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How-To Festival Your How-To Guide to the How-To Festival

Here's your handy guide to the How-To Festival, where you might learn a new skill from an old pro.
Saturday June 23 | Celebrate our community's know-how, soak up all the library's D.I.Y. resources, and learn a new skill from an old pro.

BFF Behind the Scenes Brunch BFF Behind the Scenes Brunch

SUN | JUNE 24 | 10AM – 12PM | Come to Behind the Scenes Brunch for the Dewey Decimal Race and Book Sorter Lottery + stay for a heart-to-heart about how to raise the next $100K for the library.
Food, drinks, and competitive library sports await you at our first ever summer games. Registration and current Friends membership required.

Summer Reading Summer Reading

Read books! Attend events! Win prizes!
Read books! Attend events! Win prizes!

Pride Poems Pride Poems

From "I Sing the Body Electric" to "Dear Gaybashers," a rich collection featuring LGBTQ poets historic + contemporary.
Spending time with poetry can increase your emotional sensitivity and capacity for introspection. Sit a spell with this rich collection of LGBTQ voices, from the historic (Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric") to the contemporary (McDonough's "Dear Gaybashers").

Up Next

S+V Sessions: Heidi Lynne Gluck S+V Sessions: Heidi Lynne Gluck

Jun 22nd | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Library Auditorium
Sound + Vision Studio presents S+V Sessions, with talented performer and fellow townie Heidi Lynne Gluck
Sound + Vision Studio presents S+V Sessions, with talented performer and fellow townie Heidi Lynne Gluck

You Are Local History You Are Local History

Jun 30th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Let's build an inclusive local history! We'll digitize your photos, letters & other items to add to the Digital History Project (optional).
Help us build an inclusive history of Lawrence! We'll digitize your photos, letters, and other local items, and—if you want—add them to the Digital Douglas County History Project. Registration required. Appointments are also available at alternative times.

Fuel Up 4 Summer Fuel Up 4 Summer

Jun 4th - Aug 3rd
Library Lawn
Lunch is served weekdays on the lawn this summer, June 4 - Aug 3. Check out the schedule to see what's on the menu.
Lunch is served weekdays on the lawn this summer, June 4 - Aug 3. Check out the schedule to see what's on the menu.

Name that Tune! Name that Tune!

Jun 4th - Jul 27th
Lawrence Parks
Set sail on the all-new musical scavenger hunt everyone's playing this summer.
Set sail on the all-new musical scavenger hunt everyone's playing this summer.

Readers' Services

Lawrence Picks: Local Authors Outside Lawrence Picks: Local Authors Outside

recommended by LPL_ShirleyB
Meet local authors as they share connections of their work to outside spaces—enhancing our connections to nature and sense of place. …
Meet local authors as they share connections of their work to outside spaces—enhancing our connections to nature and sense of place. …

025: The Great American... Podcast? 025: The Great American... Podcast?

What is your most-loved read? Through a national survey, PBS has shared a list of 100 of the most well-loved reads, which will be the…
What is your most-loved read? Through a national survey, PBS has shared a list of 100 of the most well-loved reads, which will be the…

Lawrence Picks: The Great American Read Lawrence Picks: The Great American Read

recommended by LPL_ReadersServices
The list of America's 100 best-loved books is here! Check them out at the link below, then place your…
The list of America's 100 best-loved books is here! Check them out at the link below, then place your…

Lawrence Picks: Let's Go! Vacations,… Lawrence Picks: Let's Go! Vacations,…

recommended by LPL_ReadersServices
Fictional stories of road trips, travel, and vacations in all genres, print & audiobooks. On display late May-June 11, 2018
Fictional stories of road trips, travel, and vacations in all genres, print & audiobooks. On display late May-June 11, 2018

Info Services

You Are Local History You Are Local History

Jun 30th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Help us build an inclusive history of Lawrence! We'll digitize your photos, letters, and other local items, and--if you want--add them to...
Help us build an inclusive history of Lawrence! We'll digitize your photos, letters, and other local items, and--if you want--add them to...

Como agua para chocolate

Tita, una mujer joven enamorada, no puede seguir sus sueños y casarse con Pedro, su amante, debido a las tradiciones de su mamá. La…
recommended by LPL_IanS

CHAMPSS Orientation CHAMPSS Orientation

Jul 2nd | 10:00am - 11:30am
Nutrition program for people ages 60+. For more information call Beth Kinnan at 785-235-1367.
Nutrition program for people ages 60+. For more information call Beth Kinnan at 785-235-1367.

