TBT: Kansas at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was an international exposition that brought millions of visitors from all over the world to Chicago, Illinois, for a six month fair designed to show the very best that each nation had to offer. Formally titled the World’s Columbian Exposition, it commemorated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first expedition to the Americas. It was in this spirit of discovery, of a foray into the unknown, that nations came together to share their progress and their optimism for the future. Many American cities were considered to host the fair, but the honor was won by Chicago, eager to create a triumphant comeback after its Great Fire of 1871. The fairgrounds stretched across nearly 700 acres of Jackson Park, located on the coast of Lake Michigan near the city center. Nicknamed “The White City” for its sea of uniform white neoclassical buildings surrounded by sleepy lagoons, it was meant to represent the ideal city, something unearthly, where exotic novelties from all over the world would be brought before the public. As host, America was the focal point, and much of the grounds were dedicated to individual buildings where each state could show off their most impressive accomplishments.

The article continues on the JoCoHistory Blog. The exterior and interior photos of the Kansas Building at the 1983 Chicago World's Fair are not to be missed!


Booklists: Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October. 

Columbus Day commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492.

Check out these librarian-created book lists to read more.

This Week at the Library

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

Online Bilingual Storytime – Monday, Oct 11, 10 – 10:30 a.m.  

 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.

Moving is Learning for Preschoolers – Wednesday, Oct 13, Noon – 1 p.m.  

 A moving child is a learning child. Grounded in best practices and current research, this session helps connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. Movement experts from Johnson County Parks & Recreation District will lead 45 minutes of activities, exercises, and games this week at Shawnee Mission Park, Shelter #5, Barkley Drive, Shawnee. Best for ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Step-by-Step through the FAFSA – Thursday, Oct 14, 6:30  – 8 p.m.  

Register online for this program or call 913.826.4600. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the federal application necessary to get free and low-cost money for college. Join Jason Anderson, CPA, CFP®, Managing Member and Senior Consultant at Gradmetrics, as he walks line-by-line through the FAFSA form, using it to explain the ins-and-outs of the college admissions and financial aid process.

Young Adult Literary Council – Sunday, Oct 17, 2 – 3 p.m.  

Teens are invited to join the Young Adult Literary Council to share favorite books, review titles for the Library website and participate in fun activities. You can meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.

And much more …

Lush Gothic Fantasy Novels

If you like darkly atmospheric fantasy novels that drip with an underlying sense of dread, this list is for you! Hold tight and prepare to have your skin crawl.

TBT: In Case You Missed It

How do you replace the roof of a Library in less than 1 minute? Time lapse is the only way we could come up with. Cedar Roe Library has seen many updates lately like a new reading room, new shelving and an improved kids area. The new roof is like the cherry on the cake. Enjoy!

Did you get a chance to hear this month's podcast episode?

Some call it Civic Engagement. We call it Community Matters! The Library has a plethora of programs, events, services and resources for you, yes you, to be a more informed citizen.  Ashley Fick drops by to share her journey to becoming our Civic Engagement Librarian. We get the inside scoop on the "how," "what" and "why" behind Legislative Coffees, Civics 101, Gather at the table, the News and Views group, Librarian Research Guides and Elections.  

Members of the Civic Engagement committee phone in to share why they participate on this important team and explain why community matters. 

Charles talks to Community Matters Book Club coordinator Melanie Fuemmeler. Our music guest is Jill Westra & Them KC Boys sharing the track "Speedin' Again" and an essay from author Virginia Brackett.

Come spend an entertaining hour with us. Who knows, this might just be the episode where we finally find Paul Rudd! (Spoiler alert ... it's not.)