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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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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.

Popular Tuesday Senior Series Returns

Skillbuilders is a 10-week series featuring programs that support, encourage, and inform anyone experiencing a major life transition: the death of a loved one, divorce, adjusting to physical limitations, moving to a new location, etc.

Come to one or attend them all—it’s up to you!

The series kicks off with Donna Flory (MSW, retired) and will meet every Tuesday from Sep 12–Nov 14 at 10 AM at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. Each discussion is led by a member of our community. By keeping things local, we hope this level of familiarity will encourage attendees to reach out after the program with follow-up questions as needed. The programs are informal discussions that encourage participation. No registration necessary.

Transportation is available by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County at 785-727-7876. Skillbuilders is presented as a partnership of the Lawrence Public Library, Visiting Nurses Association, Senior Resource Center of Douglas County, and Brandon Woods at Alvamar.


FALL SCHEDULE

WHEN: Tuesdays | Sep 12–Nov 14 | 10 AM
WHERE: Smith Center at Brandon Woods
ADDRESS: 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS
QUESTIONS? Call Pattie at 785-843-3822 x 115
TIP: Parking is adjacent to the Smith Center

September 12
Adjusting to Change #1: Introduction to Skillbuilders
Donna Flory, Paul Reed (VNA), Jan Maddox (BW) and Pattie Johnston (LPL)

September 19
Managing Family Relationships Through Change & Loss
Christina Jordan, VNA-MSW; Brittany Lucas, VNA-MSW

September 26
Car Care
Richard Haig, Westside 66 & Car Wash

October 3
Managing Your Money & Financial Matters
Barbara Braa CTFA, VP Trust Officer Central Bank of the Midwest

October 10
Home Comfort: Maintenance, Efficiency and Assistance
Tony Hoch, City of Lawrence; Jerry Guffey, Senior Resource Center of Douglas County; Bruce Peterson, ECKAN

October 17
Feeling Fit–Exercise & You
Charlotte Robinson, PT, Brandon Woods

October 24
How to Have a Successful Medical Visit
Tom Pfeiler, MSW, Brandon Woods

October 31
Estate & Legal Matters
Webster Golden, Attorney, Stevens & Brand LLC

November 7
Cooking for One
Susan Johnson, Douglas County Extension Office
This session will meet at the Deal Six Auditorium in the Extension Office at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

November 14
Adjusting to Change #2: Closing
Donna Flory, MSW (retired); Paul Reed, VNA; Jan Maddox, Brandon Woods; Pattie Johnston, LPL

Words in Your Ears

Join the Book Squad’s Polli and Kate on Soundcloud to catch their latest wits (and greatest hits).

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs, and beyond.

Click on the red button to play! 

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Attention Hoopla Users!

If you’re a hoopla user, starting Tuesday September 5, you’ll notice a few changes to the service.

After thoughtful evaluation, we’ve made some decisions that will yield a bigger bang for your buck and allow us to focus on what’s in demand. We’ve tried to anticipate questions below, but if we missed something, email Tricia or William for answers.


In a Nutshell:

  • You’ll have a NEW monthly check out limit of 4 per library card (was 5)
  • Audiobooks, eBooks and Comics will still be available for checkout
  • Movies, TV shows, and music will no longer be available for checkout
  • A daily spending limit will apply (see below)

Q: Why are you lowering the monthly checkout limit from 5 to 4?

The library pays an average of $2.19 for every title you check out from Hoopla — regardless of whether you read it or not. In reviewing our stats, we found that the majority of patrons use no more than 3 checkouts. By lowering the checkouts to four, we can better manage the overall cost to the library while evening the playing field between our power users and those who only check out a few titles a month.

Q: Why are Hoopla videos and music going away?

It’s hard for the library to compete with video and music streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora and other sources for cheap or free popular content. In the past year, we’ve found that Audiobooks and eBooks are the most popular formats on Hoopla. By turning off Hoopla videos and music, we can focus our budget on providing the content that’s most in demand and not easily available to you otherwise.

For streaming video, we would encourage you to check out Kanopy. With over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers, Kanopy provides libraries content that you normally can’t get from consumer streaming services like Netflix, including The Criterion Collection and The Great Courses.

Q: I got a message that says, “Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add favorites and come back tomorrow.” What does that mean?

We now have a daily spending cap on Hoopla to moderate how much we spend on Hoopla each month. For example, when we take the monthly budget of $8150 / 31 days =  $263 per day. When the daily cap has been reached, no one will be able to check out for the rest of the day. This doesn’t mean you’ve lost any of your 4 checkouts — just that you’ll have to wait until the daily limit is reset. This occurs around 7 PM CST.

Q: What time of day is the daily limit reset?

The daily budget resets at midnight universal time, which will vary between 6 PM and 7 PM Lawrence time, depending on daylight savings.

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 festivities include a live reading from Lincoln in the Bardo.

Members of Lawrence’s own Card Table Theater (Kitty Steffens of Arturo Ui fame and LPL’s Sarah Mathews), LPL executive director Brad Allen, host and KU English Department lecturer Adam Desnoyers, LPL Foundation’s Alice Ann Johnston, and Woodlawn Elementary 4th grader Alice Dorsey will perform a live reading from Lincoln in the Bardo with the author himself — George Saunders!

“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.”

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

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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.

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).


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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