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Megan Luttrell

Friday Featured Artist: Megan LuttrellMegan Luttrell

Megan Luttrell's music is a classic Midwestern mix of folk, blues and country and yet still more than the sum of these parts. With an instantly recognizable voice in the style of Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, Luttrell already has one album under her belt (2016's Broken Bottles)  and a recent single called "Miss You." We are fortunate to share an exclusive interview with Luttrell about her music, background and book recommendations, too.

 

Tell us about your music. How would you describe your style?

That is always such a hard question! I describe my sound as a mixture of folk, roots, Americana, blues, and classic country; powerhouse female vocals accompanied on acoustic guitar.

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TBT: "Greatness"

Do you want a really great glimpse into great local history? The Great story of the Great Mall of the Great Plains in the Great city of Olathe in the Great state of Kansas is, well ... GREAT!

The great jocohistory folks have put together a great 2-part story you do not want to miss! 

  1. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part One: The Prehistory of the Great Mall (1987 to 1991)

  2. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part Two: A Bridge to the Big Time (1992 to 1994)

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.

Do you want a really great glimpse into great local history? The Great story of the Great Mall of the Great Plains in the Great city of Olathe in the Great state of Kansas is, well ... GREAT!

The great jocohistory folks have put together a great 2-part story you do not want to miss! 

  1. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part One: The Prehistory of the Great Mall (1987 to 1991)

  2. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part Two: A Bridge to the Big Time (1992 to 1994)

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

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You are Very Satisfied and We are Elated!

The Library received the highest satisfaction rating from County residents in a recent community survey (PDF), with 85 percent of respondents saying they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with our service. This is up from 2019, when 81 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Library services, and is ten percentage points higher than the national average for libraries. Along with Med-Act, Parks and Recreation, and Motor Vehicle Division, the Library was also rated as one of the top four most important services that the County provides. 

A huge THANK YOU to our patrons for supporting the Library year after year, and to our staff, whose passion and dedication to our community shines through in all that you do! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Library received the highest satisfaction rating from County residents in a recent community survey (PDF), with 85 percent of respondents saying they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with our service. This is up from 2019, when 81 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Library services, and is ten percentage points higher than the national average for libraries. Along with Med-Act, Parks and Recreation, and Motor Vehicle Division, the Library was also rated as one of the top four most important services that the County... Continue »

Can you imagine?

You already know we've started online Summer Reading at Johnson County Library. And, you know your Librarians miss you. But do you know about Sparkle the Unicorn? We think adults as well as children will enjoy Sparkle's antics! 

Oh! BTW, if you have not signed up our Summer Reading eNewsletter, don't miss out! It's a great way to stay up on all of the Summer Reading fun.

You already know we've started online Summer Reading at Johnson County Library. And, you know your Librarians miss you. But do you know about Sparkle the Unicorn? We think adults as well as children will enjoy Sparkle's antics! 

Oh! BTW, if you have not signed up our Summer Reading eNewsletter, don't miss out! It's a great way to stay up on all of the Summer Reading fun.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Writing Contest

Calling all youth writers: submit your original fairy tale, folktale or myth to our fantasy-themed writing contest.

Winning Writers will receive a prize and the opportunity to read their work aloud at an online celebration reception (costumes welcome but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted June 1 - July 10.  Only one submission per writer.

Open to writers entering 3rd through 8th grade in the Fall of 2020.   Winners will be selected and notified in late July, and offered the opportunity to share their writing at our Virtual End-of-Summer Celebration on Aug. 8.  Submit entries online »

Calling all youth writers: submit your original fairy tale, folktale or myth to our fantasy-themed writing contest.

Winning Writers will receive a prize and the opportunity to read their work aloud at an online celebration reception (costumes welcome but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted June 1 - July 10.  Only one submission per writer.

