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Home Comfort–How to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.



Image result for images home repairWith the temperatures in the 90s, it is difficult to think that it won’t be long before we’ll be confronted with cold weather. To prepare for those winter temperatures, come find out how to keep your house warm and cut your heating bills by learning of methods to make your house more energy efficient and keep the warm inside your house! Also, learn of resources available to assist in ways of weatherizing your house.

On Tuesday, August 15 from  1:30-3:30 in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, listen to representatives from the City of Lawrence, Black Hills utility, the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County and local home construction businesses who will explain methods for energy saving improvements and how to apply for grants to implement these improvements.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.

For more information about this event call Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115.

New to Medicare

New to Medicare? Join the Senior Resource Center’s  Health & Human Services team as they present information on what to expect from the Medicare system at this informative session. The July session will be held next Wed, July 19, from noon to 1 PM in meeting room A on the lower level of  the Lawrence Public Library.

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Welcome to Medicare!

Are you new to Medicare? Do you have questions?

The Lawrence Public Library and the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County will present a “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Wednesday, May 17, from noon to 1 p.m., in Meeting Room A, at the Lawrence Public Library.

Whether you’re turning 65, soon to retire, or just looking for more information, this is a great place to start.  Learn about the different parts of Medicare and what your health care coverage will look like.

Bring your lunch and listen as the basics of Medicare is discussed by a certified Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK)  speaker. Questions are encouraged!

This monthly program on Medicare will be presented at the Library and at the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County.  The next presentation will be on June 21st at the SRC, 2920 Haskell Ave, Lawrence.  The library will host again on July  19th.  All programs will be from Noon-1:00pm.

For more information please contact Health Resource Coordinator Lori Phillips at the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, 785-842-0543 or Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115.




AARP Driving Safety Class June 15, 2017

The next AARP Driving Safety Class will be held in Meeting Room B from 10:00am-5:00pm  on Thursday , June 15th. Please note that this is a one-day class instead of two consecutive days as in previous sessions. There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

This is a refresher class that includes driving techniques, information on new laws and techniques for older drivers. Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.  Cost is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown), $20 for non-members. 

Parking is available in the adjacent parking garage at the cost of $1 for the day or streetside metered parking is available around the library.

To register or for more details about the class, contact Pattie Johnston at the Library—785-843-3833 extension 115.





Posted On: Mar 9, 2017 In: Uncategorized

The Spring 2017 Skillbuilders programs will begin on Tuesday, March 14th at 10:00am at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. The ten-week series for anyone experiencing significant life changes, including the death of a loved one, divorce, change of location, illness or physical limitations. A variety of topics that deal with practical concerns and others that address personal issues are discussed by local speakers. Skillbuilders is intended to provide information, encouragement and support for making decisions and daily activities.
Skillbuilders is presented 10:00-11:30am on Tuesday morning, March 14-May16, 2017. No registration is required. Each program is a separate program. Attend all or only those topics of interest.
For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library 843-3833 extension 115.
Skillbuilders is presented by LPL, Visiting Nurses Association and Brandon Woods at Alvamar with sponsorship with the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County.
Spring 2017 Schedule:
March 14 Adjusting to Change #1: introduction to Skillbuilders
March 21 Feeling Fit–Exercise & You Charloote Robertson, PT at BW
March 28 Estate + Legal Planning Webster Golden, attorney at Stevens & Brand LLP
April 4 Car Care 101 Richard Haig, Westside 66 & Car Wash
April 11 Family Dynamics When LIfe Makes Changes Christina Jordan, VNA
April 18 Oh, It”s Nothing: How Transitions Affect Your Health Julie Andrews, VNA
April 25 Cooking for One (or Two) Susan Johnson, Dg.Co.Extension Office
**program will be held at the Deal Six Auditorium, Dg.Co.Fairgrounds
May 2 Financial Planning Barbara Braa, Central Bank of the Midwest
May 9 How Does Your Garden Grow
Ann Peuser, Clinton Pkwy Nursery & Garden Store
May 16 Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays and Other Events
Donna Flory, MSW (retired)

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

NoveList—Your Back-up Book Squad

So, you just finished the best book ever and now you have nothing to read. Give yourself time to grieve, then get busy.

LPL librarians love to help readers find new material, but what if we’re closed, you’re out of town, or you prefer going solo and charting your own course?

NoveList connects you with read-alikes (imagine your favorite book had offspring) using the simplest of searches. Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller, a bodice-ripping romance, or want to find the next book in a series, log in and watch your nightstand reading pile grow.

NoveList is accessible at all library computers. If you want to log on from your own computer, you’ll need your library card number. Hey! I need a library card!

Learn Anywhere with Lynda

Anyone with a library card can log on and start learning from, 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!

Get started here — all you need is your library card!

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

This resource is made possible by the generosity of the Simpson Foundation.

What Happened to the LPL App?

There a new way to carry LPL in your pocket, and it’s not from an app store. We said goodbye to the LPL app in December and replaced it with something better: Bibliocommons Mobile.

Whether you’re Android or Apple, the switch is simple and takes less than 5 minutes. If you’re familiar with saving links to your home screen, jump right in.

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

NOTE: “LPL Mobile” is the name we chose when saving the link to our home screen. You can call it whatever you’d like!

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Android users: More info here.

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

Changing Your PIN Is Easy!

Changing your PIN is easy.

Follow these instructions and if you get stuck, call us. We’re here to help!

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