Friends & Foundation

Libraries transform their communities and we need your support.

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.

We provide access and opportunites 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.

News & Events

LPLFF Events


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New Book Program for Kids!

Dr. Bob READs, a new library book giveaway program, provides free books to kids that embrace integrity, diversity, equity, and belonging, and amplifies the voices of historically marginalized communities. Dr. Bob READs combines the missions of the READ Lawrence, opens a new window project and the Dr. Bob Reader program, created in memory of late KU Athletic Director Dr. Bob Frederick.

Look for the roll out this summer as part of the debut of “Dottie,” the library’s outreach vehicle. The LPLFF, together with the READ Lawrence founders and Frederick family, is delighted to bring this new program to Lawrence's kids.


No car, childcare, or free time? Dottie's on the way!

Because of the pandemic, Lawrence Public Library got a rare opportunity to reflect on how best to serve the town we love. It became clear that bringing the library to you was essential and Dottie, our new mobile library, was born. Dottie will be hitting the road this spring and you can help.

Your gift of $25 connects families to books, computers, homework help, storytimes, and so much more.

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Join us at Retirement Boot Camp!

Retirement Boot Camp, funded by a generous grant from Capitol Federal Savings Bank, will help you transition into or greater enjoy your retirement through relevant programming, classes, social activities, online resources, and sharing the experiences of other retirees.

Get Involved

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Book Sales & Donations

Every donation or purchase you make supports the library.



Give back to the library and meet fellow book lovers.

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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.

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What We Fund

Because of you, we were able to give a record total of $436,000 to the library in 2021. 100% of library programs are now funded by the Friends & Foundation. Your support supplements and strengthens the public's investment in our cause.

We also made possible:

  • Dottie truck, retrofit, wrap, and equipment
  • Susan Orlean author visit
  • Summer Reading program
  • Read Across Lawrence
  • Deja's Reading Rainbow
  • Retirement Boot Camp
  • Sing & Rhyme Storytime
  • Community Resource Needs: bus passes, hand warmers, hats, gloves
  • Staff birthday coffee gift cards
  • Children's picture book room renovation
  • Support for Hoopla eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Public computer replacement and upkeep
  • Kanopy movie streaming service
  • SOUND+VISION Studio equipment
  • Staff bonus support
  • Teen coding robots
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • Honor with Books
  • Outreach books for kids
  • Spanish translation services
  • Marketing support
  • Fish in Children's Department
  • Lobby plants
  • Seed Library
  • Mergent Intellect Database

Learn more about how you can support your library.

The Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation (LPLFF for short) does a lot and we have a lot of fun doing it. For a deeper dive into what we do, check out our lovely, opens a new window 2021 Annual Report.

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Kathleen Morgan
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Director of Development &
Community Partnerships

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Angela Hyde
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LPLFF Program

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Logan Isaman
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Fundraising & Library Volunteer Specialist

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