We have been closed for two and a half weeks, packing and toting and organizing and reorganizing, and then meetings and training, and finally we will be open, on Saturday! In the Youth Services we have acres of beautiful space, vertical acres of windows, new fish tanks, big new office with lots of storage, a dedicated event room, and more. Saturday will be a full day of special events, crafts, music, etc. for the grand opening if you like crowds, finishing off with a movie and food outdoors in the evening. However, I am looking forward to the following days, when things settle down and our old friends and new visitors come in to wander and enjoy the views, toys, books, computers, colored cubbies, and the big cool space.
Parental units may know that Carl Hiaason writes mysteries for adults, but less known are his good novels for kids about 9 and up. They are intelligent mystery adventures with that Hiaason casual/cutting humor, set in the Florida, all with an environmental/ecological/animal-respecting theme that is not preaching, just the way things are. Read More..
Summer readers and families are packing into our small space to pick up their reading logs and to bring them back finished to get their prizes, and to come to storytimes, and clubs. And to sit around and use the computers and iPads, read books, talk, socialize, study, and just be away from home! When you think about it, Read More..
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..
A 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..
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..
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..
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!
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..
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..