Summer reading for all ages is under way! Your Story Starts Here, with books + events on art, science, fitness, literature, and summer fun. We’ll take you all over town from May 23 – Aug. 18.
As always, we want you to read. A lot. And as always, reading gets you great prizes and a shot at awesome grand prizes. But this year, we’ve also partnered with some great community organizations to bring you more. Summer in the City is a totally local, totally fun way to keep your brain engaged all summer long. Here’s what you need to know:
Calling all local artists – want to display your work at the library? Our new building will have two spaces for local exhibits, with the potential to add more in the future. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal to the Library’s Art Committee, first read through the policies below and then download the art application.
Please attach at least three photograph examples of your artwork with your submission.
Applications can be turned in at the Info Desk (at current location; new building will be Welcome Desk) or submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions you might have can also be answered by sending an email to email@example.com.
*Typically, the Library Art Committee will need at least 60 days advance notice to review applications. However, we are looking for artist(s) to display for the grand opening on July 26. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the hopes to select two exhibits to be displayed from July 26 through the month of August.
An official opening date for our new library at 707 Vermont St. has been announced: July 26! Grand opening celebrations are currently in the works, so mark your calendars for the last Saturday of July to check out your new Lawrence Public Library!
April marks National Poetry Month, and all ages are welcome to celebrate with us at the library! You can participate in our children’s poetry party, the poetry slam for teens and adults, or contribute to our Pop-Up Poetry display. Check out the details of these programs that commemorate the literary art that brings rhythm, meter, and emotion together.
*Ages 5-11 Wednesday, April 23 3:30-4:30pm Library Event Space
Building challenges, open building time, and more. Please register at (785) 843-3833.
*Ages 13 and up Wednesday, April 16 7:00-9:00pm Library Event Space
Open to slammers ages 13 and up – first ten to sign up will compete. Ten poets will compete in the first round, five in the second round, and the top three will compete for prizes in the final round. Prizes include gift certificates to local businesses and a bag of frozen burritos! Please bring 3 poems to slam. Slammers will have 3 minutes per performance. Judges and onlookers wanted and welcome!
*All ages April 1-30
Check out the Pin-Up Poetry project, a creation of the Kansas Humanities Council. Throughout the library, we’ve scattered stations where you can write your favorite poem or poem excerpt, or create your own! Choose your theme (epic, tragedy, love, or nature) and turn it into one of the librarians at the info desk. We’ll take all of the submissions and add to a community display in our front window!
In 2010, the library was awarded a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, to offer programs and materials dedicated to teaching financial literacy in our community. We accomplished this by providing a series a speakers to host Financial Wellness Clinics, offered housing and credit counseling workshops, provided child care during workshops for busy parents, sponsored the Reality U program at both Lawrence High School and Free State High School for students to learn financial literacy, and purchased books and materials to serve as permanent resources in our collections.
To increase the longevity of our Financial Wellness Clinics, we filmed these programs and are now offering the videos and corresponding materials on our website to anyone interested in learning about the following topics:
1. Pay Yourself First: Creating a Household Budget and Sticking to It
Starting Monday, Feb. 17, the library will no longer send notifications through the mail. Instead, we will notify patrons of holds, due date reminders, and late fees accrued by telephone or email. Please call (785) 843-3833 to speak with a librarian (with your library card number handy!) to upgrade to email notifications or to make sure your telephone number is up to date in our system.
Our 2013 Banned Books Trading Cards are now available for purchase. You can buy multiple sets or send a pack to a friend! Each set is $7 plus $2.95 to ship anywhere in the U.S. Click on the link below to check out our store. If you want the 2012 set, we’ve got a few of those left, too!
Quick facts about the Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people seeking insurance or who are uninsured. Generally, people who currently have insurance through their workplace, who have insurance through Medicaid/KanCare, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Tricare or the Veterans health care program are not the target of this open enrollment period.
Most people will be eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options.
The Marketplace simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, and other features important to you before you make a choice. Plans will be presented in four categories – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – to make comparing them easier.
Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies. They cover the same core set of benefits called essential health benefits. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans can’t charge women more than men for the same plan. Many preventive services are covered at no cost to you.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be offering forums for the general public to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and signing up for the insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace.
Sun Oct 13, 6:30 pm
Tues Oct 22, 7:00 pm
Thu Oct 24, 3:00 pm
Fri Nov 8, 1:30 pm
Want to learn more about how it works? Watch these videos
This video introduces an interactive online application process for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. Using an example of a single man from Arizona, images of computer screens from the application unfold while a narrator explains the content of each screen. The program concludes with a printable summary of the application and an explanation of what benefits will be received.
This video introduces the Marketplace enrollment process for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. Using the same individual from the Marketplace Application video as an example, the scenario continues, as he follows step-by-step instructions on how to find and enroll in a health plan. Images of computer screens from the Marketplace enrollment process unfold while a narrator explains the content of each screen. The program concludes with a successful completion of all enrollment steps, and how to contact the health plan to submit payment.
The Info Desk at the library has handouts and bookmarks to provide information about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Telephone assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace is available 24/7 – 1-800-318-2596
Find local application assistance
Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov to find help in your area. More sites are listed each day leading up to October 1. You can search by city and state or zip code to see a list of local organizations with contact information, office hours, and types of help offered, such as non-English language support, Medicaid or CHIP, and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). When open enrollment starts October 1, 2013, these organizations will be able to assist you in finding the kind of help that works for you.
Local assistance: Call Certified Navigator Rosilyn Wells at Heartland Community Health Center at (785) 841-7297, ext. 219 for assistance to set up a time for assistance in completing Health Insurance Marketplace applications
These local agencies will have Certified Navigators and Certified Application Counselors: Heartland Community Health Center, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Catholic Charities. The Kansas Insurance Department provides local resources at http://insureks.org.
Heartland Community Health Center
1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 100
Lawrence, KS 66044
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
200 Maine St Lawrence, KS 66044
Lawrence Public Library
700 New Hampshire St Lawrence, KS 66044
The Lawrence Public Library is providing information about the Health Insurance Marketplace online and in a display of handouts at the Info Desk. We are also partnering to provide sessions with Certified navigators and and Certified Application Counselors available to help you complete the online application for the Health Insurance Marketplace and compare insurance options. Those sessions will be held in the Library Events Space at the library on:
Wed Oct 2, 3-5 pm
Thu Oct 10,1-5 pm
Fri Oct 11, 5-7 pm
Sat Oct 19, 4-6 pm
Library staff cannot assist customers in completing the application or enrollment process, but can provide technology assistance in using the library’s public computers and printers. Librarians can also make referrals to local agencies with trained application assistants.
If you are a consumer and have specific questions about the Affordable Care Act, please visit www.healthcare.gov, the official Affordable Care Act website, for more information. To read more about state-wide healthcare information, view ”Healthcare in Kansas” from the Kansas Insurance Department.
(Info from healthcare.gov and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library)
With Zinio, our digital newsstand, you can read current issues of your favorite magazine on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. All you need is a library card, access to the internet, and a few minutes to set it up. Click here to get started!
Thanks to a very generous grant from Wal-Mart, Lawrence Public Library is giving the community a chance to populate one of our circulating Kindles. The Kindle will go live in our catalog Monday June 10th at 10 am. The first 26 people to place holds on it will each get to choose a book for us to upload onto the device.
But what if you’re not one of those lucky 26 people? Don’t worry, everyone in Lawrence will have the chance to vote for their favorite book on the kindle and then those folks that voted will get a chance to win their own kindle.
We can’t wait to see the tastes of our fellow Lawrencians!