Shelf Life

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 ...

"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 ...

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