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The Stages of Finding a New Favorite Author

This post was inspired by my binge-reading of the collected works of Mohsin Hamid, my (new) favorite author currently writing.

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:   Bookish News: Audible has a…

Luaka Bop and the World Psychedelic Classics

Almost 30 years ago, David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) founded a record label “to turn people onto stuff [he] liked.” Because he’s David Byrne, and because he’s eminently cooler than you or me, the stuff he liked was Brazilian pop music. In January of ‘89 Byrne released his first compilation, Brazil Classics 1: Beleza…

DNA for Genealogists

Have you had your DNA tested and puzzled over the results? On Wednesday, DEC 6 from 6:30–8 PM, KU researcher Dr. Kristine G. Beaty will be here to discuss how biological anthropologists use DNA to better understand human populations, and explore the pros and cons of using your genome to understand your history, identity, and…

Beyond ‘Me Too’: Next Steps

After the #MeToo hashtag blew up on social media in October, it opened the lid on a difficult subject and gave hundreds of thousands of people a space to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. On Monday, DEC 4 from 7-8:30 PM, Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF) presents an inclusive panel discussion with…

Cuentacuentos / Spanish Storytime

Cuentos, canciones, actividades y café. ¡¿Qué esperas?! El sábado, 2 de diciembre a las 4 pm en el Readers’ Theater, ven y acompáñanos en una divertida tarde en español. Para familias del habla hispana y aquellas interesadas en el idioma. Todas las edades son bienvenidas. Stories, songs, activities and coffee. What are you waiting for? On Saturday,…

Coal and Thoreau: The Essays of Practice Resurrection

Not long ago I took a trip across the High Plains, and in addition to seeing more pronghorn and prairie dogs than I’ve ever seen, I also witnessed the landscape of Wyoming’s Thunder Basin for the first time. While much of it is drop-dead beautiful, one gets the feeling that something ominous is brewing there…

Sweet Deal at Your Library

Don’t let fines keep you from borrowing books, movies, and music any longer. Friday–Sunday, NOV 24-26, we’ll waive 50% of your fines when you pay your remaining balance. Look for our 50%-off coupon in the Thanksgiving edition of the Lawrence Journal-World — clip it and come see us at the Accounts Desk. Questions? Jeff’s got…

Where the Beefalo Roam

As an animal lover growing up in Kansas, our annual grade school field trip to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum was always a high point. I adored the famous Panorama of taxidermy, and the working, cutaway beehive, but what I looked forward to most was the chance to gaze upon a real jackalope….

Light Up Your Day with a SAD Lamp

Winter got you down? Our popular SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps are back to help you get your circadian rhythm in gear. Find a cozy spot here at the library and use it, or take one home for a whole 14 days. Get on hold for one here. Questions? Kate’s got you covered: kgramlich@lplks.org FAQs How many…