Friends & Foundation

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the library's annual fundraiser! And basket raffle season...

Explore Your Library
Friday • March 1 • 7 PM
at Lawrence Public Library

Come along on this gold-star adventure celebrating 10 years in the reimagined Lawrence Public Library with hosts Academy Award-winner Kevin Willmott and Storytime Star Deja Brooks. Mingle with fellow travelers and discover surprises—and cocktails—around every corner! Plus live music, delicious bites from local restaurants, and our world-famous Oscar-worthy basket raffle.

Events & Quick Links

Retiree Events

Library Book Sales

Get Involved

Find us at 7th & Kentucky Streets on the back side of the library!

Book Sales & Donations

Every donation or purchase you make supports the library.

From shelving, working book sales, and greeting patrons, we need you!

Volunteer

Give back to the library and meet fellow book lovers.

Jack & Maureen Altman are big library fans — Jack even bakes treats for staff!

Ways You Can Give

Help support and sustain our efforts at any level, from dropping coins in our Fish Fund, to making a financial gift and including the library in your estate plan.

We gave legendary Soul and Gospel singer Mavis Staples a gold library card!

What We Fund

GIVEN TO LPL IN 2022: $375,000
LIBRARY PROGRAMS FUNDED: 100%

  • $146,000 block grants to the library
  • Children's Picture Book Room renovation
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Summer Reading prizes
  • Sing & Rhyme storytime
  • Read Across Lawrence
  • Joy Harjo author talk
  • Retirement Boot Camp
  • Colson Whitehead talk (Beach Author)
  • Kanopy video streaming service
  • Teen Zone refresh
  • Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
  • Dr. Bob READs giveaway books for kids
  • Deja's Reading Rainbow
  • eBooks and eAudiobook support
  • Teen Zone tech upgrades
  • SOUND+VISION Studio equipment
  • Booktoberfest
  • Junior Author Camp
  • Sara Paretsky (author talk)
  • Staff birthday coffee gift cards
  • Fish feeding
  • Weave a Tale Workshop
  • Dottie maintenance and equipment
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library grant
  • RFID pad replacements
  • Staff Day support
  • Tuition support for staff attending library school
  • Upgrades to online catalog
  • Coffee maker for staff
  • Equity audit for collection

Learn more about how you can support your library.

The Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation, opens a new window (LPLFF for short) does a lot and we have a lot of fun doing it. Our board meetings are held every fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 pm in the library's Meeting Room A (no meetings in July and December). You are welcome to join us.

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS. Access to information, resources, and technology is both essential and critical. Without it, the world is harder to navigate, people and help can feel out of reach, and keeping up with advances in technology can make all the difference in finding employment and staying connected.

The Library Friends & Foundation (LPLFF) provides access and opportunities for Lawrence to learn, connect, create, and grow and you can help sustain our efforts at any level. From donating books, making a financial contribution, or including the library in your estate plan — your gift will make a life-changing impact.

Kathleen Morgan
843-3833 x 131
kmorgan (at) lplks (dot) org

Director of Development &
Community Partnerships

Angela Hyde
843-3833 x 114 / 149
ahyde (at) lplks (dot) org

LPLFF Program
Coordinator

Logan Isaman-Unruh
843-3833 x 153
lisaman (at) lplks (dot) org

Fundraising & Volunteer Specialist

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