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Take a deep breath @ the library Take a deep breath @ the library

Surely a space such as LPL, that sees close to 2,000 visitors a day, would need to utilize some heavy chemicals to purge dirt and germs circulating throughout the building. Right? Thankfully, no. LPL has green cleaning practices that make it a place to breathe easy.
How the library makes green practices part of its daily routine

New Self-Checks Are Coming New Self-Checks Are Coming

A faster and more user-friendly checkout experience is just around the corner.
A faster and more user-friendly experience

Welcome to Your New Website Welcome to Your New Website

Update your bookmarks and come along for a ride on the all-new lplks.org!
Update your bookmarks and come along for a ride on the all-new lplks.org!

The 20 Most Beautiful Libraries The 20 Most Beautiful Libraries

We've made another list ... again!
We've made another list ... again!

Up Next

Poetry on Demand Poetry on Demand

Apr 27th | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBD
Wander Downtown Lawrence locations on Final Fridays and have customized poems written just for you by local poets.
Wander Downtown Lawrence locations on Final Fridays and have customized poems written just for you by local poets.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: Workshop + Talk Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: Workshop + Talk

Based on the Hebrew tradition of Midrash, learn to write from new angles with this Kansas Poet Laureate, then hear from the author herself.
Based on the Hebrew tradition of Midrash, learn to write from new angles with this Kansas Poet Laureate, then hear from the author herself.

Caturday Caturday

LPL is teaming up with the Lawrence Humane Society to find homes for some pawsitively purrfect kittens every Saturday in April
LPL is teaming up with the Lawrence Humane Society to find homes for some pawsitively purrfect kittens every Saturday in April

Why Kids Should Code Why Kids Should Code

Register your child for Coding Club — it's free, fun, and offers a new challenge on Wednesdays, April 18, 25, and May 2.
Register your child for Coding Club — it's free, fun, and offers a new challenge on Wednesdays, April 18, 25, and May 2.

Birding While Black Birding While Black

May 24th | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Liberty Hall
Author Dr. J. Drew Lanham alights in Lawrence to tell how being an "oddity" in his scientific community fuels a deeply-held mission.
Memoirist and poet Dr. J. Drew Lanham is an "oddity" in the wildlife & conservation community. Hear how he reckons with the dangers of being black while plodding through deep woods in rural America +his mission to diversify the birdwatching community.

Readers' Services

Lawrence Picks: Mysteries with a Nature… Lawrence Picks: Mysteries with a Nature…

recommended by LPL_ShirleyB
The 1st Anniversary Meeting of the Mystery Book Club was Sunday, March 18, 2018. We recommended many books in the original list and added…
The 1st Anniversary Meeting of the Mystery Book Club was Sunday, March 18, 2018. We recommended many books in the original list and added…

Ep 022: From the Mixed-up Files of… Ep 022: From the Mixed-up Files of…

Polli and Kate explore Magic (both Big and Darker), plus books to help you talk about race and books to help you sublimate your righteous…
Polli and Kate explore Magic (both Big and Darker), plus books to help you talk about race and books to help you sublimate your righteous…

Waiting on your holds list? Try these… Waiting on your holds list? Try these…

While you wait for your holds to come in, we've got some great suggestions for read-alikes. (Note: this also works if you just read a hot...
While you wait for your holds to come in, we've got some great suggestions for read-alikes. (Note: this also works if you just read a hot...

Meet the Book Squad Meet the Book Squad

More info to get your own personalized recommendations from members of the Book Squad Team!
More info to get your own personalized recommendations from members of the Book Squad Team!

Info Services

Birding Basics: A Kansas Bestiary… Birding Basics: A Kansas Bestiary…

Apr 25th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
It's birding season! Join Jake, Ian, and a handful of expert local birders, as we learn about all about birds! Questions? Contact Jake:...
It's birding season! Join Jake, Ian, and a handful of expert local birders, as we learn about all about birds! Questions? Contact Jake:...

Web Design Basics: HTML 101 Web Design Basics: HTML 101

Apr 30th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
HTML is the language of the web. Learn the basics in this 2-part class. Registration required. If possible, please bring your own laptop…
HTML is the language of the web. Learn the basics in this 2-part class. Registration required. If possible, please bring your own laptop…

El espía que surgió del frío

Escrito por John le Carré, un auténtico espía jubilada, esta novela de la guerra fría sigue un espía quien tiene que fingir que él está… More
recommended by STEPIANS

Caturdays: Cat Cafe Caturdays: Cat Cafe

Apr 28th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
LPL is teaming up with the Lawrence Humane Society to find homes for some pawsitively purrfect kittens. Questions? Contact Ian:…
LPL is teaming up with the Lawrence Humane Society to find homes for some pawsitively purrfect kittens. Questions? Contact Ian:…

LPL Seed Library LPL Seed Library

Feb 2nd - Apr 30th
Back for its 4th season, the LPL Seed Library will be your spot for gardening information and free vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. So,…
Back for its 4th season, the LPL Seed Library will be your spot for gardening information and free vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. So,…

