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Teens Featured

Seeking Spring VolunTeens!

Are you looking for a place to volunteer this Spring? How about at the library? If you’re in 7-12th grade we’d love to have you volunteer for us.

Our VolunTeens provide an invaluable service for the Library. They help us stay on top of the ongoing task of shelving books and ensuring that everything in the library is tidy so that people can find what they’re looking for.

VolunTeens pick out an ongoing schedule helping for either 1 or 2 hours each week. Mostly our VolunTeens help with shelving, but they also sometimes help set up for programs and get ready for big events.

If you’re interested just fill out the attached application and return it, along with a letter of reference, to the Teen Zone desk by Saturday, January 7th.

Volunteen Spring Application 2017

Call or email Miriam (785-843-3833 ext 138 – OR – mwallen@lawrencepubliclibrary.org)  if you have any questions or need more information.

 

P.S. If you’ve been a VolunTeen in the past you can skip the reference and just send us in your application.

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.

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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Teen Zone Expanded

Looking for something to do when school lets out early? Come hang out at the library!

On Wednesdays from 2-5 PM, we’ll take over the Auditorium or Readers’ Theater (depending on the week) for gaming, movies, crafts, and more.

Look for something different each week.

New Holds System

Success! We made it through LPL Lite and we appreciate your patience as we upgraded to a new computer system. You won’t notice a whole lot of changes because most of them are on our side.

You will notice that holds awaiting pick up will be arranged differently.

When you come to pick up your holds or reserves, they will be shelved on the holdshelf by:

  • The first 4 letters of your last name (and)
  • The last 4 digits of your library barcode

For example, if your last name is SMITH and this is your library card number (see photo), your holds will be arranged as:

SMIT

1111

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Total Boox: New, Free, Easy.

Total Boox (pronounced Total Books) is an ebook service now available to all Kansas residents—and it’s easy! Login with a Kansas Library eCard, which you can get at any public, academic, or school library in Kansas.

Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.

All you need to know is right here.


Availability: All ebooks are always available for reading. No holds or wait lists. For use on your iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (no computer use available).

Simplicity: An ebook is always just a tap away on your mobile device.

Unlimited: Downloaded ebooks never expire, check out as many as you want at a time.

 

Flipster: Magazines You Know and Love, Available Digitally!

Here are 11 great reasons to use Flipster, starting with the fact that it’s completely free with a library card:

The New Yorker, People, Time, Mental Floss, Wired, O/Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, and Yoga Journal.

What are you waiting for?

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!

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

Get started hereall you need is your library cardThis resource is made possible by the generosity of the Simpson Foundation.

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