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LPL Welcomes Legendary Gospel, R&B, and… LPL Welcomes Legendary Gospel, R&B, and…

By Kim
We are thrilled to announce legendary R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples as our 780s Series music storyteller for 2018. She is a Grammy...
We are thrilled to announce legendary R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples as our 780s Series music storyteller for 2018. She is a Grammy...

An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez

Mar 11th | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lied Center
After first being bullied as a child in school for looking different and later online as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video…
After first being bullied as a child in school for looking different and later online as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her 'The World's Ugliest Woman,' Lizzie Velasquez, who was born with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from gaining weight,...

Robert Rebein: Headlights on the Prairie Robert Rebein: Headlights on the Prairie

Feb 19th | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
In the tradition of memoirs such as Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life and Ivan Doig's This House of Sky, these essays bring a storyteller's...
In the tradition of memoirs such as Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life and Ivan Doig's This House of Sky, these essays bring a storyteller's...

019: The Poetry of Truth 019: The Poetry of Truth

Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Miss., about the poetry of truth and her work.
Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Miss., about the poetry of truth and her work.

Community News

We're in the Final Four! We're in the Final Four!

VOTE! Lawrence Public Library has advanced to the Final Four round in a national competition for best public library!
VOTE! Lawrence Public Library has advanced to the Final Four round in a national competition for best public library!

RAL 2018 is Bound to be Wonder-ful RAL 2018 is Bound to be Wonder-ful

Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, and the Lawrence Public Library Foun…
Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, and the Lawrence Public Library Foun…

Midco® Gives Us a Boost Midco® Gives Us a Boost

Local network provider Midco® announced yesterday that they've generously awarded us a $90,000 grant to upgrade our computer lab. These…
Local network provider Midco® announced yesterday that they've generously awarded us a $90,000 grant to upgrade our computer lab. These...

We Love Lawrence So Much It Hurts We Love Lawrence So Much It Hurts

Thanks to the Engaging Local Government Leaders group, we're up for the Leslie B. Knope Best Library Award 2018! We wrote the following...
Thanks to the Engaging Local Government Leaders group, we're up for the Leslie B. Knope Best Library Award 2018! We wrote the following...

Book Squad

Meet the Book Squad Meet the Book Squad

More info to get your own personalized recommendations from members of the Book Squad Team!
More info to get your own personalized recommendations from members of the Book Squad Team!

Silent Book Club Silent Book Club

Feb 25th | 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A book club where we meet and quietly read together. Feel free to come and go as you please! We'll provide comfy seating, cozy beverages,...
A book club where we meet and quietly read together. Feel free to come and go as you please! We'll provide comfy seating, cozy beverages,...

Squad Goals: Read an #ownvoices Book Squad Goals: Read an #ownvoices Book

recommended by LPL_ReadersServices
#OwnVoices is a hashtag created by author Corinne Duyvis to highlight books written by an author that shares a marginalized identity with…
#OwnVoices is a hashtag created by author Corinne Duyvis to highlight books written by an author that shares a marginalized identity with…

019: The Poetry of Truth 019: The Poetry of Truth

Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Miss., about the poetry of truth and her work.
Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Miss., about the poetry of truth and her work.

To Be Continued: Books to Read Later Lawrence Picks: To Be Continued: Books to Read Later

recommended by LPL_MeredithW
Sometimes it's not that you don't want to read a book; it's that you don't want to read it right now. Here are a few books hanging out on my "to be finished...some day..." pile.
Sometimes it's not that you don't want to read a book; it's that you don't want to read it right now. Here are a few books hanging out on..

Info Services

Seed Library Launch Seed Library Launch

Feb 20th | 9:00am - 9:00pm
Back for its 4th season, the LPL Seed Library will be your spot for gardening information and free vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. So, g…
Back for its 4th season, the LPL Seed Library will be your spot for gardening information and free vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. So, g…

How Plants Grow Family Story Hour How Plants Grow Family Story Hour

Feb 21st | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Just Food
Listen to stories about how plants grow, and then plant your own seed to grow at home!
Listen to stories about how plants grow, and then plant your own seed to grow at home!

Genealogy & Local History Drop-In Genealogy & Local History Drop-In

Feb 21st | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Stop by with your questions and learn about library resources for exploring community history and researching your family tree. Need info? …
Stop by with your questions and learn about library resources for exploring community history and researching your family tree. Need info? …

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers.
Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers.

Role Models and Inspirational Women Role Models and Inspirational Women

recommended by LPL_BeckyB
History shows mid 20th century women were just boring house-wives, right? WRONG! Extraordinary women and their stories-they'll make you…
History shows mid 20th century women were just boring house-wives, right? WRONG! Extraordinary women and their stories-they'll make you...

LPL Blog

The Best Books of 2017 The Best Books of 2017

With all the turbulence of 2017—for better or worse—one thing remained constant: great books of all flavors.
With all the turbulence of 2017—for better or worse—one thing remained constant: great books of all flavors.

