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Throwback Thursday: November is National American Indian Heritage Month

JoCoHistory expands the public's sense of community through an understanding of Johnson County's history and its place in American society. November is National American Indian Heritage Month and there may not be a better time to explore the JoCoHistory collection for images and articles that shed light on the experience of Native Americans through history in our area.

JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present. 

Happy Thanksgiving and celebrate Throwback Thursday as well. Remember, JoCoHistory is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter

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Flip-worthy eMagazines

Have you met Flipster? No?! Let us introduce you to one of the newest members of Johnson County Library's family. This eMagazine miracle is a curated selection of popular newsstand magazines. You get unlimited access: no checkouts are required. It includes favorites for all ages, from People and TIME to Cricket and Zoobooks and many more. You'll flip for Flipster because Flipster is your source for Flip-worthy eMagazines.

  • Current and back issues
  • Unlimited access, no checkouts required
  • View online or download in the app
  • Downloads last 2 days (weekly titles) or 7 days (monthly titles)
  • Search and print within a magazine
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Special Feature Storytime with Sherry Norfolk: Hear the Beat

Join award-winning storyteller Sherry Norfolk for Hear the Beat, a rollicking storytelling program filled with tales of rhythm, rhyme and music! Listen to stories, engage in rhyming activities (a crucial early literacy skill), and move and groove to the music with your kids in this highly participatory and fun program!

Special Feature Storytime with Sherry Norfolk: Hear the Beat
Friday, Dec. 3 
10 a.m.
Register now »

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This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, join us discovering eLibrary, available anytime!

eBooks from Axis 360 

Our largest eBook collection! Find great reads for kids, teens and adults including fiction and nonfiction.

eAudiobooks

Download or stream audiobooks for everyone, whenever and wherever you want.

eMagazines

Newsstand favorites and hard-to-find publications with something for everybody.

eMusic

Stream classical, jazz, world and folk music from then to now.  

Streaming Video

Award-winning features, documentaries, rare finds and kid-approved content.

And much more happening this week ….

Also, check out our always-available programs OnDemand.

 

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Your Donation Makes a Difference

Johnson County Library Foundation is grateful for unwavering supporters like you who have been making a difference for 25 years. Supporters have adapted to the needs of our community over the years and now, as we emerge from the pandemic, we have a unique moment to demonstrate again how essential the Johnson County Library is to each of us and our friends and families.

In 2020, the Johnson County Library Foundation provided $175,312 of support to the Library. Your financial support is more important than ever, every dollar donated benefits all Johnson Countians through lifelong learning resources. Your contributions fund resources for the collection and programs like early literacy, STEM, civic engagement and so much more.

Here are a few of the programs and resources your charitable contribution supports:

Black & Veatch MakerSpace
The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is an environment of creativity and emerging technologies. Located in the Central Resource Library, visitors can have access to 3D printing, AudioVisual production space/equipment, sewing materials, laser, CNC and vinyl cutting and a selection of computers with industry-standard software. The space also receives generous funding from Google Fiber, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Black & Veatch. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Collection Development
Johnson County Library strives to provide a collection that mirrors the changing needs of our community, including traditional books as well as a growing collection of e-resources. We believe this collection should be rich in ideas, information, and viewpoints from all lifestyles and each side of a topic without restrictions on access. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

elementia
elementia is a magazine for teens produced by teens. The publication connects published artists with talented young adults through submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. Since its inception in 2005, elementia has included the voices of more than 850 creative young adults. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Genealogy
For many years, the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) have had a close, supportive relationship. The Library maintains a mid-size genealogy collection, including online resources and items owned by the Library as well as items owned by JCGS, all housed side-by-side on shelving in the west-central area of the Central Resource Library. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Incarcerated Services Support
Johnson County Library provides a number of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults serving an incarcerated sentence. The Incarcerated Services Support programs serve the New Century Complex, Juvenile Detention Center and Olathe, Kansas courtrooms that handle many fostering cases. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Summer Reading
From mid-May until the end of July, Johnson County Library helps combat summer slide by providing a free book to every child who comes into the library. By growing children’s personal libraries and helping them find intrinsic value in reading, the Library bridges that summer learning gap and invests in the future of our community. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

6 by 6: Ready to Read
Recognizing its unique role in brain development the Johnson County Library Foundation created 6 by 6 Ready to Read, an early literacy program in English and Spanish designed to be applicable and approachable for everyone. 6 by 6 focuses on six pre-reading skills to help kids get ready for formal education. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Race Project KC
This initiative consists of a series of opportunities for teens to learn our area’s history of racial segregation and how it continues to impact us today. Students hear from experts on the topics, learn vocabulary for talking about race, build relationships with peers they might not otherwise meet, and share their own stories as they relate to the issues. Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

With your support we can make a difference for the next 25 years. Please consider making a year-end donation to the Johnson County Library Foundation. Donate today »

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Art Exhibitions at Your Library

Many of our Exhibitions are on display through December. Discover what's showing at your favorite Library »

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Throwback Thursday: History's Mysteries

Over at our partner site jocohistory.org, we sometimes get historic photographs with little or no information. That's right! These photos are History's Mysteries. Clues? Culprits? Cover ups? Probably not. But, you can help solve the mystery behind the 1,524 photos that are cold cases. Not a gumshoe? No worries. You can just have a whole lot of fun perusing random photos that only have one connection: they're mysteries. Don't forget to follow our hashtag on Twitter.