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Alternative Book Covers

Check out these great alternative book covers created by two of our Summer Reading Program participants.

On the left is a cover byRaeley for “Will Work for Prom Dress” by Aimee Ferris, and on the right by Jaylynn is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling.

Once you’ve handed in your reading log you too can hand in an alternative book cover for an extra chance to win our grand prize drawing!

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Summer Reading Kickoff!!!

Date/Time: May 31st at 10am 

Your Story Starts Here is our summer theme! Join us for another great outdoor party at the Library, with music, food, and lots to do. This will be our last party at this location!

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Karaoke Cafe: Special Edition – Done with School!

Come celebrate the end of the school year with us karaoke style! We’ll be serving up more drinks and snacks than usual to prep you for karaoke madness. Singing is not required to take part in the cafe, but highly recommended.

Date: Friday, May 23
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Event Space

Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. Questions? Call (785) 843-3833.

Nerd Nite 26: Nerd of the Living Dead

Tonight our presenters will talk about the cycle of extinction, host domination, and neolithic burial practices. Here’s your sources for getting nerdier on death.

 

 

 

 

How to be a Great Host: Toxoplasma Gondii and You

Lindsey Givens

parasite rexParasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer

For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer takes readers on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life-forms-which are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life’s diversity. Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the parasite-riddled war zone of southern Sudan, Zimmer introduces an array of amazing creatures that invade their hosts, prey on them from within, and control their behavior. He also vividly describes parasites that can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead. This comprehensive, gracefully written book brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us all about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe-the laws of Parasite Rex.

 

 

 

zombie hostZombie Makers : True Stories of Nature’s Undead

Are zombies real? Scientists know this for sure: dead people do not come back to life. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet nature’s zombie makers Nincluding a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming waspNand their victims.

Parasites Radiolab (But there are a few factual errors)

Ed Yong’s Ted Talk on how parasites take over the behavior of their hosts.

 

 

Bring Out Your Dead: the cozy relationship between living and dead in 7000 BCE Çatalhöyük

Kelly Watt

The Leopard’s tale : revealing the mysteries of Çatalhöyük

Catalhoyuk, in central Turkey, became internationally famous in the 1960s when an ancient town – one of the oldest in the world – was discovered together with wonderful wall-paintings and sculptures, many featuring images of leopards. The archaeological finds included female figurines that suggested the possible existence of a “Mother Goddess” cult.” “Ian Hodder peels back the layers of history to reveal how people lived and died, how they engaged with one another and with the spirit world. Full of insights into past lives and momentous events, The Leopard’s Tale is illustrated with images of the art, the artifacts, and the excavations at this world-famous site.

The goddess and the bull : Çatalhöyük – an archaeological journey to the dawn of civilization

Veteran science writer Michael Balter skillfully weaves together many threads in this fascinating book about one of archaeology’s most legendary sites— Çatalhöyük. First excavated forty years ago, the site is justly revered by prehistorians, art historians, and New Age goddess worshippers alike for its spectacular finds dating almost 10,000 years ago. Archaeological maverick Ian Hodder, leader of the recent re-excavation at this Turkish mound, designated Balter as the project’s biographer. The result is a skillful telling of many stories about both past and present: of the inhabitants of Neolithic Çatalhöyük and the development of human creativity and ingenuity, as revealed in the recent excavation; of James Mellaart, the original excavator, whose troubles off the mound eventually overshadowed his incisive work at the site; of Hodder and his intense, brilliant crew who marveled and squabbled over the meaning of finds in dusty trenches while attempting to reintepret Mellaart’s work; and of the recent history of the theory and methods of archaeology itself. Part story of the human past, part soap opera of modern scholarly life, part textbook on the practice of modern archaeology, this book should appeal to general readers and archaeological students alike.

 

Religion in the emergence of civilization : Çatalhöyük as a case study

This book presents an interdisciplinary study of the role of spirituality and religious ritual in the emergence of complex societies. Involving an eminent group of natural scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and theologians, this volume examines Çatalhöyük as a case study. A nine-thousand-year old town in central Turkey, Çatalhöyük was first excavated in the 1960s and has since become integral to understanding the symbolic and ritual worlds of the early farmers and village-dwellers in the Middle East. It is thus an ideal location for exploring theories about the role of religion in early settled life. This book provides a unique overview of current debates concerning religion and its historical variations. Through exploration of themes including the integration of the spiritual and the material, the role of belief in religion, the cognitive bases for religion, and religion’s social roles, this book situates the results from Çatalhöyük within a broader understanding of the Neolithic in the Middle East.–Provided by publisher

 

 

Gaming with the Pro Returns!

Returning in April, every Wednesday starting at 3pm, the Teen Zone’s very own Philip holds court on gaming and gives advice on Super Smash Bros Brawl. Come play and Philip will give you pointers and tips on how to improve your game. Think you can take him on? We challenge you to beat Philip in Gaming with the Pro!
(no Gaming with the Pro on 4/30)

 

 

 

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Nerd Nite 25: The Man, the Myth, the Money

Nerd Nite gets mysterious tonight. We’re going to learn about the enigmatic James Bond of page and screen, the mystery of Big Foot and his other fantastical brethren, and the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin. Check out the full details on our local Nerd Nite page.

