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Borrow a Button Maker Borrow a Button Maker

NEW! Borrow a button-making machine from the Tech Desk for D.I.Y. politic, fashion, arts, fabric arts and all manner of public proclamation.
NEW! Borrow a button-making machine from the Tech Desk for D.I.Y. politic, fashion, arts, fabric arts and all manner of public proclamation.

What you've been reading: nonfiction What you've been reading: nonfiction

With spring closely looming, we thought it appropriate to take a flowery peek at what you've been reading to keep those neurons firing despite the freeze.
As spring looms, we thought it appropriate to take a flowery peek at what you've been reading to keep your neurons fired up.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 down, innumerable books ahead! Our first families to cross the finish line are raising strong readers.
1,000 down, innumerable books ahead! Our first families to cross the finish line are raising strong readers. Find out how your little one can, too.

Tax Information Tax Information

How to make it through tax season, with assistance, forms, and more resources in the Lawrence community.
How to make it through tax season, with assistance, forms, and more resources in the Lawrence community.

Up Next

Mass Incarceration Symposium Mass Incarceration Symposium

Mar 23rd | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
The Project on the History of Black Writing hosts scholars, authors + artists for a panel on the issue of mass incarceration.
The Project on the History of Black Writing hosts scholars, authors + artists for a panel on the issue of mass incarceration.

Rediscovering the Arkansas River Rediscovering the Arkansas River with Hannes Zacharias

Mar 25th | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Zacharias retired as Johnson County Manager and kayaked from Colorado to New Orleans, seeking to recapture the unforgettable summer of '76.
In May 2018, 64-year-old Hannes Zacharias embarked on his second 2,060-mile kayak trip on the Ark, this time paddling the headwaters in Colorado to the mouth of the Mississippi, retracing a journey he did some 42 years earlier. Come explore the 45th longest river in the world…

Future Perfect Project Q&A Future Perfect Project Q&A

Mar 26th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James Lecesne and Ryan Amador invite queer aligned youth + parents, guardians, teachers + allies for performance, forum, and empowerment.
James Lecesne and Ryan Amador invite queer aligned youth + parents, guardians, teachers + allies for performance, forum, and empowerment.

Subterranean Lawrence Subterranean Lawrence

Mar 31st | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Milo Bitters shares findings from an exceptional, deep-dive school project to lead you on a journey through the Lawrence underground.
Milo Bitters shares findings from an exceptional, deep-dive school project to lead you on a journey through the Lawrence underground.

Readers' Services

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…

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…

In Translation In Translation

recommended by LPL_KatieF
Did you know that only 3% of books published in the United States each year are in translation? Read one of these and broaden your…
Did you know that only 3% of books published in the United States each year are in translation? Read one of these and broaden your…

037: That Time I Almost Did Something:… 037: That Time I Almost Did Something:…

We are welcoming Mr. Bradley Allen, director of Lawrence Public Library, on this episode of the podcast. Brad's here to help discuss this...
We are welcoming Mr. Bradley Allen, director of Lawrence Public Library, on this episode of the podcast. Brad's here to help discuss this...

LPL Picks: Kiss and Tell LPL Picks: Kiss and Tell

recommended by LPL_PolliK
Recently released or coming out this spring, here are some choice titles to topple your to-be-read pile. All of these I've read and loved…
Recently released or coming out this spring, here are some choice titles to topple your to-be-read pile. All of these I've read and loved...

Info Services

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.

Academic Search Premier Academic Search Premier

Scholarly multi-disciplinary research database.
Scholarly multi-disciplinary research database.

Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition

Large online genealogy and historical database. Accessible only at library computers.
Large online genealogy and historical database. Accessible only at library computers.

Auto Repair Reference Center Auto Repair Reference Center

Access to repair, maintenance, and service information.
Access to repair, maintenance, and service information.

LPL Blog

Things Found In Books Things Found In Books

Growing up, I spent lots of time rifling through my grandmother’s drawer of pictures, postcards, and momentos.  Hours buzzed by while I…
Growing up, I spent lots of time rifling through my grandmother’s drawer of pictures, postcards, and momentos.  Hours buzzed by while I…

Discover Something New Discover Something New

You probably know this, but just in case you didn’t. LPL gets tons of new items every day. From the digital to the hardback book, from the…
You probably know this, but just in case you didn’t. LPL gets tons of new items every day. From the digital to the hardback book, from the…

Intersectional Women's History Month… Intersectional Women's History Month…

This Women’s History Month, let’s get intersectional! in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty /ˌin(t)ərsekSHəˈnalədē/ noun What happens when forms of…
This Women’s History Month, let’s get intersectional! in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty /ˌin(t)ərsekSHəˈnalədē/ noun What happens when forms of…

5 Things I Learned When I Moved to… 5 Things I Learned When I Moved to Lawrence

By Leah S
I moved to Lawrence a year ago, and ever since, I’ve thrashed around in the tumultuous waters of a love/hate relationship with the place.
I moved to Lawrence a year ago, and ever since, I’ve thrashed around in the tumultuous waters of a love/hate relationship with the place.

My Current Author Crush My Current Author Crush

When I find a new author I enjoy, it feels something like starting a new romance. I will often become infatuated and go on a jag, reading…
When I find a new author I enjoy, it feels something like starting a new romance. I will often become infatuated and go on a jag, reading…

Look Play Listen

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...

Look Play Listen Picks (March 2019) Look Play Listen Picks (March 2019)

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

The umbrellas of Cherbourg

I didn't know I liked musicals until Umbrellas of Cherbourg turned me into a puddle. So beautifully melancholic.
recommended by LPL_KevinC

Kids + Babies

#OwnVoices for Middle Grades #OwnVoices for Middle Grades

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Own voices, a term coined by Corinne Duyvis, is a movement meant to encourage everyone to tell their own stories. Often those in the margins are not part of creating the narrative, but this is your chance to hear from them!
Own voices, a term coined by Corinne Duyvis, is a movement meant to encourage everyone to tell their own stories. Often those in the…

Professor Whaat's Let's Find Out Show:… Professor Whaat's Let's Find Out Show: All About Money!

Mar 20th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us for Professor Whaat's talk show at LPL! Be prepared to be entertained and learn some cool new things about money along the way!
Join us for Professor Whaat's talk show at LPL! Be prepared to be entertained and learn some cool new things about money along the way!

LPL Kid Picks: Mythology Remixed LPL Kid Picks: Mythology Remixed

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series? Try out one of these adventure books based on mythology from all over the world!
Love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series? Try out one of these adventure books based on mythology from all over the world!

Teen Zone

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

We are hiring 3 teen interns for the summer!
We are hiring 3 teen interns for the summer!

Practice ACT Test Practice ACT Test

Mar 23rd | 9:30am - 1:00pm
Take a FREE practice test to prepare for the real thing. Space is limited, registration required.
Take a FREE practice test to prepare for the real thing. Space is limited, registration required.

Practice SAT Test Practice SAT Test

Apr 13th | 9:30am - 1:00pm
Take a FREE practice test to prepare for the real thing. Space is limited, registration required.
Take a FREE practice test to prepare for the real thing. Space is limited, registration required.

Girls on the Line

Jennie Liu shares an important and often under-explored piece of Chinese political history in this extremely captivating but short…
recommended by LPL_RebeccaR

Teen Summer Reading T-Shirt Contest Teen Summer Reading T-Shirt Contest

Calling all 6-12th grade artists! We want YOU to design our teen summer reading t-shirt. Every year we have a contest to design…
Calling all 6-12th grade artists! We want YOU to design our teen summer reading t-shirt. Every year we have a contest to design…
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