Free-range fundraiser

Attend After Hours at the Library for entertainment and fresh market fare

The Lawrence Public Library Foundation will host the sixth annual After Hours at the Library 7PM SAT MARCH 2. The fundraising event celebrates this year’s Read Across Lawrence adult book selection, Sourdough by Robin Sloan. Proceeds support community literacy programs. Tickets and complete information can be found at

“This year, our theme is an After Hours Market," says Kathleen Morgan, Director of Development and Community Partnerships. “It will be a fun, casual community party that reflects the underground farmers market setting found in Sourdough. We are delighted that Robin Sloan will join us that evening as our special guest.”


Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Attendees will enjoy a free-range night at the library with fresh appetizers, desserts and baked goods from more than a dozen Lawrence restaurants and Farmers Market vendors, plus cocktails and locally-grown GMOs (Great Music Offerings).

Party-goers can try their luck with the all-new Card Catalog Prize Pull and have a caricature portrait sketched by Lawrence artist and library children’s department assistant Matthew Lord. To whet your appetite before the After Hours main course, the Foundation also will display eye candy from the epic Win a Basket! Fundraiser in the library Atrium SAT FEB 23 - SAT MARCH 2. 22 bounteous baskets, donated by book clubs, Friends of the Library, local businesses and other library supporters will be stuffed with premium goodies, so stop by to peruse and enjoy the library as a reminder of why it deserves your support. To purchase raffle tickets, visit Drawings will be held at the event on MARCH 2. Participants do not have to attend the After Hours party to win.

Basket Sneak Peek

  • An autographed Patrick Mahomes jersey, from the Kansas City Chiefs
  • A Cocktail Chemistry Class from Merchant’s Pub and Plate (includes an Uber gift card!)
  • A huge selection of children’s books from the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Club
  • $400 in Lawrence restaurant gift cards from the Persian Pickle Book Club
  • Knitting supplies and a Yarn Barn gift card from the Kaw Valley Fiber Guild
  • + More surprises

“We cannot thank the community enough for inspiring and supporting this event,” Kathleen says. She and the Foundation work every day to secure gifts vital to the organization's mission - strengthening and supplementing the public's investment in the library.

A special note of gratitude goes to Crown Automotive and Burlington Northern Santa Fe for serving as 2019 Signature Sponsors. Their generosity supercharges the library’s ability to provide essential literacy programs for our community.

The Lawrence Public Library Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.