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Chasing Weather with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Stephen Locke

“The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers,” Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg writes in  Chasing Weather, a collaborative book featuring weather chaser/photographer Stephen Locke’s images and Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poetry (Ice Cube Press). Come see a multi-media presentation that includes images and videos of wild weather matched with stirring poems. Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant and variable world more visible to us, and shows us how to truly see where and who we are.

Wednesday November 5th at 7pm in the Auditorium.

 

See You In Paradise with J. Robert Lennon

Thursday November 6th at 7pm in the Auditorium

J. Robert Lennon, the author of seven novels, including Mailman, and Familiar, will read from his latest short story collection, See You In Paradise.

Haunting, surreal, and often tinged with science fiction elements, Lennon’s work is driven by a fertile, experimental imagination and an interest in examining suburban malaise. He creates strange, unsettling, dystopian fictional worlds that may be real or may be manifestations of his protagonist’s obsessions, pathologies, or damaged psychological states. Drawing on 15 years of work, this excellent collection includes a rich variety of short stories that explore these distinctive themes. Some of the stories are idea-driven, and they often highlight Lennon’s interest in science fiction and flair for the macabre. “The Wraith,” for example, is a potent and disturbing story about an unhappy suburban couple who suddenly find themselves living with a zombielike supernatural creature. Other entries are more character driven, and these are among the best in the collection. “Total Humiliation in 1987,” for example, is an accomplished, emotionally moving psychological study of a marriage falling publicly and ignominiously apart in front of a couple’s teenage children during a summer vacation. Lennon examines the suddenly unfathomable gulf that has grown between these parents with intelligence and pathos.  An eerie, disquieting, and powerful collection; recommended for fans of literary fiction. -From Library Journal

 

Friends Book Sale

Join the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library for another monthly book sale! Adult, young adult, and children’s books will all be available, including fiction and nonfiction, plus DVDs and CDs – and at great prices!



October Book Sale Dates:

  • Thursday, October 30, 5:00 – 8:00pm (member night, memberships available at the door, beginning at $10) 
  • Friday, October 31, 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm

November Book Sale Dates:

  • Friday, November 28, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 29, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Donations Accepted:

  • Sunday, October 19, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, November 9, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

Donations of up to 4 grocery bags of books, cd’s or dvd’s  will be accepted. We do not accept magazines, records, VHS or cassette tapes. Thank you! Drop off may be made at the lower level, Kentucky Street side at the garage door.

New Catalog Now Live (with Mobile App!)

Our new catalog is now live! You can try it here. Some of our favorite features include:

  • Patrons create a username (won’t have to type your barcode every time you want to place a hold!)
  • Ability to create book lists for yourself or to share, and see other people’s suggestions (great vacation reads, mysteries for middle grades, Matilda’s epic reading list, and more)
  • Can rate and review titles you like (or dislike!)
  • Add books to your shelves: “read,” “in progress,” or “for later”
  • See great staff picks
  • Better search capabilities (want to find new music? Type “new music”)
  • We now have a mobile app!
  • Plus all of the previous features of placing holds, renewing books, paying fines online, and more.

You can now download our mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. iPhone = appsto.re/us/HWlw0.i  Android = goo.gl/mFOHn8 

We’d love to hear what you think of the new catalog or if you have any questions!