Hurts So Good Hurts So Good

I’ve always liked sad songs, sad movies, sad books. It seems to defy logic sometimes, that something that makes us feel pain or shed tears can be something we like. Or if “like” is the wrong word, perhaps it’s better to say these are things we indulge in. There are plenty of…
I’ve always liked sad songs, sad movies, sad books. It seems to defy logic sometimes, that something that makes us feel pain or shed tears…

Author Spotlight: Juliet Marillier Author Spotlight: Juliet Marillier

By Klopez
Juliet Marillier primarily writes adult fantasy, though she has also published two young adult fantasy series. Her work often combines fantasy with historical fiction, folklore, romance, and mystery in her most recent series. A New Zealander by birth, Marillier now lives in…
Juliet Marillier primarily writes adult fantasy, though she has also published two young adult fantasy series. Her work often combines…

Luaka Bop and the World Psychedelic… Luaka Bop and the World Psychedelic Classics

By Istepp
Almost 30 years ago, David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) founded a record label “to turn people onto stuff [he] liked.” Because he’s David Byrne, and because he’s eminently cooler than you or me, the stuff he liked was Brazilian pop music. In January of ‘89 Byrne released his…
Almost 30 years ago, David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) founded a record label “to turn people onto stuff [he] liked.” Because he’s David…

Manhattan Beach: A Mob Drama for the… Manhattan Beach: A Mob Drama for the Rest of Us

About a month ago I tweeted with 100% sincerity, “I zone out as soon as a TV show description uses the words, ‘crime boss.’” Although in my tweet I was referring to a synopsis I had seen on Netflix, believe me when I say this is true for books as well. I have no capacity for…
About a month ago I tweeted with 100% sincerity, “I zone out as soon as a TV show description uses the words, ‘crime boss.’”

Tech + Studio

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.

AUMI Kindness Jam AUMI Kindness Jam

Feb 27th | 4:30pm - 6:00pm
What is AUMI? The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments app enables you to play sounds and musical phrases through movement and gestures…
What is AUMI? The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments app enables you to play sounds and musical phrases through movement and gestures…

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!

Learn Reaper Learn Reaper

Feb 16th | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Reaper is the SOUND + VISION Studio's newest digital audio workstation. Inexpensive and easy on your computer, it is a favorite...
Reaper is the SOUND + VISION Studio's newest digital audio workstation. Inexpensive and easy on your computer, it is a favorite...

Kids + Babies

Lawrence Kid Picks: Wonder! Read Across… Lawrence Kid Picks: Wonder! Read Across Lawrence 2018

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Our Read Across Lawrence book for 2018 is Wonder by R.J. Palacio! Here are some books for you if you loved Wonder!
Our Read Across Lawrence book for 2018 is Wonder by R.J. Palacio! Here are some books for you if you loved Wonder!

Lawrence Kids Picks: Winter Reading… Lawrence Kids Picks: Winter Reading…

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Are you looking for a book to curl up with this winter? We've pulled together a list of mysteries, fantasies and adventure stories to get lost in!
Are you looking for a book to curl up with this winter? We've pulled together a list of mysteries, fantasies and adventure stories to get…

Lego Club Lego Club

Feb 8th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Everything is awesome at Lego Club! Come build with us! What will this month's theme be?
Everything is awesome at Lego Club! Come build with us! What will this month's theme be?

Tween Club: Popcorn Olympics Tween Club: Popcorn Olympics

Feb 16th | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
A club just for tweens! Meet up and hang out, play games, and craft with your friends. We always have the Wii and snacks, but different…
A club just for tweens! Meet up and hang out, play games, and craft with your friends. We always have the Wii and snacks, but different crafts and activities each month! This meet-up we are having Popcorn Olympics!

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Teen Zone

Outsider Art Outsider Art

Feb 23rd | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Create works of art inspired by self-taught artists. The Spencer Museum of Art shares their expertise so you can try your hand at plaster a…
Create works of art inspired by self-taught artists. The Spencer Museum of Art shares their expertise so you can try your hand at plaster a…

A World Without You

A World Without You is a novel that tackles many hard-hitting topics, like mental illness, loss, and what each can do to a family. Told in… More
recommended by LPL_ColtonS

You Made My Day Wonder-ful: Stop-Motion… You Made My Day Wonder-ful: Stop-Motion…

Mar 9th | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Record your story about a time someone made your day wonderful and create a stop-motion video to bring your tale to life.
Record your story about a time someone made your day wonderful and create a stop-motion video to bring your tale to life.

Wonder Read-alikes Wonder Read-alikes

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
You'll love these books for their strong, inspiring characters. TEENS, check out these books if you are looking for a Wonder read-alike.
You'll love these books for their strong, inspiring characters. TEENS, check out these books if you are looking for a Wonder read-alike.

The Closest I've Come

The Closest I've Come is a window into the Maesta projects and Marcos Rivas' life. A world of fights, drug deals, uncaring mothers, abusive… More
recommended by LPL_EricaS
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