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Anyone Can Learn to Code!

“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” That’s the Hour of Code campaign mission.

But, here at the Library, we want all ages to give it a try! On Saturday, Dec 10 from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Auditorium, anybody can learn the basics of computer programming!

Join us for some hands-on fun at this Hour of Code event. No experience needed, all ages welcome! Need info? Email Melissa.

Guess Who’s Moving In?!

The Merc Co+op is opening a cafe right here in the Library lobby this January!

Library patrons and the downtown community will soon be able to enjoy Merc Made food and beverages even more conveniently.

“We are always exploring how we can provide our community with more access to good, local food,” said Rita York Hennecke, General Manager, The Merc Co+op. “When the library released a request for proposals in October, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to submit one.”

“The Merc Co+op and Lawrence Public Library are two truly local establishments dedicated to the well-being of our community,” said Brad Allen, Director, Lawrence Public Library. “We are so excited to have The Merc in the library lobby! Our patrons have been asking when we’ll have coffee again—they’ve been so patient! It will be exciting to have fresh, quality food and drink in the library again.”

The cafe will be open until 6 p.m. each day and offer a variety of Merc Made coffees, teas, juices and pastries as well as popular packaged deli items like sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Co-op owners will receive patronage for all purchases made at the library, senior owners will receive 5% off purchases each Tuesday, and co-op coupons will be honored just as they are at the 901 Iowa location.

For more information, contact Valerie Taylor, Marketing Manager, The Merc Co+op at 785-843-8544 or marketingmanager@themerc.coop or Heather Kearns, Marketing Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library at 785-843-3833 or hkearns@lawrence.lib.ks.us.

Out with the old, in with the new!

If you’re an LPL app user, we’ve got some important—and exciting—news.

On Saturday, December 11, 2016, we’re saying goodbye to the LPL app and replacing it with something much better: mobile Bibliocommons.

Whether you use Android or Apple, the switch is simple and takes less than 5 minutes.


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

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Android users: More info here.

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

Candice Millard: Meet Churchill Before He Was Churchill

From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt comes a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War.

On Wednesday, Nov 30, 7-8:30 PM at Free State High School Auditorium, hear Candice Millard’s history of Churchill’s exploits during the Boer War, a conflict he pursued to make his mark on colonial England, and to win the respect and notoriety that led to the Prime Minister’s seat.

Hero of the Empire is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.” (Source: penguinrandomhouse.com)

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AARP Driving Safety Class

The Driving Safety class scheduled for November 17 & 18 is FULL.

No further registrations will be taken due to space limitations.

More classes will be offered in 2017. Please check back after January 1 for a complete schedule of the classes.

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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Tales of Two Americas with John Freeman, Sarah Smarsh, & Whitney Terrell

WED | Nov 9 | 7 PM | Auditorium

A conversation based around Freeman’s upcoming Tales of Two Americas. This collection of writing, edited by Freeman, explores inequality issues in the United States and is a follow-up to the 2014 collection Tales of Two Cities. Freeman, Smarsh, and Terrell will talk about their own contributions to a work that “showcases the literary world’s response to inequality with stories and essays on immigration, racial injustice, gender, and greed in America today.” Source: newyork.carpediem.cd

The Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell copies of Freeman and Terrell’s work.

Being Mortal: Film, Discussion, and Interactive Wall

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

Join us Thursday, Nov 10 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of Atul Gawande’s story of experiences of death and dying from the perspective of a healer and his patients.

Based on his book, Being Mortal, we invite our community to have critical conversations about end of life care. Our discussion will be led by local providers and healers hoping to provide context for early decision making.

Offered in partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital. More information: Gwen GeigerWolfe


Before I Die Interactive Exhibit
NOV 1–30, 2016 | Library Atrium
What is important to you? Come reflect on your life and share personal aspirations on our community “bucket list” in the Atrium.

After losing someone she loved and experiencing deep depression, artist Candy Chang created an interactive wall on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with neighbors while remaining an introvert.

What started as a personal outlet has led to an international experience. Walls have appeared all over the world and now we have one right here in Lawrence. It will be documented and added to the project. More information, photos, and stories can be found at the website.

Offered in partnership with Midland Care and Visiting Nurses Association.

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The New Kansas Cookbook: Rural Roots, Modern Table with Frank & Jayni Carey

TUE | Nov 1 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Learn about the recipes and the stories behind them. Nearly thirty years ago, cooking team Frank and Jayni Carey (of Jayni’s Kitchen) gave us The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland, a classic, much-loved volume chronicling the state’s favorite recipes and food traditions. Now they’re back with The New Kansas Cookbook: Rural Roots, Modern Table, a look at modern and innovative foodways straight from their kitchen in the heart of the Midwest. Sourced from the publisher, University Press of Kansas.

The Raven Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of their book, and artist Louis Copt, the illustrator, will be selling prints of his work (they will make excellent holiday gifts for the prairie foodie in your life!).

Diverse Dialogues on Race & Culture: Stamped from the Beginning

Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be here Thursday, Nov 3 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium to discuss his new book.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America explores the history of racist ideas, how deeply they continue to permeate our society.

Kendi continues the discussion Coates put forth in Between the World and Me by exploring the foundation of racial violence and oppression in the United States.

The Raven Book Store will be selling books for Dr. Kendi to sign.

In partnership with The Langston Hughes Center.


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Ibram [EEE-brum] Xolani [ZO-LAA-NEE] Kendi [KEN-DEE] is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity.

​Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies in 2004. After working for a time as a journalist, Kendi purused his graduate studies. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. The year before, Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta before moving onto University at Albany, SUNY, and now UF.

Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series.

He has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. In the summer of 2011, he lived in Chicago as a short-term fellow in African American Studies through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California.

A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, Signature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog. He is the associate editor for the AAIHS Blog.

Kendi is currently finishing Black Apple: A Narrative History of Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974, a book under contract with NYU Press. He is also working on an anthology on Malcolm X and another history of racism–the sequel to Stamped from the Beginning.