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2019 Selection Announcement 2019 Selection Announcement

Each year, one title ultimately *rises* to the top (pun wholly intentional).
Each year, one title ultimately *rises* to the top (pun wholly intentional).

Book luggers unite! Book luggers unite!

Find out how to become a book lugger at Family Volunteer Day, and visit with many local organizations to see where your family can pitch in and help the community.
Find out how to become a book lugger at Family Volunteer Day, and visit with many local organizations to see where your family can pitch in.

Easy-peasy ebooks Easy-peasy ebooks

Put the brakes on the kiddo's wait time with immediate gratification ebook and audiobook app, Libby.
Put the brakes on the kiddo's wait time with immediate gratification ebook and audiobook app, Libby.

Up Next

Small Business Tax Basics Small Business Tax Basics

Nov 15th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
William Schmidt from Kansas Legal Services will share the tax essentials every small business owner or self-employed person should know.
William Schmidt from Kansas Legal Services will share the tax essentials every small business owner or self-employed person should know.

Gmail Essential Training Gmail Essential Training

Nov 28th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Understand your Email! With a big update last month, now's a great time to start using Gmail. We'll walk you through a tutorial.
Understand your Email! With a big update last month, now's a great time to start using Gmail. We'll walk you through a tutorial.

Kid Advisory Board Kid Advisory Board

Nov 30th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kids can help shape their own library experience by joining the ALL NEW Kids Advisory Board. Here's info on our next meet-up!
Kids can help shape their own library experience by joining the ALL NEW Kids Advisory Board. Here's info on our next meet-up!

Readers' Services

Lawrence Picks: Ilka's Top Ten for 2018 Lawrence Picks: Ilka's Top Ten for 2018

recommended by LPL_IlkaI
As we near the end of the year, it's always fun to look back on what one has read, watched, or listened to. Here are ten of my favorite…
As we near the end of the year, it's always fun to look back on what one has read, watched, or listened to. Here are ten of my favorite...

033: Nnedi Okorafor = Literal… 033: Nnedi Okorafor = Literal…

NNEDI OKORAFOR IS COMING!!! On 11/8 she will be at Liberty Hall as our latest Beach Series author, and we really hope to see you there! Go…
NNEDI OKORAFOR IS COMING!!! On 11/8 she will be at Liberty Hall as our latest Beach Series author, and we really hope to see you there! Go…

Lawrence Picks: Crossing Over: Genre… Lawrence Picks: Crossing Over: Genre…

recommended by LPL_EliH
Sometimes, authors feel the need to let their hair down and try something new. Here are a few of the more notable genre change ups, for…
Sometimes, authors feel the need to let their hair down and try something new. Here are a few of the more notable genre change ups, for…

032: Crying or Peeing Your Pants 032: Crying or Peeing Your Pants

What do the genres Romance and Horror have in common? They bring the feels.  Learn more about Horror as a genre, and get LOTS of…
What do the genres Romance and Horror have in common? They bring the feels.  Learn more about Horror as a genre, and get LOTS of…

Lawrence Picks: Humans Connecting with… Lawrence Picks: Humans Connecting with…

recommended by LPL_ShirleyB
Enjoy lyrically written and character-centered realistic stories of people rooted with a strong sense of place and environmental concerns.
Enjoy lyrically written and character-centered realistic stories of people rooted with a strong sense of place and environmental concerns.

Info Services

Sleep

I have trouble sleeping. And it's not just because I have a 7 month old. I've always had the problem. This book has a lot of great insight… More
recommended by LPL_MollyW

Just Cook @ Your Library Just Cook @ Your Library

Nov 29th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Learn to cook a healthy meal for around $2 a serving with Just Food. Adults, teens, parents and kids welcome - registration required via…
Learn to cook a healthy meal for around $2 a serving with Just Food. Adults, teens, parents and kids welcome - registration required via…

Genealogy & Local History Drop-In Genealogy & Local History Drop-In

Nov 21st | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Stop by with your questions and learn about library resources for exploring community history and researching your family tree. Need info?…
Stop by with your questions and learn about library resources for exploring community history and researching your family tree. Need info?…

CHAMPSS Orientation CHAMPSS Orientation

Dec 3rd | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Nutrition program for people ages 60+. For more information call Beth Kinnan at 785-235-1367.
Nutrition program for people ages 60+. For more information call Beth Kinnan at 785-235-1367.

LPL Blog

Washington Black is the New Black Washington Black is the New Black

By Ballen
I’ve been really excited to read Esi Edugyan's new novel, Washington Black. It piqued my interest for a few reasons. First and foremost,...
I’ve been really excited to read Esi Edugyan's new novel, Washington Black. It piqued my interest for a few reasons. First and foremost,...

