Shelf Life

There Can Only Be One: A Biography of Everyone’s Favorite Device

Lawrence Public Library Staff

“Today we’re introducing three revolutionary products … The first is a wide-screen iPod with touch control. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet communications device.” It’s 2007, only ten years ago. On stage, Steve Jobs continues: “Are you getting it? These are not ...

2017’s Best New Picture Books (So Far)

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I’m lucky enough to do storytime here at the Lawrence Public Library, and while there are some challenging days of herding toddlers, it is a joy and a privilege to introduce children to literature and catch a small slice of their innocence and wonder. When we started up storytime again ...

Renaissance Woman: Celebrating Zora Neale Hurston

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Zora Neale Hurston wrote during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, contributing novels and short stories, as well as literary anthropology. She was a bold woman surrounded by male peers and unparalleled in both talent and ideas. She died alone and impoverished, buried in an unmarked grave, without having received ...

Peanuts, A Great American Novel After All

Lawrence Public Library Staff

The DNA of four-panel funnies, well-respected graphic novels, and highfalutin literary novels might not be so different as they seem. Obviously, a strip like "Family Circus" isn’t even remotely in the same realm as, say, Toni Morrison, to be clear, but each tradition shares some surprising hallmarks when it comes ...

"Relatively Wild"— inspired intersections of ecological and social justice

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I live within a mile of the Kansas River. In spite of the Bowersock Dam and other infrastructure, this is a good place to connect with wildness. Walking on the levee beside the river offers a chance to watch birds soaring and fishing — great blue herons are frequently present ...

Doc Discussions

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I’ll be honest, until this year I had never participated in a book club. In theory, they’re right up my alley. I work at a library. I’ve always worked in bookstores. Reading = good. Discussions = good. But joining a book club can be a little intimidating. Apart from leaving ...

What are you reading? #SummerReading2017

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock rather than reading our phenomenal blog posts, I’m obligated to tell you that my colleague [Sarah Mathews][1] is a freaking rockstar. She reads things, she writes about them, she spreads generally wonderful vibes and every Sunday morning throughout Summer Reading 2017 ...

For Marvel’s consideration

Lawrence Public Library Staff

We’ve now entered into what I’ve deemed the “weird phase” of Marvel. With the commercial and critical success of the previously unknown property "[Guardians of the Galaxy][1]," director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman have paved the way for indie creators to work on blockbuster titles while bringing their own ...

My bookish bucket list

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I’m fascinated by the concept of bucket lists. Few things fascinate me more than hearing what other people consider to be must-have life experiences, mostly because the range of “must-have” encompasses so much. I have a general life bucket list (see the Northern Lights; go sky-diving; walk the Camino De ...

3 favorite books I'm dying to read again

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Okay, so “dying” is quite an exaggeration, but sometimes hyperbolic language is necessary when you’re really really excited to crack open one of your favorites. Lately, more and more, I have been inspired to revisit some old friends of mine, rather than discovering new books. There is something ultimately comforting ...

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