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Flipster Is Here!

Flipster is a digital magazine service that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Flipster is replacing our previous Zinio for Libraries service (expires 12/31/2015).

To start reading one of the titles below, grab your library card and click here!

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How easy is it to read magazines in Flipster?

  • Read online using your computer or mobile device’s browser
  • Download your Flipster app from iTunes, Google Play, or for offline use to an iPad, Android Tablet, or Kindle Fire (3rd & 4th generation) app
  • Back issues will be accessible
  • Print functionality is supported

We’re excited for you to start enjoying Flipster!

Questions?

  • Call us at 785-843-3833 and ask for assistance with Flipster
  • Don’t see the title you want? Click here and suggest a new one.

 

From the LPL family to yours…

Stay warm and we’ll see you on the 26th!

Thrifty Gifter

THU | Dec 17 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium

Sign up for this year’s holiday gift-making class to make ornament terrariums. We’ll be using air plants and moss to liven up your holiday decor. Space is limited, so please email Kristin to reserve your spot.

Yoga @ Your Library

WED | Dec 9 | 5:30 PM | Meeting Room B

Sarah will help you learn your Adho Mukha Svanasanas from your Vrksasanas. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Just bring a mat and a willingness to learn!

Singing Bowls with Julie Cisz

TUE | Dec 8 | 7:00 PM | Auditorium

Get ready for an evening of mindfulness and relaxation as Julie plays her crystal singing bowls. She’ll talk on the transformative power of mindfulness and meditation, which is especially important during the busy holiday season.

Great Books Discussion: Ralph Waldo Emerson

SAT | Dec 5 | 2 PM

Join us in Meeting Room B for a lively discussion on the classics. This month the group is exploring Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s essay, Self-Reliance. This Cliff’s Notes summary might help you decide if this one’s for you.

For more information on the monthly readings contact Terry or George Smith at 785-312-9517.

Flesh, Flash & Frank Harris

THU | Dec 3 | 7-9 PM

Lawrence’s Card Table Theatre presents a staged reading of Professor Emeritus’ Paul Stephen Lim’s original work surrounding the life of Frank Harris in our Auditorium.

The story follows Harris from his student days at the University of Kansas to his glittery life as an editor in London where he meets the likes of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Upon the publication of My Life and Loves, he was abandoned by everyone in good society.

This scandalous autobiography was banned as pornography in both Europe and America; however, Harris insisted My Life and Loves was a work which helped emancipate women by loosening their Victorian corsets.

What’s the T? The Best Movie of 2015 You Didn’t See

Produced by the Duplass Brothers, Sean Baker’s fifth film Tangerine is a rip-roaring, relentless comedy that stars newcomers Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor as two black transgender sex workers hustling in the streets of Hollywood.

 Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s with an anamorphic lens adapter created by Moondog Labs, Tangerine is nothing short of a technical marvel.  The cinematography is surprisingly lush and exudes an exquisite, sun-baked warmth that immediately transports viewers to the heated streets of Hollywood.  Each scene plays out like a moving work of art, and it is a world to bask in as events occur on screen.

 On Christmas Eve, Sin-Dee Rella (Rodriguez) gets out of jail after 28 days and stops for a donut with her best friend Alexandra (Taylor).  Alexandra accidentally informs her that Sin-Dee’s pimp and boyfriend Chester has been cheating on her with a “real fish” – aka a white woman whose name starts with the letter D.  Sin-Dee will stop at nothing to scour the city, find the girl, and exact her own form of revenge.  Seamlessly woven into this story is the life of an Armenian cab driver, Razmik, whose actions become irrevocably tied to the world of Sin-Dee and Alexandra with a surprising reveal that slowly unravels as the film progresses.

 Tangerine succeeds because of the rawness and honesty of both the story and the incredible performances of Rodriguez and Taylor.  Unlike other comedies, it doesn’t try to sugarcoat life with a veneer and instead explores street subcultures in a documentary-esque film that functions more as an ethnography and less as a work of fiction.  All of the characters are deeply flawed and yet are unabashedly and unapologetically themselves.  Tangerine doesn’t shy away from sensitive subjects or mature content, because that’s not how the world works, and the film is so much better because of it.

 Tangerine

When I first heard that the Duplass Brothers were producing a comedy about black transgender sex workers, I had some initial concerns with the potential direction and representation.  All of these anxieties quickly dissipated as the narrative unfolded, and I found myself not only drawn into the lives of these complex characters but also reflecting on my own existence and preconceived notions.

 Tangerine is such an empowering film to watch because the filmmakers have created a story that provides a positive and honest portrayal of transgender sex workers.  Underneath the main story is a compelling social commentary on homophobia, drug addiction, and the illicit sex trade.  It never feels condescending or stereotypical but instead humanizes a part of reality that is often skewed in a negative light.

Rather than take brutality to the max for sheer shock value, Tangerine instead focuses on the characters’ inward sense of self-respect and how they try to remain strong in the face of adversity.  In one particularly hilarious exchange between Alexandra and Sin-Dee while walking down the boulevard, Alexandra remarks, “The world can be a cruel place.”  Sin-Dee responds: “Yeah it is cruel.  God gave me a penis.” Tangerine is at its core a beautiful story of friendship, compassion, and love.  Try not to cry as you become enraptured by the experiences of these intriguing characters.  I dare you.

 In the 2015 Studio Responsibility Index, which analyzes the number, caliber, and range of LGBTQ+ representation in 2014 films, GLAAD notes that out of 114 releases from major studios, none of them had characters that identify as transgender.  Although continual progress has been made in including more LGBTQ+ diversity in television and film, especially with the widespread critical acclaim of shows like Transparent and Orange is the New Black, there is still a severe lack of both transgender characters and positive representations in popular media.   Not only is it important that there are more opportunities for transgender identifying and gender nonconforming individuals to work behind the scenes and in front of the camera in all types of roles, but we also need a more true-to-life portrayal of the diversity of the transgender experience that moves beyond stereotype or satire.

 Only when the full spectrum of gender and sexual identity are on the silver screen can individuals begin to see their own experiences reflected back at them, which shows them that they are not alone in the world.  With a recent Oscar campaign push for Rodriguez and Taylor, I can only hope that more people will see this incredible film, and it will leave a lasting impression on their lives just as it has left on mine.

Big Deal at Your Library

Don’t let fines keep you from borrowing books, movies, and music any longer. From Black Friday through Sunday (11/27–11/29), we’ll waive 50% of your fines when you pay your remaining balance.

Look for our 50%-off coupon in the Lawrence Journal-World this Thursday (Thanksgiving edition.)

Clip it and come see us — we miss you!

Dialogues on Race & Culture: Boko Haram

Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram — which has caused “havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings, assassinations, and abductions — is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.”

Join us for a timely discussion Wednesday, November 11 with University of Kansas faculty Beverly MackEbenezer Obadare, and Stacey Leigh Vanderhurst, about the local and global effects of Boko Haram’s extremist views. 7 – 8:30 PM in the Library Auditorium.

Sponsored by The Langston Hughes Center, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the Department of African & African-American Studies. Image and text source.