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Harry Potter Book Night

Join us on February 2 from 6- 8 PM for a night of spells at Hogwarts (the Castle Tea Room). Be sorted into your house, show off your knowledge of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and make magical crafts. Don’t forget to wear your robes! Sponsored by Maceli’s and The Castle Tea Room.

We Need Diverse Books! Book Drive

Ready to pass on some life-affirming (and possibly life-saving) books to young people struggling to make their way in the world? Bring them to us so we can help set up a collection at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

We’re hosting a We Need Diverse Books Drive at LPL where you can drop off new or gently used books (check out their tumblr for tons of inspiration, book ideas, and more information about the campaign) at our Welcome Desk through Friday, Jan 27.

The We Need Diverse Books campaign, “recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities,” and operates with the vision that all children will be able to see themselves within the books they read.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Get Unlimited Digital Access in English, 中文, and Español

10 free articles a month go pretty fast and the basic $195 annual subscription might feel impossibly out of reach. That’s why we’re excited to provide you digital access to the New York Times — in house and off site. Get breaking news, reviews, multimedia, and opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education and more — here or wherever you find yourself in the world.


Access in the library (unlimited access to articles)

  • Connect to the Library’s WiFi or use a library computer
  • First-time users will need to register here (provide an email, create a password)
  • Returning users can log in at nytimes.com

Access off site (72 hours of unlimited access)

  • Log in (or register if it’s your first time) on your device or computer
  • Open the following URL in a new tab, then enter your library card number and 8-digit PIN for access.

Here’s a visual! New York Time how to graphic

Power Up with Retro Gaming Club

Gamers unite and get old-school with our new NES classics on Wednesday, Jan 11 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium. All ages welcome! Under 12? No problem—just bring your favorite adult.

We’ll kick things off with bits of video-game history and trivia, then it’s game on with the big projector screen and several televisions stationed around the room.

Check out this great article about Retro Gaming Club in the Lawrence Journal World.

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

Meet Your Mindfulness Goals

Ease into the new year with yoga. Our resident yogi, Sarah, will take you on a fitness journey every Wednesday in January from 5:30–6:30 PM in our Auditorium.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a mat! Tip: If you can breathe, you can do this!

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 Lynda.com, 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!

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

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

Out with the old, in with the new!

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 ion 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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