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YA Backlist: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is probably one of my top favorite YA authors. His characters are honest and relatable, and their stories are always engaging. 100 Sideways Miles is no exception. Read More..

Things Are Looking Up, but Hopefully You Weren’t

It’s hard to put a finger on what makes a great title, and like everything else about reading, it’s a matter of taste.  Among the classics are the biblical (East of Eden), the ominous (For Whom the Bell Tolls), the elegant (Beloved), and the just plain weird (Wuthering Heights . . . what does “wuthering” mean, anyway?).  My favorites tend to be titles which make universal pronouncements in complete sentences, like The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Things Fall Apart, or You Can’t Go Home Again.  So I was pleased to see a new book arrive at the library which has as its title the grandest, truest statement about the human experience I’ve ever heard: Someday a Bird Will Poop on You.   Read More..

International Women’s Fiction

March 8th is International Women’s Day! Hooray! Here at LPL, I walk among powerful women every day within the stacks, not just from the U.S., but from across the globe. Being surrounded by these women’s words is a joy, even if it means my “To Be Read” list is destined to be enormous and overwhelming forever…

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Spring Break Reads

Spring break is just around the corner and I can’t wait. Call me boring, but I’m taking a staycation. Forget cleaning the house and yard projects, my plan is to read books, watch movies, sleep in, eat chocolate, eat more chocolate, and drink a little red wine.


As an appetizer to the week ahead, I’ve already delved into Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta. No, it’s not another Read Across Lawrence outer space adventure. This one was recommended by our son who received the book as a gift from his in-laws-to-be who hail from Jackson, Mississippi. Seems they thought that the Kansan who is marrying their incredibly lovely and smart daughter needs a lesson on their home state. Read More..

Local History And More At LPL

Interested in researching your roots? Investigating the history of your house? Heard about one of the many pivotal historic events that happened right here in Lawrence, and want to learn more about it? The Information Services team at Lawrence Public Library is here to help! Our Local History room is a quiet, light-filled space on our lower level, and a treasure trove of resources to help you get started on your research. Read More..

Trust No One

Trust No One, an anthology curated by Jonathan Maberry, is a love letter for fans, new and not so new, of the realm of The X-Files. The fifteen stories are, in essence, episodes themselves expanding on storylines and involving notable characters. This unabridged collection with a running time of just over fifteen hours is adeptly read by Bronson Pinchot and Hillary Huber, and it flows so seamlessly that you may just experience lost time. As Maberry voices in its introduction, “Every author here has been hand picked for their love of the show, their understanding of how The X-Files ticks and for the quality of their storytelling.” The title may suggest to trust no one, however, trust that Maberry has placed you in capable hands. Read More..

A Conversation With Local Author Cote Smith

Author Cote Smith, a Kansas native and KU graduate, has a debut novel hitting the shelves. Hurt People follows two brothers coming to terms with the struggles of family, the dangers of the world, and the reality of growing up in a city defined by its prisons: Leavenworth, Kansas.   Read More..

Get Books– and Seeds– for The Garden at LPL

For many seasons I’ve spent my life in the dirt, alongside friends and family, tending plants and cultivating memories. About this time each year when winter hints at warmer, sunnier days, my mind begins to drift once again toward dreams of overflowing garden beds and caches of endless varieties of seeds to start. This time of year also reminds me of the many reasons I tend whatever patch of soil I can lay claim to. Among them is the fact that I garden to remember, but then again, also to forget. Read More..

Let’s Get Digital

I love browsing the stacks and serendipitously discovering a new book to read or movie to watch, or flipping through CDs browsing for music, but it isn’t an option for some people. Parents who bring kids to storytime don’t always have time to browse for their own reading material, and those who travel frequently or work odd hours may have more difficulty getting to the library to explore the collection within the library’s walls. Also, there’s those pesky fines you have to pay when you forget to return items on time (and believe me, librarians can rack up more just as many fines as anyone). Read More..

Gold Fame Citrus: A Dry Read

“Punting the prairie dog into the library was a mistake.”

Not exactly “Call me Ishmael,” but enough of a first sentence to intrigue this Kansas librarian. I had heard good things about the new book by up-and-coming author Claire Vaye Watkins and was eager to read it. Read More..