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Tax Time!

April 15th is just around the corner. We are one of the few places in town where you can pick up printed Federal tax forms.  We have all the basics plus an inventory of specialized formsWe do not have any Kansas tax forms.  The State of Kansas encourages all filers to use the Department of Revenue website to file electronically.  We do not offer tax help, but check out this list of free tax help spots around Lawrence.

Calling all cooks!

Do you own more cookbooks than cook pots? Do you love reading recipes? Are you trying to get in touch with your inner Julia? Or Julie? If you resemble these remarks, our new Cookbook Club is for you!  Our cookbook club meets on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 pm. And yes, we have snacks, because talking about cooking is hungry work.

Mobile Magazines!

We are thrilled to launch Zinio for Libraries - a digital newsstand that delivers magazines straight to your computer, tablet, phone, or other mobile device. With your library card and Internet access, you can choose from over 100 magazines with no checkout period or limit on issues. There’s a little bit of set up the first time you use it, but pretty soon you’ll be reading your favorite magazines.

To use Zinio for Libraries, you’ll have to create two accounts – one to access the Lawrence Public Library’s collection of digital magazines and a second to view the magazines in the Zinio Viewer. The Zinio Viewer account also enables access to the free mobile and desktop apps for PC/MAC, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire. Other devices access the magazines checked out in the library collection account via browser streaming.

Ready to get started with Zinio for Libraries?

Zinio for Libraries portal

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Check out our e-readers!

Check out our e-readers! Seriously, come and check them out. We now have twelve e-readers available to check out, including Nooks, Kindles, and Sony Readers. Each one contains a library of great titles for any reading tastes—from children’s and young adult to romance and mystery to bestsellers and nonfiction. Ready to e-read? Find them in our catalog with a subject search for “ereader” and place a request or ask a staff member for more information.  If you want to know all of the nitty gritty details about this service, read more here…

Ebooks & Libraries

You may have seen the recent article in the Lawrence Journal World about ebook lending in area libraries. Or maybe you’ve tried the State Library’s 3M ebook service, available via our website, and wondered why there aren’t more titles available. The availability of ebooks for libraries is a hot topic right now, one that is complex and a little confusing. Here’s a brief from the American Library Association about the state of ebook publishing and sales to libraries:

Who are the “Big Six” and why are they called that?
The Big Six publishers are: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. They are known as the “Big Six” because, together, they control roughly two-thirds of the U.S. consumer book publishing market.

With the October 29, 2012, announcement that Random House and Penguin plan to merge, and news in November that News Corp. (owner of HarperCollins) was in talks to acquire Simon & Schuster, the number of major publishing houses could decline to four.

What is the status of Big Six publishers selling to libraries?
While they are sometimes lumped together, the large publishers vary widely in their approaches to selling e-book titles to libraries, and conditions continue to shift as publishers change prices or restrictions and undertake pilots. As of November 27, 2012, this is the status of relations between large publishers and U.S. libraries:

  • Simon & Schuster has never offered e-books to libraries and has not indicated plans to work with libraries. Among their most popular e-book titles denied to U.S. libraries are: “Bruce” by Peter Ames Carlin and “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
  • Macmillan has never offered e-books to libraries but announced plans in September 2012 to begin a pilot to explore how they might work with libraries. Among their most popular e-book titles denied to U.S. libraries are: “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel.
  • Penguin offered titles to libraries through e-book distributor OverDrive until February 2012, when it discontinued its relationship with OverDrive. It recently launched a pilot with two large New York libraries and announced its content will be available to libraries through the 3M Cloud Library. Among the popular titles denied wide distribution to U.S. libraries are: “This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
  • Hachette offers “backlist” (older) titles to libraries and has a pilot underway to explore conditions for offering more recent titles. OverDrive announced in September that the publisher was raising prices for its titles by about 100 percent. Among their most popular new e-book titles denied to U.S. libraries are: “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling and “NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.
  • HarperCollins and Random House have always offered e-book titles to libraries. In February 2011, HarperCollins announced that new titles licensed from library e-book vendors would be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires. In March 2012, Random House dramatically increased prices for libraries.

