Photos: Lawrence Public Library holds groovy celebration to honor volunteers

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Around 160 people, all dressed in their best ‘70s attire, attended the Lawrence Public Library’s “Book of Love: A Very 70s Prom” Friday night at Venue 1235.

The event was in celebration of 50 years of the LPL Friends and Foundation, which provides the library with about $100,000 annually for programming such as the Summer Reading program, Read Across Lawrence, Dottie Outreach Service and more. 

A group of Lawrencians started Friends in 1972. Read more about the volunteers and the group’s history at this link.

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Polli Kenn, 50, is the Lawrence Public Library’s readers services coordinator. She opened the event, thanking everyone for coming and giving a rundown of the evening.

“When we were planning this year’s Booktoberfest, we realized it was the 50-year anniversary of the Friends and Foundation. We thought we could celebrate that milestone in addition to wrapping up Booktoberfest,” Kenn said before the event began.

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Chloe Anderson/Lawrence Times

Christina, a reader services librarian, and Chris De La Cruz, who works in insurance, pose as prom queen and king. The 31-year-olds beamed as they stepped away from the photo wall.

“We’re reliving our high school glory days,” Christina said with a laugh.

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Margaret and Jerry Edison, both 63, were the very first people to hit the dance floor. Jerry is a bank database administrator, and Margaret is a retired social worker. The two danced all throughout the night.

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Joy Johnson, a 39-year-old registered nurse, spun around the dance floor with a fake cigarette and full hippie dress.

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Chloe Anderson (she/her) contributed to The Lawrence Times from August 2022 through May 2023. She is also published in Climbing magazine, Kansas Reflector and Sharp End Publishing. As a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, Chloe plans to continue her career in photography, rock climbing and writing somewhere out West.

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