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George Saunders is our 2017 Beach Author!

Get ready for this year’s “matterlightblooming phenomenon” (read the book to find out what that means!) — Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders is our 2017 Ross & Marianna Beach Series pick!

Saunders will visit Lawrence on TuesdayOctober 10 at 7 PM at Liberty Hall in partnership with the University of Kansas Libraries and presented as part of the Libraries Love Lawrence initiative. Doors will open at 6 PM. A book signing follows the program and Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Mr. Saunders’ books.

The program is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

“George Saunders is a literary master at his peak,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “He is a New York Times bestselling author, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner, and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.”

Best known as a master of the short story, Saunders published his first novel in February 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and tells the story of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Willie, who died in 1862. A grief-stricken Lincoln visits the crypt several times to hold his son’s body. That event inspired Saunders to set his novel in the bardo—a Tibetan purgatory—populated by bickering spirits that are both hilarious and terrifying. This month the book was one of 13 novels to earn a place on the prestigious Man Booker Prize longlist.

Following his public program at Liberty Hall, Saunders will visit KU on October 11 for a conversation with students on his creative writing process. “What an incredible opportunity for our students to learn from one of America’s most accomplished authors,” said Kevin Smith, Dean of KU Libraries. “We are honored to partner with Lawrence Public Library on this project.”


ABOUT THE SERIES

A gift to our community from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation, this special series brings a prominent author to Lawrence each year. The series debuted in 2014 with National Book Award winner James McBride, followed by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Karen Russell (2015) and Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (2016). The Libraries Love Lawrence initiative is a partnership of Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries that works to build a stronger, more efficient and engaged library presence in Lawrence.

AUTHOR PHOTO: Andreas Laszlo Konrath for GQ Magazine

Popular Tuesday Senior Series Returns

Skillbuilders is a 10-week series featuring programs that support, encourage, and inform anyone experiencing a major life transition: the death of a loved one, divorce, adjusting to physical limitations, moving to a new location, etc.

Come to one or attend them all—it’s up to you!

The series kicks off with Donna Flory (MSW, retired) and will meet every Tuesday from Sep 12–Nov 14 at 10 AM at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. Each discussion is led by a member of our community. By keeping things local, we hope this level of familiarity will encourage attendees to reach out after the program with follow-up questions as needed. The programs are informal discussions that encourage participation. No registration necessary.

Transportation is available by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County at 785-727-7876. Skillbuilders is presented as a partnership of the Lawrence Public Library, Visiting Nurses Association, Senior Resource Center of Douglas County, and Brandon Woods at Alvamar.


FALL SCHEDULE

WHEN: Tuesdays | Sep 12–Nov 14 | 10 AM
WHERE: Smith Center at Brandon Woods
ADDRESS: 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS
QUESTIONS? Call Pattie at 785-843-3822 x 115
TIP: Parking is adjacent to the Smith Center

September 12
Adjusting to Change #1: Introduction to Skillbuilders
Donna Flory, Paul Reed (VNA), Jan Maddox (BW) and Pattie Johnston (LPL)

September 19
Managing Family Relationships Through Change & Loss
Christina Jordan, VNA-MSW; Brittany Lucas, VNA-MSW

September 26
Car Care
Richard Haig, Westside 66 & Car Wash

October 3
Managing Your Money & Financial Matters
Barbara Braa CTFA, VP Trust Officer Central Bank of the Midwest

October 10
Home Comfort: Maintenance, Efficiency and Assistance
Tony Hoch, City of Lawrence; Jerry Guffey, Senior Resource Center of Douglas County; Bruce Peterson, ECKAN

October 17
Feeling Fit–Exercise & You
Charlotte Robinson, PT, Brandon Woods

October 24
How to Have a Successful Medical Visit
Tom Pfeiler, MSW, Brandon Woods

October 31
Estate & Legal Matters
Webster Golden, Attorney, Stevens & Brand LLC

November 7
Cooking for One
Susan Johnson, Douglas County Extension Office
This session will meet at the Deal Six Auditorium in the Extension Office at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

November 14
Adjusting to Change #2: Closing
Donna Flory, MSW (retired); Paul Reed, VNA; Jan Maddox, Brandon Woods; Pattie Johnston, LPL

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! 

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Show Notes by Episode:

Attention Hoopla Users!

If you’re a hoopla user, starting Tuesday September 5, you’ll notice a few changes to the service.

After thoughtful evaluation, we’ve made some decisions that will yield a bigger bang for your buck and allow us to focus on what’s in demand. We’ve tried to anticipate questions below, but if we missed something, email Tricia or William for answers.


In a Nutshell:

  • You’ll have a NEW monthly check out limit of 4 per library card (was 5)
  • Audiobooks, eBooks and Comics will still be available for checkout
  • Movies, TV shows, and music will no longer be available for checkout
  • A daily spending limit will apply (see below)

Q: Why are you lowering the monthly checkout limit from 5 to 4?

The library pays an average of $2.19 for every title you check out from Hoopla — regardless of whether you read it or not. In reviewing our stats, we found that the majority of patrons use no more than 3 checkouts. By lowering the checkouts to four, we can better manage the overall cost to the library while evening the playing field between our power users and those who only check out a few titles a month.

