The library will be closed Sunday April 21 and will resume normal hours of operation the following day, Monday April 22.

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Tinkering time Tinkering time

Improvements to the library's website and catalog might impact how you typically navigate to web pages. Here's what you need to know.
Improvements to the library's website and catalog might impact how you typically navigate to web pages. Here's what you need to know.

2018 on the Books 2018 on the Books

Check out your checkouts and other 2018 usage stats with this visual take on a year well spent. Bonus deep dive into LPL history included.
Check out your checkouts and other 2018 usage stats with this visual take on a year well spent. Bonus deep dive into LPL history included.

Library Closed Sunday April 21 Library Closed Sunday April 21

Apr 21st | 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Lawrence Public Library
The library will be closed on Sunday April 21, but our website is always open. See what you can still check out from the comfort of home.
The library will be closed on Sunday April 21, but our website is always open. See what you can still check out from the comfort of home.

Know How? Show how. Know How? Show how.

If you have a skill, talent, or hobby, the How-To Festival is your chance to show it.
If you have a skill, talent, or hobby, the How-To Festival is your chance to show it. This year's festival is fast approaching. Make sure you or your group are signed up to participate.

Get your hands in the dirt Get your hands in the dirt

Come peruse the LPL Seed Library in person, or dig up gardening resources virtually at our site for all things green and local.
Come peruse the LPL Seed Library in person, or dig up gardening resources virtually at our site for all things green and local.

Up Next

The Chaperone with Laura Moriarty The Chaperone with Laura Moriarty

Apr 18th | 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Liberty Hall
Free State Fest, Liberty Hall, Raven Book Store +the library bring an exclusive screening of the highly-anticipated film based on…
Free State Fest, Liberty Hall, Raven Book Store +the library bring an exclusive screening of the highly-anticipated film based on…

Readers' Services

039: Just Out Here Tackling Systemic… 039: Just Out Here Tackling Systemic…

In celebration of Jesmyn Ward coming to Lawrence on April 11th (event details -- tickets are free but required), we discussed Salvage the…
In celebration of Jesmyn Ward coming to Lawrence on April 11th (event details -- tickets are free but required), we discussed Salvage the…

Lawrence Picks: Kimberly's Favorite… Lawrence Picks: Kimberly's Favorite…

recommended by LPL_KimberlyL
I read a lot of gay books. Mostly, I read gay romance! Here are a few of my favorites.
I read a lot of gay books. Mostly, I read gay romance! Here are a few of my favorites.

Lawrence Picks: Female Ensembles in… Lawrence Picks: Female Ensembles in…

recommended by LPL_IlkaI
In general, women are already powerful and superheroes in their own right, yet these titles take this knowledge one step further. To…
In general, women are already powerful and superheroes in their own right, yet these titles take this knowledge one step further. To…

038: The Death of Our Desire to Read… 038: The Death of Our Desire to Read…

Sometimes a book is much more fun to discuss than it was to read. This, friends, is one of those times. Join Polli and Kate as they rip…
Sometimes a book is much more fun to discuss than it was to read. This, friends, is one of those times. Join Polli and Kate as they rip…

Lawrence Picks: Nature Book Club books… Lawrence Picks: Nature Book Club books…

recommended by LPL_ShirleyB
Nature Book Club meets quarterly on the Wednesday at each change of season, at the library. We discuss books connected to the natural…
Nature Book Club meets quarterly on the Wednesday at each change of season, at the library. We discuss books connected to the natural…

Info Services

LPL Research Top Twelve LPL Research Top Twelve

recommended by LPL_IanS
Here at LPL we have access to dozens of great online resources. Here are twelve of our favorites.
Here at LPL we have access to dozens of great online resources. Here are twelve of our favorites.

Resources A-Z Resources A-Z

From Academic Search Premiere to WorldCat—LPL databases have you covered.
From Academic Search Premiere to WorldCat—LPL databases have you covered.

Digital Douglas County History Digital Douglas County History

Your spot for Douglas County history, featuring a growing collection of photographs, genealogy resources, and oral histories.
Your spot for Douglas County history, featuring a growing collection of photographs, genealogy resources, and oral histories.

New York Times New York Times

Access to the New York Times website without article limits.
Access to the New York Times website without article limits.

Newspaper Source Plus Newspaper Source Plus

Access full articles from over 850 newspapers. This database now includes transcripts of television and radio news.
Access full articles from over 850 newspapers. This database now includes transcripts of television and radio news.

