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A JoCo Library How-To: The Simplest Way to Quickly Place a Hold!

Do you know the simplest way to quickly place a hold? It’s easy!

First, log into your account. Click on the blue “LOG IN/MY LIBRARY” button in the top right corner on the jocolibrary website. Now, enter the title, author or subject of the item you’re looking for.” From here, you can click on a title to get detailed information, add the title to you “FOR LATER” shelf, or, click the green “PLACE A HOLD” box. Now, you can choose where you want to pick up your hold from the “SELECT A LOCATION” dropdown menu. Don’t forget to hit that blue “CONFIRM HOLD” button. And that’s it!

Give us a couple days and we’ll notify you when your hold is ready to be picked up.

Do you know the simplest way to quickly place a hold? It’s easy!

First, log into your account. Click on the blue “LOG IN/MY LIBRARY” button in the top right corner on the jocolibrary website. Now, enter the title, author or subject of the item you’re looking for.” From here, you can click on a title to get detailed information, add the title to you “FOR LATER” shelf, or, click the green “PLACE A HOLD” box. Now, you can choose where you want to pick up your hold from the “SELECT A LOCATION” dropdown menu. Don’t forget to hit that blue “CONFIRM HOLD” button. And that’s it!

Give us a couple days and we’ll notify you when your hold is ready to be picked up.

Laura Fotovich

Friday Featured Artist: Laura FotovichLaura Fotovich

Laura Fotovich is an aspiring singer-songwriter and musician from Olathe, Kansas. Citing Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles as her strongest influences, Fotovich began writing her own music while attending the Johnson County Community College in 2017. She is currently finishing her final semester at City College of New York where she's studying music and journalism. Enjoy our interview with Fotovich about her music, influences and life as a young artist under quarantine.

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Introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

Hi, my name is Laura Fotovich, but you can call me “Laurafofora.”  I’m a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Olathe, Kansas with a passion for playing the piano and guitar.  I’ve been playing piano for 13 years and guitar for 6 years.  I currently attend the City College of New York where I’m studying music and journalism, and this is my final semester.  Due to COVID-19 I had to come home and finish my classes online but I’ve gotten to spend more time with my family.  I would describe my music as pop, indie-pop or perhaps indie-folk.

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Dentist

TBT: Smile

As you very well know, it’s National Dental Care Awareness Month!

Honestly, it's never a bad idea to visit your dentist! Remember to tend to your teeth.

Also remember that 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.

As you very well know, it’s National Dental Care Awareness Month!

Honestly, it's never a bad idea to visit your dentist! Remember to tend to your teeth.

Also remember that jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on... Continue »

The Creepy Jingles

The Creepy Jingles

The Creepy Jingles is the garage rock band of your dreams. With song titles like "Prodigal Sun Tsu", " Circadian Rhythm Guitar" and "Metagene Jacket", the band's sense of humor and melody are contagious. Led by Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, the band's recent album is filled with back-to-back classics. We are excited to share an interview with Nixon about the band's creative process and what she's reading and listening to these days, among other topics. Enjoy.

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Introduce yourself and the band. Describe your music for new listeners. 

Hi readers! My name is Jocelyn Olivia Nixon. I’m the lead singer and songwriter for The Creepy Jingles. I also play rhythm guitar and keys in group. Nick Robertson plays drums and percussion. Travis McKenzie is our lead guitarist. Ingrid Ingram rounds out the band as our bass player. I’d describe our sound as an eclectic blend of Garage Rock, Brit Pop, Psych, Surf, and Punk. 

 

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Photography

TBT: Picture this!

As you very well know, it’s National Photography Month!

They say art is subjective. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, if you like history and you like photography, we know just the place for you.

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.

As you very well know, it’s National Photography Month!

They say art is subjective. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, if you like history and you like photography, we know just the place for you.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

Author Research in Action

Author Research in Action

Registration required for this event. Registration closes May 20 at 5:30 pm.

How do authors know so much about the setting, professions, or situations in their books? Research! Mary Robinette Kowal describes what that research looked like for The Calculating Stars on her website. Now, you can observe this process in action as she asks KU Professor Allison Kirkpatrick all her questions about space and women in STEM. Professor Kirkpatrick is an observational astronomer with a focus on supermassive black holes and their effect on how galaxies evolve. Perhaps we’ll see the results in Kowal’s next novel!

In The Calculating Stars, the first in the Lady Astronaut series, Kowal imagines an alternate post-WWII history. A meteorite hits Washington DC, setting off a collaborative international race to colonize the moon. Elma York, despite being a mathematician and her WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) experience, will not be considered for the first space flight--because she is a woman. 

On her website, Kowal says, “. . . the sexism is pretty much the same as it is now.” Register here to listen in, on Thursday, May 21, at 5:30 pm, as Kowal and Prof. Kirkpatrick unpack what it means to be a woman working in a field dominated by men.

This ​program will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact registrants via the email you registered with the day before the meeting with instructions on how to access the Zoom meeting. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

Registration required for this event. Registration closes May 20 at 5:30 pm.

How do authors know so much about the setting, professions, or situations in their books? Research! Mary Robinette Kowal describes what that research looked like for The Calculating Stars on her website. Now, you can observe this process in action as she asks KU Professor Allison Kirkpatrick all her questions about space and women in STEM. Professor Kirkpatrick is an observational astronomer with a focus on supermassive black holes and their effect on how galaxies evolve. Perhaps we’ll see the results in... Continue »

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BBQ

TBT: Q!

