Shelf Life

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

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 these young farmers ...

Verse novels to help you celebrate national poetry month

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 poetry went from ...

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

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 psychoanalytical Freuds and ...

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

Lawrence Public Library Staff

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 of her plucky ...

The library isn't just for books anymore —Nintendo edition

Lawrence Public Library Staff

When I think of the Lawrence Public Library, I think video games. Some people won’t like that, but I can’t help it. At the library, we have a killer game collection. And it just got killer-er with the addition of Nintendo Switch games. Nintendo’s little system that could is off ...

Distinguished “black birdwatcher” J. Drew Lanham to speak in Lawrence

Lawrence Public Library Staff

The Lawrence Public Library is proud to announce that J. Drew Lanham is coming to speak in Lawrence on May 24. Lanham connects storytelling, wit and land ethics to advocate for greater participation in the natural world — especially among people of color. His presentation, "Range-Mapping: Connecting the Conservation Dots ...

Getting "hygge"

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Late in 2016 I came across an article touting hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah”, as the newest happiness trend that could help everyone make sense of a tough year. After reading about the candle-lit, warm-blanket, fuzzy-socked Danish tradition of getting cozy, I deemed myself a hygge natural and moved on. Yet, that ...

What am I waiting for? Books on my to-read shelf

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I have been a terrible reader lately, and it is all because of the vile temptress of Netflix. For literal years, I’ve prided myself on being that pretentious person: not watching television, certainly not owning a television (goodness, no), not using the letters “T” and “V” in the same sentence, ...

Choose kind at your library

Lawrence Public Library Staff

February and March are Read Across Lawrence months at the Lawrence Public Library. The goal is to get everyone in the community on the same page by reading the same book at the same time. This year, we tried a grand experiment: one book for all ages. "[Wonder][1]" by RJ ...

Another year, another Newbery Medal winner

Lawrence Public Library Staff

[The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards][1] season is a heady time for librarians in youth services. We’re all trying to figure out what the best book will be while waging our own mental campaigns for our favorites by thinking very compelling arguments at the selection committee. Like the Oscars, ...

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