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Your Community: Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast and continuing blasts of cold air and snow are making us anxious for the arrival of blue skies and warmer days. Yet, there’s one mid-Winter activity that’s the perfect match for the current weather. One that’s the perfect excuse to stay home and catch up on your favorite book.

No Fancy Attire Required

Sunday, March 4, is the annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for Johnson County Library. Funds raised from the event support a number of Library initiatives, including 6 by 6: Ready to Read, which is an early literacy program that emphasizes the six critical skills children should experience by the age of six.

6 by 6 Early Literacy Skills

  1. Have fun with books (print motivation)
  2. Notice print everywhere (print motivation)
  3. Talk, talk, talk (vocabulary)
  4. Tell stories about everything (narrative skills)
  5. Look for letters everywhere (alphabet knowledge)
  6. Take time to rhyme, sing and play word games (phonological awareness)

Extensive studies have proven the strength of a child’s early literacy skills are a major predictor of the future ability to build vocabulary, understand story structure and build reading comprehension skills.

Please join us in support of this important cause from the comfort of your favorite reading nook. Your donation directly supports critical library services for individuals throughout Johnson County.

Donations from the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball Support

  • 6 by 6: Ready to Read
  • 6 by 6 en Español
  • Civic Engagement programming
  • elementia, the teen literary magazine
  • Homework Help
  • Incarcerated Services
  • Joan Berkey Writers Fund
  • Tutor.com
  • Summer Reading programming
  • Black & Veatch MakerSpace

Share your Book Ball reading choices on social media: #StayHomeandRead, #jocobookball, @jclfoundation, @jocolibrary and donate to support these important programs.

Johnson County Library – Nurturing the Community’s Collective Wisdom

Your Community: Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast and continuing blasts of cold air and snow are making us anxious for the arrival of blue skies and warmer days. Yet, there’s one mid-Winter activity that’s the perfect match for the current weather. One that’s the perfect excuse to stay home and catch up on your favorite book.

No Fancy Attire Required

Sunday, March 4, is the annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for Johnson County Library. Funds raised from the event support a number of Library initiatives, including 6 by 6: Ready to Read, which is an early literacy... Continue »

Red, white and blue steam rises from a coffee cup bearing a design with two conversation bubbles

What's Percolating in the Kansas Legislature?

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions and we'll provide the coffee and doughnuts. Click on a session below to see the Senators and Representatives attending.

Saturday, Feb. 24 @ 10 am, Corinth Library

Saturday, Mar. 10 @ 10 am, Blue Valley Library

Saturday, Mar. 31 @ 10 am, Central Resource Library

Saturday, April 14 @ 10am, Gardner Library

Saturday, April 28 @ 10am, Lenexa City Hall Community Forum

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions and we'll provide the coffee and doughnuts. Click on a session below to see the Senators and Representatives attending.

Saturday, Feb. 24 @ 10 am, Corinth Library

Saturday, Mar. 10 @ 10 am, Blue Valley Library

Saturday, Mar. 31 @ 10 am, Central Resource Library

... Continue »

Road Trip Selfie

Road Trip Triumph

Syd, you've weathered the season (literally.) You've kept positive when your weather app mocked you with its updates: "-1 degrees but 'feels like' 0." :| Sure, spring has not sprung, but that doesn't mean you can't start making plans for a vacation! Nothing says "spring" like a road trip! 

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

  • Get a Road Atlas. Seriously Syd, do you remember that tumultuous trek across Tennessee in '14? Remember how you were going to use your phone for navigation? Recall how there was a "no-service area" for, oh what, 3 and a half hours?! Never again.
  • Snag a Travel Guide (again, no phone reception!) Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Fodors, Eyewitness and more guarantee you'll tailor your trip to your tastes.     

Entertainment

  • Music! Every road trip needs a soundtrack!!! When "future Syd" hears that song that takes him back to the sights and smells of this roadie, he'll thank you! Will you have phone reception? If so, our streaming music services are the way to go. No service? No worries! good old-fashioned CDs are still available for checkout. ;)
  • An audiobook. Remember how Listening to Will Wheaton voicing Ready Player One got you from here to Dallas and back a couple years ago? Get them in pretty much any format you want, even an eAudiobook.
  • Snackage. You're going to get hungry and the stops are sometimes few and far between. Our advice? Snack-up
  • Have a contingency plan for that abomination your hotel is calling "cable." eMagazine and eNewspapers will give you a solid alternative.
  • Make sure you've viewed this travel tutorial at least once before hitting the open road. :D

Step 2. Pick up your holds from your favorite location.

Step 3. Roll.

  

Syd, you've weathered the season (literally.) You've kept positive when your weather app mocked you with its updates: "-1 degrees but 'feels like' 0." :| Sure, spring has not sprung, but that doesn't mean you can't start making plans for a vacation! Nothing says "spring" like a road trip! 

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

Winsorman

We're Going to Planet Comicon

This weekend marks the opening of Planet Comicon, one of Kansas City’s biggest comic and pop-culture conventions, bringing in a slew of actors, podcasters, writers, artists, and… librarians? Yes, you will find your friendly neighborhood Johnson County Library staff in attendance at the “What Would the X-Men Read?” panel on Saturday, where we will talk about our favorite characters in the X-Men universe alongside writers and artists from the X-Men franchise. Be sure to check out what our staff would think would be on the library checkout list for your favorite characters such as Kitty Pride and Wolverine, Cyclops, and even Magneto. Also be sure to check out some of our staff’s favorite graphic novels – both in the superhero and the non-superhero variety. 

