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Labor Day Closings

The library will be closed Sunday-Monday, September 4-5 in observance of Labor Day.

If you plan to spend this upcoming weekend reading, we’ve got some book suggestions that might help give Labor Day a little more context.

Click the book covers for details.


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A New Way to Arrange Holds

Success! We made it through LPL Lite and we appreciate your patience as we upgraded to a new computer system. You won’t notice a whole lot of changes because most of them are on our side.

You will notice that holds awaiting pick up will be arranged differently.

When you come to pick up your holds or reserves, they will be shelved on the holdshelf by:

  • The first 4 letters of your last name (and)
  • The last 4 digits of your library barcode

For example, if your last name is SMITH and this is your library card number (see photo), your holds will be arranged as:

SMIT

1111

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Changing Your PIN

Success! We made it through LPL Lite and we appreciate your patience as we upgraded to a new computer system. You won’t notice a whole lot of changes because most of them are on our side.

But, your PIN has changed.

Starting Thursday, August 25, you can change it to whatever you want. Here’s how:

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Back to School with Stephen Johnson

Bring your family to this fun and interactive storytime with Caldecott Honor artist, author, and Lawrence resident, Stephen T. Johnson this Sunday, August 28 from 3:30–4:30 PM in the Auditorium.

His most recent book, Alphabet School, features illustrations inspired by Lawrence Public Schools and encourages finding beauty and joy in the most unexpected places. Raven Book Store will have copies here for sale.

BONUS: Sign up your child for a library card and they’ll get a free book from our Dr. Bob Reader Program!

Banned Book Trading Cards V: The Quest for Diversity

Diversity is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week. How do we define diversity? Check out ALA’s post on the many definitions, and the boons and problems with each one. A majority of banned and challenged books are by or about people who have been marginalized because of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or ability.

We are asking Lawrence artists of all skill levels and ages to create works of art based on their favorite banned or challenged book. Of course, we want you to pick a book that speaks to you artistically, but we’d like submissions to focus on books that have been challenged because they offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. Check out ALA’s Banned Books Week page for inspiration and a list of frequently banned or challenged books. We Need Diverse Books is also an excellent resource!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see past year’s selections.


The nuts and bolts of submission:

  • Create a 5”x7” original artwork based on a book that has been banned or challenged. If the piece is a copy of your original artwork, it will be scaled to 5”x7’ for uniformity.

  • Include its title, author, and a few sentences about how the piece represents the book.

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • Submissions may be in either landscape or portrait orientation.

  • For digital submissions: Save file in PNG or JPG format at 300 dpi minimum.

Submission deadline is Sep 1.

Banned Book Trading Card Unveiling is Friday, September 23rd at 5pm in the Library Auditorium.

Find out what pieces were selected to become Banned Book Trading Cards!

During Banned Books Week, we’ll display all submissions at the library. A panel of judges will select seven works to be printed and distributed as banned book trading cards. We’ll hand out a different card each day of the Banned Books Week.

Drop off, or mail entries to:

Kristin Soper
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
ksoper@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

IMAGE: Detail of 2013 winning artist Leah Hoelscher’s, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 

 

Hello, Space Station?

Between September 5–11, we’re going on a 10-minute date with the International Space Station* and Lawrence teens are invited for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to speak with astronauts—live—with help from the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club and Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

Anyone can attend, but we’re handing the radio over to teens, so start thinking about what you might want to talk about in this rare, live chat.

UPDATED 8/10:

We’ll have an exact time for our contact near the end of August so stay tuned for more information here or on the event facebook page.

We collected a lot of interesting questions from you and are now trying to narrow it down to the top 20. Give us your opinion with this quick google poll.

More news as we know more.


ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio.

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Learn Anywhere with Lynda

Anyone with a library card can log on and start learning from Lynda.com, a vast collection of online software training in 3D, animation, audio, business, design, developer, home computer, photography, video, web + interactive, Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, and more!

“lynda.com excels at helping busy professionals keep their software skills razor sharp.” —Jill Duffy, PCMag.com

Get started hereall you need is your library cardThis resource is made possible by the generosity of the Simpson Foundation.

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