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Fun reading romps to kick off spring

Spring has sprung, and when I get joyously happy about the weather, I generally want to grab a fun read that’s perfect for sun-lounging. Here are three books — in three different genres — that are ideal for a sunlit afternoon filled with adventure and fun times. ... Continue reading

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Embracing your inner unicorn, no matter what age with “Advanced Style”

After my most recent birthday, I discovered something new about my body: Occasionally when I squat down, my knees will give a little pop. That didn’t happen before. What’s also new are the little lines and crinkles underneath my eyes that definitely weren’t there before. I’ve always ... Continue reading

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Liquor and drugs: a venture into the writings of Irvine Welsh

"[Trainspotting][1]" was released in theaters in 1996, and I saw that movie approximately 72 times at Liberty Hall after it opened. (OK, it was probably closer to four times.) I was 20 years old at the time, and although I hadn’t exactly been sheltered in my upbringing, ... Continue reading

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Stories of our lives: “The Great Derangement” and “Splinterlands”

Ted Chiang’s "[Story of Your Life][1]," a short science fiction piece which I reviewed a few months ago, keeps infiltrating itself into my reading. Oddly, it reverberates most when I read nonfiction. "Story of Your Life" is so fascinating due to its subtle manipulation of time. You ... Continue reading

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Infamous Hollywood feuds: “Bette & Joan” edition

Growing up on a farm as a kid, and being about as outdoorsy as a Kardashian, I often turned to old black and white films to escape to a world I thought better suited my own eclectic personality. I fell in love with the romanticized version of ... Continue reading

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Mother Nature is one tough mama

Either I have a knack for meeting a lot of garden folk in this town, or Lawrence is just full of people who like to grow green things. It’s starkly apparent during this time of year-when the unseasonably warm days spark conversations of an early spring that ... Continue reading

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Digital Douglas County history: get digging

Do you enjoy spelunking for local history? If so, we’ve got a goldmine for you. In January, we launched a new tool for digging into our community’s past: the Digital Douglas County History portal (find it at [http://history.lplks.org][1], or on our Genealogy and Local History page under ... Continue reading

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Stronger together in the company of women

For anyone who was an avid reader of DIY design magazines Ready Made or Domino during the early to mid-2000s, or even their digital equivalent, Apartment Therapy, the name "Design * Sponge" will be a household name. In 2004, author Grace Bonney founded the daily website, which ... Continue reading

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An interview with “Unusual Chickens” author Kelly Jones

Chickens with superpowers, a farm full of junk to explore and a series of mysterious typewritten letters are just a few of the wonders within this year’s Read Across Lawrence for Kids title, "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer," by Kelly Jones. Jones, who recently answered ... Continue reading

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One Book’s Hope for Wildlife and the History of How We Got Here

I treasure wildlife sightings. During the winter season, I sometimes glimpse bald eagles soaring in the sky outside my kitchen window, and I’ve been fortunate on several occasions to see beavers swimming in the Haskell-Baker Wetlands. Last summer, my East Lawrence neighbors and I were frequently serenaded ... Continue reading

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Let’s not go home again: protecting a book you love, even when you don’t love it anymore

I’ve always been the kind of person who nurtures small obsessions. Case in point: There was a time in middle school when I was not infrequently introduced to people as “Meredith, that girl who likes 'Buffy.'” It was an extremely fair introduction. I discovered "[Buffy, the Vampire ... Continue reading

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It’s a mystery — three picks you are sure to love

When I was a little girl, I lived in a very small town with a very small library, but I had a very big appetite for reading books. I devoured everything at my public library, and my mother made the excellent parenting decision to allow me to ... Continue reading

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Re-experience the music of your youth at the library

By now, you’re probably aware of the recent Facebook trend of sharing a list of 10 albums that influenced your teenage years. Perhaps you've even made one yourself. While many see it as a way to reflect on the music that shaped their youth in a meaningful ... Continue reading

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“A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix: better than the books?

Netflix has tapped into the way the world is feeling about 2017, releasing a television adaptation of Lemony Snicket's beloved "[A Series of Unfortunate Events][1]" this month. LPL's resident Snicket fans Sarah and Fisher sat down to sort out their feelings about it — the good, the ... Continue reading

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Help children in need during Read Across Lawrence

Though it is billed as the "teen" Read Across Lawrence pick, "[Return to Sender][1]" by Julia Alvarez is a highly recommended read for adults as well. Told through alternating perspectives, it is a story of friendship and conflict between teens from two different worlds, their families and ... Continue reading

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The means of escape

People react in a variety of ways when faced with hardship. Some people eat an entire box of ice cream by themselves or blow off steam at the rec center, and these are perfectly reasonable choices. These people, however, do not get books written about them. Two ... Continue reading

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Newbery Award Hopefuls

Last week I attended Kansas City Public Library’s Mock Newbery awards which basically looks like this: a bunch of librarians nerd out about a selection of books, then we vote on which one we believe is worthy of top honors. The criteria for the Newbery Award are ... Continue reading

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How to Keep Up with Image Comics’ Booming Worlds!

Image Comics, a popular indie comic publisher, is known for its creative license. Their vast range includes wonderfully different, wildly successful stories such as "[The Walking Dead][1]" and "[Saga][2]." When you walk up into Astrokitty Comics @ Game Nut on Mass Street, you’ll find that the back ... Continue reading

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Your local health spot in 2017

At the turn of each new year, I try not to make resolutions. I avoid them. I really do. Instead, I think about the clean slate that a new year brings — the fresh opportunities to try something different, to improve in so many ways, or to ... Continue reading

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The sorry state we’re in

A few months ago I was invited to be a guest at the “sneak peek” of [Harriet Lerner’s TEDxKC talk][1] for her upcoming book "Why Won’t You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts." Lerner had made a huge impact in my life with her 1998 book ... Continue reading

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