy exploration and accessibility
    In compliance with ADA web standards, information is displayed clearly and consistently in high-contrast color with underlined links.
  • Online registration
    Finally! Register for select programs with either a library card OR email address!
  • If you like this, you might also like…
    Get a “more like this…” message when programs and events have something in common.
  • Fully responsive design
    Whether you’re on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop, your browsing experience will display beautifully.
  • Need-to-know now
    Library hours of operation, location, and event contact information is included on every event page.
  • The future is clear
    Like Lego Club? Social Justice Book Club? Recurring events are grouped together. Now you can see all the dates — months in advance!

Here’s what you’ll see when you search events starting Wednesday, FEB 14:

2018 New website and events calendar view

Read​ ​Across​ ​Lawrence​ ​2018​ ​Is​ ​Bound​ ​to​ ​Be​ ​Wonder​-ful!

Read Across Lawrence is just around the corner and this year we’ve chosen to feature one book for all ages: Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The New York Times bestseller is about August Pullman, a boy with a facial difference who wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

“We picked Wonder because we feel it speaks to all ages. It sends an important message of kindness, hope, and the power of friendship at a time when bullying has reached epidemic proportions,” said Brad Allen, executive director of Lawrence Public Library. “It’s also important to us to show that good literature is being produced for children. Once we grow up, we typically don’t read it anymore and this is a chance for the ‘big kids’ to get back to their roots.”

Read Across Lawrence runs FEB 14–MAR 17, 2018 and will be packed with programs and activities for all ages to explore Wonder’s themes of kindness and acceptance.

Stay tuned for a full program of events to be announced in January.

In partnership with KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, this annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence Schools Foundation, and Lawrence Public Library teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.

“This book is destined to be a classic. We’ve got a month of phenomenal library programs planned. We’re so grateful to KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, and our many other partners for their generous support in making this all possible,” Allen added.

GET A FREE COPY OF WONDER! 2017 Wonder Read Across LawrenceJoin us Monday, JAN 15 at 1 PM in the auditorium for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service celebration and get a free copy of Wonder. In addition to a diversity-focused storytime and a screening of The 13th, a free lunch will be provided by Hy-Vee from 12-1 PM with a book giveaway to follow. First come, first served until books are gone. Please limit one per family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Wonder is author R.J. Palacio’s debut novel. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March 2012 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The book’s message of kindness has inspired the Choose Kind movement, and has been embraced by readers young and old around the world. Palacio lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons, and two dogs (Bear and Beau).


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Midco Invests $90K in the Library’s Computer Lab

Noting the importance of education, as well as the value of a vibrant public library, Midco has awarded $90,000 to the Lawrence Public Library’s computer lab.

The money will be used to update the lab computers and the software used throughout the library over the next six years.

“Computer and internet access is something we all have come to depend on. However, a good number of our patrons do not have a computer or access to the internet at home, so they depend on the library to connect to the wider world,” said Kathleen Morgan, Director of Development and Community Partnerships. “They use the computers to apply for benefits, look for and apply for jobs or simply to find out what’s happening in the world around them.”

Midco’s gift has already allowed the library to replace all of the computers and monitors in the computer lab. In addition, the library has purchased new Chromebooks for patrons to check out and use in the library. Looking ahead, the library plans to update the computers just outside the computer lab as well as in the children’s department and teen zone.

“Lawrence Public Library depends on private gifts to supplement and strengthen the public’s investment in the library,” said Morgan. “Midco’s generous gift will make it possible for the library to keep its technology up-to-date for the community. We are humbled by Midco’s generosity.”

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About Midco

Founded in 1931, Midco is the leading provider of internet and networking, cable TV, phone, data center and managed services, home automation and advertising services in the Midwest. More than 380,000 residential and business customers count on Midco services in 342 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Midco will deliver advanced gigabit internet technology to most customers by the end of 2017. Visit to learn more about Midco and how the company gives back to the communities it serves.

Community Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Come out for food, music, and fun to celebrate lighting the menorah with the Chabad Jewish Center on Sunday, DEC 17 from 4-6 PM in our Auditorium.

Jews around the world will begin lighting the menorah (and marking the beginning of Hanukkah) on Tuesday night, DEC 12. The holiday lasts for eight days and ends on DEC 20.

Find library books, ebooks, and audiobooks about Hanukkah right here.
Learn more about Hanukkah story here.

What was Standing Rock Really About?

What was it like seeing people from over 300 different Nations from around the world gather to protect water, ceremony, and culture?

On Monday, NOV 20 from 5-7 PM in the Auditorium, hear the first-hand experience of those who spent a year protecting the Standing Rock community, including braving -68℉ temperatures to ensure the camp’s safety.

Like others from around the world, they left everything to bear witness to the cultural appropriation of native lands, and support the Standing Rock people.

IMAGE: Modified version of an original photograph:
Sacred Stone Camp Message by Joe Brusky / Flickr

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Lawrence Latches On!

In partnership with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County, we’re hosting a family-friendly celebration and latch on Saturday, Aug 5 from 10 AM – 12 PM in the Library Auditorium.

Activities include story and song times, a baby wearing demonstration, information on finding support for breastfeeding in our community, and much more!

Email our Health Librarian, Gwen with any questions:

Kidsapalooza: Firefighters

On Wednesday, July 26 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll explore a fire truck and learn about what firefighters do to build a better community! Program is for ages 5-6. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Kidsapalooza: LKPD & Me

Join us on Wednesday, June 7 from 2- 3 PM in the Auditorium, Lawrence Police Officers will talk to us about teamwork, share some info on being an officer and talk about how they help build a better world by working in our community! Kidsapalooza is for ages 5-6! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Children’s Desk.

Let’s Get Growing!

After many hours of volunteer help and generous seed donations from our partners, the LPL Seed Library is back and ready for business starting Monday, Feb 20 in the Library Atrium.

Come browse vegetable, herb, and flower seeds and connect with gardening resources and a variety of free programs and events on topics related to green spaces and green living.

Download our brochure to help get you started, and give Melissa a holler if you have any questions!


A Magical RAL Kids Kick-off Party

Our month-long community read for kids starts with magic and free books! See Korso the Curious and hear what we have in store for Kids RAL 2017!

On SaturdayFeb 4 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, kids ages 7-11 can get a free copy of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones while supplies last.