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For the love of “American Gods”

Brian Reitzell is one of the greatest contemporary composers of our generation. You may have heard of him from his well-known work on "[The Virgin Suicides][1]" or "[Lost in Translation][2]," but I first fell in love with Reitzell’s music after watching the canceled-way-too-soon series "[Hannibal][3]" on NBC. ... Continue reading

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Listen Up: Audiobook Month Listener’s Advisory

This summer, whether you’re traveling, commuting or taking a little staycation, an audiobook can be a perfect companion. The challenge is finding one that matches your tastes, which can be a little trickier than just picking a great book. Here are a few tips and suggestions for ... Continue reading

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Dreaming the Beatles is a Fan’s Love Letter

Rob Sheffield, a music columnist with twenty years experience who currently writes for Rolling Stone magazine, has recently released a new book: "[Dreaming the Beatles][1]." Roughly ten years ago, I read Sheffield’s first book, "[Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time][2]," ... Continue reading

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Finding pride in the stacks

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel…is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” — Ursula K. Le Guin For me, the public library has always been ... Continue reading

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Short Story Mixtape

I remember sitting on the mauve carpet of my bedroom in front of my boombox, patiently waiting with one finger poised above the tape deck's red RECORD button. As soon as the radio DJ finished their boring spiel and “my song” came on, I jammed that sucker ... Continue reading

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Whoa, we’re halfway there: Squad Goals progress post

If you’ve stopped by the Lawrence Public Library in the past few months, you may have noticed that the Book Squad has set up monthly rotating displays featuring potential reads for the [Squad Goals Reading Challenge][1], our inaugural reading challenge featuring a baker’s dozen of prompts designed ... Continue reading

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All the news that’s fit to print, and then some

The New York Times. The “paper of record” ([well, not really,][1] but commonly perceived as such). “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” The gold standard for crossword puzzle enthusiasts. (Source of the lion’s share of my information about national and global current events: If you spend ... Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reads 2017

Last year, [we put together a list][1] of some of our most anticipated summer releases to enjoy whether you’re vacationing in the Caribbean or in your own living room. This year, we have even more unconventional beach reads that will transport you to exotic locales and introduce ... Continue reading

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Local author’s new novel reimagines a classic

While taking literature classes through high school, many of us had to read canon staples from the likes of Dickens and Steinbeck, despite how jarring it can seem to approach something like "[Great Expectations][1]" when you’re fourteen years old. Emily Brontë’s "[Wuthering Heights][2]"— a title which my ... Continue reading

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Cookbooks for a vegan crash course

Deciding to eat a vegan diet is a lifestyle change that many people struggle with. It is often perceived to be “inconvenient” or somehow “unsatisfying,” and it does not need to be. Arguably, a nonvegan diet is far more inconvenient for animals, the planet and your health. ... Continue reading

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Infinite, unfathomable, nonstop: Rebecca Solnit’s imaginative cartography

Once upon a time, I stumbled across [a quiz that asked, “Where You At?”][1] Despite, or perhaps because of, its sloppy grammar, the question has stayed with me. My interest in natural and cultural history, and even my fascination with infrastructure, surely dates to this time, as ... Continue reading

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J. Robert Lennon’s “Broken River” could be his breakout novel

Each time J. Robert Lennon drops a new book, I think, "This is the one. This is the time the general public will discover J. Robert Lennon." Entertainment Weekly will give it an A+, Angelina Jolie will tweet about it or some such thing. Famed writer of ... Continue reading

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Filling in the gaps

As someone who works in the Children’s Department, I routinely feel bad for not knowing every book in our collection. We get so many new books each week, and between my obsession with romance and YA, there’s rarely a place for juvenile fiction in my "to be ... Continue reading

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Catching feelings at Book Club Speed Dating

Finding the right read for your book club can feel a little bit like dating sometimes. You go through a bunch of duds before finding the right fit. Sometimes your friends are helpful but other times… not so much (looking at you, Friend Who Tried Setting Me ... Continue reading

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“Birding While Black”: Author is lyrically rooted in place with diversity in mind

Being nearby to see a bird in flight can be a transcendent experience. The sensation of watching a bird flying overhead has inspired me to simulate my own flight, standing with my arms raised high. And this seems most powerful in a wide-open natural area like the ... Continue reading

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Royal reading

If you’re like me and are still in a post-"Downton Abbey" funk brought on by the gut-wrenching series finale, you may have heard about the recent ITV and PBS Masterpiece program "[Victoria][1]," based on the [bestselling novel by Daisy Goodwin][2], which appears in many ways to serve ... Continue reading

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Branding is everything, even in Westerns

No, we’re not actually talking about cattle today, unfortunately — or marketing, for that matter. In the library context, a brand is a personal mark a reader puts on the inside cover of a book. Normally I wouldn’t advocate defacing the collection in this way, but there’s ... Continue reading

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Five more questions with Kansas Poet Laureate Eric McHenry

The Lawrence Public Library has been a steadfast supporter of local writing talent, so much so that we’re curating a [local author section][1]. Given this, and April being National Poetry Month, it felt synergistic to check in with Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of Kansas. In [2015][2], we ... Continue reading

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Audiobooks you should be listening to on Hoopla

Sure, that title has a clickbait quality to it, but I’m pretty serious and vocal about my love for all things Hoopla. I’ve sung its praises in the past (mostly because the graphic novel selection is pretty darn great), but only recently have I really delved into ... Continue reading

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Five books that have stayed with me

When I saw the [Lawrence Public Library Book Squad’s first Squad Goal][1] (Re-read a book you haven’t read in more than 5 years), I was excited for an excuse to pick up one of the books that have been sitting untouched on my shelf for longer than ... Continue reading

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