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Let’s make time to read for fun. Each month, Club members read a new book and get together: to talk about books, meet kids from other schools, have snacks and explore fresh ideas. And you’ll be building your own home library – we’ll provide a book for you to take home. Aimed at ages 9-12, but all welcome. 

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Kevin Bryce's film offers a bold look at a complex and widely misunderstood illness. All These Flowers is a victory story: of finding identity apart from a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder; of hope where there was despair; of recovery from an incurable disease. Six people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder were filmed for two years. They are from across the United States and different family structures and financial situations, and follow varying treatment strategies. The simple message of All These Flowers is: we all struggle. Some of our struggles may be given the same name yet they can be

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Kevin Bryce's film offers a bold look at a complex and widely misunderstood illness. All These Flowers is a victory story: of finding identity apart from a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder; of hope where there was despair; of recovery from an incurable disease. Six people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder were filmed for two years. They are from across the United States and different family structures and financial situations, and follow varying treatment strategies. The simple message of All These Flowers is: we all struggle. Some of our struggles may be given the same name yet they can be

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American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl® offers many character stories that help explore historical perspectives from a girl’s point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girl. Borrow a special copy of the book from the Youth Services desk. Ages 8-12. 

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American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl® offers many character stories that help explore historical perspectives from a girl’s point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girl. Borrow a special copy of the book from the Youth Services desk. Ages 8-12. 

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Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck. Each month features a varied food theme and a guest speaker from a local restaurant or food business. Come with an appetite for testing different fares and learning from a local expert. Attendees bring a potluck dish and share in a meal exploring that month’s theme. 

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Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck. Each month features a varied food theme and a guest speaker from a local restaurant or food business. Come with an appetite for testing different fares and learning from a local expert. Attendees bring a potluck dish and share in a meal exploring that month’s theme. 

June: "Beer" with Pete Dulin, local expert and author
July: "Bread" with Great Harvest Bread Co.
August: "Tomatoes" with Kurlbaum Dry Farmed Heirloom Tomatoes

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and, of course, food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others' creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies.

Oct: Authentic Mexican with Cacao Restaurante
Nov: Re-purposed Food with NourishKC
Dec: Butter with Panya's Kitchen

 

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and of course food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others' creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies. We usually have about 25-35 attendees so plan your dish to share accordingly.


January, March, and April's An Edible Discussion will be held at the usual location at Corinth Library.


February (at Central Resource

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Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck. Each month features a varied food theme and a guest speaker from a local restaurant or food business. Come with an appetite for testing different fares and learning from a local expert. Attendees bring a potluck dish and share in a meal exploring that month’s theme. 

January: "Pasta" with Joe's Cellar
February: "Irish Food" with Conroy's Pub and Brady's Pub
March: "Oil and Vinegar" with The Tasteful Olive
April: "Cookies" with Dolce Bakery

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Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck. Every month features a different food theme and guest speaker, so come with an appetite for testing new foods and learning from a local expert. We’ll indulge in delicious dishes, swap recipes, learn from a local food expert, support local businesses, and most importantly, connect with people in our community.
May: Trader Joe’s with “Five Ingredient Meals”
June: Bluestem with “Original Recipes”
July: Evolve Paleo Chef with “Paleo”
August: Grunauer with “Germanic Cuisine”
 

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and of course food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others' creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies. We usually have about 25-35 attendees so plan your dish to share accordingly.


April: Side Dishes with Can I Have a Bite


See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and, of course, food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others’ creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies. To help you plan your potluck contribution: we usually have 25-35 attendees.


September: Fresh from the Earth with Stan Slaughter
October: Scandinavian Food with Krokstrom Scandinavian Comfort Food
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Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck on the second Monday of every month. Each month features a food theme and guest speaker. Come with an appetite for new foods and ready to learn from a local expert.

