How-To in 2022!

Well, folks! Another item to file under “My, how time flies!”: this will be the fifth year for the How-To Festival. Every year has seen a different lineup of presenters (and, due to the circumstances, a variety of formats!), but what has remained continuous is the ample bounty of creativity and resourcefulness our friends and…
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How-To Tuesdays!

It’s June again--can you believe it?--which means it’s time for some How-To here at LPL. In years past, this has meant a festival (whether IRL or virtual) packed with local experts sharing their skills and knowledge. This year, we’re savoring small batches of our community’s know-how throughout the month of June. Join us for How-To…
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A Life, Secondhand

And now when I go by a secondhand store I imagine all the lives behind every object: it makes my head spin… -Clara Beaudoux This is how big of a nerd I am: when I first heard about Twitter and its 140-character limit, I imagined that it would basically be a haiku-fest: scads of precision-crafted…
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Techno-Cookery

I don’t mind saying: the Dewey Decimal System has some peculiarities. That’s probably (well, it IS) due to the fact that the system is basically a physical incarnation of Melvil Dewey’s mental map of knowledge. Given that Mr. Dewey, while smart and organized, was a) a Victorian and b) by modern standards, Not A Great…
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The Four Doorways

Recently, intrepid Book Squaders Polli and Kate sprinkled some of their reader’s advisory (that’s librarian-speak for recommending stuff you might like to read) mojo on others of us here at LPL by teaching us about uber-librarian Nancy Pearl’s Four Doorways: story, character, setting, and language. Basically, part of identifying what you might love next is…
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The Green Stuff

This year’s Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge includes the prompt to “Read a book from an author who has visited Lawrence.” If by “has visited” you mean “once lived in,” then Elizabeth Willard Thames’s Meet the Frugalwoods fulfills that challenge. The Thameses (Liz and her husband Nate, aka the Frugalwoods) are KU grads who, after…
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