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Teens: You Read, We’ll Clear Your Fines Starting Oct 8

Read what you like and use the library. That’s what Teen Read Week (OCT 8-14) is all about and this year we’re making it easier than ever by reading away those pesky fines. Wait, whaaaa? Yes! All you gotta do is check in with library staff at any of the listed times and locations, and…

A Refreshing Series about Water in Kansas

Every Monday through the end of October, dive into discussions about water in Kansas, the Kaw River, and Lawrence. Featuring local luminaries such as Rex Buchanan and Sarah Hill-Nelson, we’ll spend four evenings plumbing the depths of aquifers, law, water supply, and watersheds, then wrap it all up with a tour of the Bowersock Mills…

Cuentacuentos / Spanish Storytime

Cuentos, canciones, actividades y café. ¡¿Qué esperas?! El sábado, 7 de octubre a las 4 pm en el Readers’ Theater, ven y acompáñanos en una divertida tarde en español. Para familias del habla hispana y aquellas interesadas en el idioma. Todas las edades son bienvenidas. Stories, songs, activities and coffee. What are you waiting for? On Saturday,…

The Dilemma

If you’re a lover of books (or any kind of art, really) you’ll probably have faced this dilemma in your enjoyment of a beloved author – that day you find that they are actually a turd of a human being. It’s happened over and over again to me. Here I stand, talking about books I…

Stock Up on Cooler Weather Reads

The last Friends Booksale of the year is just around the corner. Come scour the shelves THU-SUN, October 5–8 for great deals while supporting your library! Thursday is a special night just for members, which means a first crack at all the goods with the purchase of an annual membership. Not a Member? You can…

There Can Only be One: A Biography of Everyone’s Favorite Device

“Today we’re introducing THREE revolutionary products… The first is a wide-screen iPod with touch control. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet communications device.” It’s 2007, only ten years ago. On stage, Steve Jobs continues: “Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one…

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

After reviewing over 100 submissions, 7 winners have been selected and their artwork has become part of the 2017 Banned Book Trading Card series! Between SUN-SAT, September 24-30, we’ll start handing out a new card each day at our Welcome Desk for free. Collect all 7! WINNERS: Elijah Jackson (In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak),…

The Great Kansas State Park Tour

What’s the matter with Kansas? Absolutely nothing! Mary Gage and Monicka Remboldt spent a year exploring all 26 of the state parks in Kansas. On TUE, September 26 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, they’ll be here to give us a virtual tour of their adventures. Spend an evening reveling in the natural beauty of…

2017’s Best New Picture Books

Thank you, Dan Coleman, for writing a beautiful, nostalgic piece about the Vinland Fair, so I can go hog wild suggesting all of the newest picture books! Hooray for me! And you, fortuitous reader! I’m lucky enough to do storytime here at LPL, and while there are some challenging days of herding toddlers, it is…

Salam Neighbor

Lawrence Interfaith Refugee & Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) will show Salam Neighbor, an award-winning documentary about Syrian refugees, on Sunday, September 17 from 4-6 PM in the Auditorium. More than 4.8 million people have fled the atrocities of war in Syria. The filmmakers tell the refugees’ stories with dignity, documenting the trauma as well as the untapped potential possessed by our…