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We Need Diverse Books! Book Drive

Ready to pass on some life-affirming (and possibly life-saving) books to young people struggling to make their way in the world? Bring them to us so we can help set up a collection at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

We’re hosting a We Need Diverse Books Drive at LPL where you can drop off new or gently used books (check out their tumblr for tons of inspiration, book ideas, and more information about the campaign) at our Welcome Desk through Friday, Jan 27.

The We Need Diverse Books campaign, “recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities,” and operates with the vision that all children will be able to see themselves within the books they read.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Harriet Lerner’s Why Won’t You Apologize?

THU | Jan 19 | 7:00 PM | Auditorium

Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Hear her insights into the research and writing of Why Won’t You ApologizeRaven Bookstore will sell copies of Dr. Lerner’s book for signing. (source:

Get Unlimited Digital Access in English, 中文, and Español

10 free articles a month go pretty fast and the basic $195 annual subscription might feel impossibly out of reach. That’s why we’re excited to provide you digital access to the New York Times — in house and off site. Get breaking news, reviews, multimedia, and opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education and more — here or wherever you find yourself in the world.

Access in the library (unlimited access to articles)

  • Connect to the Library’s WiFi or use a library computer
  • First-time users will need to register here (provide an email, create a password)
  • Returning users can log in at

Access off site (72 hours of unlimited access)

  • Log in (or register if it’s your first time) on your device or computer
  • Open the following URL in a new tab, then enter your library card number and 8-digit PIN for access.

Here’s a visual! New York Time how to graphic

Get Help with New Gadgets

Struggling with your new phone, tablet, or e-reader? Visit with our resident techies for tips and tricks to navigate your device. Walk-in assistance will be offered twice a week through January:

Tuesdays | 5–6 PM | Meeting Room B
Thursdays | 11 AM–12 PM | Meeting Room C

Meet Your Mindfulness Goals

Ease into the new year with yoga. Our resident yogi, Sarah, will take you on a fitness journey every Wednesday in January from 5:30–6:30 PM in our Auditorium.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a mat! Tip: If you can breathe, you can do this!

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?