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Your Public Library – Where There’s Something for Everyone

| 2015 Q3 | story by KATHLEEN MORGAN   
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After a wildly successful summer reading program, Lawrence Public Library is delighted to offer a wonderful line-up of programs for the fall. From storytime on the bus, to Teen Read Week, to a very special evening with author Karen Russell, we have something for everyone at the library. Here are the highlights:

All Ages

Friends Fabulous Fall Book Sale! The Friends of the Library are at it again! Stock up on your favorite books, movies, audiobooks and more, priced at $2 or less! Check it out in the Friends garage on the west side of the library. All proceeds benefit your public library.

October 1: 5 pm to 7 pm – Members Only Night (Join at the door for just $10!)
October 2: 10 am to 6 pm
October 3: 10 am to 6 pm
October 4: 12 pm to 4 pm

Star Wars Reads Day. Don’t miss out on the chance to build your own lightsaber, put yourself into the movies, win a costume contest and a door prize. Join the library and the Lawrence Creates Makerspace for an afternoon of intergalactic fun! October 10 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E Ninth Street.

For Adults

An Evening with Karen Russell. We are delighted that Karen Russell will open the next chapter in the library’s Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. Russell is the author of “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”, “Swamplandia!”, and “Vampires in the Lemon Grove”. Her work is a surrealist mashup that is both funny and haunting. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a wonderful evening of humor and stories. October 15 at 7:30 pm at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E Sixth Street. Free tickets are available at the library’s Welcome Desk starting October 1.

Straight Talk About Kansas Health. What can we do to make healthcare better and more accessible to all Kansans? Former Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and Kansas Health Information News Editor Jim McLean will lead a spirited discussion during this special Health Spot program. October 25 at 2 pm in the library auditorium.

Tech Classes. Sharpen your technology skills in these weekly classes. Check out the weekly topics at www.lawrencepubliclibrary.org. Thursdays from 4 pm to 5 pm in meeting room B.

Tech Drop-In. Need help troubleshooting your technology woes? Bring your gadgets and we’ll help you unlock their mysteries. Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm in meeting room B.

New! Genealogy/Local History Drop-Ins. Drop by the library’s local history room and check out the wonderful resources we have for exploring our community’s history or researching your family tree. The SOUND+VISION studio will also be open to provide information on recording oral histories. November 4 and 18 from 4 pm to 5 pm.

For Teens

Teen Read Week: Visit with Sarah Schmitt. Sarah will talk about her book, “It’s a Beautiful Death”, and will lead a writing workshop to help you develop your own characters and plot and get published! October 22, 7pm Q&A session with the author. 7:45 pm writing workshop in the library auditorium.

Murder Mystery Party. Sign up for a night of mystery with Murder & Mayhem at the Teen Idol Awards. Will you be able to identify the killer before the night is through? October 30, 7 pm to 9 pm in the Readers’ Theater. Call 785-843-3833 to sign up.

Meet Author E.K. Johnston. Here’s your chance to meet young adult author E.K. Johnston. She will visit the library to talk about “A Thousand Nights”, her newest fantasy novel. November 4 at 7 pm in the library auditorium.

For Children

Bus Storytime. The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round at Lawrence Public Library! Join us for this very special storytime. We’ll read stories about riding the bus and then board the “T” and take a ride! October 13 and 16 at 10:30 am in the library auditorium. For ages 3 and up and their families.

FIRE DOG. Get ready for a high energy performance from St. Louis’s favorite pop rock band FIRE DOG. They’ll be at Lawrence Public Library to play songs from their new album, “For the Kids.” November 13 at 2:00 pm in the library auditorium.

Meet Author Roderick Townley. Kansas Notable Book author Roderick Townley visits Lawrence Public Library to talk about his new book, “A Bitter Magic”. November 16 at 6:30 pm in the library auditorium. For ages 8 and up.

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