This weekend marks the opening of Planet Comicon, one of Kansas City’s biggest comic and pop-culture conventions, bringing in a slew of actors, podcasters, writers, artists, and… librarians? Yes, you will find your friendly neighborhood Johnson County Library staff in attendance at the “What Would the X-Men Read?” panel on Saturday, where we will talk about our favorite characters in the X-Men universe alongside writers and artists from the X-Men franchise. Be sure to check out what our staff would think would be on the library checkout list for your favorite characters such as... Continue »

Hi and hola!

Learn Spanish and/y aprender el idioma inglés

Learning Spanish? Join us for to converse with other intermediate Spanish language learners and pratice your discussion skills.

Español a la Carta, Thursday, Feb 15 and Feb 22, 3:30pm at Oak Park Library

Aprender el idioma inglés en los Estados Unidos es una de las claves para triunfar, además y la comunicación es fundamental para hacer amigos, mantener los negocios, y encontrar trabajo.

Conversando en inglés, los sabados, 10am a Oak Park Library

Can't make it into the Library? Never fear: Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages are anywhere you are, on your computer or smartphone. Access them for free with your Library card and PIN »

¿No puedes ir a la Biblioteca? no hay problema: Rosetta Stone y Mango Languages te acompañan a donde vayas, puedes aprender idiomas desde tu dispositivo celular o desde tu computador. El acceso es gratuito con tu número de tarjeta y la clave »

Learning Spanish? Join us for to converse with other intermediate Spanish language learners and pratice your discussion skills.

Español a la Carta, Thursday, Feb 15 and Feb 22, 3:30pm at Oak Park Library

Aprender el idioma inglés en los Estados Unidos es una de las claves para triunfar, además y la comunicación es fundamental para hacer amigos,... Continue »

Love notes

We Love You, Too!

Who doesn't love a love letter on Valentine's Day?

"This is one of the easiest web pages to navigate. The library and its staff are superb. I enjoy the experience."

"I love that it is so easy to renew books. Always a pleasure to work with everyone at the JoCo Library!"

"I really like the system to place holds. I see a book that interests me and I just add it to my list. When I get the call that it's available, it's like a gift that was unexpected. Thank you for making it so easy to use."

Who doesn't love a love letter on Valentine's Day?

"This is one of the easiest web pages to navigate. The library and its staff are superb. I enjoy the experience."

"I love that it is so easy to renew books. Always a pleasure to work with everyone at the JoCo Library!"

"I really like the system to place holds. I see a book that interests me and I just add it to my list. When I get the call that it's available, it's like a gift that was unexpected. Thank you for making it so easy to use."

Libraries Rock!

This Summer, Libraries Rock!

We're excited for Summer Reading 2018 to begin in May. Look forward to lots of programs for the whole family and plenty of music to go along with the theme: "Libraries Rock!" From Listen Local Live performances with local Kansas City musicians, to Movies in the Park, to lots of activities for school-aged kids and their families, we can't wait for Summer!

We're excited for Summer Reading 2018 to begin in May. Look forward to lots of programs for the whole family and plenty of music to go along with the theme: "Libraries Rock!" From Listen Local Live performances with local Kansas City musicians, to Movies in the Park, to lots of activities for school-aged kids and their families, we can't wait for Summer!

Love

A Library for Lovers

Atabong and Dada, let’s talk about Valentine’s Day.

  • Wait!
  • Before continuing reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library.
  • Now, please, continue reading.

For some, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why? Because you have to love each other enough to get past those moments you don’t like each other!

That’s where we come in. Your Library Card can be more powerful than a box of chocolates and definitely better than a Dear John letter.

Our idea of a good date? Believe it or not, a Librarian is better than cupid. True! Trust us, the Library has what you need to create a special night:

  1. Do your research. There’s some good stuff in those steamy romance novels. Get some “informal” learning with eBooks and eAudiobooks from Axis 360.
  2. Get “scentual.” No, we didn’t misspell “sensual.” We’re talkin’ aromatherapy! Learn olfactory optimization with a Universal Class.
  3. Greet your partner with “Je t'aime,” “Te amo,” “Abdi bogoh ka anjeun” and a kiss! Where did you get so worldly? That’s right, Mango Languages.
  4. Croon. Lynda lessons will help you lyricize your love song.
  5. If they don’t get the hint, look for inspiration together from magazines like Cosmopolitan with eMagazines from RBdigital.
  6. In the end, entertainment. Stream independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. InstantFlix and chill.

Good luck! ;)   

 

Atabong and Dada, let’s talk about Valentine’s Day.

  • Wait!
  • Before continuing reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library.
  • Now, please, continue reading.

For some, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why? Because you have to love each other enough to get... Continue »

KC Pet Project

Tomorrow: The KC Pet Project StoryThe KC Pet Project Story

Brent Toellner and KC Pet Project staff will tell their non-profit story about building an organization from scratch in response to a community need. Hear where they've been, where they are now, and where they hope to go.

Brent Toellner and KC Pet Project staff will tell their non-profit story about building an organization from scratch in response to a community need. Hear where they've been, where they are now, and where they hope to go.

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room

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