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Time for a road trip? Check out the haunted history of Kansas

Back when I worked in reference, the library received an envelope postmarked from Santa Rosa, Calif., with our address scrawled across the lower left hand ...

Kirkus is still king of the grouchy book review

“It has come to this: werewolves on The Titanic.” Favorite first lines of novels make great discussion fodder, but book reviews rarely begin with sentences ...

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, more than a 'Girl in a Band,' coming to Lawrence in May

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, Sonic Youth. Yes, get ...

Books about time travel, with and without machines

When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in eastern Missouri. Founded in the 1810s, our little town was a goldmine of ...

John Keats, a man out of time

“April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us ...

Fresh cookbooks for fresh spring veggies

For me, there’s no more-definite sign of spring’s arrival than the return of the Lawrence Farmer’s Market. Beginning this Saturday, fresh local fruits, vegetables and ...

Prime your hungry ear for food and poetry at the library

Roses are red Violets are blue I like nutritious foods And so should you — A poem by seventh-graders Mykynzie Wright, Hailey Coon and Rylie ...

'The Hidden Half of Nature:' a great read about microbes

While waiting for signs that winter is in fact waning and that it’s time to dig my hands in the dirt, pruning fruit trees is ...

Author Spotlight: Juliet Marillier

There are only a few days left in Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to discuss one of my favorite authors ...

New month, new genre with Gaslamp Fantasy

Gaslamp Fantasy was first coined by Kaja Foglio to describe her graphic novel series "Girl Genius." The term evolved as a response to the Steampunk ...

Revisiting the 'Star Wars Radio Drama'

Like William, I was lucky enough to be born into a good, Force-sensitive, "Star Wars" loving household. As kids, my brother and I watched "Star ...

YA Backlist: '100 Sideways Miles' by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is probably one of my top favorite YA authors. His characters are honest and relatable, and their stories are always engaging. "100 Sideways ...

'Someday a Bird Will Poop on You' and other funny life lessons for kids

It’s hard to put a finger on what makes a great title, and like everything else about reading, it’s a matter of taste. Among the ...

10 books celebrating international women's fiction

March 8 is International Women’s Day, hooray! Here at the Lawrence Public Library, I walk among powerful women every day within the stacks, not just ...

'Dispatches from Pluto' a deep look at the Deep South

Spring break is just around the corner, and I can’t wait. Call me boring, but I’m taking a staycation. Forget cleaning the house and yard ...

Lawrence Public Library has all the tools you need to track your family history

Interested in researching your roots? Investigating the history of your house? Heard about one of the many pivotal historic events that happened right here in ...

'Trust No One' an homage to all things 'X-Files'

“Trust No One,” an anthology curated by Jonathan Maberry, is a love letter for fans, new and not so new, of the realm of “The ...

Lawrence author Cote Smith talks 'Hurt People' ahead of release

Author Cote Smith, a Kansas native and Kansas University graduate, has a debut novel hitting the shelves. “Hurt People” follows two brothers coming to terms ...

Get books, and seeds, for your garden at Lawrence Public Library

For many seasons I’ve spent my life in the dirt, alongside friends and family, tending plants and cultivating memories. About this time each year when ...

Get digital with Lawrence Public Library

I love browsing the stacks and serendipitously discovering a new book to read or a movie to watch, or flipping through CDs browsing for music, ...

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