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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!

Meet A Rising Star

When author Nathan Hill was recently compared to John Irving, Irving compared him to Dickens. This guy and his debut novel are something else, and he’s coming to the Library Auditorium on Monday, Oct 24, from 7:30–9 PM!

Hill’s debut novel weaves a multi-generational tale involving political unrest, family betrayal, and redemption. Booklist hails The Nix as “engrossing, skewering, and preternaturally timely tale beside the novels of Tom Wolfe, John Irving, Donna Tartt, and Michael Chabon. . . . Hill takes aim at hypocrisy, greed, misogyny, addiction, and vengeance with edgy humor and deep empathy in a whiplashing mix of literary artistry and compulsive readability.”

The Raven will be selling books, so you can grab one for Nathan to sign.

To see who else is coming and what they’re saying about it, check out our Facebook event!

Geraldine Brooks is our 2016 Beach Author!

Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will be at Liberty Hall on Friday, October 7th at 7:30 pm.

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.

Calling All Coffee Shops!

It’s a corner office like no other, and if you’ve been thinking about expanding your business, this might be the coolest little outpost in town.

Coffee and books go hand-in-hand and we’re looking for a vendor to offer a unique experience in the lobby of our award-winning, internationally recognized library.

Wowing customers with fantastic coffee and providing top-notch customer service is key. We’re accepting proposals through September 30, 2016Click on the coffee beans to get started!

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New Holds System

Success! We made it through LPL Lite and we appreciate your patience as we upgraded to a new computer system. You won’t notice a whole lot of changes because most of them are on our side.

You will notice that holds awaiting pick up will be arranged differently.

When you come to pick up your holds or reserves, they will be shelved on the holdshelf by:

  • The first 4 letters of your last name (and)
  • The last 4 digits of your library barcode

For example, if your last name is SMITH and this is your library card number (see photo), your holds will be arranged as:

SMIT

1111

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A Hike Through History (With Walking Tour Guide!)

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

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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.

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