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A Message from the Chair
Thank you, Lawrence! In 2018, you made an extraordinary commitment to your public library. Your tax dollars, donations, volunteer hours and advocacy have made Lawrence Public Library the community’s place to learn, connect, create and grow.
Lawrence Public Library is fortunate to have great community engagement, great partnerships, great volunteer support, and offer great programs. In addition, the library is a great value, providing $5.41 in services for every $1 of taxes received.
Thanks to you, everyone in Lawrence can imagine more for their lives at the library. Together, we have created a dynamic community learning center where children learn to read, teens connect with new friends, adults change their lives, and seniors find their purpose. Everyone belongs at Lawrence Public Library.
Kevan Vick, Chair
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a library and its community: Highlights from a love story
The community came out in droves, packing Liberty Hall for "Birding While Black" with Dr. J.Drew Lanham, environmental and race equality activist and birder, prompting one question we saw on Twitter:
"Why are people waiting in line on Mass Street, in the rain, to see an ornothologist?"
2018 was proof positive that libraries strengthen communities and vice-versa. It's truly a textbook example of interdependency as the public continues to support the library through tax dollars and private donations well invested, and uses its library as a vehicle for opportunities and life enrichment.
Thank you, Lawrence, for building a home for LPL in your hearts and keeping it an integral part of the community since 1856.
Below: Brad Allen, LPL Director, urging 350 audience members in attendance at the Sarah Smarsh author talk to read her book, Heartland.
Great library RELATIONSHIPs start with
In 2018, you used the library to borrow STUFF to your heart's content, and then some!
Number of items checked out in 2018
Number of items in the collection total at the end of 2018
When the community uses its library so heavily, and so regularly, our Materials Handling staff are kept very busy!
We know your likes and dislikes
Readers' Services staff routinely place book suggestions in the stacks and even in the books themselves. Their spot-on suggestions prompted this love note for Meredith, which we found inside a returned book.
take the fun
home with you
"There are all sorts of people I would have never met or known, if not for bridge."
New in 2018, you can now check out board games from the library. Located in the Atrium, our new, all-ages collection includes both modern and popular classics that focus on strategy, role playing, and cards.
HISTORY MADE NEW
The Digital Douglas County History project, a partnership between LPL and the Watkins Museum, shows that history is relevant and ongoing.
Computer sessions at the library in 2018
The LPL Tech Staff has been busy prepping for upcoming changes throughout the library in 2019
- The 10 computers outside the lab in the open space on the lower level are next up for replacement
- 3 Early Literacy Stations in Children's will be replaced with 4 stationary iPads
- The 3 end panel catalogs in the nonfiction stacks will soon be replaced by 3 x 12.9" iPad Pros
- The Macs in the Studio will be upgraded with faster hard drives and more RAM
This is why people say there's strength in numbers
Number of spaces booked in 2018
With more than 1,200 programs and nearly 11,000 meeting room reservations, the library is the community’s living room.
New cardholders in 2018
Active cardholders total
Groups who used meeting rooms in 2018**Definitely not a full list! (That would take up too much space, no pun intended).
AARP Driving Safety Class * Audio-Reader * Audubon of Kansas * AUMI * Bert Nash * Cans for the Community * Census Bureau * Center for East Asian Studies * Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at KU * Center for Public Partnerships and Research - KU * Century School * Lawrence Chamber of Commerce * Citizen's Climate Lobby * City of Lawrence * Coalition for Homeless Concerns * Communities In Schools of Mid-America * Community Blood Center * Dads of Douglas County * Douglas County Emergency Management * Douglas County Food Policy Council * Douglas County Republican Party * Douglas County Special Olympics * Douglas County Young Democrats * Douglas County Master Gardeners * Downtown Grocery Store Committee * DREAMers KU * eXplore Lawrence * Farmer's Market * Food not Bombs * Girls Rock Lawrence *
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"A WRITER OF STRANGE THINGS"
2018 Beach Author | Nebula Award-winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor spoke about her African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism books for children and adults.
More author visits!
- Sarah Smarsh, author of Heartland, spoke about her memoir of growing up among the working poor of Kansas.
- J. Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place, presented "Birding While Black" to an audience of nearly 700 people at Liberty Hall.
- Sloane Crosley read from her new memoir, Look Alive Out There and Sophfronia Scott from Love's Long Line
great family MEMORIES
The community voted LPL the #1 spot for family fun in Lawrence. Pictured: Youth Services staff celebrated the fact that families continue to flock to the Children's Library and Teen Zone for entertainment + fun learning opportunities.
Read Across Lawrence "Choose Kind" float at the St. Patrick's Day Parade
- The 2018 Read Across Lawrence selection was Wonder by R J Palacio, a book families could share and learn from together. A special presentation by anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez attracted 1,000 people of all ages to the Lied Center.
Number of wizards who attended Harry Potter Book Night at Abe & Jake's in 2018
Summer Reading kept thousands of kids, teens and adults reading throughout the summer months
Storytimes held in 2018
Storytime attendance in 2018
SUMMER MEAL SERVICE
- We served 10,918 meals to children and 387 meals to adults, for a total of 11,305 meals served
- We served an average of 1,252 meals per week
- We saw a 16% increase in meals served from summer 2017 (a difference of 1,873 meals)
Total Revenue: $4,683,984
Overdue and Lost Items: $155,142
Grants and State Aid: $120,946
Misc Fees and Interest: $62,649
Total Expenditures: $4,683,984
Staff Wages and Benefits: $3,255,450
Library Materials: $705,366
Operating Expenses: $342,813
Equipment and Capital Improvements: $113,634
Programming and Marketing: $48,749
Total number of hours Friends members spent volunteering
Total Library Friends and Foundation contributions in 2018
The Friends and Foundation supported all of this last year:
- Harry Potter Book Night
- Library t-shirts
- Foundation Center database
- Mergent Intellect database
- Name that Tune parks game
- Lawrence Songbook Project
- Auditorium light upgrade
- Kansas Reads to Preschoolers books
- KPR Advertising
- Reusable library bags
- ACT practice tests
- Teen interns
- Hall Center fellow
- Winter Reading Prizes
- Weave A Tale workshop
Friends of the Library
Stan Ring, Chair
Jan Conard, Vice Chair
Jane Medina Secretary
Debi Waggoner, Treasurer
board of trustees
Kevan Vick, Chair
Judy Keller, Vice Chair
Ursula Minor, Secretary/Treasurer
Sarah Goodwin Thiel
Mary Gage, Chair
Craig Penzler, Vice Chair
Jenny Gorup, Secretary
Kate Campbell, Treasurer
Alice Ann Johnston, Emeritus
Teen Advisory Board
Maven Levon Wall