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Calling All NE Kansas Authors!

We’re all about connecting readers and writers, and now NE Kansas authors can easily submit their work for consideration for inclusion in our Local Indie Author Collection.

Check out our form and submit!

Postcards from the Edge (of History) and More

Local history buffs, genealogy researchers, students, and scholars—prepare to get lost in our new collaborative online portal for Digital Douglas County History.

We’ve partnered with Watkins Community Museum and Douglas County Genealogical Society to make this available and will continue to develop its collections, both old and new.

Featured right now is a collection of postcards specific to Douglas County from Sally Postma, and her mother, Charline Fitzpatrick. They were digitized and uploaded over the 2016 summer by an intern from the University of Kansas.

>>Take a Tour<<


Sally’s son-in-law, Peter Carttar, says, ”The postcards … nearly all depict scenes of Lawrence from the late 19th century through the first two decades of the 20th century. The collection contains many photographs of downtown Lawrence, Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas and various disasters that visited the town from a 1911 tornado to ice flow jams on the Kansas River.” Read More

Thanks to a generous gift from the Douglas County Genealogical Society, we have some fresh funding to put towards continuing our digitization efforts.

Why digitize? Digitization adds value to physical collections by making it easier to share, view, and research historic documents while protecting artifacts from overhandling.

For more information about this project, contact Melissa Fisher Isaacs, Information Services Coordinator at mfisherisaacs@lpl.org.

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What Happened to the LPL App?

There a new way to carry LPL in your pocket, and it’s not from an app store. We said goodbye to the LPL app in December and replaced it with something better: Bibliocommons Mobile.

Whether you’re Android or Apple, the switch is simple and takes less than 5 minutes. If you’re familiar with saving links to your home screen, jump right in.


We think you’ll be impressed:

  • Get instant access from your home screen just like the app (that’s not changing)
  • It’s faster, easier, quicker
  • It looks and works the same on all devices
  • Seamless browsing with better lists
  • Easy to bookmark
  • It’s FREE

Why are we doing this?

  • Advances in technology​ (responsive design) make mobile browsing feel like an app
  • Having both (paying for an app while having a free site do the same thing) is duplication
  • The LPL app isn’t cheap— we’ll be able to explore other products and services for you

We’ve included steps below for making the switch. If you get stuck:

  • Stop by any of our service desks for help
  • Chat with a librarian online
  • Call 785-843-3833 for assistance
  • Chat with one of our Tech Staff at the lower level Tech Desk

NOTE: “LPL Mobile” is the name we chose when saving the link to our home screen. You can call it whatever you’d like!


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Android users: More info here.

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Apple users: See video demo on Lifehacker for more info.

Changing Your PIN Is Easy!

Changing your PIN is easy.

Follow these instructions and if you get stuck, call us. We’re here to help!

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All-Ages Winter Reading for Prizes

Defrost your brain and beat the winter blues through reading!

From December 1–January 31, cozy up with your favorite book and blanket, and compete for prizes!

Adults
Adults who read 3 books (or listen/read for 15 hours) can fill out this online form and claim your prizes after December 16th. Pick up a Winter Reading booklet at any desk starting December 1! Questions? Email Kate!

Teens
Embrace the winter break and cozy up with some great books. Bring in a favorite quote from the book you’re reading, or write a 3-4 sentence review, and drop it off in the Teen Zone to be entered into a weekly prize drawing for free books or other prizes. Questions? Email Miriam!

Kids
Read with us this winter! Ages 0-11 (or birth to 5th grade) can pick up a reading log at the children’s desk. Read 10 books or 10 hours and turn in your log from 12/12/16-1/31/17 for some high-fives and prizes. You’ll also need to fill out the kids’ finisher form when you’re finished with your log. Make sure to stop by the children’s area to see how the librarians are challenging themselves to read more this winter! Questions? Email Jenny!

Guess Who’s Moving In?!

The Merc Co+op is opening a cafe right here in the Library lobby this January!

Library patrons and the downtown community will soon be able to enjoy Merc Made food and beverages even more conveniently.

“We are always exploring how we can provide our community with more access to good, local food,” said Rita York Hennecke, General Manager, The Merc Co+op. “When the library released a request for proposals in October, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to submit one.”

“The Merc Co+op and Lawrence Public Library are two truly local establishments dedicated to the well-being of our community,” said Brad Allen, Director, Lawrence Public Library. “We are so excited to have The Merc in the library lobby! Our patrons have been asking when we’ll have coffee again—they’ve been so patient! It will be exciting to have fresh, quality food and drink in the library again.”

The cafe will be open until 6 p.m. each day and offer a variety of Merc Made coffees, teas, juices and pastries as well as popular packaged deli items like sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Co-op owners will receive patronage for all purchases made at the library, senior owners will receive 5% off purchases each Tuesday, and co-op coupons will be honored just as they are at the 901 Iowa location.

For more information, contact Valerie Taylor, Marketing Manager, The Merc Co+op at 785-843-8544 or marketingmanager@themerc.coop or Heather Kearns, Marketing Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library at 785-843-3833 or hkearns@lawrence.lib.ks.us.

Tales of Two Americas with John Freeman, Sarah Smarsh, & Whitney Terrell

WED | Nov 9 | 7 PM | Auditorium

A conversation based around Freeman’s upcoming Tales of Two Americas. This collection of writing, edited by Freeman, explores inequality issues in the United States and is a follow-up to the 2014 collection Tales of Two Cities. Freeman, Smarsh, and Terrell will talk about their own contributions to a work that “showcases the literary world’s response to inequality with stories and essays on immigration, racial injustice, gender, and greed in America today.” Source: newyork.carpediem.cd

The Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell copies of Freeman and Terrell’s work.

Teen Mock Election

6th–12th graders! Come cast your vote in all the elections on Tuesday, Nov 8 from 2:30–9 PM in the Teen Zone. We’ll compare how teens voted with the results from the city, state, and country.

Drop in anytime between Nov 1-7 to get details on the ballot for Lawrence, Kansas, and the U.S.

Health Marketplace Navigator

Open Enrollment starts November 1, 2016. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The process can feel a bit overwhelming, so on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM in the Health Spot we’ve got a Navigator here to help—for FREE!

A Navigator is a person or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers.

‘Tis the (Election) Season

Election Day 2016—November 8—is fast approaching and if you’re scrambling to find answers to some last-minute questions, we’re your spot.

Our Voter & Elections Information page will help you find out if you can still register (October 18 is the deadline), where your polling place is located, research candidates and issues, follow opinion polls, discover ways to get involved, connect with important contacts, and get important dates on your calendar.

If you still have questions, chat live with one of our librarians!