A New Map of Wonders A New Map of Wonders

By Jvail
At the Ask Desk recently, contemplating library users' habits, I came across an online explanation of the difference between "browse" and...
At the Ask Desk recently, contemplating library users' habits, I came across an online explanation of the difference between "browse" and...

New Heathers Reboot has Some Hot Probs New Heathers Reboot has Some Hot Probs

Much like JD and Veronica's love affair in the cult classic, Heathers, the TV reboot of the same name seemed doomed from the start.…
Much like JD and Veronica's love affair in the cult classic, Heathers, the TV reboot of the same name seemed doomed from the start.…

I'm Game I'm Game

Every time I walk past the library’s new circulating board game collection, I remember the basements of my childhood and all their many…
Every time I walk past the library’s new circulating board game collection, I remember the basements of my childhood and all their many…

Authors Who Have Convinced Me To Read… Authors Who Have Convinced Me To Read…

By Klopez
I’ve recently written about my years-long love affair with the novels of Sarah Waters—I’m still slowly, but surely, working my way through…
I’ve recently written about my years-long love affair with the novels of Sarah Waters—I’m still slowly, but surely, working my way through…

Look Play Listen

Movies Leaving Netflix - November 2018 Movies Leaving Netflix - November 2018

recommended by LPL_LookPlayListen
Here's what's leaving Netflix this month, but will still be available at LPL!
Here's what's leaving Netflix this month, but will still be available at LPL!

Golden Hour

There is enough genre-specific familiarity on this record to call it "pop country", but honestly that would be doing it a disservice. There… More
recommended by LPL_JoelB

What's your favorite scary movie? What's your favorite scary movie?

recommended by LPL_LookPlayListen
Here are the movies LPL staff can't get enough of during this fright-filled season!
Here are the movies LPL staff can't get enough of during this fright-filled season!

Hocus Pocus

This is my absolute favorite movie to watch around Halloween! The hilarity, adventure and fun is perfect for the whole family. Bette…
recommended by LPL_WilliamO

Red, Yellow & Blue

A lot of great albums came out in 2007-2008, many better and more memorable than this one. To me, though, Red, Yellow, & Blue is the the… More
recommended by LPL_EliH

Kids + Babies

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Downtown… Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Downtown Storywalk©

Nov 3rd - Nov 18th
Start at the library and take a stroll downtown while you read Derek Anderson's Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure in the windows of stores...
Start at the library and take a stroll downtown while you read Derek Anderson's Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure in the windows of stores located on Massachusetts Street. Pick up a map from the children's desk and make sure to return to the library when you're done to enter a...

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2018… Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2018 read-a-likes

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Ten Pigs by Derek Anderson is the 2018 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers selection. Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age 5.
Ten Pigs by Derek Anderson is the 2018 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers selection. Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that…

Video Game Essentials: Classics to Know… Video Game Essentials: Classics to Know and How Make Your Own

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Love video games? Then check out these great stories featuring some of the most important characters of all time, a biography of the greatest game designer of all time, and books that'll teach you how to create classics of your own!
Love video games? Then check out these great stories featuring some of the most important characters of all time, a biography of the…

A CD Anyone Can Listen To: Free to Be… A CD Anyone Can Listen To: Free to Be You and Me

By Pfey
Free To Be You and Me, the 1972 brain-child of Marlo Thomas, is one of the hippy-dippiest things ever. Just look at that album cover. Starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Alan Alda, Gilbert Gottfried, Rosey Grier, Carol Channing and Shirley Jones (among others), it features…
Free To Be You and Me, the 1972 brain-child of Marlo Thomas, is one of the hippy-dippiest things ever. Just look at that album cover.…

Teen Zone

KNOW-vember--Notable Non-fiction KNOW-vember--Notable Non-fiction

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
The best of the most recent non-fiction titles because....knowledge is power!
The best of the most recent non-fiction titles because....knowledge is power!

After Tupac & D Foster

This tiny Newbery -nominated novel covers some serious ground! It is story about friendship that follows three girls coming of age in the…
recommended by LPL_RebeccaR

I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Olga was a perfect daughter until an accident took her life. Julia, wrapped in grief that often comes out as disrespect and spite, focuses… More
recommended by LPL_EricaS

LPL Teen Picks: Magic, Monsters, &… LPL Teen Picks: Magic, Monsters, &…

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
It's the time of year for witches, monsters, magic and all sorts of ghoulish activities. Give some of these non-fiction titles a shot …
It's the time of year for witches, monsters, magic and all sorts of ghoulish activities. Give some of these non-fiction titles a shot …

Half-witch

This past year I had been in a huge reading slump, but then I stumbled across this book on the shelf. I had never heard of the title or… More
recommended by LPL_CentennialC
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