New year, new technology

Improvements are coming in 2019 on devices, hardware, and software throughout the library, thanks to funding from MIDCO® and The Library Foundation and with the hard work of the library's team. "The main difference between the new computers and what they are replacing is performance. The new systems will be dramatically faster," says Aaron Brumley…
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Computer Royale

All library tech users will see tech upgrades in coming months, but Fortnite-obsessed teens get first dibs. Public computer replacements are generously funded by Midco® and the Library Foundation The latest technology to arrive at the library won't be easily visible to anyone over 18. Teen Zone-goers, however, will recognize quickly that 18 brand new computers have…
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Elephant and Piggie storytime

Any parent who's helped to instill a love of reading in their child knows the heart-inflating pleasure of watching them delight in a favorite book. Sometimes, though, that initial delight has a tendency to turn into exasperation after the millionth time reading it aloud. But that doesn't seem to be the case with Mo Willems…
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Try this scan-tastic quiz

You automate a good effort at this quiz or people will think you're a has-bin. If you've ever sent a book, DVD, magazine, or album into the returns slot at the library, you may have wondered what's going on with the contraption that whisks the items away. The Materials Sorter is indeed an intriguing member…
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Materials Sorter Trivia

The average number of items processed by the library's materials sorter per hour is 307! That's according to counts from June and July of 2018 and based on the number of hours the sorter was switched on. Over the course of those two months, the sorter processed a whopping total of 195,401 items. We never…
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Lawrence’s Top 5 Nonfiction for June

By Leah Sewell | Marketing With stats provided by Tricia Karlin | Collection Services  Lawrencians didn't flinch in the face of tough, true life topics in June, according to our circulation statistics; even our comedy tastes ran dark.  Tied for 5th most checked-out nonfiction last month, humorist David Sedaris and New Yorker writer David Grann…
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The middle school duel

What time is it? Queue up that old Alice Cooper track... The June bugs are thwacking. The humidity is creeping. The neighbors are hanging about the hedges. Honeysuckle is on a rampage, dogs are panting with dorky grins on their sun-hot faces, and the sno cone stand is calling our names. Yup, the signs all…
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“I take requests”

Each week, Gregor hits the road in the hard-to-miss, red and white book van to bring fresh books, movies, and music to retirement communities throughout Lawrence. In April, Pioneer Ridge (4851 Harvard Road) made the 10th stop along the book van's weekly route, and, beginning June 5, Bethel Estates (2140 E. 25th Terrace) will become the…
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New Board Game Collection

Starting Monday, May 14, you can check out board games from the library. Located in the Atrium, our new, all-ages collection includes both modern and popular classics that focus on strategy, role playing, and cards. "There are all sorts of people I would have never met or known, if not for bridge." —Peg Kaplan Board games are…
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