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Career Clinic @The HealthSpot

On Fridays, AmeriCorps volunteers are in-house to help you organize your resumé, fill out job applications, and look for employment. 1-2PM in the HealthSpot.

The HealthSpot at Lawrence Public Library is a partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and LPL, serving as a location for our community to access health resources in Lawrence through databases, health events, free screenings, toolkits on healthy lifestyles, and more.

IMAGE: Office Space (20th Century Fox Film Corporation)

Big Deal at Your Library

Don’t let fines keep you from borrowing books, movies, and music any longer. From Black Friday through Sunday (11/27–11/29), we’ll waive 50% of your fines when you pay your remaining balance.

Look for our 50%-off coupon in the Lawrence Journal-World this Thursday (Thanksgiving edition.)

Clip it and come see us — we miss you!

Ripping Yarns

This cat bed has been all over Facebook this week, and after seeing work by local yarn person and Lola Lawrence maker, Kitty Steffens, it seems chunky knitting has arrived.

Anyone experimenting with giant needles and yarn should join us Monday evening to show us how it’s done. Bring your knitting or crocheting work in progress, and if you don’t have yarn or needles, we’ve got some to get you started.

Maybe it’s cowls-n-catbeds for gifts this year?

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IMAGE: Chunky hand-knit cowl | Courtesy of Kitty Steffens
IMAGE: Cat in chunky cat bed | Anna Mo/Ohhio

Creative Fundraising: The Story of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bill Clinton isn’t the only game in town next week.

Imagine if you were able to pull off a fundraiser like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Lawrence native Brian Frederick did and he’s coming to tell you how.

Monday, November 23, 12-1PM in the Auditorium. 30 spaces left! Free, but registration required. Bring a lunch and learn.

IMAGE: Brian Frederick has water dumped on him for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by George Lange, Lawrence Journal World

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Great Poetry Discussion

Who doesn’t enjoy a poet at the holiday table?

When conversation runs thin and, “the turkey* has gleaned everyone’s teeming brain,” whip out that fly verse you picked up at the Library. Saturday, November 21, 2-3PM in Meeting Room B.

*Riff on When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be by John Keats (1795-1821), his sonnet about fear of dying before publishing his best work, experiencing passion, and the worthlessness of it all without either. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

IMAGE: New Yorker cartoon by David Pascal | All rights reserved


Getting to Know You(r Smartphone)

Relationships can be challenging, especially with a smartphone.

We can help you get to know each other better. Some of our Tech people will be on hand Thursday from 4-5PM  to answer questions and off help.

Join us in Meeting Room B.

IMAGE: How I Met Your Mother; ©20th Century Fox Television

Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment — We Can Help

On November 1,  a new round of open enrollment started for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Care Marketplace.

It can be a challenge to navigate and we’re here to help.

Let’s get started.

What’s Open Enrollment?
Health insurance is renewed each year during a period called “open enrollment.” This is the time to join or change plans, carriers, etc. in your insurance coverage.

It lasts from NOV 1, 2015 — JAN 31, 2016.

What do we offer?
Beginning November 4th, we will have healthcare Navigator, Brandy Ordiway, in-house on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4:30 PM in the Health Spot.

What’s a Navigator?
It’s a trained expert on all the ins and outs about signing up for or renewing health insurance. They can answer questions, enroll patrons for insurance, and much more. And they’re rare — only about 6 of them in our county — so, we’re lucky to have her join us once a week through February.

Where can you go for information?
If it’s not a Wednesday or you need additional insurance resources, you’ll find:

  • Brochures located in the Health Spot
  • Cover Kansas ( for additional Navigator assistance
  • Health Insurance Marketplace ( to sign up directly or get more information

All-ages International Games Day

It’s your move, Saturday, November 21.

From 9am – 6pm in the Auditorium, we’ll have board, card, and dice games all day long. We might even play the International Game of Gossip. Game on!

Co-sponsored by Hometown Games and The Toy Store.

Write Club

If a story is in you, it has got to come out.
William Faulkner

Swing by Tuesday, November 17th, from 7-8:30 PM and get your write on. Remember: the first rule of Write Club is… to provide an encouraging, safe and supportive environment for writers to find their voice and express themselves.

More information here.

Read Across Lawrence 2016 is Out of This World!

Read Across Lawrence 2016 is Out of This World!

Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with KU Libraries and the Friends of the Library, today announced selections for the 2016 Read Across Lawrence program. This annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. Scheduled for February 2016, Read Across Lawrence will feature books for children, teens, and adults that explore outer space.

“We are over-the moon about the upcoming Read Across Lawrence program,” said Brad Allen, the library’s Executive Director. “The books will appeal to a wide audience and the programs will be phenomenal. We are so grateful to KU Libraries and the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library for their support in making it all possible.”

Free books and full program details will be provided in January. The selections are:


For Adults | The Martian by Andy Weir

(From the LPL catalog:) Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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For Teens | These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

(From the LPL catalog:) These Broken Stars is an epic, romantic young adult space opera about two star-crossed lovers who must fight for survival on a deserted planet: It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes — the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

true meaning of smekdayFor Children | The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

(From the LPL catalog:) When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens — called Boov — abducted her mother? In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find her mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.