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Midco Invests $90K in the Library’s Computer Lab

Noting the importance of education, as well as the value of a vibrant public library, Midco has awarded $90,000 to the Lawrence Public Library’s computer lab.

The money will be used to update the lab computers and the software used throughout the library over the next six years.

“Computer and internet access is something we all have come to depend on. However, a good number of our patrons do not have a computer or access to the internet at home, so they depend on the library to connect to the wider world,” said Kathleen Morgan, Director of Development and Community Partnerships. “They use the computers to apply for benefits, look for and apply for jobs or simply to find out what’s happening in the world around them.”

Midco’s gift has already allowed the library to replace all of the computers and monitors in the computer lab. In addition, the library has purchased new Chromebooks for patrons to check out and use in the library. Looking ahead, the library plans to update the computers just outside the computer lab as well as in the children’s department and teen zone.

“Lawrence Public Library depends on private gifts to supplement and strengthen the public’s investment in the library,” said Morgan. “Midco’s generous gift will make it possible for the library to keep its technology up-to-date for the community. We are humbled by Midco’s generosity.”

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About Midco

Founded in 1931, Midco is the leading provider of internet and networking, cable TV, phone, data center and managed services, home automation and advertising services in the Midwest. More than 380,000 residential and business customers count on Midco services in 342 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Midco will deliver advanced gigabit internet technology to most customers by the end of 2017. Visit Midco.com to learn more about Midco and how the company gives back to the communities it serves.

Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment — We Can Help

Help is here. Healthcare Marketplace open enrollment has started and it can be a challenge to navigate. Open enrollment ends DEC 15, 2017.

What do we offer?

A healthcare Navigator is here to assist you. Meet up in our Health Spot located upstairs along the north side of the library.


Schedule through December 15:

  • Mondays | Nov 13, 20, 27 | 3-6 PM
  • Fridays | 3-5 PM

What’s Open Enrollment? Health insurance is renewed each year during a period called “open enrollment.” This is the time to join or change plans, carriers, etc. in your insurance coverage.

What’s a Navigator? It’s a trained expert on all the ins and outs about signing up for or renewing health insurance. They can answer questions, enroll patrons for insurance, and much more. And they’re rare — only about 6 of them in our county — so, we’re lucky to have her join us once a week through February.

Where can you go for information? If you miss the Navigator and/or need additional insurance resources, you’ll find:

  • Brochures located in the Health Spot
  • Cover Kansas (coverks.org) for additional Navigator assistance
  • Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov) to sign up directly or get more information

Light Up Your Day with a SAD Lamp

Winter got you down? Our popular SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps are back to help you get your circadian rhythm in gear.

Find a cozy spot here at the library and use it, or take one home for a whole 14 days. Get on hold for one here. Questions? Kate’s got you covered: kgramlich@lplks.org


FAQs

  1. How many SAD Lamps does LPL have?
    We have 4 tabletop units for in-house use and 4 tablet-sized lamps for checkout.
  2. Where can SAD Lamps be found?
    In the Health Spot. If you can’t find one, that means they’re likely checked out/in use. Visit a desk for help getting on hold for one.
  3. How can I use a SAD Lamps just at the library?
    You’re welcome to use a lamp anywhere within the library for an unlimited amount of time — although about 30–60 minutes is recommended. You don’t need a library card to use them on site.
  4. What comes with the circulating SAD Lamps?
    You’ll get one tablet-sized lamp, wall charger, and an instruction booklet, all inside a hard plastic case. All items must be returned to the Accounts Desk to avoid a replacement fee.
  5. How long can I keep it and what are the terms?
    You can keep it for 14 days
    You can renew it once
    Holds are allowed
    Only one lamp per patron at a time
    Overdue fine of 15 cents/day (max $4.50)
    The cost of replacement is $44.99
    Check lamps out at self-check machines
    Return them to our Accounts Desk

Sad Lamp

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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You Up for the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Write a novel in a month! Track your progress! Get pep talks and support! Meet fellow writers online and in person!

