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Kathleen Morgan

Yes! You are a Badass.

If you want to change your life, just head to your local public library. It’s amazing what you’ll find to help get you headed in a new direction.

Need to declutter your world? Check out The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo. Want to polish up your public speaking skills? Michael Port’s Steal the Show offers great tips on making effective presentations. From books to databases to tech classes, Lawrence Public Library will help you imagine more for your life.

One book that has been getting lots of attention at the library is Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass. Originally published in 2013, this irreverent little read landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list of Advice and How-To Books about 5 months ago. As of this week, it has climbed to the #2 spot. Its sudden popularity three years after its release is a huge surprise. “The publishing world is scratching a hole in its head wondering how we did it,” Sincero writes in her blog.

Full of blunt humor, sage advice, and the occasional swear word, You are a Badass serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilarious and inspiring stories. Chapters such as “Self-Perception is a Zoo” and “Fear is for Suckers” help you to understand how you got this way, how to stop doubting your greatness, how to love what you don’t love about yourself, and how to live a bigger life than you’ve ever imagined.

Even better, the audiobook of You are a Badass is available on Hoopla, a new digital service available through the library. With Hoopla and your Lawrence Public Library card, you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, movies, and TV shows. There are no holds, no fines, and no waiting in line for what you want. Each library card holder is allowed up to five checkouts each month. Just log on to hoopladigital.com to set up your account. Trust me, it’s super easy.

So what are you waiting for? Get to your public library and get started.  Here’s to your new awesome life.

-Kathleen Morgan is the Development & Strategic Partnerships Director at Lawrence Public Library.

Kim Gordon: More than A Girl in a Band

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, Sonic Youth. Yes, get your jaws off the floor. I know this makes me sound terribly old and decidedly unhip. Read More..

Spring Break Reads

Spring break is just around the corner and I can’t wait. Call me boring, but I’m taking a staycation. Forget cleaning the house and yard projects, my plan is to read books, watch movies, sleep in, eat chocolate, eat more chocolate, and drink a little red wine.

Bliss.

As an appetizer to the week ahead, I’ve already delved into Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta. No, it’s not another Read Across Lawrence outer space adventure. This one was recommended by our son who received the book as a gift from his in-laws-to-be who hail from Jackson, Mississippi. Seems they thought that the Kansan who is marrying their incredibly lovely and smart daughter needs a lesson on their home state. Read More..

What Are You Reading? Lawrence Book Clubs Weigh In

Pictured: the Church Ladies Book Club of Lawrence, KS.

True confession time. I’m incredibly nosy when it comes to book club reading lists. I love finding out what other Lawrence book clubs are reading. The books range from fluffy summer reads to character building classics. I checked in with some local book clubs and asked, “What are you reading?” Here’s my report. Read More..

Alligators, Vampires (and Bibliozombies?) @ Your Library

Thursday, October 15 will be a busy evening in Lawrence Kansas. At 6:00 pm, zombies will take to Massachusetts Street for their annual walk from South Park. The bibliozombies among them will continue their stroll to Abe & Jake’s Landing, where they will have a rare opportunity to hear Karen Russell, one of America’s great creative writers, speak on “Literary, Geographic and Ghostly Influences.”

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Growing Healthy Teens

“It’s time we had the talk.”

No six words strike more terror into the heart of a teen, not to mention the parent who has been practicing them in front of a mirror.

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