As you very well know, it’s National Barbecue Month!

Let's face it, BBQ is in the DNA of Johnson County! It's May. It's spring. Do you really need any further reason to indulge in some succulent barbecue?

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.

As you very well know, it’s National Barbecue Month!

Let's face it, BBQ is in the DNA of Johnson County! It's May. It's spring. Do you really need any further reason to indulge in some succulent barbecue?

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

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COVID-19: Career and Finance

We have collected information about careers and finance during the global pandemic.

Need help with your resume, interview skills, or personal finances? See our upcoming virtual Career and Finance programs »​

Community Assistance

  • JCL Food Pantry FAQ - A Library-provided list of area food pantries; this list is updated often in order to reflect changes in service related to COVID-19.​

Answers to Financial Questions

  • FTC Financial Recovery Overview - Here, the FTC provides an expansive list of information on hardship topics such as recovering from job loss, mortgage relief, vehicle loan repayments, debt management, small business assistance, & scam avoidance.

Local Hiring & Unemployment Resources

  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters – an online program presented by Karen Silins, CEO of A+ Career & Resume 
  • Kansas Unemployment - ​The online source for securing unemployment benefits in the state of Kansas. Please note: This office is understandably fielding a high volume of requests; if you cannot access the website, you may attempt to utilize their automated telefile application system, (800) 766-3777, or e-mail your forms directly to KDOLUICC@ks.gov.
  • FTC Unemployment Tips - A thorough article covering scam avoidance, links to job search resources, & tools for working through your finances.​
  • Workforce Partnership Job Listings - Workforce Partnership routinely posts local job postings & hiring events via their Hot Jobs list (red text, towards top of the page). This & other employment assistance are available via their site.
  • Kansas Works - Facilitates online applications for job openings all across the state.
  • Amazon Local Hiring - Current Amazon postings in the KC metro.
  • United Stated Department of Labor - Federal resource containing links to benefit eligibility, job search engines, job skill improvement tools, & more!
  • JCL Job/Career Assistance FAQ - A Library-provided list of resources related to job searching & learning new skills.
  • LinkedIn Learning free job search courses – A learning path of 11 courses to navigate finding a job during challenging economic times, accessible with a free personal LinkedIn account.

Relief Info

  • CFPB's Guide to the Federal Stimulus - Answers to common questions related to the Cares Act stimulus package.​
  • How to Use Your Economic Impact Prepaid Card - If you received your stimulus payment in the form of a prepaid card, check out this article from the CFPB on its activation & usage.
  • CFPB Mortgage Relief - Information on mortgage relief for federally-backed mortgages, & other assistance topics.
  • FTC Mortgage Relief - More details on mortgage relief, including links to search federal lenders to look up your mortgage information.
  • HCCI Financial Counseling and Education - Offers free phone counseling for households and small business owners regarding budgeting, prioritizing and managing money, debt payment, credit scores and credit building, student loan debt repayment options, medical debt, mortgage delinquency and default.  HCCI has five HUD Exam-Certified Counselors. All counseling is free. 800-383-021​
  • HCCI Landlord & Tenant Counseling and Education - Offers free phone counseling for both renters (tenants) and landlords and their property managers regarding the rental rights & responsibilities of both tenants and landlords under Fair Housing Law and the Kansas Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.   Call for questions about rent leases, deposits, pets and roommates, rent delinquency, maintenance issues, unlawful landlord entry, and the eviction process in Kansas.  All counseling is free.  800-383-0217.
  • Aid for Military Servicemembers - The CFPB highlights several helpful organizations & tools especially for service members.​
  • CFPB Student Loan Relief - Information on payment changes to federal student loans.
  • CFPB Small Business Relief - This page provides an overview of the small business relief program, as well as helpful links for entities who wish to apply to become SBA-certified lenders (these lenders assist in the Payment Protection Plan process).
  • SBA Relief - Federal overview of the small business assistance plan; also contains links to apply for SBA jobs & other helpful info.
  • KC SourceLink Small Business Relief - An informative, one-stop shop for small business owners on both sides of the state line.
  • Kansas Humanities CARES Act Relief - Kansas-based non-profits whose primary focus is the humanities--archives, historical sites, libraries, museums--could be eligible for relief grants (application process is open 5/13-6/12).
  • JCL COVID-19 Stimulus Package FAQ - A Library-provided list of external resources related to CARES Act payments.

Budgeting/Money Management

  • CFPB Info Page - A thorough collection of resources covering a variety of facets regarding financial topics in extreme situations for individuals, families, & financial caregivers.​
  • CFPB Interactive Spending Tracker Tool - An easy-to-use electronic worksheet to track & manage your finances.
  • MO SBDC Tips for SB Owners - Tips for managing your small business' finances.
  • FDIC Info Page - Guidance from the FDIC on how to manage your finances remotely.
  • FDIC MoneySmart - Resources for learning (or teaching!) money management strategies.

Scam Avoidance

 

 

 

 

 

We have collected information about careers and finance during the global pandemic.

Need help with your resume, interview skills, or personal finances? See our upcoming virtual Career and Finance programs »​

Community Assistance

  • JCL Food Pantry FAQ - A Library-provided list of area food pantries; this list is updated often in order to reflect changes in service related to COVID-19.​

Answers to Financial Questions

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