Open to writers entering 3rd through 8th grade in the Fall of 2020.   Winners will be selected and notified in late July, and offered the opportunity to share their writing at our Virtual End-of-Summer Celebration on Aug. 8.  Submit entries online »

Race Project KC

Race Project KC

Libraries provide access to information and resources to all, regardless of race, religion, economic standing, political affiliations, or any other characteristic or belief. We also offer safe spaces that encourage respectful civic discourse. At Johnson County Library, respect for all people is not just an ideal; it was purposely written into our Library values. Our mission is to provide access to information, ideas, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives, and we are committed to serving and supporting our community.

Johnson County Library offers several resources for those seeking education and civic engagement opportunities. Programming such as Gather at the Table brings people from diverse backgrounds together to engage in civil discourse over often divisive topics. Race Project KC, an annual immersive social justice initiative sponsored by JCL, aims to help high school students understand Kansas City’s and Johnson County’s story of structural racism and how it continues to impact us today. We also offer access to the Dividing Lines audio tour, which allows listeners to explore the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, at their own pace and in their own vehicles. And you can find book and media resource recommendations from our Librarians on jocolibrary.org, such as this list of books for kids and teens by Black authors and Fiction by People of Color.

Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect on our unequal past, uncertain present and the creation of an equitable future. Libraries are both a resource and a refuge for those seeking greater knowledge and understanding. We look forward to listening to, learning with and supporting our community in the weeks and months ahead.

Finally, thank you to those who have donated so far or reached out about partnership opportunities in support of Race Project KC. If you would like to contribute toward their 2020-2021 initiatives and beyond, please visit the Johnson County Library Foundation donation page and type Race Project KC in the “in honor of” field.

 

Libraries provide access to information and resources to all, regardless of race, religion, economic standing, political affiliations, or any other characteristic or belief. We also offer safe spaces that encourage respectful civic discourse. At Johnson County Library, respect for all people is not just an ideal; it was purposely written into our Library values. Our mission is to provide access to information, ideas, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives, and we are committed to serving and supporting our community.

Johnson County Library offers several resources for those seeking education and civic engagement opportunities. Programming such... Continue »

Summer Reading 2020, Imagine Your Story

We've started online summer reading at Johnson County Library! Your librarians miss you! And, Your school Librarians miss you too! Online summer reading is here. Are you ready? 

We've started online summer reading at Johnson County Library! Your librarians miss you! And, Your school Librarians miss you too! Online summer reading is here. Are you ready? 

TBT: One long week ago ...

It's Throwback Thursday. Usually we dive into jocohistory from long, long ago. This time, we travel back only one week! We re-opened the drive-thrus and patrons knew it. Here is a time lapse inside and out of Blue Valley Library. One full day of hold pickups and returns condensed down to 2 minutes. It's nonstop! Thanks for your patience!

It's Throwback Thursday. Usually we dive into jocohistory from long, long ago. This time, we travel back only one week! We re-opened the drive-thrus and patrons knew it. Here is a time lapse inside and out of Blue Valley Library. One full day of hold pickups and returns condensed down to 2 minutes. It's nonstop! Thanks for your patience!

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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

  • KANSASWORKS VIRTUAL Statewide Job Fair (pre-register here) - July 28 from 8 am to July 30 at 5 pm. Employers from across the state will be hiring. Job seekers will have the opportunity to live chat with employers as the employers schedule allows. Job seekers can join via computer or cell phone. Virtual Statewide Job Fairs will be held on a monthly basis,
  • WEN Signature Program - Women's Employment Network is continuing to provide financial coaching, mock job interviews, & resume review online & via phone.
  • Kansas Unemployment - ​The online source for securing unemployment benefits in the state of Kansas. The online source for securing unemployment benefits in the state of Kansas. If you have questions about duplicate payments, call 785-580-2602 or e-mail KDOL.DuplicateConcerns@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.​

Online Career Programs

Relief Info

  • FTC Mortgage Relief - More details on mortgage relief, including links to search federal lenders to look up your mortgage information.
  • HCCI Landlord & Tenant Info - Offers counseling for landlords and tenants regarding their rental rights & responsibilities, as well as phone-based consultations for budgeting, eviction concerns, & avoiding predatory lending practices.
  • HCCI Landlord & Tenant 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​7.
  • 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.

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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