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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

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!

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

 

Subscribe to Connections, LPL’s Weekly eNewsletter

Connections is one of the best ways to keep up on library news, events, what’s happening each week, and see what’s coming down the pike.

You’ll also get expertly-written staff reviews on the latest books, movies, and music as well as event photos, links to resources and services, and as many cat/dog/bookish GIFs that the average person can tolerate. Most importantly, we’ll never spam you—pinky swear.

Check out these past issues to see if Connections is for you. Sold? Sign up here and join our library family of over 4,250 subscribers. Welcome aboard!

 

Postcards from the Edge (of History) and More

Local history buffs, genealogy researchers, students, and scholars—prepare to get lost in our new collaborative online portal for Digital Douglas County History.

We’ve partnered with Watkins Community Museum and Douglas County Genealogical Society to make this available and will continue to develop its collections, both old and new.

Featured right now is a collection of postcards specific to Douglas County from Sally Postma, and her mother, Charline Fitzpatrick. They were digitized and uploaded over the 2016 summer by an intern from the University of Kansas.

>>Take a Tour<<


Sally’s son-in-law, Peter Carttar, says, ”The postcards … nearly all depict scenes of Lawrence from the late 19th century through the first two decades of the 20th century. The collection contains many photographs of downtown Lawrence, Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas and various disasters that visited the town from a 1911 tornado to ice flow jams on the Kansas River.” Read More

Thanks to a generous gift from the Douglas County Genealogical Society, we have some fresh funding to put towards continuing our digitization efforts.

Why digitize? Digitization adds value to physical collections by making it easier to share, view, and research historic documents while protecting artifacts from overhandling.

For more information about this project, contact Melissa Fisher Isaacs, Information Services Coordinator at mfisherisaacs@lpl.org.

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What Happened to the LPL App?

There a new way to carry LPL in your pocket, and it’s not from an app store. We said goodbye to the LPL app in December and replaced it with something better: Bibliocommons Mobile.

Whether you’re Android or Apple, the switch is simple and takes less than 5 minutes. If you’re familiar with saving links to your home screen, jump right in.


We think you’ll be impressed:

  • Get instant access from your home screen just like the app (that’s not changing)
  • It’s faster, easier, quicker
  • It looks and works the same on all devices
  • Seamless browsing with better lists
  • Easy to bookmark
  • It’s FREE

Why are we doing this?

  • Advances in technology​ (responsive design) make mobile browsing feel like an app
  • Having both (paying for an app while having a free site do the same thing) is duplication
  • The LPL app isn’t cheap— we’ll be able to explore other products and services for you

We’ve included steps below for making the switch. If you get stuck:

  • Stop by any of our service desks for help
  • Chat with a librarian online
  • Call 785-843-3833 for assistance
  • Chat with one of our Tech Staff at the lower level Tech Desk

NOTE: “LPL Mobile” is the name we chose when saving the link to our home screen. You can call it whatever you’d like!


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Android users: More info here.

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Apple users: See video demo on Lifehacker for more info.

Changing Your PIN Is Easy!

Changing your PIN is easy.

Follow these instructions and if you get stuck, call us. We’re here to help!

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