780s Series

Our 780s Series is an annual event celebrating a notable life in music. In the Dewey Decimal system, 780 marks all things music, a literary reference to tie in our annual library speaker series that brings musicians to Lawrence to tell the stories that influenced their music. The 780s Series is made possible through a generous private donation from the Harrison Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, and in partnership with The Lawrence Public Library Foundation.

“Libraries have connected their communities with authors forever. It’s what we do. People love to hear beloved authors talk about their process, maybe read a chapter from a book. It’s fun stuff to see an author. As I sat at my desk one morning, I began to think about our lovely town of Lawrence, Kansas, and what other kinds of folk our community would be interested in seeing in person at the library. We’re a music town, and I thought perhaps people would get a kick out of hearing the stories of musicians. And thus, the 780s Series was born.” –LPL Director, Brad Allen


2019 | Mavis Staples | American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist. 
2018 | Rakim | American rapper and record producer widely regarded as one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time.
2017 | Jimmy Webb | Grammy-winning Songwriter
2016 | Kim Gordon | Sonic Youth
2015 | Booker T. Jones | Booker T. and the MG’s

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