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Doc Discussions: To Be Takei Screening and Discussion

Come to the inaugural session of our new documentary club, Doc Discussions. Every month we’ll choose a documentary.
On Saturday, September 16th from 3:30-5PM, come watch To Be Takei with us. (Or, watch it at home via kanopy.lplks.org.) It’s a delightful look at the life of Star Trek’s George Takei and a very entertaining yet poignant exploration of race, celebrity, gay rights, and the power of positivity. Stick around for the discussion afterwards, from 5-6PM!

 

 

Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

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:

The long lists for the 2017 National Book Award are coming out this week!

The Man Booker Prize short list has also been revealed:

Two Book Minimum:

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay (2017)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (2017)
Dying by Cory Taylor (2017)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (2009 / trans. 2013)

Instead of She Said/She Said, this episode addresses the wide world of HISTORICAL FICTION:

Definitions of Historical Fiction vary, sometimes being described as “a story that is set at least a generation (25 years) prior to when it was written” (League of Extraordinary Librarians). We have also seen it defined that the novel must be set before the author was born, and others claim that anything older than 50 years counts!

Here are some examples of Historical Fiction types and some novels that fall within these categories:

African American Historical FictionHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi & Grace by Natashia Deon
Biblical FictionThe Red Tent by Anita Diamant & Cain by Jose Saramago
Classic Historical FictionRoots by Alex Haley & The Other Boleyn Girl by Gregory
Dear Diary - Bright Edge of the World by Eowen Ivey & Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Discovery and Exploration in FictionEuphoria by Lily King
Family SagasBefore we visit the goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni & We Are not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Historical WomenJam on the Vine by LaShonda K Barnett, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

…LOTS more can be found by using your library card to log in at NoveList!

Upcoming Events:

  • Ian from the Info Services team at LPL has started Doc Discussions, a documentary watching club! The inaugural event is Saturday, Sept 16th (events will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month) — Details here!
  • Banned Book Trading Cards are coming! Our guest presenter will be… Zora Neale Hurston! Performed by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, a retired professor of English & African American Studies, AND an Emmy-winning performer. Dr. Williams has been working on the upcoming Langston Hughes documentary, I, Too, Sing America.The Banned Book Trading Cards reveal is at 5pm on Friday, Sept. 22nd in the LPL Auditorium

 


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.
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 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

Book Squad Podcast 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

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

Bookish News:

HUGO Awards — women kicked butt!
N.K. Jemisin is the second woman to win two years in a row in a quarter century!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Hate U Give are being made into movies. Find out more info here.

 

Two Book Minimum:

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2017)
Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw (2017)
Uptown Thief by Aya De Leon (2016) from the Justice Hustlers series

bonus: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)


She Said/She Said: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

In honor of the upcoming KU Black Love Symposium, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, we wanted to join in on the excitement and discuss this beautiful classic!

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.”[NEA] As a young woman, who is fair-skinned with long hair, she expects more out of life, but comes to realize she has to find out about life ‘fuh theyselves’ (for herself), just as people can only go-to-God for themselves. Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature. TIME included the novel in its 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. [More info]


Upcoming Events:


 

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.

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

Handpicked Just for You!

Lots of LPL staff are avid gamers, music explorers, and movie watchers. And now we get to share our favorite “looks, plays, and listens” with you.

Our new LookPlayListen display in the media room is chock-full of staff picks. Each item comes with a sweet lil’ summary of why we loved it in hopes that you’ll take it home and love it, too.

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Weatherizing Your Home

On Tue, August 15 from 1:30-3:30 PM in the Auditorium, find out how to keep your house warm, cozy, and more energy efficient this winter with reps from City of Lawrence, Black Hills Energy, the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County, and local home construction businesses. Free and open to the public; no registration is needed. For more info, call Pattie Johnston: 785-843- 3833 x 115.

Book Squad Podcast 009: Did we hate Catcher in the Rye the second time?

Book Squad Podcast 009: Did we hate Catcher in the Rye the second time?

Note: This episode was recorded in the Sound & Vision studio at LPL! This will be the new home for Book Squad Podcast and we want to give a huuuuuge shout out to Nick Carswell of AudioReader for getting the podcast launched and teaching us how to actually organize things. Thanks, Nick!

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

Two Book Minimum:

Public Relations by Katie Heaney (2017)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2017)

Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren (2017)

Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor (2017)

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake (2017)


She Said/She Said: Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

“Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.” (WorldCat)

Since it’s just about back-to-school time, we wanted to pick a book that we were, uh, forced to read in high school. And because we like to torture ourselves, we picked one that we both hated!  Do we still hate it? Listen up, folks… it’s on.

Upcoming Events:
Beach Author series presents George Saunders! Find more info here.

 

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.

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

Fresh Reads Every Tuesday

Need the perfect book for your warm weather adventures? Grab fresh reads from your Friends every Tuesday! We are rolling out our best selection of poolside, picnic blanket, and hammock-friendly books to the Kentucky Street side of the library. All priced $2 and under.

LPLFriends.org for more information.

AUMI Improvisation Performance

After a week of honing improvisation skills, AUMI performers will present a public concert on Saturday, August 12th, at 3:30 pm in our auditorium. Check out this all-accessible musical instrument! What is AUMI? The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments app enables you to play sounds and musical phrases through movement and gestures. Focusing more on improvisation rather than playing set pieces of music, AUMI uses music as a way for participants to express a range of affects, both by themselves and with others.

A Project of AUMI-KU InterArts, Independence Inc., and Lawrence Public Library, with support from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Commons at KU, and the KU Departments of Dance, Theater, American Studies, and the KU School of Music. For more information please visit http://aumi.ku.edu/.

Lawrence Latches On!

In partnership with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County, we’re hosting a family-friendly celebration and latch on Saturday, Aug 5 from 10 AM – 12 PM in the Library Auditorium.

Activities include story and song times, a baby wearing demonstration, information on finding support for breastfeeding in our community, and much more!

Email our Health Librarian, Gwen with any questions: ggeigerwolfe@lplks.org

Book Squad Podcast 008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

Book Squad Podcast 008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

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

Two Book Minimum:

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell


She Said/She Said: 
Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell

“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” - John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school , Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.


 

This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

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