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Who are ‘the Media?’

Have questions for or about the media? On Monday, December 11th at 7 pm, professors from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at KU and local media professionals will discuss how to navigate the current murky media landscape and offer strategies for everyone to evaluate news and determine the accuracy and validity of the stories you see in the media. Participants are encouraged to join in the dialogue, ask questions and offer comments. Located in the auditorium.

Who are ‘the Media’?

Curious about fake news, facts, and ferreting out the truth?

On Monday, DEC 11 from 7-8 PM in our Auditorium, local media professionals and professors from KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications will talk about navigating the current murky media landscape.

Learn strategies for evaluating news and determining the accuracy and validity of the stories you see online, on TV, and in the papers. Participants are encouraged to join in the dialogue, ask questions and offer comments. Teens welcome.

Amazing Olive Press Storytime—Back by Popular Demand!

All ages are invited to hear the Rabbi Zalman Teichtel tell the Hanukkah story, and later help squeeze olive oil and make wicks to use in a Menorah!

Join us Friday, December 15th from 10:30-11:15 AM in our Readers’ Theater. The space fills up quickly, so get here as soon as possible.


 

J miss linda has everyone pick an olive to press

 

KU Chabad logo          R the rabbi gets results

Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

Polli and Kate took a break from their usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of gift book recommendations (or just things you might want to gift yourself!)

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Lawrence Public Library’s Sound & Vision Studio. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. We’d love to know what you think, and subscribing and commenting makes it easier for other people to find our podcast.

Happy reading and listening!


Grab your earbuds, settle in, and press the red PLAY button to listen:

Book Squad Podcast web banner

 

 

New Series! Local Authors Outside

Starting DEC 16, spend some Saturdays outdoors with local authors in the natural spaces that inspire and influence their work.

We’ll start with a 20-minute talk, then enjoy a hike! Wear comfy shoes and dress for the winter weather; moderate hiking and uneven surfaces are possible. If you’re looking for more info, Shirley’s got it: sbraunlich@lplks.org.

This event is co-sponsored by Lawrence Public Library and Kansas Native Plant Society. If there is inclement weather, we’ll meet inside each noted address.


AUTHOR SCHEDULE

Caleb Morse
SAT | Dec 16 | 1–2:30 PM | McGregor Herbarium | 2045 Constant Avenue
Visit woodland trails at Douglas County Lake with Caleb Morse, contributor to Flora of North America. If there is inclement weather, we’ll meet inside the Herbarium.

Denise Low + Thomas Pecore Weso
SAT | Dec 30 | 1-2:30 PM | Lyons Park | 700 North Lyon Street
Walk to the former Delaware trading post on Lake Street. Denise Low, second Kansas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author of prose and poetry, including The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. Thomas Pecore Weso wrote the award-winning Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir. If there is inclement weather we will meet inside the Ballard Center, 708 Elm Street.

Elizabeth Schultz
SAT | Jan 6 | 1-2:30 PM | Prairie Park | 2730 Harper Street

Visit the prairie with the author of The Sauntering Eye: Kansas Meditations. If there is inclement weather we will meet inside the Prairie Park Nature Center.

Ken Lassman
SAT |Jan 27 |1-2:30 PM | Baker Wetlands Discovery Center |1365 N 1250 Road
Visit the Wakarusa Wetlands with the author of Wild Douglas County. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.

George Frazier
SAT | Feb 10 |1-2:30 PM | Baker Wetlands Discovery Center |1365 N 1250 Road
Visit the Breidenthal Woods with the author of The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center. RSVP required: sbraunlich@lplks.org or (785) 843-3833.

Annette Hope Billings
SAT | Mar 10 |1-2:30 PM | Location TBA

Meet the author of A Net Full of Hope. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside.

Kelly Kindscher
SAT | May 5 |1-2:30 PM | Location TBA
Meet the author of Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside.

Let There Be Light!

Join us for Rabbi Zalman Teichtel’s annual holiday storytime.

On Friday, DEC 15 from 10:30–11:45 AM, we’ll hear the story of Hanukkah, press olives for oil, make wicks, and then light the holiday Menorah!

Check out these pictures from last year! All ages are welcome and we’ll meet in the Readers’ Theater.


Rabbi Zalman photos

Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

We took a break from our usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of gift book recommendations (or just things you might want to gift yourself!)

Listen to the latest episode:

From Kate:

Books for travelers— 36 Hours in USA and Canada: NYC, East Coast, West Coast, etc. (Browse the whole New York Times series here)

Cookbooks for 90s lovers—

Books for word nerds—

Young Feminist Starter Pack—

Even Younger Feminist Starter Pack

Woke Starter Pack

Gifts for your weird friend

 

From Polli:

Books that felt like Gifts this year

Books for regular nerds

Food and Book Pairings

New Year Resolution: Do more Yoga

Book for when the worlds has gotten you down Anything by Mr. Rogers Or Jim Henson. The World According to Mr. Rogers. And It’s not Easy Being Green Just Plain Awesome:

Happy reading and buying! Remember to go local whenever possible! Coming soon at LPL: Winter Reading Bingo!


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. 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

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

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


 

Bookish News:


Two Book Minimum:

 

She Said/She Said: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison (2014) 

Here’s the book jacket description which we may or may not totally agree with:

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population–killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant–the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power–and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

This book is, if not enjoyable, very worthwhile to read. Polly likens it to if “The Parable of the Sower and Station Eleven. Like, if they had a baby. And then put that baby in a Walking Dead onesie.”

Great book club discussion – check out the book club bag!

The Reddit AMA with the author was also a great read, but there are some spoilers!

What are we up to this week? 

Coming soon: Winter Reading Bingo!


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck.
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

Play Winter Reading Bingo!

Defrost your brain and beat the winter blues at your library!

All ages are invited to participate in our Blizzard Bingo Challenge and be entered to win awesome prizes. Starting December 1, teens, kids, and adults can pick up a Bingo card and informational booklet at any desk.

Participation includes things like reading digital books, checking out a library event, and reviewing an item on our online catalog. Bingo cards can be completed and turned in by January 31 for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes.

Need more info? Adults can email Kate at kgramlich@lplks.org. Parents, kids, and teens can reach out to Karen at kallen@lplks.org.

Free Holiday Portrait Session

It’s that time of year when it’s great to send friends and family a new portrait of you and your family.

On Saturday, DEC 2 from 11 AM– 3 PM in the Auditorium, we’re is teaming up with Help-Portrait to provide families in need with a quality photo session. It’s absolutely free and you can pick up your pictures shortly after you’re done!

(image credit: help-portrait.com)