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George Saunders is our 2017 Beach Author!

Get ready for this year’s “matterlightblooming phenomenon” (read the book to find out what that means!) — Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders is our 2017 Ross & Marianna Beach Series pick!

Saunders will visit Lawrence on TuesdayOctober 10 at 7 PM at Liberty Hall in partnership with the University of Kansas Libraries and presented as part of the Libraries Love Lawrence initiative. Doors will open at 6 PM. A book signing follows the program and Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Mr. Saunders’ books.

The program is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

“George Saunders is a literary master at his peak,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “He is a New York Times bestselling author, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner, and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.”

Best known as a master of the short story, Saunders published his first novel in February 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and tells the story of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Willie, who died in 1862. A grief-stricken Lincoln visits the crypt several times to hold his son’s body. That event inspired Saunders to set his novel in the bardo—a Tibetan purgatory—populated by bickering spirits that are both hilarious and terrifying. This month the book was one of 13 novels to earn a place on the prestigious Man Booker Prize longlist.

Following his public program at Liberty Hall, Saunders will visit KU on October 11 for a conversation with students on his creative writing process. “What an incredible opportunity for our students to learn from one of America’s most accomplished authors,” said Kevin Smith, Dean of KU Libraries. “We are honored to partner with Lawrence Public Library on this project.”


ABOUT THE SERIES

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, followed by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Karen Russell (2015) and Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (2016). The Libraries Love Lawrence initiative is a partnership of Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries that works to build a stronger, more efficient and engaged library presence in Lawrence.

AUTHOR PHOTO: Andreas Laszlo Konrath for GQ Magazine

Libby—Overdrive’s New App

Libby, the innovative, new, one-tap app is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks from your public library easier than ever. This free app, created by Overdrive, is available for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices. It’s super easy! Just follow these steps:


  1. Install the Libby app from your device’s app store.
  2. Open the app and find your library. You can search by library name, city, or zip code.
  3. Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title. When prompted, sign in. You’ll need a valid library card to complete this step.
  4. Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically so you can read them while you’re offline.

From your Shelf, you can:

  1. Tap Start Reading or Start Listening to open a title.
  2. Tap the cover image, then Send to Device to send a book to Kindle.

Game of Gnomes 2017

Starting MondayJune 5 through July 28, get ready for a summer fitness adventure into the great “ungnome”! Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, it’s your job to find all 21 gnomes we’ve hidden in various parks around town. Form a fellowship or strike out solo and earn some loot! Download the map here or pick one up at our Welcome Desk  starting June 5. Made possible with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation.


Here’s how to play:

  1. Visit the walking paths in the parks on the map.
  2. Each location has two gnomes. Find them, and their special names along each path.
    NOTES:
    DeVictor Park has a bonus third gnome located in our Storywalk®.
    The gnomes at Rock Chalk are quite far apart, spanning between E 902 RD and E 1000 RD.
  3. Match the park’s number with the gnome names on your handout. Write the park’s number next to the gnome’s name in the blank provided.
  4. Find all 21 gnomes. We’ve included three “wild card” gnomes on the list to keep you on your toes (you won’t find them—they’re just decoys.)
  5. Fill out your contact info and return the sheet to our Welcome Desk to enter the raffle for your very own gnomes!

Gnomenclature GUARANTEED FINISHER PRIZES A coupon to Ad Astra Running A coupon to the Rolling Gnome Gaming Store A surprise tchotchke One of these four glorious finisher buttons — You choose! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE To be announced… Oh, the suspense! Game of Gnomes pins small

Get Your West Side Stories!!

We now have a fancy new SmartLocker at the 6th street Hy-Vee location thanks to a generous grant from US Bank! It’s a new service, so here’s some pointers that will help make the process a little easier. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 785-843-3833!

Select the “SmartLocker at Hy-Vee Sixth” option for your hold pick-up location. If you don’t see this option, turn off your single-click holds preference.

You will get an email alerting you to pick up your items. Just like holding an item for pick-up at the library location, or checking out any item, your account will need to be up-to-date, and in good standing.

When you pick your items up, follow these steps to open your locker, or lockers.

  • Scan your Library Card
  • Enter your pin number
  • Select the locker you want to open (if you have more than one)
  • The locker number is next to the title of the items it contains
  • Select Open Selected Lockers, or Open All
  • Your locker or lockers will open and you can take your stuff home

Thanks again to US Bank for making this fantastic new service possible!

Your Ticket to the World’s Finest Cinema

You now have access to one of the largest and most unique film collections in the world.

With over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers, Kanopy includes The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

You’ll find an amazing array of foreign language films and films on race and LGBT issues as well. Even better (and a game changer for educators): Kanopy videos include public performance rights*!

Kanopy’s motto is “thoughtful entertainment” and aims to provide you with access to films of unique social and cultural (not just entertainment) value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere. Kanopy’s films are also compatible for the hearing (with captions and transcripts) and visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

 

Kanopy service is free with a library card.
Start watching now—right here at kanopy.lplks.org.

 

*Viewing films in a group forum is permitted as long as the viewing is by authorized viewers and it is not for commercial benefit (i.e. no admission costs are charged and no profit is made from the screening).


2017 Kanopy poster RGB small for website

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!

Adult Biographies Have Moved

You no longer have to make two trips to two different areas for related reading. All adult Biographies, including Large Print, Audiobook, and Graphic Novels are now integrated into the non-fiction collections.

Look for the “Biography” sticker on the book spine when browsing books and you’ll find them cozied up with their counterparts.

You can still browse biographies together in the catalog, too. Here’s how:

1. Click on advanced search

2. Select Genre from drop down menu and type in biography

3. Under Format, select Large Print, Audiobook, Book, Graphic Novel (or whichever applies to your preferred format)

4. Hit Search to browse Biographies

Biography search

 

Free Tax Help for Qualified Individuals

Volunteers from Catholic Charities will be providing free basic income tax return preparation at the Lawrence Public Library for eligible individuals through April 12th, 2017.

NOTE: An appointment is required for this service. To schedule, contact Leslie Butsch at 785-856-2694. Looking for more tax info? It’s all here in one spot: Tax Information and Resources

 

 

 

Welcome to the Library, Greyhound!

Greyhound Bus has a new stop adjacent to the library on 7th Street between Vermont and Kentucky across from the post office (yellow area on map below.)

Greyhound provides service to Lawrence three times a day on its route between Topeka and Kansas City, and connects to thousands of cities across the country.

The Lawrence Public Library is not affiliated with Greyhound Bus services. However, we’re happy to assist with printing bus tickets or directing you to bus information.

Purchasing Tickets:

  1. Greyhound tickets can’t be purchased from the driver, but the driver has the option of holding a rider’s ID and taking them to the next bus station to pay. Totally up to the driver, depending on space, etc., but there are no guarantees.
  2. Order online with credit card and print your ticket. We can help print tickets for $0.15 / page.
  3. Order online and pay with cash at ACE Cash Express — Located in shopping center at corner of 6th and Kasold
  4. Order from Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222, then pay with cash at ACE Cash Express.

Important PS: Meters have been removed and “No Parking” signs are in place, so look before you park to avoid a pricey ticket!

Greyhound bus location LPL

 

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