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  • Attention Teen Writers and Artists

    picture of a telephone with the words "call for submissions"

    The Johnson County Library's award winning teen literary magazine, elementia, is open for submissions. This year we bring our theme back home, thinking about what home means to you as a writer or artist. elementia accepts submissions of original teen short prose, poetry and art focused on this theme now through Friday, Dec. 5.

    Your perspective on a place depends on where you are standing. Where is your place? What is your place? When is your place? Who is your place? Why?

  • Meet Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff

    The Merry Sisters of Fate: Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff

    Meet a unique critique group of three young adult authors: Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff. Together the trio has written The Curiosities, a series of annotated short stories with personal notes about their writing group. Tessa Gratton is a local from Lawrence, Kan. and author of Blood MagicThe Blood Keeper and the United States of Asgard series. Maggie Stiefvater is the Printz Award Honor winner and author of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Cycle series. Brenna Yovanoff is the author of many horror novels for young adults, including Paper ValentineFiendishThe Replacement and The Space Between. Hear them speak about their experiences as authors, as a critique group and find inspiration for your own novel writing endeavors during National Novel Writing Month.

    Monday, Nov. 10
    7 p.m.
    Central Resource Library

  • Performance Art Workshop for Teens

    Performance Artist Jessica Borusky

    Performance art can happy anywhere, at any time, and it is coming to the Central Resource Library Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. Local artist Jessica Borusky is offering a unique workshop experience for teens interested in art to find out more about performance art. Each of these four workshops stands alone, participants may attend any or all of the events, covering the history of performance art, collaborative techniques and telling a narrative through movement. Borusky will also teach ways to capture the performance through digital media, so an ephemeral performance may live on.

    Saturdays, Sept. 27 - Oct. 18
    2 - 4 p.m.
    Nancy Pickard Room
    Central Resource Library

  • Meet the Author Barbara Stuber

    Girl In Reverse by Barbara Stuber

    Join us at the Blue Valley Library on Saturday, October 4th from noon to 1:00 p.m. as we visit with award-winning local author Barbara Stuber.  She will be talking about her latest book, Girl in Reverse and fielding questions from the group on her books, her authoring and publishing experiences, and diversity in books for young adults. This event is being hosted by the Blue Valley YAAC (Young Adult Advisory Council) which is open to teens between the ages of 12 and 18.

    Saturday, Oct. 4
    12-1 p.m.
    Blue Valley Library

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Best Books of 2014


The National Book Award is given each year to the best books for adults and young people. While the committee of judges hasn't quite narrowed it down to the final selection yet, they have announced their top ten. What do you think? Are these your top ten books of the year?

New Reviews

Tess Sharpe
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Sophie awakes in utter fear. She is in the woods & blood is everywhere. Her best friend Mina is beside her -- bleeding, choking, gasping, dying. The flashback of a masked man stepping out of a car, pointing a gun, and shooting her dearest friend pounds in her head. In the hospital the shock is over powering & at home the reality is too much to bear. Who would kill Mina? Why had Mina driven down the wooded road? Why hadn't Sophie asked more questions? Did the masked man really say, "I warned you?Sophie tries to piece the details together.

Upcoming Events

Corinth Anime Club
Corinth Library
09/19/2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
YAAC: Young Adult Advisory Council
Central Resource Library
09/20/2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
YAAC: Young Adult Advisory Council
Central Resource Library
09/20/2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Central Teen Anime Club
Central Resource Library
09/26/2014 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Performance Art Workshop for Teens
Central Resource Library
09/27/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Creation Exploration: Music
Gardner Library
10/02/2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm