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Summer Reading 2019 Summer Reading 2019

May 23rd - Aug 17th
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Rocket to reading bliss with Summer Reading beginning May 23.
There's a whole universe of stories waiting to be discovered this summer. Find your route to reading bliss before Summer Reading begins May 23.

Mavis keeps her promise Mavis keeps her promise

With no choice but to cancel her talk in Lawrence, Mavis assured fans she'd make it up to them soon. The Gospel Queen keeps her promises.
In 2018, she had no choice but to abruptly cancel her appearance in Lawrence. Mavis assured fans she'd make it up to them soon, and there was never a doubt: The Gospel Queen keeps her promises.

Internet Collection Internet Collection

Yeah, we're fans of window shopping, too. Luckily, the hyperlinks are all free to ogle at the LPL Pinterest page.
Yeah, we're fans of window shopping, too. Luckily, the hyperlinks are all free to ogle at the LPL Pinterest page.

5 things you can do with a library card 5 things you can do with a library card

Even if you already have your card, use these facts to convince the non-initiated to come into the light.
Even if you already have your card, use these facts to convince the non-initiated to come into the light.

Storytime Video Storytime Video

Educational, enriching, and entertaining content with age-based ratings from Common Sense Media. Free with your library card.
Educational, enriching, and entertaining content with age-based ratings from Common Sense Media. Use on your smart TV or with downloadable mobile app, free with your library card.

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Author Talk: Tony Horwitz Author Talk: Tony Horwitz

May 23rd | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Liberty Hall
The best-selling author of "Confederates in the Attic" ventures off beaten paths, revealing vestiges and new mutations of the Civil War era.
The best-selling author of "Confederates in the Attic" ventures off beaten paths, revealing vestiges and new mutations of the Civil War era.

Storytime Break Storytime Break

Storytimes are on break from May 1- 27. We'll start up again on May 28th. We're busy getting prepped for Summer Reading!
Storytimes are on break from May 1- 27. We'll start up again on May 28th. We're busy getting prepped for Summer Reading!

Teen Fines Read-Off Teen Fines Read-Off

Are fines holding you back from enjoying all your library has to offer? Read off your fines and have some snacks! Every Saturday in May.
Are fines holding you back from enjoying all your library has to offer? Read off your fines and have some snacks! Every Saturday in May.

Readers' Services

Lawrence Picks: Fiction Featuring the… Lawrence Picks: Fiction Featuring the…

recommended by LPL_LeahN
International Worker's Day is celebrated by many countries on May 1st. Only certain groups in the United States recognize this day…
International Worker's Day is celebrated by many countries on May 1st. Only certain groups in the United States recognize this day…

040: Life's messy. Welcome to the… 040: Life's messy. Welcome to the Podcast.

Love Warrior is sorta memoir, sorta self help and all-the-way beautiful. Hang out with Polli and Kate as they talk about body image, breakdowns, grief, "hot loneliness," higher powers, and a bunch of other TOTALLY LIGHTHEARTED topics
Hang out with Polli and Kate as they talk about body image, breakdowns, grief, "hot loneliness," higher powers, and a bunch of other...

Lawrence Picks: Celebrate Immigrants,… Lawrence Picks: Celebrate Immigrants,…

recommended by LPL_ShirleyB
Celebrate immigrants by reading stories of new Americans. Enjoy a range of witty to poignant tales; all are recent adult fiction by…
Celebrate immigrants by reading stories of new Americans. Enjoy a range of witty to poignant tales; all are recent adult fiction by…

039: Just Out Here Tackling Systemic… 039: Just Out Here Tackling Systemic…

In celebration of Jesmyn Ward coming to Lawrence on April 11th (event details -- tickets are free but required), we discussed Salvage the…
In celebration of Jesmyn Ward coming to Lawrence on April 11th (event details -- tickets are free but required), we discussed Salvage the…

Lawrence Picks: Kimberly's Favorite… Lawrence Picks: Kimberly's Favorite…

recommended by LPL_KimberlyL
I read a lot of gay books. Mostly, I read gay romance! Here are a few of my favorites.
I read a lot of gay books. Mostly, I read gay romance! Here are a few of my favorites.

Info Services

LPL Research Top Twelve LPL Research Top Twelve

recommended by LPL_IanS
Here at LPL we have access to dozens of great online resources. Here are twelve of our favorites.
Here at LPL we have access to dozens of great online resources. Here are twelve of our favorites.

Resources A-Z Resources A-Z

From Academic Search Premiere to WorldCat—LPL databases have you covered.
From Academic Search Premiere to WorldCat—LPL databases have you covered.

Digital Douglas County History Digital Douglas County History

Your spot for Douglas County history, featuring a growing collection of photographs, genealogy resources, and oral histories.
Your spot for Douglas County history, featuring a growing collection of photographs, genealogy resources, and oral histories.

New York Times New York Times

Access to the New York Times website without article limits.
Access to the New York Times website without article limits.

Newspaper Source Plus Newspaper Source Plus

Access full articles from over 850 newspapers. This database now includes transcripts of television and radio news.
Access full articles from over 850 newspapers. This database now includes transcripts of television and radio news.

LPL Blog

21 Published Authors Who Write… 21 Published Authors Who Write…

You might be surprised by the number of bestselling authors who also read (or even write) fanfiction! In no particular order, here's the...
You might be surprised by the number of bestselling authors who also read (or even write) fanfiction! In no particular order, here's the...

