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Introducing Hoopla

LPL is getting Hoopla! With Hoopla you can instantly:

  • borrow movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and comic books
  • get 24/7 access
  • borrow for free with your library card

It couldn’t be easier to use.

  • No holds, no waiting in line — just click “borrow”
  • No fines — after the checkout period is over, items are automatically checked in
  • 5 checkouts a month per Lawrence Public Library cardholder
  • Stream your digital pick on your computer or laptop, using an internet connection
  • Stream or download it to your digital device — supported devices are listed here

Get started today!

  • Go to
  • Click on ‘Sign up now’
  • Pick “Lawrence Public Library”
  • Set up your account with your email address, a password, your library card number and library account PIN

That’s it!

  • Click here for more info about Hoopla
  • Questions about your Hoopla account? Email Kelly Fann, Collection Development Coordinator or Tricia Karlin, Collection Services Manager
  • Questions about your library account or PIN: Email Accounts  or call 843-3833 x 100



Lynn Sherr Presents “Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space”

Award-winning 20/20 and ABC News reporter and author Lynn Sherr will talk about her definitive biography, “Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space”.

Sally Ride, a member of the first astronaut class to include women, broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women.


Mars, Potatoes, and Matt Damon with Leslie Von Holten

THU | Feb 10 | 7 PM | The Wine Cellar

You’ve read “The Martian,” now let’s talk about it.

Leading our book discussion is Leslie Von Holten, who is not only an avid reader, but the director of programs for the Kansas Humanities Council and has degrees in English literature, art history, and public administration. We’ll be at the Wine Cellar (located right under La Parrilla), so grab a glass of red or white (it’s a cash bar). $1 cover in exchange for knowledge.

Space is limited, so please register by sending an email to Kristin Soper.

Nerd Nite 46: Mars + Other Curiosities

Join us in February as we partner with Lawrence Nerd Nite and KU Libraries for Read Across Lawrence 2016 with a Nerd Nite related to Andy Weir’s book, “The Martian.”

Topics include:

“The Spiders on Mars and Other Space Oddities” by Alison Olcott Marshall

Description: On July 15, 1965, Mariner IV provided the world with the first close-up view of Mars. Just fifty years later an amazing array of flybys, orbiters, landers and rovers has provided us with enough images of the red planet that it is now possible to leisurely tour the planet on Google Mars. These images are not only beautiful and (quite literally!) otherworldly, but they have allowed us to learn so much about our nearest neighbor, a planet that is so similar to and yet so different from Earth. In this talk we will explore what we know about Mars, how we know it, and indulge in some speculation about what we could still learn.

“Autonomous Mobile Robots” by Arvin Agah

Description: The only known Martians at this point in time are Curiosity and Opportunity, two Mars rovers by NASA. Mars rovers, Drones, driverless cars, and robotic vacuum cleaners are a few examples of autonomous mobile robots—robots that move on their own. This presentation will cover the history, applications, competitions, trends, and challenges (technical and philosophical) of autonomous mobile robots.

An Explorer’s Guide to Mars (Fiction)” by the LPL book squad

Description: This short, spoiler-free presentation will cover everything you need to know about Mars related fiction.

Full details at

IMAGE & TEXT Courtesy of Nerd Nite Lawrence

Sign Up for A Sit-down

Drop-ins and focused tech programs are great, but sometimes you need a bit more facetime with our staff to get the help you need.

Now, by appointment, you can visit with us individually. Schedule an appointment here:

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New from Ancestry: Fold3

“Real history. Original stories.”

Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

Fold3 is perfect for:

  • Historians
  • Genealogists
  • Researchers
  • Enthusiasts
  • Family Historians
  • Teachers
  • Veterans & their families
  • Institutions

Company History

The concept for Fold3 is rooted in the company’s years of experience in the digitization business as iArchives, Inc. Starting in 1999, iArchives digitized historical newspapers and other archive content for leading universities, libraries and media companies across the United States.

From the beginning, the iArchives team developed a unique understanding of the value of creating an online repository for the world’s original source documents. Leveraging the proprietary systems and patented processes built for the digitization of paper, microfilm and microfiche collections, the management team made a strategic decision: Use the iArchives platform to provide access to these historically significant and valuable collections.

Source: Fold 3

“The Martian” Book Rover Drop

Because of The Martian’s popularity, we managed to distribute all 900 copies in a little over 24 hours. So, we’ve dispatched our Book Rover in search of more.

If you’ve finished reading and feel like sharing, bring your copy to the Welcome Desk and drop it in the bin. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Closed on Presidents Day

We’ll be closed Monday, February 15. We’re currently rounding up a list of fun things to do around town while we’re away, so stay tuned!

IMAGE: PopSugar

Career Clinic @The HealthSpot

On Fridays, AmeriCorps volunteers are in-house to help you organize your resumé, fill out job applications, and look for employment. 1-2PM in the HealthSpot.

The HealthSpot at Lawrence Public Library is a partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and LPL, serving as a location for our community to access health resources in Lawrence through databases, health events, free screenings, toolkits on healthy lifestyles, and more.

IMAGE: Mary Richards sharpening pencils on her first day at WJM-TV during the show’s premiere, September 19, 1970; The Mary Tyler Moore Show screen still © Getty Images.