LPL Blog

Like Water for Miriam's Well Like Water for Miriam's Well

Local author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s, latest book, Miriam’s Well, is a wonderful chronicle of one woman’s life as she navigates the…
Local author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s, latest book, Miriam’s Well, is a wonderful chronicle of one woman’s life as she navigates the…

Verse Novels to Help You Celebrate… Verse Novels to Help You Celebrate…

Like many people, I spent a fair amount of time in my teenage years writing poetry. Some of it was quite good (I even won some state-wide…
Like many people, I spent a fair amount of time in my teenage years writing poetry. Some of it was quite good (I even won some state-wide…

I'll Never Let Go I'll Never Let Go

Noon, 10 April, 1912: Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England. 23:40, 14 April, 1912: Titanic strikes iceberg on…
Noon, 10 April, 1912: Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England. 23:40, 14 April, 1912: Titanic strikes iceberg on…

Lawrence Author Lynn Burlingham Talks… Lawrence Author Lynn Burlingham Talks about her New Memoir, Jewels that Speak

Lynn Burlingham has had quite the journey, with New York, London, and even stops in Norway all in the mix before finding herself here in Lawrence. Her latest book, Jewels that Speak, recounts her life while offering a look into two storied families of her heritage: the…
Lynn Burlingham has had quite the journey, with New York, London, and even stops in Norway all in the mix before finding herself here in…

Get Ready for Noir: a Primer on Author… Get Ready for Noir: a Primer on Author…

The release of Christopher Moore’s latest novel, Noir, is just around the corner on April 17th, making this a great time to look back over…
The release of Christopher Moore’s latest novel, Noir, is just around the corner on April 17th, making this a great time to look back over…

Tech + Studio

Online Printing Online Printing

Send documents to our printers over the internet via a handy form. Print jobs can be released from the lower-level print station.
Send documents to our printers over the internet via a handy form. Print jobs can be released from the lower-level print station.

1-on-1 Tech Help 1-on-1 Tech Help

LPL offers One-on-One Technology Help on a wide range of topics.
LPL offers One-on-One Technology Help on a wide range of topics.

Tech Drop In Tech Drop In

By Kim
Bring your gadgets and questions for help from our resident techies. Walk-in format on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bring your gadgets and questions for help from our resident techies. Walk-in format on a first-come, first-served basis.

Welcome to SOUND + VISION Welcome to SOUND + VISION

All you ever wanted to know about your SOUND + VISION Studio!
All you ever wanted to know about your SOUND + VISION Studio!

Lynda.com Lynda.com

Learn software from Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, and so much more! Quality video courses taught by industry experts.
Learn software from Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, and so much more! Quality video courses taught by industry experts.

Kids + Babies

'90s Nostalgia For a New Generation '90s Nostalgia For a New Generation

By Mmoore
Some of my earliest childhood memories were made at my hometown library. I can remember being four years old and winning a Jurassic Park beach towel as a summer reading prize. (Over 20 years later, I still own that towel.) I remember going to the nonfiction section and scooping…
Some of my earliest childhood memories were made at my hometown library. I can remember being four years old and winning a Jurassic Park…

BLOCK Fest BLOCK Fest

Apr 28th | 9:30am - 10:30am
Together with the Strengthening Families network, we are hosting BLOCK Fest. This is a day for parents and kids aged 8 months-8 years to…
Together with the Strengthening Families network, we are hosting BLOCK Fest. This is a day for parents and kids aged 8 months-8 years to come together for a session of playing with blocks, education about child development, and info about how children learn science and math…

Coding Club Coding Club

Apr 11th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us for a club about the awesome world of coding! We'll have a new challenge each week! Space is limited. Register online.
Join us for a club about the awesome world of coding! We'll have a new challenge each week! Space is limited. Register online.

Lawrence Kid Picks: Native American… Lawrence Kid Picks: Native American…

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Explore this list of picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, biographies, and more about Native American life or featuring Native…
Explore this list of picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, biographies, and more about Native American life or featuring Native…

How to: Book Clubs for Kids How to: Book Clubs for Kids

May 5th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kids and caregivers! Are you interested in starting a book club for kids? Come find out how to start a book club and hear about our…
Kids and caregivers! Are you interested in starting a book club for kids? Come find out how to start a book club and hear about our collection of book club kits for kids.

Teen Zone

Teens, Come Work With Us! Teens, Come Work With Us!

With the time closing in on our Teen Summer Reading Intern position, we thought it would be important to tell you a bit about what it's...
With the time closing in on our Teen Summer Reading Intern position, we thought it would be important to tell you a bit about what it's...

Speak

I found the novel “Speak” incredibly powerful as a teen and upon re-reading as an adult, but this graphic novel adaptation takes the story… More
recommended by LPL_CentennialC

Become a Summer VolunTeen Become a Summer VolunTeen

Want to do something productive this summer? Volunteer at the library! The Lawrence Public Library relies heavily on VolunTeens each…
Want to do something productive this summer? Volunteer at the library! The Lawrence Public Library relies heavily on VolunTeens each…

Wild Bird

Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert to turn your life around? The power of nature to transform? Feel like you might have read… More
recommended by LPL_RebeccaR

Caraval

Caraval offers the reader an excellently mysterious, magical, and powerful story about sunning away to the circus, though not any circus…
recommended by LPL_ColtonS
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