 

 

 

Live and Let Dine: James Bond as an Effete Gourmet Assassin

Tom Weiss

 

The James Bond Bedside Companion

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The only book to cover all aspects of the James Bond phenomenon in a single volume, it includes: a) An intimate portrait of Ian Fleming as remembered by his friends and colleagues; b) a character study of James Bond—his background and early life, his clothing and other personal habits, his preferences in food and drink, his attitudes toward women and marriage; c) The by-products of Bondmania and the merchandising of 007; d) Detailed analyses of every James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, as well as those written by other authors through the 1980s; e) A critical look at the 007 film series—the producers, screenplays, directors, actors, soundtracks, and special effects; f) over 100 photographs; g) An Introduction written by Ernest Cuneo, perhaps Fleming’s closest American friend; h) And enough facts, figures, and miscellaneous Bondian trivia to satisfy even the most ardent fan.

007 James Bond: A Report

The earliest analysis of Fleming’s novels and the Bond character.

The James Bond Dossier

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Another early analysis of the Bond character written prior to Amis’s writing of the Bond novel, Colonel Sun.

Life of Ian Fleming

John Pearson’s famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography. Charming, debonair and a ruthless womanizer, globetrotting from wartime Algiers to beachside Jamaica, Fleming was as elusive and opaque as his imaginary creation.

Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories

Provides details about each of Fleming’s novels, their chronological relationship to each other, notes about unusual items and events mentioned in the novels, and estimates of the number of days spanned by each novel.

Check out our Ian Fleming books. One of these is not like the other.

Websites that are all things Bond

The James Bond Dossier

James Bond MI6

007.com

007 Magazine

 

 

 

Snipe Hunt: Cryptozoological Creatures and the Stories They Tell

Matthew Lord & Kent Smith

 

Abominable Science

Abominable ScienceThroughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world.

Monster the A-Z of Zooform Phenomena

Zooform Phenomena are the most elusive, and least understood, mystery `animals`. Indeed, they are not animals at all, and are not even animate in the accepted terms of the word, but entities or apparitions which adopt, or seem to have (quasi) animal form. These arcane and contentious entities have plagued cryptozoology – the study of unknown animals – since its inception, and tend to be dismissed by mainstream science as thoroughly unworthy of consideration. But they continue to be seen, and Jonathan Downes – the Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology – who first coined the term in 1990, maintains that many zooforms result from a synergy of complex psychosocial and sociological issues, and suggests that to classify all such phenomena as “paranormal” in origin is counterproductive, and for researchers to dismiss them out of hand is thoroughly unscientific. Author and researcher Neil Arnold is to be commended for a groundbreaking piece of work, and has provided the world’s first alphabetical listing of zooforms from around the world.

Bigfoot : I not dead

Bigfoot

In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to Me Write Book, Bigfoot returns from exile to share his inspiring, hilarious, and often deeply disturbing experiences as a misunderstood forest gentleman and tragic media darling. These entertaining and often grizzly stories stand not only as a testament to the greatness of the legendary man-beast, but also as a chilling cautionary tale of the downside of a life of celebrity, cannibalism, celebrity cannibalism, wanton violence, and lack of toilet training. As in Me Write Book, full-color glossy spreads depict every intimate, disgusting, and downright insane moment of Bigfoot’s life. Bigfoot: I Not Dead is an unforgettable memoir that will stay with readers long after his foul scent has dissipated.

Hellboy

The oversized Hellboy hardcover series continues, collecting the climatic “Death of Hellboy” storyline from Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo, and one-shots by some of the greatest talents in comics! Hellboy has racked up multiple awards, numerous spinoffs, a novel line, video games, cartoons, and two feature films. Hellboy Library Edition Volume 6 collects two complete trade-paperbacks: The Storm and The Fury and The Bride of Hell and Others, as well as an extensive selection of previously unreleased art.

cryptomundo.com

crypto mundo

Cryptomundo is a place to enjoy the adventures, treks, theories, and wisdom of some of the most respected leaders in the field of Cryptozoology. This is a place for all ages to share, read, see, and learn about the finds and evidence of the most elusive and rare animals (cryptids) on this planet Earth … Bigfoot, Yeti, Chupacabras, Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Nessie, Yowie, and more. Come back often and be part of the community for Cryptozoology breaking news, new views, fun, and yes occasional humor. We’re glad you’re here and look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin: Such money. Very technology. So future. Wow.

Caleb Chin

 

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The original essay about Bitcoin by Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin.

A helpful youtube video explaining what Bitcoin mining.

 

Something Different

An artist looking for peace and quiet finds just the opposite in a rural community overrun by leprechaun hunters.  A modern-day boy becomes an exterminator extraordinaire in prehistoric Sweden.  And a lonely worker finds his heart’s desire in the dizzying heights of a state-run factory.  This is just a sampling of the well-crafted and refreshingly low-key stories of magic Read More..

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Do you have great ideas for teen events at the library? Would you like to play a part in planning the new Teen Zone? Join the Teen Advisory Board! Meet for treats and share your opinions. If you’d like to join, please ask for a form at the Teen Zone desk.
Next Meeting: Saturday, March 22
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

*Artwork by Razuri-chan

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Karaoke Cafe

Come celebrate with us karaoke style! We’ll be serving up more drinks and snacks than usual to prep you for karaoke madness. Singing is not required to take part in the cafe, but highly recommended.

Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Event Space

Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. Questions? Call (785) 843-3833.

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Teen Zone launches version of “The Race Card Project”

As part of an effort to promote respect and diversity, the Teen Zone is launching its own version of “The Race Card Project”.

Teens may submit entries to the Teen Zone desk at any point over the next month by writing a six word thought or story on the topic of race, ethnicity, or cultural identity.  Multi-colored 3×5″ index cards will be provided at the desk.  Entries will be used to decorate the walls of the Teen Zone, with the mosaic of colors meant to symbolize the diversity of thought.

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