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Food Drive for Heartland Community Health Center

We’re officially under Winter’s Spell and food-insecure people in our community are facing daily meal challenges. You can help.

MON–FRI, Jan 15–Jan 26, we’ll be collecting much-needed food items for Heartland’s food pantry.

Bring your donations to the Welcome Desk during regular library hours.

Here’s what Heartland needs:

Heartland Food Drive


Edible Book Challenge Call for Entries

The recipe is simple: Pick one book you love and a creative way of interpreting it with edible ingredients!

Register as an individual or team: 785-843-3833 by 5 PM on FRI, March 10. Bring entries to the library between 10-11 AM on SAT, March 11.

This all-ages food challenge gives readers a chance to transform a favorite book into a culinary masterpiece based on the content or appearance of the book, from puns to literal interpretations! It’s ok to play with your food!

Email Gwen at for more info.

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Guess Who’s Moving In?!

The Merc Co+op is opening a cafe right here in the Library lobby this January!

Library patrons and the downtown community will soon be able to enjoy Merc Made food and beverages even more conveniently.

“We are always exploring how we can provide our community with more access to good, local food,” said Rita York Hennecke, General Manager, The Merc Co+op. “When the library released a request for proposals in October, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to submit one.”

“The Merc Co+op and Lawrence Public Library are two truly local establishments dedicated to the well-being of our community,” said Brad Allen, Director, Lawrence Public Library. “We are so excited to have The Merc in the library lobby! Our patrons have been asking when we’ll have coffee again—they’ve been so patient! It will be exciting to have fresh, quality food and drink in the library again.”

The cafe will be open until 6 p.m. each day and offer a variety of Merc Made coffees, teas, juices and pastries as well as popular packaged deli items like sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Co-op owners will receive patronage for all purchases made at the library, senior owners will receive 5% off purchases each Tuesday, and co-op coupons will be honored just as they are at the 901 Iowa location.

For more information, contact Valerie Taylor, Marketing Manager, The Merc Co+op at 785-843-8544 or or Heather Kearns, Marketing Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library at 785-843-3833 or

Kids in the Kitchen

Registration required, space is limited: 785-843-3833. Kids in the Kitchen is a three-week curriculum starting on Monday, November 14 in which the children will safely create and sample delicious recipes, learning about safety, nutrition, and food choices. All classes will be held in the Readers’ Theater from 4- 5:30 PM. Please register for all three classes and fill out an allergy info sheet. The class cannot accept new attendees after the 1st week of the program. This program is made possible by Harvester’s.

Doing Good is Good Business

On Wednesday, Oct 26 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, hear local perspective on how changing the business model gives back to the community, and makes space to provide resources for those in need.

Join us for a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs bettering our community through their businesses.

The world of business is changing for the good: creating space for social entrepreneurs and others who don’t just want to earn a profit, but to do something good for other people and the planet. Building sustainability within business models can have a huge impact on the Lawrence community at large.

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The Future of Urban Ag

On Tuesday, June 21 from 6-8 PM, we’re getting together in the Auditorium to discuss Lawrence’s new urban agriculture code with area growers and planners.

This is your opportunity to share thoughts about the future of urban agriculture in the city.

In May of 2016, the City of Lawrence passed a suite of new policies relating to urban agriculture. The Douglas County Food Policy Council worked closely with interested citizens and city staff to develop new options for food production in the city, including beekeeping, small goats and sheep, on-site sales, and the creation of a specialized “Urban Farm” designation.

The panel will feature:

  • Moderator: Helen Schnoes | Douglas County Food Systems Coordinator
  • Jill Elmers | Food Policy Council, Moon on the Meadow Farm, and Common Harvest Farm
  • Mary Miller | City of Lawrence Planning Department
  • Emily Ryan | Citizen grower

DG CO food policy logo with LPL

Edible Book Festival Call for Entries

It’s a simple recipe.

1 book you love
1 creative way of interpreting it with edible ingredients

What’s an “edible book”?

Check these out.

All ages are welcome to participate in transforming a favorite book into a culinary masterpiece based on the content or appearance of your book, from puns to literal interpretations.


  • FRI | Apr 22 — Register as an individual or a team at 785-843-3833 by 5 PM
  • SAT | Apr 23 — Bring entries between 9-11 AM to the Auditorium
  • No registrations are required to view the submissions and vote

2016_April_Edible Book Festival posters


Your Hungry Ear: Food Poetry @ LPL

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I like nutritious foods

And so should you.

- A poem by seventh graders Mykynzie Wright, Hailey Coon, and Rylie Stellwagon from Food Poetry by Topher Enneking & South Middle School Students

Did you know that April at LPL is both Healthy Food and Poetry month? I’m not kidding. We are lucky enough to celebrate in one month fuel for both body and soul. In fact, the poetry of food is ubiquitous, transcending time, space, culture, socio-economics, and more. Food is one of those universal connections that we have with every single living being on the planet. No wonder so many authors have chosen to write the lyrical praises of that which nourishes us all. Read More..