Things Found In Books

Growing up, I spent lots of time rifling through my grandmother’s drawer of pictures, postcards, and momentos.  Hours buzzed by while I imagined what it was like to live on that southern Missouri farm, or to see this baby bracelet on my newborn grandfather’s ankle. I loved how the souvenirs of the past felt silent…
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Discover Something New

You probably know this, but just in case you didn’t. LPL gets tons of new items every day. From the digital to the hardback book, from the CD, to the newest release for Nintento Switch, we are always getting something new. If you haven’t perused a New Shelf in a while (I’ll let you pick…
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Intersectional Women’s History Month Reading List!

This Women’s History Month, let’s get intersectional! in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty /ˌin(t)ərsekSHəˈnalədē/ noun What happens when forms of discrimination combine, overlap, and intersect Merriam-Webster marked intersectionality as a “word we’re watching” in 2017, but the term was coined thirty years ago by Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor and social theorist. "Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see…
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My Current Author Crush

When I find a new author I enjoy, it feels something like starting a new romance. I will often become infatuated and go on a jag, reading their books almost exclusively until: a) I have read everything they’ve ever written or b) I get excited about something/someone new. I am currently on a Mary Robinette…
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Librarians vs. D&D

From podcasts, to TV shows, to new and expensive rulebooks, Dungeons & Dragons is having quite the renaissance these days! As an adventurer myself, I checked in with my fellow library employees to hear their favorite D&D moments, their favorite characters, and why they think the game holds so much appeal still today. Sean W.…
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On the Importance of Seeing Yourself in Fiction: A Coming-Out Story

Whether you are an avid reader, a casual reader, or someone who mainly only reads books because you watched the movie first, you might have been asked this question: What book character do you relate to the most? I've been asked that question time and time again, and my answer is always awkward, uncertain. As someone…
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Join us for the After Hours Market!

Have you ever been to the library after hours? This is your chance! The Lawrence Public Library Foundation will host the "After Hours Market" fundraising event on Saturday, March 2 from 7-10 PM at the library. This year’s casual party celebrates the underground farmers market theme in the Read Across Lawrence pick, Sourdough by Robin Sloan…
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Mother of the Year

I’m the mother of an infant and a six year-old and I’m tired. Very, very tired. Not just physically tired, but mentally tired. Something about motherhood I didn’t quite expect is the worrying. It wears you out. Not the worries you might expect like, Is my kid going to run out into the middle of…
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