Willow Drop-In Willow Drop-In

Jun 28th | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Domestic violence and human trafficking are public health issues affecting everyone in our community. Trained advocates from Willow will…
Domestic violence and human trafficking are public health issues affecting everyone in our community. Trained advocates from Willow will…

Mindful Crafting Mindful Crafting

Jul 14th | 10:30am - 12:00pm
Connect with other crafters to explore crafting/art-making as it relates to mindfulness and health. Join us for hands-on art-making and…
Connect with other crafters to explore crafting/art-making as it relates to mindfulness and health. Join us for hands-on art-making and…

LPL Blog

Keep Calm and OMG THERE WILL BE A… Keep Calm and OMG THERE WILL BE A…

By Klopez
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYONE - THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL TO CARRY ON.  I haven't felt this much hype about a book release since my…
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYONE - THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL TO CARRY ON.  I haven't felt this much hype about a book release since my…

Atlas of a Lost World Atlas of a Lost World

By Jvail
The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also…
The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also…

The Great American Read The Great American Read

By Pkenn
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin I’m going to report this…
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin I’m going to report this…

An Interview With Heidi Lynne Gluck -… An Interview With Heidi Lynne Gluck -…

June 22nd marks the second installment of the new LPL event series, Sound+Vision Sessions. The event showcases local music artists whose…
June 22nd marks the second installment of the new LPL event series, Sound+Vision Sessions. The event showcases local music artists whose…

Books & Birthdays Books & Birthdays

Most years, I don't make much fuss about my birthday.  Not infrequently, I'll forget it's coming and only remember when thoughtful…
Most years, I don't make much fuss about my birthday.  Not infrequently, I'll forget it's coming and only remember when thoughtful...

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

Lawrence Kids Picks Summer 2018: Easy… Lawrence Kids Picks Summer 2018: Easy Readers

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Looking for some Unplugged Reads for your beginning reader(s)? This list is full of music, relaxation and appreciation for the great outdoors. It celebrates summer while offering suggestions of Easy Readers that will keep everyone reading all summer long!
Looking for some Unplugged Reads for your beginning reader(s)? This list is full of music, relaxation and appreciation for the great…

Dance Party for Littles Dance Party for Littles (Ages 0-4)

Jun 25th | 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages 0-4Fun tunes and funky jams will fuel a dance party for the ages! Dance with Jenny, Pete and Lauren with perfect music for littles…
Fun tunes and funky jams will fuel a dance party for the ages! Dance with Jenny, Pete and Lauren with perfect music for littles and parachutes and shaker eggs and scarves (and more) for everyone!

Deja's Reading Rainbow Deja's Reading Rainbow

Jun 24th | 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Join our host Deja Brooks as she reads and performs stories embracing our local LGBT community and celebrating families of all kinds!…
Join our host Deja Brooks as she reads and performs stories embracing our local LGBT community and celebrating families of all kinds! Deja's Reading Rainbow is a storytime about love and friendship, being different and belonging, being unique and being accepted, colors,…

Last Stop on Market Street Last Stop on Market Street

recommended by LPL_Childrens
These books feature similar themes of diversity, kindness, impoverishment, and cityscapes.
These books feature similar themes of diversity, kindness, impoverishment, and cityscapes.

Kidsapalooza: Dance Off Kidsapalooza: Dance Off

Jun 27th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jump and jive with Donna Jo from the Lawrence Arts Center! We're dancing Kidsapalooza away and tapping our feet to different steps and…
Jump and jive with Donna Jo from the Lawrence Arts Center! We're dancing Kidsapalooza away and tapping our feet to different steps and styles.Kidsapalooza is a rip-roaring good time for 5 to 6-year-olds! We meet once a week and do all sorts of activities, crafts, games…

Teen Zone

National Kissing Day 6/22 National Kissing Day 6/22

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
It's National Kissing Day this Friday, so here is a list of great books that involve kissing or NOT kissing. Whether it is your first…
It's National Kissing Day this Friday, so here is a list of great books that involve kissing or NOT kissing. Whether it is your first…

Flame in the Mist

The Flame in the Mist is a compelling and engaging first book in a newer series by Renee Ahdieh. This historical fiction, mixed with…
recommended by LPL_ColtonS

​Imaginary Goat Yoga ​Imaginary Goat Yoga

Jun 22nd | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Okay so we don't have goats - but we will have smoothies! Learn basic yoga poses, make smoothies, and relax with spa inspired activities!...
Okay so we don't have goats - but we will have smoothies! Learn basic yoga poses, make smoothies, and relax with spa inspired activities!...

Album and Book Pairings Album and Book Pairings

If you're an avid music listener and want to find a book that embodies your favorite album check out these album and book pairings.  …
If you're an avid music listener and want to find a book that embodies your favorite album check out these album and book pairings.  …

American Heart

Moriarty, writer of one my all-time faves, The Center of Everything, once again takes us into the mind of a teenage girl struggling to…
recommended by LPL_RebeccaR
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