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Car Accident Injuries Have You Feeling Out of Place at Work

We all need to work to earn a living so what happens when an injury leaves you unable to return to work not just for a week or two but indefinitely? Car accident injuries can be so severe that you may have to endure several operations and ... Continue reading

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Plan Long-Term Care for Your Parents Well in Advance

When your parents begin approaching retirement age, start planning for their long-term care. More than 70% of older people find themselves in long-term care facilities or needing help around the house. It is expensive, and few retirees and their children have enough money in their savings accounts ... Continue reading

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Five Things You Should Do That Allow You to Enjoy Your Retirement

After working hard for many years, your retirement years beckon as a chance to take things easy and live a little. However, this is not always the case for many seniors because they do not have their affairs in order. Retirement is meant to be enjoyed and ... Continue reading

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Steps to Stay Afloat During Business Slowdown

If there is one thing that 2020 taught us, it was how to adapt to hard times. Many businesses suffered huge losses during the year, but where some were able to navigate the slowdown, others went belly up or tanked. The company that makes it during a ... Continue reading

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How to Convince your Boss to Let you Work from Home

The traditional office setting has certain advantages: it is set up for face-to-face interaction, encourages productivity, a sense of community, and more. However, with access to many cloud-based management tools and reliable video meeting services, more employees are beginning to work from home. In the present pandemic, ... Continue reading

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My Favorite Game

Getting into World of Warcraft (WoW) can be quite intimidating. Modern WoW is more accessible to get into than WoW Classic. The classic version emulates what WoW was like back in 2006 without extensions, offering a more hardcore and slower experience. **Choosing a server** You have to ... 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

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Making illustration look like a cinch: a few questions with Chris Monroe

Of all the picture books I’ve read to my kids, Chris Monroe’s have been some of the most fun, so I was pleased to hear a new Netflix streaming series based on her "[Monkey with a Tool Belt][1]" books is in the works. Monroe’s versatility rivals that ... Continue reading

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