Shelf Life

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

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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, is one of ...

Get into PBS' 'Great American Read'

Lawrence Public Library Staff

> 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 said they had ...

Sound+Vision Sessions: a conversation with Heidi Lynne Gluck

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 Lynne Gluck. Gluck's ...

5 new young adult books to read for Pride Month

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 by authors who ...

Getting ready for summer reading with some oohs and aahs

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 learn more about ...

Frog and Toad’s laws of literary motion

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 difficult to make ...

Gifts from nature: creative inspiration and free art supplies

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 or just strolling ...

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

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 — including the Langston ...

Lawrence Public Library field report: World Voices Festival 2018

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 no qualms with ...

YA Backlist: "The Great American Whatever" by Tim Federle

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 a while. This ...

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