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This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Walk and Read – Daily, All Week

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Listowel Park, (12037 W 71st St, Shawnee, KS).  Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going in each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

Kids Summer Food Program  – Monday, June 14, 11 AM - Noon

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will distribute free meals for ALL children 18 & under in the Central Resource Library parking lot. Parents and caregivers welcome! No cost! No sign-up required.

Virtual Visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Home of Winter the Tailless Dolphin – Tuesday, June 15, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Join us for a virtual visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, home of Winter, the tailless dolphin featured in the film Dolphin Tales. Go behind the scenes and explore the aquarium, talk with a staff biologist, and have two awesome animal encounter experiences with both dolphins and sea turtles! Best for animal lovers, ages 5 and up.

Horror Talk: Gabino Iglesias in Conversation with Jeremy Robert Johnson – Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of The Loop, will discuss what it means to write horror in horrible times and how far is too far.  Please Register for this program early. This Local Writers program will be hosted using the online engagement platform Library OnDemand.

Virtual City Bicycling – Thursday, June 17, Noon – 1:30 PM

Learn the rules of the road and cycling confidence in this FREE class from Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC! Our instructors will encourage you to ride farther and explore our region on bikes.

And much more …

Take-Home Table Top Games

Join us to explore games featuring Tails and Tales this summer! Your next game night will be the cat’s pajamas with the help of our collection of take-home games and goodies. Sign up for your kit and we’ll set one aside for pickup at a branch of your choice. Become top dog when playing games with your own flock, or go hog wild against other eager beavers at our online Take-Home Table Top events. All ages are welcome.

Events in this series:

Take-Home Table Top Games (Event 1 of 2)
Monday, June 21, 2021 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Take-Home Table Top Games (Event 2 of 2)
Saturday, July 17, 2021 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

The events will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact you via the email you registered with to determine your kit pickup location and provide instructions on how to access the Zoom meetings. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

Note: Kit supplies are limited. Registering for our events will reserve you a kit to take home. Event registrants will receive a kit whether they choose to attend one, both, or neither of the online events. 

Virtual City Bicycling

Thursday, June 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Online event

Learn the rules of the road and cycling confidence in this FREE class from Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC! Our instructors will encourage you to ride farther and explore our region on bikes. 

Where: Your home! BWKC will send you a link to a Zoom webinar for LIVE instruction at the same date and time as the in-person class was originally scheduled.

TBT: National DJ Month

As you very well know, June is National DJ Month!

 

"Anyone can be a DJ but it's understanding how to read a crowd and keeping them on the floor is what takes years of experience.
~Jonas Blue

 

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

Meet the Author: Gabino Iglesias

Join Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs, will discuss what it means to write horror in horrible times, offer practical tips that you can apply to your writing, and tease apart the various subgenres of horror in these three upcoming events. Register using the links below.

June 15, 6:30 pm Horror Talk: Gabino Iglesias in Conversation with Jeremy Robert Johnson »

June 16, 6:30 pm Otherness in Fiction: Getting It Right »

June 19, 9 am Horror 101 »

Virtual Visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Home of Winter the Tailless Dolphin

Join us for a virtual visit of Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, home of Winter, the tailless dolphin featured in the film Dolphin Tales. Go behind the scenes and explore the aquarium, talk with a staff biologist and have two awesome animal encounter experiences with both dolphins and sea turtles! Best for animal lovers, ages 5 and up.

Tuesday June 15, 1:30pm | Register »

KSDS Assistance Dogs Inc. Virtual Tour

Would you like to see how assistance dogs are raised and trained? Join us for a virtual tour with Kansas Specialty Dog Service to learn more about grooming, play areas, and training for these special dogs. KSDS trains guide dogs for the visually impaired and service dogs to assist individuals with physical disabilities.

Tuesday, June 8, 3 - 4 pm | Register »

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Walk and Read – Daily, All Week

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Celebration Park,(32501 West 159th Street, Gardner, KS.)  Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

Online Bilingual Storytime  – Monday, June 7,  10 – 10:30 AM

The whole family will enjoy this flexible Storytime. Hearing stories is a great way to spend time with your kids and help them foster a love of reading. Stories, songs, fingerplays and movement activities foster pre-reading skills. Fun for the whole family.

Toda la familia disfrutará de esta especial hora de cuentos bilingües. Escucha historias con tus hijos y ayúdales a cultivar el amor por la lectura. Al contar cuentos, interpretar canciones, hacer juegos con los dedos y realizar actividades de movimiento fomentamos las habilidades previas a la lectura. ¡Diversión para toda la familia!

Book Party – Wednesday, June 9, 2 – 3:15 PM

Join a Library staff member for a live booktalk. We'll discuss a short list of titles from one genre or theme and interact with patrons in real time. Check out our online programming calendar for upcoming themes. 

The Past is Prologue: Secret Kansas City – Thursday, June 10, 7 – 8 PM

Register for this program on Library OnDemand.

The Past is Prologue is a bimonthly program that highlights topics often left out, glossed over, or misrepresented in our history books. In June, we will host Anne Kniggendorf to discuss her book "Secret Kansas City: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure." Anne will discuss some of her favorite entries and answer audience questions. You can submit a question prior to the event »

And much more …

Discover the new podcast episode!

Exciting news! We were able to record in-person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. Not-so-exciting news...the audio isn't perfect—we're rusty. But, listenable? Yes! 

In this episode we have even more exciting news. We're introducing a 7-part storytelling series we're calling "Discover Your Library." From now until the end of the year we will be sharing stories from patrons and Librarians. We'll look behind-the-scenes of our events and our collection. We'll explore the connection between the Library and civics. We'll reveal how the Library plays an important role in supporting local arts.

We introduce you to our new series AND we play some fun getting-to-know-you games so you can learn a little bit more about your podcast hosts. Did you hear?

 

MakerSpace On Demand

With Library OnDemand, you can enjoy Library programs whenever you like. Gather your supplies and let our MakerSpace crew teach you how to make paracord bracelets, LED lanterns, and more »