What about other publishers? Do they restrict sales and/or mark up costs to libraries, too?
Licensing terms of e-books to libraries vary among other publishers. In fact, hundreds of publishers of e-books have embraced the opportunity to create new sales and reach readers
through our nation’s libraries. One recent innovation allows library patrons to immediately purchase an e-book if the library doesn’t have a copy or if there is a wait list they would like to
avoid. This offers a win-win relationship for both publishers and library users since recent research from the Pew Internet Project tells us that library users are more than twice as likely
to have bought their most recent book as to have borrowed it from a library.

Why are e-books treated differently than print books?
As content migrates from physical to digital forms, the typical access model shifts from purchasing to licensing. Digital music and online journals represent examples of this shift from
the last few decades; e-books represent the latest form of content to make this transition. As licenses are contracts, libraries receive the rights articulated in the agreements. The usual ebook license with a publisher or distributor often constrains or altogether prohibits libraries from archiving and preserving content, making accommodations for people with disabilities, ensuring patron privacy, receiving donations of e-books, and selling e-books that libraries do not wish to retain.

Why does library lending matter when so many people are able to buy what they want?
America’s libraries have always provided unfettered, no-fee access to reading materials (no matter the format), which fosters educational opportunity for all. To deny library patrons
access to e-books that are available to consumers—and which libraries are eager to purchase or license on their behalf—is discriminatory. Society benefits from library book lending because it:

  • Encourages experimentation with new authors, topics, and genres. Library lending promotes literacy, creativity, and innovation—all critical for being competitive in the global knowledge economy. This experimentation also stimulates the market of books.
  • Provides access to books to people who cannot afford to purchase them. Access to books should be available to everyone regardless of financial or other special circumstances.
  • Promotes substantive pursuits that necessitate access to diverse materials, including those that may not be popular bestsellers. Education, research and other projects may depend on access to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of books.
  • Is complemented by library support for digital literacy. The technologies, formats, and systems associated with e-books are changing rapidly. Libraries help people develop the skills necessary to make efficient and effective use of e-books as a technology and service.
  • Is accompanied by library values and advocacy on behalf of individuals. Libraries strive to ensure that personally identifiable reader information, along with reading activities, remain private.

(Last revised 11.27.12)

What’s Your NextRead?

With our NextReads newsletter service, you can get great book suggestions, handcrafted by librarians, delivered to your inbox.

WARNING: Use of NextReads may have a serious effect on your library reserve list and your TBR pile, and may cause structural weakness in your bedside reading table.

Video Game News

In response to frequent requests from patrons, we now have EC (Early Childhood) and M-rated (Mature) video games available in the library. These are in addition to the other types of games available for check out: E (Everyone), E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) and T (Teen). Read More..


Dr. Bob Reader

The Lawrence Public Library Foundation, together with the Bob Frederick family, is proud to announce “Dr. Bob Reader,” a new program at the library that celebrates the life of former University of Kansas Athletic Director, Dr. Bob Frederick.  Its mission is to encourage children to be healthy and fit, through exercise, good nutrition, and lots of reading!

Created by Bob Frederick’s four sons, Brian, Brad, Mark and Chris, and their mother Margey, this wonderful library reading program provides a free book to any child receiving a first library card. The books will focus on eating right, exercise, good sportsmanship, and treating one another with respect –  all values that Bob Frederick lived by. Creating a generation of Dr. Bob Readers in our community will ensure that his spirit of integrity and equality will live on in Lawrence.

If your child comes in for his or her first library card, be sure to ask for a Dr. Bob Reader! Read more about the program here…


What’s up with the renovation?

Even though you don’t see any shovels in the ground or construction dumpsters set up yet, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes in preparation for the upcoming renovation and expansion. Architects are busy in the “Design Development” phase, the period in which they move from conceptual drawings to detailed plans. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the City, we are planning for our upcoming move into our temporary space – the former Borders building at 700 New Hampshire Street.   Read More..

And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to everyone in Lawrence for a fantastic summer of reading!  5,633 kids, teens & adults read over 50,000 books for Summer in the City.

Every teen and adult reader was entered into a grand prize drawing.  We are pleased to announce adult winners!  Teen winners will be announced later this week.

All winners have been contacted directly by email or phone.  Winners may claim their prizes at the main level reference desk until Monday, September 10, or should contact Rachel Smalter Hall at / 785-843-3833 x132 to make special arrangements.  Special thanks to all the prize donors!