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Wonderful podcasts and walking tours have been created by our staff. Please enjoy!

Thursday, June 01 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm Calling all mystery fans! Join us for our monthly mystery book club! Light refreshments provided; for adults. This month's pick is The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell.

Meet with a librarian for one-on-one consultation.  Please submit the Book a Librarian Appointment Request Form or call 859-231-5500 during business hours to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday during Library business hours and typically last 30 to 45 minutes.

Thursday, July 06 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm Join us for a new book club for teens- it's not your parents' book club! Six books, one theme. Read one, read all, or even just bits of each, and come talk about it in a judgement-free space.

Village Branch, our beloved library and community center in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood, is growing! Since 2004, this space has served this internationally diverse community, providing access to books, education, entertainment, social services, ESOL language and job training resources, and space to strengthen the vibrant community. Although the location is staying put, the new facility will triple the amount of space with a total of 30,000 square feet — plenty of room for more activities, more services, more partnerships, and more room to grow! We look forward to opening the Marksbury Family Branch in early 2024!


The William Stamps Farish, III Theater at the Central Library is available to the community for lectures, live music, community forums, film festivals, small theatrical productions, dance performances, literary readings, debates, and other creative uses.

Join librarians Alexa and Jenny as we talk books. What we're currently loving, what we're hating, and what we can't wait to read next!


Are you just starting your family tree, or have you run into a brick wall tracing a distant ancestor? Join us to share tips and learn new research strategies. All levels of experience are welcome!

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If books are your thing, this is your place.  Browse the newest titles in our collection, take a deep dive into comics and graphic novels with the 741.5 bulletin, request a personalized "bag of books," and more.

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Friends of the Lexington Public Library provides financial, advocacy and volunteer support to the Library.  Shop at the Friends Book Cellar in the Central Library for a great selection of used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and vinyl records, all at discounted prices.

Sunday, June 11 2023 2:00pm - 3:30pm Get out of your cookbook comfort zone at Bite Club! New themes/cuisines and cookbooks each meeting. Choose a recipe and contribute a potluck dish to sample or simply come to taste and discuss.
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The Community Collections consist of objects shared from local community residents and organizations. Individuals have lent items of local significance to the library to give the larger community awareness and access.

We stand for free and open access to information. That starts with removing unnecessary barriers to our educational resources and technology. Starting April 13, 2023, the Lexington Public Library will no longer charge fines or fees for late, lost, or damaged material.

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The Lexington Public Library’s Digital Archives provide open access to researchers and students to learn more about the rich history of Lexington and Fayette County. It contains a fraction of the Library’s physical holdings, which are housed and available for reference in the Kentucky Room at the Central Library. New material is being digitized and added constantly, so there's always something new to find.

The archives have a simple keyword search, and it is possible to browse the collections by subject, area, or decade. The Lexington Public Library actively reviews and labels materials in our archives with statements that indicate how you may reuse the images, and what sort of permission, if any, you need to do so. Please check the information for each image to determine its legal status.

Tuesday, June 06 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm The book selected for June 6 is "Carrie Soto is Back" by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  A legendary athlete attempts a comeback at an age when the world considers her past her prime. 
Wednesday, June 28 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm Use your creativity to create art with paint on recycled book pages. All supplies provided.  For adults and teens. No registration.
Wednesday, June 21 2023 9:30am - 10:45am If you've been wanting to join a book group, but not sure how find one; this is the group for you. This group is for anyone and everyone interested in reading and talking about it.  
Thursday, June 29 2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm Use your creativity to create art with paint on recycled book pages. All supplies provided.  For adults and teens. No registration.
Tuesday, June 20 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm The book selected for June 20 is "Vanderbilt:  the rise and fall of an American dynasty" by Anderson Cooper.  
Free program being offered at Northside and Village Branches

Lexington, Kentucky (December 20, 2022) – Lexington Public Library announced today that its popular LPL After School program will return in 2023, beginning January 2. 

LPL After School is a FREE drop-in program for kids aged 5-12 that takes place after regular school hours, Mondays through Fridays from 4-6pm.  The Library, in partnership with God’s Pantry, will provide snacks for all participants as well as STEAM and enrichment activities, homework help, and reading recommendations. And there’s no need to register—just show up!

Thursday, July 13 2023 5:00pm - 6:30pm Bring your own zine project or just an idea! We will have a variety of supplies and templates available so you can make your zine.  Makerspace at Eastside Ages 13 +  All skill levels welcome

Library meeting rooms are available for individuals, non-profit, for profit, study groups, and community organizations seeking to hold meetings, trainings, and workshops.

Destination Kindergarten

Destination Kindergarten is the library’s program aimed at preschoolers and their caregivers- trying to help them practice the skills they need to be ready for Kindergarten.  During each Destination Kindergarten event, preschoolers and their caregivers can find a specalized area in the library with fun books, take-home activities, and information about development milestones and school readiness.

See below for more information on upcoming events and take-home packets and activities.

Thursday, June 08 2023 5:00pm - 6:30pm Bring your own zine project or just an idea! We will have a variety of supplies and templates available so you can make your zine.  Makerspace at Eastside Ages 13 +  All skill levels welcome
Wednesday, June 21 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm Are you an adult who misses the freedom and fun of elementary school art class? Join Amateur Hour! Don't consider yourself an artistic person? No problem! Come make some friends and try something new.
Saturday, June 24 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm Not an artist? Not a problem! We'll provide the art supplies; you provide the creativity during this open art program. June focus is street art inspired by Keith Haring. Recommend for 5-12 years old, dress for mess please.
Tuesday, June 20 2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm Join us at Lexington Public Library for a mindful discussion of a recently banned or challenged book and the topics surrounding it.

Our commitment to listening, learning and changing is ongoing and our work is never complete. We affirm that we achieve more together because of our differences, not despite them. When all voices are heard, we are stronger.