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The library will be closed July 9 to July 25 as we move to our new building. Visit us at 707 Vermont St. starting Saturday, July 26!

Beyond Books

Summer Noise

Summer readers and families are packing into our small space to pick up their reading logs and to bring them back finished to get their prizes, and to come to storytimes, and clubs. And to sit around and use the computers and iPads, read books, talk, socialize, study, and just be away from home!  When you think about it, Read More..

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Nintendo WII U

The Lawrence Public Library video game collection now features games for the Nintendo WII U system.  While there are already a couple dozen titles available for checkout, only 9 of them are ESRB rated suitable for children.  WII U games are not backward compatible to the older generation Nintendo Wii systems, so they are only playable on the WII U.  The following are a couple recommendations that are ESRB rated E for Everyone. Read More..

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Wiki, Wiki, Everywhere

It seems like Wikipedia has been around forever (13 years) but in the grand scheme of things we really haven’t had it that long. Wikipedia may be the biggest, most popular wiki out there but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one!

In my travels I’ve run into a lot of different wikis. Here are just a few that have caught my eye.

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Attention 5 and 6 year-olds!

You are invited to join the fun on Wednesdays in June at 1:30 pm, in the Carnegie Building (200 W. 9th St.)  for Kidsapalooza! This fun, free, hands-on program will feature artists, scientists, musicians, and lots more. To register ask your grown-up to call the library at 785-843-3833!

June 4TH: Printmaking Day Read More..

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Kansas Archeology – Dig it!

Have you ever dreamed of being an archeologist?

How about going on an excavation and discovering something that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years?

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Dreamworks games

Last post we talked about various Disney based games, but Disney isn’t the only movie company in the video game business. The Lawrence Public Library carries many games from different Dreamworks films, letting everyone in the family continue the fun through the more interactive video game medium. As usual, these games are ESRB Rated E for Everyone, and are suitable for anyone that can watch a PG rated film! Read More..

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Online Storytime

In the dark ages of household phones with cords, the library used to have Dial a Story. Mom could dial the number and child would listen. Occasionally we get calls asking if we still have that, but no, it has been about twenty years. However, moving into the modern world of technology, in which 75% of us have internet access at home, and many more have it in their back pockets, Read More..

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Disney Games!

Along with having many titles related directly to movies, Disney is known for releasing many games borrowing characters from across multiple movies.  If you’re looking for a way to take the magic from the movies to games, the following is a list of Disney-based video games.  As usual, they are all rated E for Everyone meaning they are suitable for all ages.  More info can be found on the ESRB rating system here. Read More..

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Green Thumb Games

When you’re able to compile a list based on video games that feature the growing of plants as part of their gameplay, it’s a testament to the wide array of games available for check out in the library’s collection.  The following is a list of games for players with a green thumb, and in some cases an adventurous spirit.  As usual they are all rated E for Everyone, so even the youngest of farmers can kill time until our cold weather permits outdoor gardening.  More information on the ESRB rating system can be found here.

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Dancing the winter away

Now that we’ve survived the polar vortexes of winter, it’s time to celebrate with a dance party!  Some of the video games available in the library’s catalog incorporate motion capture technology that are leaps and bounds more interactive than the Dance Dance Revolution-esque four-way step pads of the past.  As usual, each game is ESRB rated E for Everyone, meaning even the youngest dancers can join the groove!  In fact, a few of the games are catered specifically to younger age groups with Disney and Nickelodeon characters.  More information on the ESRB is available here.  Remember, the games listed need the Xbox Kinect or Playstation Move to function properly.

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