LPL Blog

The Dirt The Dirt

Last month, three librarians and their graphic designer bestie took the trip of their lives. They spent ten glorious days in the…
Last month, three librarians and their graphic designer bestie took the trip of their lives. They spent ten glorious days in the…

Can't Miss April 2019 Reads Can't Miss April 2019 Reads

April 2019 is a busy month in the publishing world, which is great news for those of us who are gearing up for Summer Reading! Whether…
April 2019 is a busy month in the publishing world, which is great news for those of us who are gearing up for Summer Reading! Whether…

For People Who Don't Like Poetry For People Who Don't Like Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! With the birds singing and the sun shining, it’s a great time to start reading poetry - even if you’re…
April is National Poetry Month! With the birds singing and the sun shining, it’s a great time to start reading poetry - even if you’re…

Inspiration From Elizabeth Schultz,… Inspiration From Elizabeth Schultz,…

I've written to share my admiration for environmental and social justice leaders before, as well as to celebrate local authors; however,…
I've written to share my admiration for environmental and social justice leaders before, as well as to celebrate local authors; however,...

Change Your Life: Book Recs Based on… Change Your Life: Book Recs Based on…

By Ksoper
I was very worried when I heard Queer Eye was in Lawrence (as evidenced by their stop at our own 3-windowed 6th street McDonalds!). My…
I was very worried when I heard Queer Eye was in Lawrence (as evidenced by their stop at our own 3-windowed 6th street McDonalds!). My…

Look Play Listen

Musicians as Poets Musicians as Poets

recommended by LPL_WilliamO
There's nothing like a well crafted song. These are some of our favorite musicians who are famous for their poetic lyrics.
There's nothing like a well crafted song. These are some of our favorite musicians who are famous for their poetic lyrics.

Look Play Listen Picks (April 2019) Look Play Listen Picks (April 2019)

recommended by LPL_KevinC
Recent listens/watches/plays from the April Look Play Listen team meeting
Recent listens/watches/plays from the April Look Play Listen team meeting

Movies Leaving Netflix - April 2019 Movies Leaving Netflix - April 2019

recommended by LPL_LookPlayListen
Here's what's leaving the streaming giant in April, but we'll still have on our shelves.
Here's what's leaving the streaming giant in April, but we'll still have on our shelves.

Watch 'Em & Weep: Best Tear-jerkers Watch 'Em & Weep: Best Tear-jerkers

recommended by LPL_LeahS
I asked my coworkers, "What movies make you cry?" LPL staff are a bunch of softies, and this list of tear-jerkers is all the proof you need.
I asked my coworkers, "What movies make you cry?" LPL staff are a bunch of softies, and this list of tear-jerkers is all the proof you need.

Look Play Listen: Ambient Music Look Play Listen: Ambient Music

recommended by LPL_LookPlayListen
The Cambridge English dictionary defines ambient music as thus: 'a type of music, often without a tune or beat, that is intended to make…
The Cambridge English dictionary defines ambient music as thus: 'a type of music, often without a tune or beat, that is intended to make...

Kids + Babies

Board Game Shenanigans! Board Game Shenanigans!

By Mmoore
Working in libraries is VERY serious work. No fun, ever. Okay, I'm just kidding. Working at the Lawrence Public Library is far and beyond the most enjoyable job I've ever had. I get to spend my day talking with kiddos about books they like, making crafts, and meeting fantastic...
Working in libraries is VERY serious work. No fun, ever. Okay, I'm just kidding. Working at the Lawrence Public Library is far and beyond...

LPL Kid Picks: Fiction for Summer 2019 LPL Kid Picks: Fiction for Summer 2019

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Here are some picks for our "Universe of Stories" Summer Reading theme! Each book explores a unique experience of growing up in the world. If you want to see what life is like in many different pairs of shoes, try out one of these amazing titles!
Here are some picks for our "Universe of Stories" Summer Reading theme! Each book explores a unique experience of growing up in the…

Staff Pick: No Small Potatoes Staff Pick: No Small Potatoes

Read Miss Linda's take on this new non-fiction picture book!
Read Miss Linda's take on this new non-fiction picture book!

We Can Do It! - Amazing Ladies of… We Can Do It! - Amazing Ladies of Superhero Comics

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Get ready for an awesome list with even more awesome ladies!
Get ready for an awesome list with even more awesome ladies!

Staff Pick: Aquicorn Cove Staff Pick: Aquicorn Cove

Read Centi's take on an adorable new graphic novel for kids!
Read Centi's take on an adorable new graphic novel for kids!

Teen Zone

Reduce, Reuse, Recreate! Reduce, Reuse, Recreate!

Apr 18th | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
All ages art event!
All ages art event!

YA Novels in Verse YA Novels in Verse

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
Novels in verse mean poetry on the page! These powerful, quick reads will linger with you long after you have read them.
Novels in verse mean poetry on the page! These powerful, quick reads will linger with you long after you have read them.

Inventing Victoria

I love historical fiction, especially when the details are so enticing that I have to stop to look up types of food, traditions, and…
recommended by LPL_EricaS

Become a Summer VolunTeen Become a Summer VolunTeen

Want to do something productive this summer? Volunteer at the library! Apply by April 30.
Want to do something productive this summer? Volunteer at the library! Apply by April 30.

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

Thank the gods, we're back in Alegasia! Paolini returns to the world of the Inheritance Cycle with this trio of short stories. A restless…
recommended by LPL_ColtonS
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