September's theme is Bacon! with a guest speaker from Natural Grocers
October's theme is Dough with a guest speaker from Pizzeria Locale

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck sampling of foods based on each month's theme, and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and of course, food.
Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others' creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies. We usually have about 25-35 attendees so plan your dish to share accordingly.
This month's topic is protein! Protein is one of the three cornerstones on which all food is

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Anime is Japanese hand-drawn or computer animation. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. You might already be a fan, or maybe you’re wondering what it’s all about. Join us: we’ll watch anime, discuss manga, play games and eat snacks. Ages 13-19.

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Anime is Japanese hand-drawn or computer animation. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. Join us to discuss anime and manga, play games and eat snacks. Ages 13-19.

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At 5:30, join artists from our local communities and organizations to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit series at Johnson County Library. Exhibitions include works by six 2017 Fringe Festival KC artists and five community artists. Experience a piece of this annual extravaganza before it even begins. At 6:30, join us for a sneak peek of performances and visual arts from this year’s Fringe Festival, including Teen Fringe. Light refreshments served. Presented in partnership with Fringe Festival KC.
 

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Author Joshua Mohr left the field of fiction to explore his own harrowing past in the 2017 memoir Sirens, which drew comparisons to the work of Mary Karr and Jerry Stahl. A writer must learn to tell the truth without laying waste to the privacy of others, and to methodically recount the events of life while simultaneously imbuing a story with a novel-like arc. Honesty is sometimes brutal, and fudging is permissible, so a writer must exercise judgement about when to conflate or even fictionalize experiences. Says author Ron Currie, “There is no line Mohr won't cross, either in his erstwhile

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The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is your exploratorium of technologic contraptions! There's a lot to learn, so get started at MakerSpace Beginners Night. We'll introduce and demonstrate 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, design software and electronics. Once you are introduced, you can come back and get to know MakerSpace better. No registration required.

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The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is your exploratorium of technologic contraptions! There's a lot to learn, so get started at MakerSpace Beginners Night. We'll introduce and demonstrate 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, design software and electronics. Once you are introduced, you can come back and get to know MakerSpace better. No registration required.

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The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is your exploratorium of technologic contraptions! There's a lot to learn, so get started at MakerSpace Beginners Night. We'll introduce and demonstrate 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, design software and electronics. Once you are introduced, you can come back and get to know MakerSpace better. No registration required.

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The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is your exploratorium of technologic contraptions! There's a lot to learn, so get started at MakerSpace Beginners Night. We'll introduce and demonstrate 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, design software and electronics. Once you are introduced, you can come back and get to know MakerSpace better. No registration required.

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"Joshua Mohr is no stranger to second chances. In his memoir Sirens he recounts his journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back again, and the experience of suffering three strokes in his 30s, the last of which reveals that he has an 8-millimeter hole in his heart. Mohr's prose is lean and scrappy — a featherweight boxer that packs a punch...  He speaks with as much fluency about literary structure as he does about tattoos and punk rock. 'I'm not afraid to bare all,' Mohr says, and that while writing this memoir he found himself 'clinging to the capital-T truth...' " Agatha French

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"Joshua Mohr is no stranger to second chances. In his memoir Sirens he recounts his journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back again, and the experience of suffering three strokes in his 30s, the last of which reveals that he has an 8-millimeter hole in his heart. Mohr's prose is lean and scrappy — a featherweight boxer that packs a punch...  He speaks with as much fluency about literary structure as he does about tattoos and punk rock. 'I'm not afraid to bare all,' Mohr says, and that while writing this memoir he found himself 'clinging to the capital-T truth...' " Agatha French

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"Joshua Mohr is no stranger to second chances. In his memoir Sirens he recounts his journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back again, and the experience of suffering three strokes in his 30s, the last of which reveals that he has an 8-millimeter hole in his heart. Mohr's prose is lean and scrappy — a featherweight boxer that packs a punch...  He speaks with as much fluency about literary structure as he does about tattoos and punk rock. 'I'm not afraid to bare all,' Mohr says, and that while writing this memoir he found himself 'clinging to the capital-T truth...' " Agatha French

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Join author Ron Currie in small group discussions of his novels and essays. These relaxed settings permit in-depth conversation about his themes and style.


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Ron Currie is author of three novels including The One-Eyed Man. His short story collection God is Dead was winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a “young writer of great promise.”  His short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago