Posted On: Aug 26, 2016 In: Featured, Kids Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured, Uncategorized
The library will be closed Sunday-Monday, September 4-5 in observance of Labor Day.
If you plan to spend this upcoming weekend reading, we’ve got some book suggestions that might help give Labor Day a little more context.
Click the book covers for details.
Posted On: Aug 7, 2016 In: Seniors, Uncategorized
On Thursday, Aug 11 from 11:30-12:30 in the Library Auditorium, bring a lunch and join Lawrence Parks & Recreation gardeners to learn all about the Monarch Watch Garden near the Vermont Street parking garage.
The City is providing drinks!
Image: “Releasing Monarch larvae onto milkweed in the butterfly garden” courtesy of Brad Hoppe, horticulturist, Lawrence, KS.
Posted On: Aug 3, 2016 In: Uncategorized
We’ve got big news! The library is getting a new computer system, which means some of our services—and you—will be affected temporarily (72 hours to be exact) as we make this switch.
FAQs + Info you need to know
Some libraries close when this happens, but we’re staying open (LPL Lite). We won’t be able to do everything, but we can do some things! See the calendar map below. Still have questions? Call us! 843-3833.
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Posted On: Aug 3, 2016 In: Uncategorized
On Saturday, August 13 from 9 AM-2 PM at Lawrence Free State High School, it’s Lawrence’s 3rd annual festival of making and creativity.
The Lawrence Public Library will be there with “The Produce Section”, a local musical act created by Ed Rose, our Sound + Vision Studio Manager. You have to see it to believe it! See who’s going!
Everyone’s welcome to this free, all-ages event. Enjoy fun, hands-on activities and interactive workshops for kids, parents, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and the entire community.
Experience traditional arts and crafts, fun physical activities, high-tech coding classes, 3-D printing, virtual reality, robotics, and a whole lot more.
For more information email Confabularryum.
Posted On: Aug 3, 2016 In: Featured, Kids Featured, Teens Featured, Uncategorized
Diversity is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week. How do we define diversity? Check out ALA’s post on the many definitions, and the boons and problems with each one. A majority of banned and challenged books are by or about people who have been marginalized because of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or ability.
We are asking Lawrence artists of all skill levels and ages to create works of art based on their favorite banned or challenged book. Of course, we want you to pick a book that speaks to you artistically, but we’d like submissions to focus on books that have been challenged because they offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. Check out ALA’s Banned Books Week page for inspiration and a list of frequently banned or challenged books. We Need Diverse Books is also an excellent resource!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see past year’s selections.
The nuts and bolts of submission:
Create a 5”x7” original artwork based on a book that has been banned or challenged. If the piece is a copy of your original artwork, it will be scaled to 5”x7’ for uniformity.
Include its title, author, and a few sentences about how the piece represents the book.
Include your name, address, phone, and email.
Submissions may be in either landscape or portrait orientation.
For digital submissions: Save file in PNG or JPG format at 300 dpi minimum.
Submission deadline is Sep 1.
Banned Book Trading Card Unveiling is Friday, September 23rd at 5pm in the Library Auditorium.
Find out what pieces were selected to become Banned Book Trading Cards!
During Banned Books Week, we’ll display all submissions at the library. A panel of judges will select seven works to be printed and distributed as banned book trading cards. We’ll hand out a different card each day of the Banned Books Week.
Drop off, or mail entries to:
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
IMAGE: Detail of 2013 winning artist Leah Hoelscher’s, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Posted On: Jul 28, 2016 In: Uncategorized
“We can work together to support each mother through her individual breastfeeding journey.”
On Saturday, August 6 from 10AM–12PM in the Auditorium, for the first time, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County will join the “Global Big Latch On,” a synchronized breastfeeding event held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7. The coalition’s goal is to raise awareness about the community support available for breastfeeding.
This free, all-ages event includes:
- 10 AM–12PM — Community partners will have breastfeeding support information available.
- 10 AM–12PM — Photos and stories of mothers’ breastfeeding journeys on display.
- 10-10:20 AM — Registration to participate in the “Global Big Latch On.”
- 10:30-10:45 AM — “Global Big Latch On” takes place. Mothers who are breastfeeding or pumping/expressing milk will be counted for the official tally.
- 11 AM — Storytime for children.
More from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department:
Cary Allen, a certified breastfeeding educator at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and member of the breastfeeding coalition, is excited about hosting a local site for the “Global Big Latch On” and encourages breastfeeding moms to participate and help put Douglas County on the map. Last year, 15,336 women participated from 654 locations in 28 countries. One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age or beyond. In Kansas, although most mothers hope to breastfeed and 77 percent of babies start out being breastfed, only 11 percent are exclusively breastfed 6 months later.
Allen said the success rate among mothers who want to breastfeed can be improved through support from families, friends, employers and policymakers. “It’s important to think about how to value well-being from the start of life, respect each other and care for the community we live in,” Allen said.
Agencies involved in the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County include: the Health Department, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, La Leche League of Lawrence, Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists, Lawrence Pediatrics, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, tiny-K Early Intervention of Douglas County, Lawrence Parents as Teachers, Mother’s Milk Kansas and Sunflower Birth and Lactation.
Posted On: Jul 27, 2016 In: Uncategorized, What's Happening
Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will be at Liberty Hall on Friday, October 7th at 7:30 pm.
Most will know her from her intricately researched works of fiction. However, Brooks is also a seasoned war reporter who covered conflicts for the Wall Street Journal in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa for the better part of two decades.
“We are delighted that Geraldine Brooks is coming to Lawrence,” said Brad Allen, library executive director. “She has so much to share with us about her career as a writer. Brooks has worked as a reporter in the Middle East, written three works of non-fiction, and five novels. Her books are huge favorites of local book clubs.”
Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her novel March, which tells the story of the absent patriarch of the March family in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women. Her latest book, The Secret Chord, was released in the spring of 2015 to glowing reviews. It is a vivid and original story that reinterprets the life of King David, inspired by brief biblical references to the lost book of Nathan. It has been called her most ambitious novel yet.
Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, their two sons, two dogs, three alpacas, and a mare named Valentine.
Brooks will be interviewed by Lawrence author and KU Assistant Professor of English Laura Moriarty. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. A book signing follows the program and Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Brooks’ books.
A gift to our community from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation, this special series brings a prominent author to Lawrence each year. The series debuted in 2014 with National Book Award winner James McBride. MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Karen Russell was the 2015 Beach Author.
Posted On: Jul 26, 2016 In: Uncategorized
TUE | Aug 9 | 7:30-9:00 PM | Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
Fourth generation Kansan and newly minted local author, Bryn Greenwood, will read from her debut novel All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Greenwood weaves a gritty tale about love and redemption that follows the young and stoic protagonist, Wavy, who embarks on a discomfiting romance with the only person she has ever trusted. Join us for the launch of Greenwood’s novel, which the Kirkus Review describes as “intelligent, honest, and unsentimental.” Book signing to follow. In partnership with the Raven Book Store.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Stewart Newlin
Posted On: Jul 24, 2016 In: Uncategorized
To celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Metroid’s original release, the we’re partnering with Game Nut to host a video game get-together celebrating the beloved series and its lasting influence.
On Saturday, July 30 from 1-3 PM in the Auditorium, come and play video games with us!
Posted On: Jul 22, 2016 In: Uncategorized
If you like to get lit…erary, this club’s for you: raise a pint and your bookish IQ at the same time! We’ll be at Decade Coffee Thursday, July 28 from 7-8:30 PM.
We meet the fourth Thursday each month at Decade to talk about what book(s) you’ve been reading and get some awesome recommendations for brand new titles! Kate‘s got details.