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Cozy reads to get you through the endless night

It’s that time of year again! The ground is covered in leaves, the holiday lights are on, the heater is cranked all the way up and snow is imminent. You look outside one minute, and the sun is shining, and the world is like a gorgeously illustrated ... Continue reading

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Eight(ish) miraculous books

Taking place every year on the 25th of Kislev, Hanukkah commemorates the story of Jewish persecution at the hands of the Syrian despot Antiochus, who made observance of Judaism a capital offense, regularly slaughtered Jews and made it a point to desecrate the Temple. A man named ... Continue reading

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Female writers of the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe

The newest "Star Wars" movie is days away from release, and there’s an electricity in the air surrounding this excitement that I’m forced to refer to as the Force. With the new trilogy and Expanded Universe movies all abuzz, it’s become clear that women have taken a ... Continue reading

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“Manhattan Beach”: a mob drama for the rest of us

About a month ago I tweeted, with 100 percent sincerity, “I zone out as soon as a TV show description uses the words, ‘crime boss.’” Although in my tweet I was referring to a synopsis I had seen on Netflix, believe me when I say this is ... Continue reading

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November Look Play Listen Round Up

*Look Play Listen is the library’s team of AV appreciators. Each month we’ll round up some of our favorite music, film/TV, and video game reviews from our staff and put them in one easy-to-read, easy-to-locate blog post.* Look ---- "[Hunt for the Wilderpeople][1]" "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" ... Continue reading

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One Place, Many Voices: Local Authors Share Connections to Place

Writing by our local authors is rich and diverse in both mood and voice. My current focus is on such writing that provides a sense of place. This is an invitation to explore outside spaces with local authors in a series of events aptly titled Local Authors ... Continue reading

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Luaka Bop and the world’s psychedelic classics

Almost 30 years ago, David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) founded a record label “to turn people onto stuff [he] liked.” Because he’s David Byrne, and because he’s eminently cooler than you or me, the stuff he liked was Brazilian pop music. In January of ‘89, Byrne ... Continue reading

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From coal to Thoreau: the essays of “Practice Resurrection”

Not long ago I took a trip across the High Plains, and in addition to seeing more pronghorns and prairie dogs than I’ve ever seen, I also witnessed the landscape of Wyoming’s Thunder Basin for the first time. While much of it is drop-dead beautiful, one gets ... Continue reading

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Discover a made-up menagerie in children’s books

As an animal lover growing up in Kansas, I thought our annual grade school field trip to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum was always a high point. I adored the famous panorama of taxidermy, and the working, cutaway beehive, but what I looked forward to ... Continue reading

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Two books to celebrate the season of the witch

Magician, wizard, practitioner of magic, whatever you want to call that person, I'll bet some of the first examples that pop into your head are male: Harry Potter, Merlin, Gandalf. The greats of the fantasy genre are usually males with women in supporting roles. Women are the ... Continue reading

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Five-star young adult books published this year

Liked it, really liked it, it was amazing — if you’re a GoodReads user, you’ll recognize these as the three, four, and five star ratings on the site. I admit, I’m probably a little over-generous with my stars. Looking back at this year’s reads, I’ve given no ... Continue reading

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“The Man from the Train”: a midwest murder case for the history books

Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James' nonfiction "[The Man from the Train][1]" opens with the brutal murder of 8 people in the quiet town of Villisca, Iowa during the summer of 1912. The murders rocked the tiny town and fed the newly burgeoning press scene with half-truths ... Continue reading

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October Look Play Listen Round Up

*Look Play Listen is the Lawrence Public Library’s team of audio and video appreciators.* *Each month we’ll round up some of our favorite music, film/TV, and video game reviews from our staff and put them in one easy-to-read, easy-to-locate blog post.* Look ---- "[The Last Kingdom][1]" (Season ... Continue reading

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Four fall finds

Publishing, like everything, goes in cycles; spring and summer are prime time for book publications, and things tend to wane as the months get colder. However, every year there are gems that get released after the rush, and I want to highlight a few books that are ... Continue reading

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Scary and smart: “The Hole” is horror and more

I don’t typically read books out of the horror section, but then again, categorizing the sprawling bundle of thoughts that make up a novel into just one of a handful of neat genres is not an easy task. Of course, my latest impulse read—Hye-Young Pyun’s "[The Hole][1]"— ... Continue reading

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STEM isn’t just for him: an interview with Meghan McCarthy

One of the biggest stories in children’s publishing this year has been the success of books empowering young women. Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s "[Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls][1]," a set of 100 brief biographies of unstoppable women, is among the highest circulating children’s books at ... Continue reading

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To-Be-Read: A Story of Shame & Neglect

I have a theory that everyone is shamefully hiding the stack of books they’ve neglected to read this year from the world. “It’s not my fault!” one might say, “Some were incredibly thoughtful gifts; some were found while innocently scouring the [Friends][1]’ collection; and some were impulse ... Continue reading

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Three on a Theme: Bookish Podcasts

The Lawrence Public Library’s "Book Squad Podcast" just celebrated its eleventh episode, and let me tell you: it has been on fire lately. Recent episodes feature discussions of classics like "[The Catcher in the Rye][1]" and "[Their Eyes Were Watching God][2]," shout-outs to great events like the ... Continue reading

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5 books to read for LGBT History Month

In 1994, a group of teachers and community leaders in Missouri, led by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, sought to designate a month for the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history (per [http://lgbthistorymonth.com/background][1]). With endorsements from GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and other national organizations, ... Continue reading

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Look Play Listen roundup

*Hi Lawrence!* *Look Play Listen is the library’s brand new media team.* *Each month we’ll round up some of our favorite music, film/TV, and video game reviews from our staff and put them in one easy-to-read, easy-to-locate blog post.* *Keep an eye out.* - - - - ... Continue reading

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