Q: Why are Hoopla videos and music going away?

It’s hard for the library to compete with video and music streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora and other sources for cheap or free popular content. In the past year, we’ve found that Audiobooks and eBooks are the most popular formats on Hoopla. By turning off Hoopla videos and music, we can focus our budget on providing the content that’s most in demand and not easily available to you otherwise.

For streaming video, we would encourage you to check out Kanopy. With over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers, Kanopy provides libraries content that you normally can’t get from consumer streaming services like Netflix, including The Criterion Collection and The Great Courses.

Q: I got a message that says, “Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add favorites and come back tomorrow.” What does that mean?

We now have a daily spending cap on Hoopla to moderate how much we spend on Hoopla each month. For example, when we take the monthly budget of $8150 / 31 days =  $263 per day. When the daily cap has been reached, no one will be able to check out for the rest of the day. This doesn’t mean you’ve lost any of your 4 checkouts — just that you’ll have to wait until the daily limit is reset. This occurs around 7 PM CST.

Q: What time of day is the daily limit reset?

The daily budget resets at midnight universal time, which will vary between 6 PM and 7 PM Lawrence time, depending on daylight savings.

Libby—Overdrive’s New App

Libby, the innovative, new, one-tap app is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks from your public library easier than ever. This free app, created by Overdrive, is available for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices. It’s super easy! Just follow these steps:


  1. Install the Libby app from your device’s app store.
  2. Open the app and find your library. You can search by library name, city, or zip code.
  3. Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title. When prompted, sign in. You’ll need a valid library card to complete this step.
  4. Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically so you can read them while you’re offline.

From your Shelf, you can:

  1. Tap Start Reading or Start Listening to open a title.
  2. Tap the cover image, then Send to Device to send a book to Kindle.

Your Ticket to the World’s Finest Cinema

You now have access to one of the largest and most unique film collections in the world.

With over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers, Kanopy includes The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

You’ll find an amazing array of foreign language films and films on race and LGBT issues as well. Even better (and a game changer for educators): Kanopy videos include public performance rights*!

Kanopy’s motto is “thoughtful entertainment” and aims to provide you with access to films of unique social and cultural (not just entertainment) value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere. Kanopy’s films are also compatible for the hearing (with captions and transcripts) and visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

 

Kanopy service is free with a library card.
Start watching now—right here at kanopy.lplks.org.

 

*Viewing films in a group forum is permitted as long as the viewing is by authorized viewers and it is not for commercial benefit (i.e. no admission costs are charged and no profit is made from the screening).


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Game of Gnomes 2017

Starting MondayJune 5 through July 28, get ready for a summer fitness adventure into the great “ungnome”! Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, it’s your job to find all 21 gnomes we’ve hidden in various parks around town. Form a fellowship or strike out solo and earn some loot! Download the map here or pick one up at our Welcome Desk  starting June 5. Made possible with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation.


Here’s how to play:

  1. Visit the walking paths in the parks on the map.
  2. Each location has two gnomes. Find them, and their special names along each path.
    NOTES:
    DeVictor Park has a bonus third gnome located in our Storywalk®.
    The gnomes at Rock Chalk are quite far apart, spanning between E 902 RD and E 1000 RD.
  3. Match the park’s number with the gnome names on your handout. Write the park’s number next to the gnome’s name in the blank provided.
  4. Find all 21 gnomes. We’ve included three “wild card” gnomes on the list to keep you on your toes (you won’t find them—they’re just decoys.)
  5. Fill out your contact info and return the sheet to our Welcome Desk to enter the raffle for your very own gnomes!

Gnomenclature GUARANTEED FINISHER PRIZES A coupon to Ad Astra Running A coupon to the Rolling Gnome Gaming Store A surprise tchotchke One of these four glorious finisher buttons — You choose! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE To be announced… Oh, the suspense! Game of Gnomes pins small

Get Your West Side Stories!!

We now have a fancy new SmartLocker at the 6th street Hy-Vee location thanks to a generous grant from US Bank! It’s a new service, so here’s some pointers that will help make the process a little easier. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 785-843-3833!

Select the “SmartLocker at Hy-Vee Sixth” option for your hold pick-up location. If you don’t see this option, turn off your single-click holds preference.

You will get an email alerting you to pick up your items. Just like holding an item for pick-up at the library location, or checking out any item, your account will need to be up-to-date, and in good standing.

When you pick your items up, follow these steps to open your locker, or lockers.

  • Scan your Library Card
  • Enter your pin number
  • Select the locker you want to open (if you have more than one)
  • The locker number is next to the title of the items it contains
  • Select Open Selected Lockers, or Open All
  • Your locker or lockers will open and you can take your stuff home

Thanks again to US Bank for making this fantastic new service possible!

Calling All NE Kansas Authors!

We’re all about connecting readers and writers, and now NE Kansas authors can easily submit their work for consideration for inclusion in our Local Indie Author Collection.

Check out our form and submit!

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