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New Year’s Closed Dates

As New Year’s Day lands on a weekend this year, the Library will be closed for three days. Please mark your calendars and come stock up on books, DVDs, and CDs before the break!

Saturday | Dec 31
Sunday | Jan 1
Monday | Jan 2

Bonus! Our eLibrary is open 24-7. Even if you’re stuck without wi-fi, you can download plenty of eBooks, music, audiobooks—even popular magazines—before you travel (or hibernate.) Note: As the holiday lands on a weekend this year, the Library will be closed for three days instead of the typical two.

Library Closed for Holiday

Whether you’re staying in town or headed out for the holidays, be sure to grab a fresh stock of books for #WinterReading, plus movies and CDs before we close:

Saturday | Dec 24
Sunday | Dec 25
Monday | Dec 26

Bonus! Our eLibrary is open 24-7.

Even if you’re stuck without wi-fi, you can download plenty of eBooks, music, audiobooks—even popular magazines—before you travel (or hibernate.) Note: As the holiday lands on a weekend this year, the Library will be closed for three days instead of the typical two.

Anyone Can Learn to Code!

“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” That’s the Hour of Code campaign mission.

But, here at the Library, we want all ages to give it a try! On Saturday, Dec 10 from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Auditorium, anybody can learn the basics of computer programming!

Join us for some hands-on fun at this Hour of Code event. No experience needed, all ages welcome! Need info? Email Melissa.

Guess Who’s Moving In?!

The Merc Co+op is opening a cafe right here in the Library lobby this January!

Library patrons and the downtown community will soon be able to enjoy Merc Made food and beverages even more conveniently.

“We are always exploring how we can provide our community with more access to good, local food,” said Rita York Hennecke, General Manager, The Merc Co+op. “When the library released a request for proposals in October, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to submit one.”

“The Merc Co+op and Lawrence Public Library are two truly local establishments dedicated to the well-being of our community,” said Brad Allen, Director, Lawrence Public Library. “We are so excited to have The Merc in the library lobby! Our patrons have been asking when we’ll have coffee again—they’ve been so patient! It will be exciting to have fresh, quality food and drink in the library again.”

The cafe will be open until 6 p.m. each day and offer a variety of Merc Made coffees, teas, juices and pastries as well as popular packaged deli items like sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Co-op owners will receive patronage for all purchases made at the library, senior owners will receive 5% off purchases each Tuesday, and co-op coupons will be honored just as they are at the 901 Iowa location.

For more information, contact Valerie Taylor, Marketing Manager, The Merc Co+op at 785-843-8544 or marketingmanager@themerc.coop or Heather Kearns, Marketing Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library at 785-843-3833 or hkearns@lawrence.lib.ks.us.

Out with the old, in with the new!

If you’re an LPL app user, we’ve got some important—and exciting—news.

On Saturday, December 11, 2016, we’re saying goodbye to the LPL app and replacing it with something much better: mobile Bibliocommons.

Whether you use Android or Apple, the switch is simple and takes less than 5 minutes.


We think you’ll be impressed:

  • Get instant access from your home screen just like the app (that’s not changing)
  • It’s faster, easier, quicker
  • It looks and works the same on all devices
  • Seamless browsing with better lists
  • Easy to bookmark
  • It’s FREE

Why are we doing this?

  • Advances in technology​ (responsive design) make mobile browsing feel like an app
  • Having both (paying for an app while having a free site do the same thing) is duplication
  • The LPL app isn’t cheap— we’ll be able to explore other products and services for you

We’ve included steps below for making the switch. If you get stuck:

  • Stop by any of our service desks for help
  • Chat with a librarian online
  • Call 785-843-3833 for assistance
  • Chat with one of our Tech Staff at the lower level Tech Desk

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Android users: More info here.

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Apple users: See video demo on Lifehacker for more info.

All-Ages Winter Reading for Prizes

Defrost your brain and beat the winter blues through reading!

From December 1–January 31, cozy up with your favorite book and blanket, and compete for prizes!

Adults
Adults who read 3 books (or listen/read for 15 hours) can fill out this online form and claim your prizes after December 16th. Pick up a Winter Reading booklet at any desk starting December 1! Questions? Email Kate!

Teens
Embrace the winter break and cozy up with some great books. Bring in a favorite quote from the book you’re reading, or write a 3-4 sentence review, and drop it off in the Teen Zone to be entered into a weekly prize drawing for free books or other prizes. Questions? Email Miriam!

Kids
Read with us this winter! Ages 0-11 (or birth to 5th grade) can pick up a reading log at the children’s desk. Read 10 books or 10 hours and turn in your log from 12/12/16-1/31/17 for some high-fives and prizes. You’ll also need to fill out the kids’ finisher form when you’re finished with your log. Make sure to stop by the children’s area to see how the librarians are challenging themselves to read more this winter! Questions? Email Jenny!

Flipster: Magazines You Know and Love, Available Digitally!

Here are 11 great reasons to use Flipster, starting with the fact that it’s completely free with a library card:

The New Yorker, People, Time, Mental Floss, Wired, O/Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, and Yoga Journal.

What are you waiting for?