The Four Doorways The Four Doorways

Recently, intrepid Book Squaders Polli and Kate sprinkled some of their reader’s advisory (that’s librarian-speak for recommending stuff…
Recently, intrepid Book Squaders Polli and Kate sprinkled some of their reader’s advisory (that’s librarian-speak for recommending stuff…

Paying Attention Paying Attention

By Pkenn
Attention is the beginning of devotion. ~ Mary Oliver I’ve written before about the importance of unplugging (and the difficulties of…
Attention is the beginning of devotion. ~ Mary Oliver I’ve written before about the importance of unplugging (and the difficulties of…

Tolkien Mania Tolkien Mania

By Istepp
The way I remember it, if my seventh grade English teacher caught you chewing gum in class, she’d walk over to your desk and leisurely but…
The way I remember it, if my seventh grade English teacher caught you chewing gum in class, she’d walk over to your desk and leisurely but…

Reading Rut? Rouse Yourself With These! Reading Rut? Rouse Yourself With These!

By Klopez
I'm exhausted. In a "my bones feel like they are made of cement, perhaps I should consult Web MD" kind of way. Lately, my go-to answer...
I'm exhausted. In a "my bones feel like they are made of cement, perhaps I should consult Web MD" kind of way. Lately, my go-to answer...

Look Play Listen

Look Play Listen Picks (May 2019) Look Play Listen Picks (May 2019)

recommended by LPL_KevinC
Recent listens/watches/plays from the May Look Play Listen team meeting
Recent listens/watches/plays from the May Look Play Listen team meeting

Musicians as Poets Musicians as Poets

recommended by LPL_WilliamO
There's nothing like a well crafted song. These are some of our favorite musicians who are famous for their poetic lyrics.
There's nothing like a well crafted song. These are some of our favorite musicians who are famous for their poetic lyrics.

Look Play Listen Picks (April 2019) Look Play Listen Picks (April 2019)

recommended by LPL_KevinC
Recent listens/watches/plays from the April Look Play Listen team meeting
Recent listens/watches/plays from the April Look Play Listen team meeting

Movies Leaving Netflix - April 2019 Movies Leaving Netflix - April 2019

recommended by LPL_LookPlayListen
Here's what's leaving the streaming giant in April, but we'll still have on our shelves.
Here's what's leaving the streaming giant in April, but we'll still have on our shelves.

Watch 'Em & Weep: Best Tear-jerkers Watch 'Em & Weep: Best Tear-jerkers

recommended by LPL_LeahS
I asked my coworkers, "What movies make you cry?" LPL staff are a bunch of softies, and this list of tear-jerkers is all the proof you need.
I asked my coworkers, "What movies make you cry?" LPL staff are a bunch of softies, and this list of tear-jerkers is all the proof you need.

Kids + Babies

Celebrating #MerMay with Stories! Celebrating #MerMay with Stories!

By Mlord
I work as an artist in addition to being a youth assist at LPL, so naturally I follow multiple painters and illustrators on Instagram. I've noticed in the last couple years that #MerMay has become a thing in the online artistic community. According to mermay.com, the month of...
I work as an artist in addition to being a youth assist at LPL, so naturally I follow multiple painters and illustrators on Instagram.…

Storytime Break Storytime Break

Storytimes are on break from May 1- 27. We'll start up again on May 28th, after Memorial Day weekend! We're busy getting prepped and ready for Summer Reading 2019! See everyone at the end of May!
Storytimes are on break from May 1- 27. We'll start up again on May 28th, after Memorial Day weekend! We're busy getting prepped and...

Lawrence Kid Picks: Summer 2019 Picture… Lawrence Kid Picks: Summer 2019 Picture Books

recommended by LPL_Childrens
Share a Universe of Stories with our summer reading books all about space!
Share a Universe of Stories with our summer reading books all about space!

Staff Pick: My Friends Make Me Happy! Staff Pick: My Friends Make Me Happy!

Read Lauren's take on a new Easy Reader by Jan Thomas!
Read Lauren's take on a new Easy Reader by Jan Thomas!

Lawrence Kids Picks: Mermaids Lawrence Kids Picks: Mermaids

recommended by LPL_Childrens
If you think it's better down where it's wetter, then this is the book list for you! From picture books to chapter books, there's sure to be a tail here that will please the mermaid lover in your life!
If you think it's better down where it's wetter, then this is the book list for you! From picture books to chapter books there's sure to...

Teen Zone

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!! May is Mental Health Awareness Month!!

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
Stories about characters (fiction and non-fiction) dealing with mental health challenges to raise awareness and remind us how important it…
Stories about characters (fiction and non-fiction) dealing with mental health challenges to raise awareness and remind us how important it…

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

This is a biotech sci-fi at its best! I'm not a fan of short stories, because I feel like they always leave me wanting more. However, the…
recommended by LPL_EricaS

No More Excuses

You can’t fight what you don’t understand! Amber Keyser’s book was an excellent reminder of that!! While social media has given us a… More
recommended by LPL_RebeccaR

Breaks

Have you every been suddenly, confusingly, attracted to someone? Was it an enemy? A friend? In Breaks by Emma Vieceli, British teens Ian…
recommended by LPL_ColtonS

YA Novels in Verse YA Novels in Verse

recommended by LPL_TeenZone
Novels in verse mean poetry on the page! These powerful, quick reads will linger with you long after you have read them.
Novels in verse mean poetry on the page! These powerful, quick reads will linger with you long after you have read them.
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