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.
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.
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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or (785) 843-3833.
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.
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:
Cookbooks for 90s lovers—
- Stirring Up Fun with Food by Sarah Michelle Gellar
- Back in the Kitchen by Freddie Prinz Jr
- Whole New You by Tia Mowry
Books for word nerds—
- Away With Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions
- Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang
- How to Speak Midwestern
- Talking Back, Talking Black
- for budding word nerds: Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Young Feminist Starter Pack—
- Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope
- Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America
- Men Explain Things to Me (classic!)
Even Younger Feminist Starter Pack—
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (so cute! out 12/5)
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
- She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World
- I Dissent
Woke Starter Pack—
- Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Anthony Doerr, Edwidge Danticat)
- They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives (A Bustle “17 Books About Race Every White Person Should Read“-read)
- Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution
Gifts for your weird friend—
- Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins to Your Favorite Songs
- Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
- Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books
- Star Trek Cats (TNG coming march 2018)
- What Are We Even Doing With Our Lives?
- Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy (SCIENCE AND HISTORY)
- Very Short Introductions series — apparently there are 585 of these!
Books that felt like Gifts this year—
Books for regular nerds—
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
- Atlas Obscura, (you can get the journal to go with it)
- The Hidden Life of Trees
- Women in Science
- Sapiens: A brief History of humankind and Homo Deus a brief history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
- The Illustrated a Brief History of Time: Stephen Hawkins
Food and Book Pairings—
- Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook and Sourdough
- Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious with Eating Animals
- Praise the Lard with The Last Ballad
- How to Instant Pot with Confessions of a Domestic Failure
New Year Resolution: Do more Yoga—
- Wonder Woman Warbringer - win points for the coolest gift
- France is a Feast by Alex Prud’homme – photos of your favorite cook
- Related: The Gourmand’s Way – spies and writers and cooks, incl. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
- A Gentleman in Moscow – a novel to savor, rave reviews
- Almost a Full Moon and Charlie and Mouse – Two picture books I have loved this year
- The Big Orange Splot – Favorite older picture book
- Finally, for the bibliophile Remarkable Books – showcases 75 archival works, gorgeous photos things like illuminated manuscripts and handwritten works.
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 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
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:
- Audible has a new suite of features especially for romance listeners – Audible Romance.
- National Book Award winners announced
Two Book Minimum:
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (and Mudbound by the same)
- One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
- A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made A Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life by Ayelet Waldman
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?
- PLEASE do yourself and your family a favor and make Cosmopolitan Cranberries this Thanksgiving
- Standing Rock event at LPL was mind-blowing. Check out the Facebook Live video
- New check-out-able SAD Lamps!
- A new magazine – &Both out of Hutchinson: “a magazine created by women exploring art, language and whole-hearted living through the lens of intersectionality. &/both is for everyone willing to show up to the conversation.” – andbothmag.com
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 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
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.
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)