The Heart of “Heartland”

Have you ever picked up a memoir and felt completely seen? Completely understood? Like someone had been taking notes on your life and caught things that even you missed? That’s how reading Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth was for me—illuminating and emotional. While…
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J. Drew Lanham: An Interview In Anticipation Of His First Visit To Kansas

I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our…
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We’re in the Final Four!

VOTE! Lawrence Public Library has advanced to the Final Four round in a national competition for best public library and the Lawrence community can help the library make it to the playoffs next week. “Winning this round will require focus, agility, and determination, and we’re asking everyone who loves the library to do a brief finger…
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Kansas LGBT Pride

by sbraunlich January 23, 2018 Kansas Day is almost here, and I’ve got an inspiring way to celebrate! A new book is out which pays tribute to the Kansans who are advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. In No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, author C.J. Janovy shares…
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Wild Adventures Grounded in the Historical Roots of Kansas

by Shirley Braunlich May 3, 2016 Lawrence author George Frazier celebrates the wilderness he finds in Kansas, lyrically linking the present with the past in his new book The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys Into Hidden Landscapes. The Last Wild Places of Kansas reads virtually as smoothly as song lyrics, interconnecting personal and historical…
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