Posted On: Jul 27, 2016 In: Uncategorized, What's Happening
We are happy to announce Pulitzer prize winning author, Geraldine Brooks is our 2016 Beach author. Most will know her from her intricately researched works of fiction. However, Brooks is also a seasoned war reporter who covered conflicts for the Wall Street Journal in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa for the better part of two decades.
“We are delighted that Geraldine Brooks is coming to Lawrence,” said Brad Allen, library executive director. “She has so much to share with us about her career as a writer. Brooks has worked as a reporter in the Middle East, written three works of non-fiction, and five novels. Her books are huge favorites of local book clubs.”
Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her novel March, which tells the story of the absent patriarch of the March family in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women. Her latest book, The Secret Chord, was released in the spring of 2015 to glowing reviews. It is a vivid and original story that reinterprets the life of King David, inspired by brief biblical references to the lost book of Nathan. It has been called her most ambitious novel yet.
Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, their two sons, two dogs, three alpacas, and a mare named Valentine.
Brooks will be interviewed by Lawrence author and KU Assistant Professor of English Laura Moriarty. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. A book signing follows the program and Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Brooks’ books.
A gift to our community from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation, this special series brings a prominent author to Lawrence each year. The series debuted in 2014 with National Book Award winner James McBride. MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Karen Russell was the 2015 Beach Author.
Posted On: Jul 23, 2016 In: Seniors, Summer Reading, What's Happening
From July 18 – September 10, 2016 take a “hike” through history in the Library Atrium.
This unique exhibit blends health and local history, and ties together William Clarke Quantrill and Langston Hughes, 19th-century travelers on the Oregon Trail and World War II-era German prisoners of war, the artistry of William S. Burroughs and the agricultural history of Douglas County, plus a long-forgotten railroad line and a number of dimly-remembered east side neighborhood notables whose names still grace streets and parks.
“A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail” offers a ten-panel display of engaging stories that invites visitors to envision the 1.7 mile paved path and linear park running from 11th Street to 23rd Street as a venue where people (especially those taking part in our Summer Reading challenge!) can exercise their minds and their bodies at the same time.
“We are delighted to host this exhibit that highlights local history while encouraging health and wellness,” says Brad Allen, the Library’s executive director. “Additionally, as a largely locally-sourced undertaking, it demonstrates the depth of talent and expertise available for public humanities projects here in Lawrence and environs.”
A series of accompanying bookmarks will offer suggestions for further reading about each topic. It also comes with its own reading list and mobile PDF Walking Guide for smartphone hikes!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
“We could end up with something approaching a people’s history of the east side of Lawrence.”
Nearly two years in the making, the “Hike through History” exhibit was developed by Sunflower Republic, LLC, under the auspices of the Lawrence Public Library and the Watkins Museum of History, with in-kind support from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. Funding was provided by Dolph and Pam Simons, the Kansas Health Foundation, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Exhibit scripts were written by scholars and experts in their fields. The panels are illustrated with archival images from the Kansas State Historical Society, the Douglas County Historical Society, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, the Library of Congress, and other repositories. The project also enjoys formal support from the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association and the Brook Creek Neighborhood Association. “This exhibit aims to enhance a sense of place and promote a deeper understanding of the history that happened in East Lawrence,” notes Henry Fortunato, founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC, who conceived and directed the project, and is currently a visiting fellow at the Hall Center.
“Our hope is that it benefits residents who already use the Burroughs Creek Trail as an active transportation corridor while encouraging visitors to check it out.”
During its run here at the library, you will be encouraged to suggest other historical vignettes of more recent vintage for inclusion in possible future iterations of the project. “This exhibit is not supposed to be simply didactic,” adds Fortunato. “Ideally, it will spur dialogue as well, sparking conversations about other stories that need to be told.” Catch “A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail” at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the KU Memorial Union, and the Watkins Museum of History after it leaves the library.
Posted On: Jul 14, 2016 In: Kids Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured, What's Happening
Total Boox (pronounced Total Books) is an ebook service now available to all Kansas residents—and it’s easy! Login with a Kansas Library eCard, which you can get at any public, academic, or school library in Kansas.
Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.
All you need to know is right here.