Every Saturday in November, join us for snacks, caffeine, and camaraderie as you make your journey through the 50,000-word marathon that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel, so get ready for a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

We’ll meet up from 4-6 PM in Meeting Room C — Teens and Adults welcome!

Check Out These Beauties!

We’ve retired our laptops and replaced them with brand new Lenovo N42 Chromebooks! Check ‘em out at our Tech Desk.

Word on the street is that there might be a learning curve, so if you get stuck, we’re happy to help navigate.

Checkout rules and late fees will apply. Laptops check out for two hours and may only be used inside the library. If your library card is in good standing ($10 or less in charges on your account), have at it!

Got fines over $10? Our folks in Accounts will work with you to set up a payment plan.

Episode 12: The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

NEW! Book Squad Podcast 012:
The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

“Hear our takes on this Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France.”

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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New Series: Social Media Marketing for Beginners

Not certain where to begin your business’s or non-profit’s social media marketing strategy?

Learn the basics from local celebs and social media gurus in this 4-part series every Thursday, OCT 12–NOV 2 at 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.


SCHEDULE

Developing A Social Media Plan
THU | Oct 12 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Developments in information technology and online social networking have posed opportunities and challenges for businesses and organizations. In this first session, Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Kansas, will teach you how to develop a social media plan that supports your organizational goals. Come and learn effective ways to identify key demographics, create and share social media content, and evaluate social media-based initiatives.

Twitter Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 19 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
The immediacy of Twitter feeds attract many users, but can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. In this second session, Lawrence Public Library’s William Ottens will cover Twitter marketing basics for businesses and nonprofits while Officer Drew Fennelly (winner of 2017′s Best of Lawrence: Social Media Organization or Nonprofit) will share Lawrence Police Department’s success story.

Facebook Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 26 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Managing a Facebook page for a business or nonprofit organization can often feel like a full-time endeavor. For this third session, Lawrence Public Library’s Marketing Coordinator Heather Kearns and the owner of Ladybird Diner Meg Heriford will put their heads together to discuss the basics of managing a Facebook page for a business or organization along with some tips and tricks to succeed in connecting with the Lawrence community.

Social Media Copyright and Fair Use
THU | Nov 2 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Copyright and fair use are so fundamental to 21st century life that we frequently fail to recognize them. This is particularly true on the web and in social media, where copying and sharing are as easy as a few clicks. It’s important to have a basic understanding of copyright and fair use from both legal and ethical perspectives. In this fourth and final session, Josh Bolick, KU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Librarian, will teach you the basics of copyright and fair use and how they work in social media contexts with specific examples, strategies, and time for discussion.

Mobile Mags: Read on the Go

Here are 11 great reasons to use Flipster, starting with the fact that it’s completely free with a library card:

The New Yorker, People, Time, Mental Floss, Wired, O/Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, and Yoga Journal.

What are you waiting for?

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

After reviewing 80 submissions, 7 winners have been selected and their artwork has become part of the 2017 Banned Book Trading Card series!

Between SUN-SAT, September 24-30, we’ll start handing out a new card each day at our Welcome Desk for free. Collect all 7!

UPDATE! You can now get this year’s full pack until Friday, October 6th!

WINNERS: Elijah Jackson (In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak), Maya Weslander (Fun Home by Alison Bechdel), Lana Grove (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot), Brisa Andrade (Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut), Lora Jost (Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by F. Arturo Rosales), Chelsea Karma McKee (Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak), Johanna Harrison (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)


ABOUT BANNED BOOKS WEEK

Reading is essential for democracy and intellectual freedom is essential for a creative society.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

How can you fight censorship?

1. Attend our 6th Annual Banned Books Trading Card Reveal Party on Friday, September 22!

2. Collect all 7 2017 Banned Book Trading Cards at the Welcome Desk—a new one revealed each day from 9/24–9/30!

3. Explore these recently challenged books:

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  • The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

4. Explore these.

5. Get involved.