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Your Holiday Roadtrip Supply List

The library will be closed Thursday, NOV 23 in observance of the holiday, but our eLibrary is always open — 24-7-365.

For those of you hitting the road, we’ll be here until 9 PM Wednesday night, so load up on stuff to read, listen to, and watch on your long drive.

If your preferred format is a smartphone, tablet, or other device, hit up our eLibrary for downloads or streaming content while on the road. You’ll need a library card to access, so get one now.

The LPL eLibrary Cornucopia overrunneth:

Overdrive | eBooks (including Kindle) and audiobooks
Hoopla | eBooks (including comics) and audiobooks
Flipster | popular magazines galore like Time, People, US, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, etc.
New York Times | Yes! No more 10-article monthly limit! You get unlimited with your LPL card!
Kanopy | 26,000+ indie and documentary films!
State Library of Kansas | eBooks, audiobooks, picturebooks

Sweet Deal at Your Library

Don’t let fines keep you from borrowing books, movies, and music any longer. Friday–Sunday, NOV 24-26, we’ll waive 50% of your fines when you pay your remaining balance.

Look for our 50%-off coupon in the Thanksgiving edition of the Lawrence Journal-World — clip it and come see us at the Accounts Desk.

Questions? Jeff’s got answers:

PS—You can print this page and present the coupon below, or download and print this PDF version. So easy!

2017 Black Friday Ad 4.9 x 5 in

Community Blood Drive

Donating blood is easy!

You can help save a life by donating some of yours on Tuesday, NOV 28 from 12-6 PM right here in the Auditorium.

Most people qualify as a volunteer donor, even if they’re taking medications. Connect with Angela for more info:

You may donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with written consent from parent or legal guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

  • Donors age 16-18 are also subject to additional height and weight restrictions
  • 16 Year Old Parental/Guardian’s Permission Form

Learn more about donating here.

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Doc Discussions presents: Crossing Arizona

On SaturdayNOV 18 from 3:30-6 PM in the Auditorium we’re meeting up to watch and discuss a Sundance Film Festival favorite.

Crossing Arizona offers an up-close multi-dimensional look at the hotly debated issue of illegal immigration and border security at America’s flashpoint (where Arizona meets Mexico). This film reveals the complicated dilemmas presented by the crisis and the surprising political stances people take when immigration and policy fails everyone on all fronts,” and remains every bit as important and relevant as when it was filmed a decade ago.

Watch it at home for free via (Crossing Arizona) beforehand or come to a free public screening at the library. Questions? Connect with Ian at

Screening | 3:30–5:10 PM
Discussion | 5:10–6 PM

SOURCE: Fandor

Doc Discussions is a club for documentary film fans who enjoy watching films together and talking about them afterwards. Offered the 3rd Saturday of each month. Free, casual, and open to the public.

What was Standing Rock Really About?

What was it like seeing people from over 300 different Nations from around the world gather to protect water, ceremony, and culture?

On Monday, NOV 20 from 5-7 PM in the Auditorium, hear the first-hand experience of those who spent a year protecting the Standing Rock community, including braving -68℉ temperatures to ensure the camp’s safety.

Like others from around the world, they left everything to bear witness to the cultural appropriation of native lands, and support the Standing Rock people.

IMAGE: Modified version of an original photograph:
Sacred Stone Camp Message by Joe Brusky / Flickr

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Video Editing Basics

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned video pro, you can edit, adjust color, refine audio, and more—all in one seamless, integrated workflow.

We’ll meet up ThursdayNOV 16 from 6-7 PM in the the SOUND + VISION Studio to talk basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry standard software.

Connect with Jim for more info:

Social Service League Prom & Formal Dress Giveaway

Find your one-of-a-kind prom or formal look all for absolutely free!

On Saturday, NOV 11 from 10 AM–4 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll have dresses, accessories, and tons of fun!

High school and middle school students get first dibs from 10 AM–2 PM. After that, the public can have at it! Dresses are free for students with ID and available to the public for a $5 cash donation.

We are currently accepting formal wear dresses at our Welcome Desk. Please consider donating so someone can go to prom!

AARP Driving Safety Class for Folks Ages 50+

Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from refreshing their driving skills.

On Thursday–FridayNOV 16–17 from 10 AM–3 PM in Meeting Room B, come learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. Space is limited. Registration is required. There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

COST: Two-day class is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown) and $20 for non-members. Payment will be made to the instructor at the first class.

PARKING: Available in the adjacent parking garage at the cost of $1 for the day or streetside metered parking is available around the library.

QUESTIONS + REGISTRATION: Connect with Pattie at 785-843-3833 x 115.

NEW! Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

The librarians are in! Tune in for Kate and Polli’s favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, and updates from Lawrence Public Library and beyond.

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

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Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist 

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:


We skipped bookish news in order to bring you a (slightly) short(er) episode!

Two Book Minimum:

Note: what Kate meant was omniscient, not omnipresent.




1.  knowing everything.
“the story is told by an omniscient narrator”


She Said/She Said: THE DILEMMA. 

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

Some notes:

“The Dilemma” — Polli’s brill blog post

“The ‘Product of Its Time’ Defense: No Excuse for Sexism and Racism” by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic (2014)

Are these books with problematic authors canon because they’re essentially better? Or do we perpetuate the canonization by continually reading/teaching them? Could they die out if we chose not to? OR NOT. IDK.


What are we up to this week? 



  • First BLACK Lawrence art exhibit (10/27) – check out the FB event for more details and stay tuned for upcoming events!
    • Movie night! 3rd Weds at Franks North Star Tavern -  7pm and 9pm (with free popcorn from Liberty Hall!) Check their Facebook page and watch for details on the 11/15 showings!
  • And? Also my birfday. (11/3)

ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th - there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT


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