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Barb M.

Online Storytime

In the dark ages of household phones with cords, the library used to have Dial a Story. Mom could dial the number and child would listen. Occasionally we get calls asking if we still have that, but no, it has been about twenty years. However, moving into the modern world of technology, in which 75% of us have internet access at home, and many more have it in their back pockets, Read More..

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An Alternate History

ship sailing in the air, suspended from huge brass spheres, menaced from below by a ravening furry bear-like animal…. This is the cover of The Lost Kingdom by Matthew Kirby. Incongruously, the main characters are John Bartram and his son William, important naturalists of the 1700s. I had recently read  Read More..

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Friendship

In a perfect world, we would each have an unconditional friend, who would stick with us through thick and thin, argue but make up, laugh with us, cry with us. Children long for such affirmation, but the rumble tumble of social/school/home life makes them feel uncertain. Because of this natural longing, a major theme of almost all the fiction in the Children’s area of the library is friendship. Read More..

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Travel and Grow

Every child is growing up in a smaller and smaller world. It wasn’t that long ago, in the greater scheme of things, that Africa was the Dark Continent, and China was inscrutable. Now, we can hear about almost every country in the world as if it were across the street, and in a way it is. You don’t have to go far in Lawrence to meet Read More..

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Visible Progress

Walk by 707 Vermont St. where the new old Library is under construction: you can see the children’s area shaping up. We will be on the east side, where new outer walls are going up. Inside you can see the framing for the children’s staff offices/storytime room area, and admire the extra space that is being added to the public area. The corners will have large glass windows, and slat windows along the exterior walls will bring in plenty of natural light. We are choosing new furniture and toys, and looking forward to lots of space for special displays on our 48-inch-high kid-friendly shelves!

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Picture Book Disarray

If you have been looking in the Picture Book section in the Children’s Area lately, you have noticed what seems like general disarray. The shelves are looking bare and the familiar books are not where they used to be! There is a plan.

We are organizing the picture books into general Read More..

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Noticing Birds

We get so accustomed to the noise of the little bird lives around us that we forget to stop and look upwards or into a bush to see the source. In my yard, Northern Cardinals pretty much dominate in these last couple of weeks. I hear their metallic chip chip call as they stay in constant communication with each other.  Their loud whistle songs are mostly Read More..

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Travel the World in October

Come travel the world through books and songs at the Multicultural Storytime.  We will travel to India, South America, Europe and the Middle East.  Bring your open minds and open ears Saturday mornings from Oct 5th to Nov 2nd at 10:30 a. m. Each Saturday will feature a different language and culture for you to explore.  Our presenters are as varied as the languages they represent from a KU professor to a stay at home mom.    See you soon.  Jalda hī milatē haiṁ.  Até breve.  Hasta luego.  زودی شما را ملاقات خواهم کرد.

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Summer wrap-up

This summer 2409 children between the ages of 0 and 5th grade each read 12 books or for 30 hours to finish our Summer Reading Program! We think that is great given the constraints of our temporary location. (The Teen Zone reports 600 participants in the 6th to 12th grade, and Adult Services had 845 finishers. Grand total 3854 Lawrencians and visitors!)   Read More..

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Let Us Know What You Want

Are you coming into the library and patiently, hopefully, looking for a certain book, which never seems to be there? In the summer in the children’s area of the Library it is usually the first book of almost every popular series, or the Disney Princess books. We don’t like to have you go away unhappy and bookless, so give us some feedback and we can help you connect Read More..

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