I say Ooh, You say Aah!

Every year as schools wind down, the library winds up. Summer is just around the corner and the bulk of LPL’s Youth Services department went out into the wild-- aka USD 497-- to promote the Summer Reading Program. (If you want to learn more about it, when it starts, how long it lasts, what even…
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Frog and Toad’s Laws of Literary Motion

In my years selecting children’s books for the library, I have often envied the mathematical certainty of the hard sciences.  After all, when the Pythagorean theorem doesn’t work, it’s usually our own bad arithmetic at fault, and Plank’s Constant isn’t exactly wishy-washy.  It’s a little more difficult to make sense of children’s literature sometimes.  Perhaps…
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024: Do You Even Fantasy, Bro?

Magic! Friendship! Gratitude! Tom Petty! We may have thought fantasy wasn't our thing, but it turns out... we were wrong. (First time for everything!)  Bookish News: Dietland is being made into a TV series on AMC. Kirkus describes it as “Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high—and delivers.…
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J. Drew Lanham: An Interview In Anticipation Of His First Visit To Kansas

I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our…
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The Joy of Words

  Odds are you’ve heard that the indigenous peoples of the Arctic North have dozens of words for snow. A contentiously debated subject since anthropologist Franz Boaz described his experiences living with the Inuit in his 1911 Handbook of American Indian Languages, linguists have more recently acknowledged that what they once considered urban legend is…
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