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Web Archiving 101

The average lifespan of a webpage is estimated to be just 44 days, and this includes webpages that convey important cultural and legal information.

On Thu, Feb 23 from 6:30-7:30 PM in Meeting Room B, learn about current efforts to archive the Internet, and basic tools you can use to help. Adults and teens welcome!

Questions? Contact Melissa: mfisherisaacs@lplks.org

Let’s Get Growing!

After many hours of volunteer help and generous seed donations from our partners, the LPL Seed Library is back and ready for business starting Monday, Feb 20 in the Library Atrium.

Come browse vegetable, herb, and flower seeds and connect with gardening resources and a variety of free programs and events on topics related to green spaces and green living.

Download our brochure to help get you started, and give Melissa a holler if you have any questions!

 

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

 

 

 

Julia Alvarez: Woman, Writer, Activist

On Sunday, March 5 at 7 PM at the Lied Center, our NEA Big Read/Read Across Lawrence ends on the highest of notes with a visit from the writer herself, Julia Alvarez.

Author of 19 books and three collections of poetry, Alvarez will talk about her books, in particular, In the Time of the Butterflies and Return to Sender, and what it means to be a citizen of the world as a woman, writer, and activist.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Lobby opens at 6 PM. The Lied Center is located at 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julia Alvarez is the recipient of two Pura Belpre awards and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature. She was born in New York City, and spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic. Her family was forced to flee in 1960 because of her father’s participation in an attempt to overthrow the country’s military dictator, Rafael Trujillo. She returned to New York as a ten year old and turned to books and writing to cope with language and culture barriers she faced upon returning to the land of her birth.

“Lawrence Public Library and its partners were among 75 groups nationwide to receive a Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a huge honor and the first time that Lawrence has earned this grant, which makes it possible to bring Ms. Alvarez to Lawrence. KU Libraries look forward to sharing the scholarship and collections of our Latin and Caribbean Studies scholars through the collaborative programming being developed for the Lawrence community,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, Head of KU Libraries’ Center for Community Engagement.


Offered in partnership with KU Libraries, the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Lied Center of Kansas. NEA Big Read is program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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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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Prepare for Tax Season at LPL

April 15 will be here before you know it. LPL is ready to help you get the ball rolling.

Tax Info
Get started here.
(Starting from our webpage? Here’s the scenic route: Click Research Resources and then Tax Information.)

Tax Forms
Available tax forms are located in the checkout lobby on the bookshelves facing the elevator. Someone at our Welcome Desk can also point you in the right direction.

Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA)
MONS, WEDS | Jan 30–Apr 12, 2017
Catholic Charities volunteers will provide free, basic income tax return prep for eligible individuals. Set up a time with Leslie Butsch at 785-856-2694 — an appointment is required to participate.

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Book Club Plus+

The library, Watkins Community Museum and City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation are partnering for Book Club Plus+.  For four weeks in March, a program featuring women who impacted Lawrence or Douglas County in the late 19th century  will be presented as the participants also read The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley. The series will take a closer look at the role of women in the history of this community.

Attendees will be loaned a copy of the book or ebooks will be available at the first meeting. The event will include a discussion of the book, guest speakers each week who will present the life story of a local women of historical interest as well as a bus tour of local sites associated with these women and others who contributed to the history of Lawrence and Douglas County.

The series will be presented Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Carnegie Building, 200 W.9th St. The last program will run 6:30-8:30 as it includes the bus tour.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115 or Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909.

Registration for this program is $28.00

To register, contact Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909 or go to the Parks&Rec online registration, https://lawrenceks.org/lprd/webenroll/  click on life long learning, page 1.  The class code number is 127448.

Get Unlimited Digital Access in English, 中文, and Español

10 free articles a month go pretty fast and the basic $195 annual subscription might feel impossibly out of reach. That’s why we’re excited to provide you digital access to the New York Times — in house and off site. Get breaking news, reviews, multimedia, and opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education and more — here or wherever you find yourself in the world.


Access in the library (unlimited access to articles)

  • Connect to the Library’s WiFi or use a library computer
  • First-time users will need to register here (provide an email, create a password)
  • Returning users can log in at nytimes.com

Access off site (72 hours of unlimited access)

  • Log in (or register if it’s your first time) on your device or computer
  • Open the following URL in a new tab, then enter your library card number and 8-digit PIN for access.

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