Teen Pick: The Light at the Bottom of the World

Teens and fans of Young Adult literature! Looking for something new to read? Check out this 5-star review from our Teen Contributor Isabel.

The Light at the Bottom of the World

This was a thrilling, incredible, sci-fi novel that I thought was like a good mix of “The Hunger Games”, “1984”, and “Waterworld”. Our protagonist in this story is Leyla McQueen who is a 16-year-old “Submersible” racer. In Leyla’s world, the water levels have increased so much that the entire human population is stuck deep underwater in the bottom of what is now a huge ocean. After her father gets wrongly arrested for a crime she knows he didn’t do, she is left alone at home as the constant fear of the ocean, the Anthropoids, and the Earthquakes run through her mind. When she is chosen to race in London’s famous annual marathon, she puts her mind to winning so that she can win the grand prize of a wish- which she would use to ask for her father’s freedom. But, when things start to go wrong, she realizes there are a lot of things she never knew, and that her father’s arrest was more serious than she thought it was. So, she goes into the deepest, dangerous parts of the ocean on her quest to learn these secrets and find the truth. I really enjoyed this book, and I could not put it down. I thought it was well- written and that the storyline was quite creative and interesting. I recommend this to teens who love sci-fi, mystery, or the ocean. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this thrilling Duology.

This Week at the Library

We’re wishing you a holiday season full of cozy reading, listening, watching, learning and making. We look forward to sharing more storytimes, more book discussions and more incredible programs like the annual Writers Conference in 2023. 

The Johnson County Library locations will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, for Christmas.  

Branches will also be closed Sunday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, for New Year’s Day.  

Johnson County Libraries will re-open for regular service hours Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. 

Rain or snow, sleet or dark of night: our eLibrary and Library OnDemand are always open and available anytime you like.  

Kaleidoscope of Sound

Our December Did you hear? podcast episode has arrived!

A Kaleidoscope brings to life an endless variety of shapes and patterns. What would a kaleidoscope of sound be like? We dedicate this episode to the harmonious melody of voices, tones, music and other noises that bring the Library to life every day. Explore the world of Library sounds with us in three segments: past, present and future.

  1. Past: Celebrate the best podcast moments of the year.
  2. Present: Experience the auditory kaleidoscope created by a mosaic of sounds found in the Library.
  3. Future: Hear what Elissa Andre, external communication manager, is most looking forward to in 2023!

Tis the Season for Streaming

Kanopy has home viewing for the holidays! Seek out your cinematic experience to help you celebrate the season. Brand new titles, romance under the mistletoe, holiday hilarity, whole family favorites, yuletide classics and seasonal documentaries. Stream all of these and more with your Library card and Kanopy!

This Week at the Library

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

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

One-on-One Genealogy Help Tuesday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Visit the Johnson County Genealogical Society at to schedule an appointment. A volunteer will contact you by email to set up an in-person or a Zoom session link for you prior to the scheduled date.

Streaming VideoAvailable anytime you like.

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s the perfect time to stay inside and peruse our eLibrary's wide variety of delightful viewing selections.

IndieFlix streams classic and contemporary features, award-winning shorts, film festival favorites and series and documentaries from the U.S. and around the world.

Kanopy offers award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films and world cinema collections. Stream up to 10 titles per month plus credit-free viewing of Kanopy Kids, The Great Courses and a rotating selection of films.  

Kanopy Kids has a curated collection of children’s programming including favorites from PBS Kids, animated storybooks, inspirational tales and education videos from around the world.

Naxos Video Library contains an extensive video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, documentaries and master classes by world-famous musicians.

U.K. National Theatre Collection with selected video recordings of the U.K’s National Theatre productions and behind-the-scenes archive material for some performances offers you a front row seat without the travel!

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