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Fresh Reads Every Tuesday

Need the perfect book for your warm weather adventures? Grab fresh reads from your Friends every Tuesday! We are rolling out our best selection of poolside, picnic blanket, and hammock-friendly books to the Kentucky Street side of the library. All priced $2 and under.

LPLFriends.org for more information.

Words in Your Ears

Join the Book Squad’s Polli and Kate on Soundcloud to catch their latest wits (and greatest hits).

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs, and beyond.

Click on the red button to play! Created in partnership with AudioReader.

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Show Notes by Episode:

Dynamite Deals at DownHall Books

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library now has a storefront!

DownHall Books (aptly named for being “down the hall”) opened this week as a permanent browsing outpost for book sales.

The idea behind it is two-fold: how to address increasing storage challenges while answering requests for more book sales. In 2016, your donations helped the Friends of LPL raise a whopping $100,000 for library programs, speakers, collections, reading prizes, and more. That’s a whole lot of books, folks!

We found some prime wall space directly outside the elevator, installed shelving, and magically, the Friends’ overflow solution led to a fantastic benefit for you. Happy Browsing!

Behold the DownHall deets: 

  • Located on the Lower Level of the library
  • BY ELEVATOR: When the doors open, boom—books!
  • BY STAIRS: Our Tech Desk can point you in the right direction
  • Hardbacks are $2; soft covers are $1
  • An honor system cashbox allows for cash/check payment and donations
  • Broad selection: classics, genre fiction, bestsellers, oversized books—you name it, it’s likely there

Questions? Call or email our Friends Coordinator, Angela: 843-3833 x 149 or athompson@lplks.org.

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Spring Reads Are Blooming!

Get ready for the first Friends sale of the year. All books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks will be $2 and under!

Find us in the Friends’ Garage on the west side of the library on Kentucky Street.

Members’ Only Night is THU, Mar 30 from 5-7 PM. Membership gets you first crack at the goods! You can join now or at the door.


Friends Booksale
FRI | Mar 31 | 10AM–6 PM
SAT | Apr 1 | 10AM–6 PM
SUN | Apr 2 | 12-4 PM

For more information visit lplfriends.org or call Angela at 785-843-3833 x 149

 

Edible Book Challenge Call for Entries

The recipe is simple: Pick one book you love and a creative way of interpreting it with edible ingredients!

Register as an individual or team: 785-843-3833 by 5 PM on FRI, March 10. Bring entries to the library between 10-11 AM on SAT, March 11.

This all-ages food challenge gives readers a chance to transform a favorite book into a culinary masterpiece based on the content or appearance of the book, from puns to literal interpretations! It’s ok to play with your food!

Email Gwen at ggeigerwolfe@lplks.org for more info.

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NoveList—Your Back-up Book Squad

So, you just finished the best book ever and now you have nothing to read. Give yourself time to grieve, then get busy.

LPL librarians love to help readers find new material, but what if we’re closed, you’re out of town, or you prefer going solo and charting your own course?

NoveList connects you with read-alikes (imagine your favorite book had offspring) using the simplest of searches. Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller, a bodice-ripping romance, or want to find the next book in a series, log in and watch your nightstand reading pile grow.

NoveList is accessible at all library computers. If you want to log on from your own computer, you’ll need your library card number. Hey! I need a library card!

Print Your Book!

You’ve written your book—now it’s time to print it! Teens and adults ready to take the next step are invited to join the Printing Services staff of the KU Bookstore on Wednesday, Dec 7 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Auditorium. They’ll walk us through their self-publishing resources, including tips on designing a great cover and handling copyright registration.

All-Ages Winter Reading for Prizes

Defrost your brain and beat the winter blues through reading!

From December 1–January 31, cozy up with your favorite book and blanket, and compete for prizes!

Adults
Adults who read 3 books (or listen/read for 15 hours) can fill out this online form and claim your prizes after December 16th. Pick up a Winter Reading booklet at any desk starting December 1! Questions? Email Kate!

Teens
Embrace the winter break and cozy up with some great books. Bring in a favorite quote from the book you’re reading, or write a 3-4 sentence review, and drop it off in the Teen Zone to be entered into a weekly prize drawing for free books or other prizes. Questions? Email Miriam!

Kids
Read with us this winter! Ages 0-11 (or birth to 5th grade) can pick up a reading log at the children’s desk. Read 10 books or 10 hours and turn in your log from 12/12/16-1/31/17 for some high-fives and prizes. You’ll also need to fill out the kids’ finisher form when you’re finished with your log. Make sure to stop by the children’s area to see how the librarians are challenging themselves to read more this winter! Questions? Email Jenny!

Labor Day Closings

The library will be closed Sunday-Monday, September 4-5 in observance of Labor Day.

If you plan to spend this upcoming weekend reading, we’ve got some book suggestions that might help give Labor Day a little more context.

Click the book covers for details.


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Lit Lounge Book Club

If you like to get lit…erary, this club’s for you: raise a pint and your bookish IQ at the same time! We’ll be at Decade Coffee Thursday, July 28 from 7-8:30 PM.

We meet the fourth Thursday each month at Decade to talk about what book(s) you’ve been reading and get some awesome recommendations for brand new titles! Kate‘s got details.