Availability: All ebooks are always available for reading. No holds or wait lists. For use on your iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (no computer use available).
Simplicity: An ebook is always just a tap away on your mobile device.
Unlimited: Downloaded ebooks never expire, check out as many as you want at a time.
Posted On: Jul 11, 2016 In: Summer Reading, What's Happening
From May 26 – August 19, make walking, running, or biking part of every day, keep a record of how far you travel, and then map your distance on the map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Here’s how to participate:
1. Sign up!
Fill out the online form at bit.ly/LPLrivendell giving us some basic info about yourself.
2. Record your travels.
Use the paper log available at the library starting May 20th or an app of your choice to track how far you travel each day. We also have a small number of pedometers that will be given out at the library Welcome Desk starting Monday May 23rd.
3. Let us know how you’re doing.
You can send us an update here. Plus, every two weeks we’ll send out an email with information about your fellow travelers, suggested walks, and a simple form to send us an update on how far you’ve traveled. We’ll post this information on a giant map of Middle-earth in the library so you can check in to see how you and your fellow travelers are doing!
4. Once you’ve reached your goal distance, come to the library and collect your prize!
We’ll have you fill out another short online form to let us know you’ve finished.
5. Keep walking!
For all of the details, please check the library’s Walking to Rivendell website.
You can also follow along at the Walking to Rivendell Facebook Event page and find riddles to solve, parks and trails to visit, and geocaching event info–all of which will earn you extra miles!
We can’t wait to see how far your furry feet can take you, and we do so hope to see you on our unexpected journey!
Posted On: Jun 18, 2016 In: Seniors, What's Happening
Terrell’s audacious new novel begins with a literal bang as a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq goes terribly wrong… (Publishers Weekly)
Join us Wed, June 29 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for an evening with celebrated Kansas City author Whitney Terrell! He’ll share his third book, The Good Lieutenant, which explores the nature of war and the decisions that lead one young officer on a path to tragedy. Offered in partnership with The Raven book store. Book signing to follow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Whitney Terrell’s first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.
His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Harper’s Magazine,The New York Observer,The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
IMAGE: © Sharon Hoffman, The Kansas City Star
Posted On: Jun 1, 2016 In: What's Happening
On Wednesday June 15 from 7:30-9 PM at Liberty Hall, we’re bringing New York Times bestselling author Thomas Frank to talk about his latest book as part of the Free State Festival (a Pre-State Festival appetizer, if you will.)
In Listen Liberal, Frank explores how current liberal politics abandons the working class, leading to greater income inequality. Book signing to follow.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
Posted On: May 18, 2016 In: Summer Reading, What's Happening
Summer Reading Starts May 26! Summer reading is for all ages. This year we’re exercising our minds with books + events on art, science, fitness, literature, and summer fun. We’ll take you all over town from May 26—Aug 19!
Everything you need to know is right here.
As always, we want you to read. A lot. And as always, reading gets you great prizes and a shot at awesome grand prizes. We’ve also partnered with some great community organizations to bring you more.
Summer Reading is a totally local, totally fun way to keep your brain engaged all summer long.
Posted On: May 8, 2016 In: What's Happening
May is National Bike Month! In honor of this great occasion, Lawrence Public Library is rolling out its new book bike. The bike is the library’s cool new outreach vehicle.
Look for it this summer at the Farmers Market, the Neighborhood Drop-In Playground Program in South Park, and other special events around the city. The book bike is part of the library’s Dr. Bob Reader Program and is made possible by a gift of the Bob Frederick Family.
Posted On: Apr 15, 2016 In: Seniors, What's Happening
One thing is for sure: Lawrence uses its library. Our partnerships are growing, readers are reading, our community is learning, and it just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for another incredible year!
A huge thanks to Billy Pilgrim for making us look so beautiful on paper: 2015 Annual Report.
Posted On: Apr 12, 2016 In: Seniors, What's Happening
We’ve been waiting forever to share this with you!
Come meet our new, modular synthesizer from Free State FX! This Saturday, April 16 from 2-4 PM we’ll go though the individual modules and walk through a handful of demo patches!
See who’s coming and meet up in the Sound+Vision Studio.