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Weatherizing Your Home

On Tue, August 15 from 1:30-3:30 PM in the Auditorium, find out how to keep your house warm, cozy, and more energy efficient this winter with reps from City of Lawrence, Black Hills Energy, the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County, and local home construction businesses. Free and open to the public; no registration is needed. For more info, call Pattie Johnston: 785-843- 3833 x 115.

Banned Book Trading Cards-Call for Artists

Banned Books Week (September 24th – 30th) celebrates the freedom to read by highlighting the attempted or actual banning of books in the US and overseas. A panel of judges will select seven submissions for printing and distribution. You can pick up a new card each day of the week at the library Welcome Desk, or at the Lawrence Arts Center. Winners will be announced at our unveiling party on Friday, September 22nd from 5-6 pm in our auditorium.

Submissions will be on display during Banned Books Week. Artists can pick up their work on Monday, October 2nd.

For inspiration, here’s a list of frequently challenged books compiled by The American Libraries Association.

What we need

  • Original artwork only (please don’t replicate book covers!)
  • A brief artist’s statement
  • The title and author of the book
  • How the piece represents the book
  • Your name, address, phone number, and email

Medium: paper

Size: 5” x 7” + 300dpi high resolution

Due by: September 5th at 9 PM (right after labor day!)

Where to submit: Drop off entries or mail to -

Lawrence Public Library, attn: Kristin Soper

707 Vermont Street

Lawrence, KS 66044

ksoper@lplks.org

 

 Click on images below for examples of past winners.

 

Book Squad Podcast 009: Did we hate Catcher in the Rye the second time?

Book Squad Podcast 009: Did we hate Catcher in the Rye the second time?

Note: This episode was recorded in the Sound & Vision studio at LPL! This will be the new home for Book Squad Podcast and we want to give a huuuuuge shout out to Nick Carswell of AudioReader for getting the podcast launched and teaching us how to actually organize things. Thanks, Nick!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Two Book Minimum:

Public Relations by Katie Heaney (2017)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2017)

Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren (2017)

Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor (2017)

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake (2017)


She Said/She Said: Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

“Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.” (WorldCat)

Since it’s just about back-to-school time, we wanted to pick a book that we were, uh, forced to read in high school. And because we like to torture ourselves, we picked one that we both hated!  Do we still hate it? Listen up, folks… it’s on.

Upcoming Events:
Beach Author series presents George Saunders! Find more info here.

 

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

AUMI Improvisation Performance

After a week of honing improvisation skills, AUMI performers will present a public concert on Saturday, August 12th, at 3:30 pm in our auditorium. Check out this all-accessible musical instrument! What is AUMI? The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments app enables you to play sounds and musical phrases through movement and gestures. Focusing more on improvisation rather than playing set pieces of music, AUMI uses music as a way for participants to express a range of affects, both by themselves and with others.

A Project of AUMI-KU InterArts, Independence Inc., and Lawrence Public Library, with support from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Commons at KU, and the KU Departments of Dance, Theater, American Studies, and the KU School of Music. For more information please visit http://aumi.ku.edu/.

Lawrence Latches On!

In partnership with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County, we’re hosting a family-friendly celebration and latch on Saturday, Aug 5 from 10 AM – 12 PM in the Library Auditorium.

Activities include story and song times, a baby wearing demonstration, information on finding support for breastfeeding in our community, and much more!

Email our Health Librarian, Gwen with any questions: ggeigerwolfe@lplks.org

Book Squad Podcast 008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

Book Squad Podcast 008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Two Book Minimum:

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell


She Said/She Said: 
Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell

“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” - John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school , Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.


 

This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Dance the Night Away at our Last Bash!

On Thursday, August 3 from 7–9 PM on the Library Lawn, grab your dancing shoes and bring your best moves for Mundo Nouvo, KC’s Latin and Caribbean music sensation!

We’ll have free Kettle Corn, but bring some dollars for Coney Island Hot Dogs and Free State beer.

There will be a LEGO free-build for all ages and we’ll debut our Summer Reading-inspired Rube Goldberg machine. See you there!

Diverse Dialogues: I Am Not Your Negro

Join us in the Auditorium on Wednesday, August 2 from 6–8:30PM for this special screening in celebration of James Baldwin’s 93rd birthday.

Following the screening, we will talk about how relevant his work remains with Kevin Willmott, film director, writer, and professor of film and media studies at KU, and Darren Canady, writer and associate professor of English at KU.

This event is free and open to the public. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at KU.

Dance the Night Away at our Last Bash

We worked hard building a better world this summer and now it’s time to PARTY! As Summer Reading draws to a close, let’s celebrate in style before everyone heads back to school.

On Thursday, Aug 3 from 7-9 PM on the Library Lawn, grab your dancing shoes and bring your best moves for Mundo Nouvo, Kansas City’s Latin and Caribbean music sensation.

We’ll have free Kettle Corn, but bring some dollars for Coney Island Hot Dogs and Free State beer. There will also be a LEGO free-build for all ages and we’ll debut our Summer Reading-inspired Rube Goldberg machine.

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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