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Free-range fundraiser Free-range fundraiser

After Hours at the Library has locally-grown music and fresh market fare + a bounteous basket raffle with brag-worthy prizes like this coveted Chiefs jersey, signed by none other than "Showtime" Mahomes himself.
After Hours at the Library has locally grown music and fresh market fare + a bounteous basket raffle with brag-worthy prizes..

Robin Sloan Talk + Book Signing Robin Sloan Talk + Book Signing

Mar 3rd | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Liberty Hall
New York Times Bestselling author Robin Sloan talks "Sourdough," idea fermentation, and why it's good to play with your food-focused novel.
New York Times Bestselling author Robin Sloan talks "Sourdough," idea fermentation, and why it's good to play with your food-focused novel.

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

Doughnut Fix with Author Jessie Janowitz Doughnut Fix with Author Jessie Janowitz

Feb 24th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Teens, meet the author of our Read Across Lawrence book, sample the best doughnuts from local bakeries, and vote for your favorite.
Teens, meet the author of our Read Across Lawrence book, sample the best doughnuts from local bakeries, and vote for your favorite.

After Hours at the Library After Hours at the Library

Mar 2nd | 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Special guest Robin Sloan joins this farmers market-themed party to support the Library Foundation. Get your tickets!
Special guest Robin Sloan joins this farmers market-themed party to support the Library Foundation. Get your tickets!

An Afternoon with Robin Sloan An Afternoon with Robin Sloan

Mar 3rd | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Liberty Hall
Sloan, New York Times Best-selling of 2012’s Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, will talk about his most recent book, "Sourdough."
Sloan, New York Times Best-selling of 2012’s Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, will talk about his most recent book, "Sourdough."

Readers' Services

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...

NEW: Comic Book Club! NEW: Comic Book Club!

NEW Comic Book Club: 1PM, Second Saturday of each month, Mtg Rm A -- Ages 16 and up Want to read comic books, but don't know where to…
NEW Comic Book Club: 1PM, Second Saturday of each month, Mtg Rm A -- Ages 16 and up Want to read comic books, but don't know where to…

036: “It’s okay not to be okay.” 036: “It’s okay not to be okay.”

What do American Ambassadors, historic sex clubs, lawn-care, depression, and social niceties have in common? Well... they're all…
What do American Ambassadors, historic sex clubs, lawn-care, depression, and social niceties have in common? Well... they're all…

2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge

The Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge for 2019 has been announced! Click here to view and print!
The Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge for 2019 has been announced! Click here to view and print!

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

Join us for the After Hours Market! Join us for the After Hours Market!

By Logan
Have you ever been to the library after hours? This is your chance! The Lawrence Public Library Foundation will host the "After Hours…
Have you ever been to the library after hours? This is your chance! The Lawrence Public Library Foundation will host the "After Hours…

Mother of the Year Mother of the Year

By Mollyw
I’m the mother of an infant and a six year-old and I’m tired. Very, very tired. Not just physically tired, but mentally tired.
I’m the mother of an infant and a six year-old and I’m tired. Very, very tired. Not just physically tired, but mentally tired.

The Green Stuff The Green Stuff

This year’s Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge includes the prompt to “Read a book from an author who has visited Lawrence.” If by “has…
This year’s Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge includes the prompt to “Read a book from an author who has visited Lawrence.” If by “has…

The Sourdough Next Door The Sourdough Next Door

Already finished your Read Across Lawrence copy of Sourdough? Newly curious about the microorganisms burping away in Lawrence’s own…
Already finished your Read Across Lawrence copy of Sourdough? Newly curious about the microorganisms burping away in Lawrence’s own…

Romances You May Have Missed in 2018 Romances You May Have Missed in 2018

I know it’s February and we’re well on our way to solidly being part of 2019. (I’ve almost written the date correctly every day this…
I know it’s February and we’re well on our way to solidly being part of 2019. (I’ve almost written the date correctly every day this…

Look Play Listen

Movies & Shows Leaving Netflix -… Movies & Shows Leaving Netflix -…

recommended by LPL_LookPlayListen
Here's what's leaving Netflix in February, but will still be available at LPL!
Here's what's leaving Netflix in February, but will still be available at LPL!

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

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

On Lennon’s debut solo album, he tried to exorcise some of his demons. The result is a classic album that’s heavier in subject matter and… More
recommended by LPL_IanS

Christopher Robin

Cute! (And I'm not just talking about my boyfriend Ewan McGregor!)
recommended by LPL_SarahM

Kids + Babies

Lawrence Kid Picks: A Tangle of Knots! Lawrence Kid Picks: A Tangle of Knots!

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Our Read Across Lawrence for Kids 2019 book is A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff! Here are some ideas for readers who are looking for more books with a bit of magic, some cooking, and mysterious connections... Find out more about RAL Kids 2019 here: https://tinyurl.com/yd2jn2nf
Our Read Across Lawrence for Kids 2019 book is A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff! Here are some ideas for readers who are looking for more…

Find Your Talent Showcase! Find Your Talent Showcase!

Feb 22nd | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Have you ever wanted to know how to juggle? Would you like to be able to stop a cab with a single whistle? Come to our talent showcase and…
Have you ever wanted to know how to juggle? Would you like to be able to stop a cab with a single whistle? Come to our talent showcase and learn all about different talents and get the inside scoop on how to develop them yourself!

Black History Month Celebration… Black History Month Celebration Storytime

Feb 22nd | 10:30am - 11:30am
Celebrate Black History Month at a special Library Storytime with stories, crafts, refreshments, and a few surprises!
Celebrate Black History Month at a special Library Storytime with stories, crafts, refreshments, and a few surprises!

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

​The Doughnut Fix with Author Jessie… ​The Doughnut Fix with Author Jessie…

Feb 24th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet Jessie Janowitz, the author of our teen Read Across Lawrence book. Hear about her creative writing process and what it's like being…
Meet Jessie Janowitz, the author of our teen Read Across Lawrence book. Hear about her creative writing process and what it's like being…

​Shark Tank ​Shark Tank

Feb 22nd | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Win a $50 gift card! We'll have props and all kinds of crazy supplies for you to invent a new gadget. Pitch your…
Win a $50 gift card! We'll have props and all kinds of crazy supplies for you to invent a new gadget. Pitch your…

The Doughnut Fix Readalikes The Doughnut Fix Readalikes

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
These books have similar themes, including food, math, entrepreneurship, strong family connections, and sweet "SHIPS!"
These books have similar themes, including food, math, entrepreneurship, strong family connections, and sweet "SHIPS!"

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…

Vincent and Theo

This AMAZING story of unconditional love surprised me on so many levels! As a lover of Van Gogh’s art and someone who has read a lot about… More
recommended by LPL_RebeccaR
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