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Lawrence Public Library  Community learning hub w/ recording studio + πŸ†“ wi-fi. Book love, DIY, info expertise, lifelong exploration + tech help are our jam. Open to all.

Libraries believe in, support, and champion your right to read what you want and give you the access to do so.
πŸ“šBanned Books Week kicks off tomorrow, so bear with us while we spend the next 7 days talking about why intellectual freedom is essential.
πŸ“·: @americanlibraryassociation Office of Intellectual Freedom

One word to describe Dr. Lewis: WOW.
πŸ‘‹πŸΌ We got to know USD 497’s new superintendent this morning.
πŸ’¬ Dr. Anthony Lewis shared his teaching and leadership successes and philosophies: There are no throwaway kids, everyone can learn, meet the students where they’re at, be a change agent, and listen, listen, listen.
β™₯️We’re so excited to work together. Libraries and schools can’t do it all alone; we need each other!

😍 When your most anticipated book release of the year coincides with a fab Book Page interview with the author.
πŸ“šPut The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock on hold ASAP and while you're at it, stop by the library to grab a copy of September's Book Page to read more about new books you should definitely start reading.

NEW! Free group sessions every Wednesday. Grab a handy card for your wallet from our stack at the Welcome Desk. ❀️

We made Hobbit feet today in honor of Frodo's and Bilbo's upcoming birthdays, aka Hobbit Day, September 22.
Thanks for being our foot model, Margo!

Journalist Sarah Smarsh writes with rigorous attention to historic contexts and captivates readers with her knack for weaving whip-smart analysis with raw, imagistic story.
Smarsh is a Kansas native and onetime Lawrence townie who returns for a night at Liberty Hall and a timely talk centering on her newest literary offering, "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth".
Smarsh adds an important, no-bull**** voice and firsthander's knowledge to our nation's most recent reckoning with poverty, privilege and political divides.
What's more, Smarsh knows the lay of the state and why the Kansas experience in particular speaks resonantly about national ills, insisting it be given its due place in a wider conversation.
Smarsh's work has appeared in the 'New York Times', 'The Guardian', and 'On Being', among many others.
The Raven Book Store will sell copies of Heartland for signing after the talk.

Matt is new to our Materials Handling team. As returns come in on the conveyor belt, he's one of several people who keeps our check-in machine happy, healthy, and moving.
πŸ‘‹πŸΌ Welcome aboard, Matt! Thanks for your hard work.

πŸ“šThe Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up is a charming little book that introduces readers to the KonMari method. Full of hilarious and #relatable pictures, this manga is perfect for those who have already read the original book, and for those curious about it.


You're looking at someone preparing their very first move in chess ever!
🧠 Chess is so darn good for the brain.
πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Our coach, Kyle Camarda, is a KU Engineering professor, the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association, and brings an infectious passion for the game.
πŸ‘“ Chess Club meets twice a month on Saturdays. Open to kids ages 5-11. Next one is on SAT, Oct 6 from 4-5:30.

Two things:
βœ‹πŸΌ High five for the library shout-out, New York Times! September IS the month we focus on adding new LPL family members and celebrating sharing, learning, community, freedom of information, and literacy.
🚩This Friday crossword was FREE because we offer unlimited, online access to NYT crosswords (and news) 24-7 with a library card.
✍🏽️ Go finish this puzzle! Link in bio!
😬 PS: Sorry for ruining 9, 16, 29, and 23 (twice), but this was too good not to share.
πŸ‘› PPS: 16 across is clearly a shout-out to our resident drag queen storyteller, Miss Deja Brooks! She'll be here for a bawdy, banned books, adults-only storytime on SEP 29.

You gotta try this. Radiooooo is one of the coolest free music apps we've found in a while.
πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»Type in a decade, pick a country, pick your mood, and stream. The app is great, but desktop is better.
πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ€We've spent most of the afternoon in 1960s Gabon, 1920s Brazil, and 1980s UK. Users can upload music and help populate!
✍🏽️If you hear something you think the library should get, you can make a purchase suggestion, too.

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