An Interview with Ricky Roosevelt and Raymond – Sound+Vision Sessions

Friday, September 27th marks the next installment of our local music showcase, the Sound+Vision Sessions. The series highlights local music talent in an all-ages environment from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This time around, we move down a slightly more experimental, hip hop and R&B path with Raymond and Ricky Roosevelt, two artists of the Vivid Zebra collective…
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The State of eBooks and Libraries

Lawrence, something tells us you love LPL’s digital collections. Within the last 12 months, LPL cardholders checked out 138,466‬ ebooks and audiobooks. We’ve heard how much you like the new titles available on OverDrive’s Libby app, and how nice it is to check out eBooks and audiobooks immediately on Hoopla. We also know it comes…
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The Way Home

Another scorching summer afternoon and a library patron walks up to the desk: "I remember when we didn't have air conditioning. These are the good old days." T
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Telling it True

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana.  I recently had the honor of moderating a Historical Fiction panel of four authors, Julie Berry, Rachel DeWoskin, Stacey Lee, and Ruta Sepetys. I have this to report: if you love Historical Fiction, rest easy that the genre is in excellent…
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On The Realistically Magical Storytelling & Word-Singing Of Téa Obreht

I’ve recently been reading everything I can find by Téa Obreht. Her stories are vivid and heady with realistic insight into death and grief while simultaneously invoking power from benevolent ghosts. She also writes knowingly of our connections to a place or an animal—especially a tiger in her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, and a…
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The Mighty Pen

I vividly remember the first week of my high school journalism class. I already fancied myself a writer and was chomping at the bit to get started, bursting with story ideas and clever headlines for The Wildcat Howl. At the time, I was all but settled on journalism as a career choice and had built…
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If You Can’t Make Your Own Dopamine, Bookstore Bought is Fine

About three years ago, I diagnosed myself with ADD. It was really a long time coming. Just out of college I was working an office job, and despite trying nearly every tool Google offered, I just couldn’t wrangle organization like everyone else. Focus apps mocked me, procrastinating was a physical compulsion, and my memory was…
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