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Do Good, Feel Good – How Helping Out Benefits Your Health

What is it about ‘doing good’ that is so beneficial for you physically and emotionally? People who make donations, volunteer or do charitable work often say they get more out of it than what they give. Researchers are doing studies and obtaining results that support their claims. ... Continue reading

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How Drinking Tea Boosts Your Cognitive Performance

Coffee has become a staple for people who live a life of hustling and working long hours. Caffeine in coffee is the reason why they feel charged after drinking a hot cup. However, it’s not the only beverage that can give you a boost of caffeine. Tea ... Continue reading

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Did COVID-19 disrupt the automotive industry? How the pandemic changed people’s behavior in terms of mobility and vehicle purchasing

Notable challenges lie ahead for all industries, and the automotive one makes no exception. A freeze in mobility and buying was the first visible sign of the global pandemic. But now that economies are opening again worldwide, should we expect to see any changes in people's behavior ... Continue reading

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Unexpected Financial Emergencies When a Parent Dies

Death can be expected or sudden, but the mental setback experienced by the deceased family members can be immense. To make matters worse, sometimes, most family members are left without any clue of the financial details of the parent. To those who know the parent’s account details, ... Continue reading

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Remodeling Your House on a Budget Before Renting it Out

If you want to put your property to work, renting it out is a superb way to bring in additional income. Remodeling your house on a budget is possible as there are some small renovation projects that can make a big positive difference to your place. Fix ... Continue reading

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Why Tiny House on Wheels is in Trend and Why You Should Own One

Most people think of tiny homes as being fixed in one spot, much like residential houses. However, most tiny homes are built on trailers, making them easy to transport, position, and relocate. These structures are known as THOW (tiny homes on wheels). The tiny house movement is ... Continue reading

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Five Super Qualities That Make Naruto a Hot-Favorite Anime Character

You can’t call yourself an anime fan if you haven’t watched Naruto. It is among the greatest and the most famous anime series of these two decades. Written by Masashi Kishimoto, the anime centers around a young ninja from the village of Konoha, Naruto. The writer has ... Continue reading

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“Atlas of a Lost World”: a new read on old life across the world

The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also walked, trying to follow their slow migration from Mesa Verde to Chaco Canyon and on south to the Sierra Madre. "[House of Rain][1]," published a decade ago, ... Continue reading

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Get into PBS’ ‘Great American Read’

> A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never > reads lives only one. > > —George R.R. Martin I’m going to report this fact, though it hurts me to do so: [In a recent Pew study][1], 24 percent of U.S. adults ... Continue reading

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Sound+Vision Sessions: a conversation with Heidi Lynne Gluck

June 22 marks the second installment of the new Lawrence Public Library event series, Sound+Vision Sessions. The event showcases local music artists whose material we have in our catalog in a family-friendly, all-ages atmosphere. This concert features the incredibly talented and esteemed singer/songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Heidi ... Continue reading

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5 new young adult books to read for Pride Month

There are a number of ways to celebrate Pride Month, but the bookworm in me insists there's nothing like a good read. The young adult publishing industry has come a long way since my own teenage years when it comes to diverse and #OwnVoices titles, books written ... Continue reading

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Getting ready for summer reading with some oohs and aahs

Every year as schools wind down, the library winds up. Summer is just around the corner and the bulk of the Lawrence Public Library's Youth Services department went out into the wild — aka USD 497 — to promote the Summer Reading Program. (If you want to ... Continue reading

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Frog and Toad’s laws of literary motion

In my years selecting children’s books for the library, I have often envied the mathematical certainty of the hard sciences. After all, when the Pythagorean theorem doesn’t work, it’s usually our own bad arithmetic at fault, and the Planck constant isn’t exactly wishy-washy. It’s a little more ... Continue reading

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Gifts from nature: creative inspiration and free art supplies

Now is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors, and if you need an excuse to do so, gathering ideas and art supplies is a great one. It’s fun to keep your eyes open for treasures when you are on a hike, weeding your garden ... Continue reading

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Author J. Drew Lanham talks Kansas ahead of his visit to Lawrence

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 celebration of birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Lanham’s visit — ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Public Library field report: World Voices Festival 2018

The mission of our library presses forward only with some careful study and reflection along the way. To keep making the right decisions for our collections and services, librarians can never stop learning about our world and our community; it probably doesn’t surprise anyone that we have ... Continue reading

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YA Backlist: “The Great American Whatever” by Tim Federle

As the library's selector for the teen collection, I read a lot of young adult novels. As much as I love reading and sharing what's brand new, I also like shining a spotlight on some of the titles that have been hanging out on our shelves for ... Continue reading

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“Letters to a Young Farmer”: On food, farming, and our future

Not emails. Nor tweets. Nor texts. Letters. The kind you thought people didn't write anymore. And not to friends or family, either, but to that steadfast and necessary minority that will save the world, if given the chance. I'm speaking, of course, of young farmers. Most of ... Continue reading

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Verse novels to help you celebrate national poetry month

Like many people, I spent a fair amount of time in my teenage years writing poetry. Some of it was quite good (I even won some state-wide awards for it!), but most of it was pretty average. Eventually I stopped feeling the urge to write, and gradually ... Continue reading

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Lawrence author Lynn Burlingham talks about her new memoir, “Jewels that Speak”

Lynn Burlingham has had quite the journey, with New York, London, and even stops in Norway all in the mix before finding herself here in Lawrence. Her latest book, "[Jewels that Speak][1]," recounts her life while offering a look into two storied families of her heritage: the ... Continue reading