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6 by 6 Peacock

Look for Letters Everywhere!

We’re celebrating 10 years of 6 by 6: Six Skills by Six Years, our award-winning early literacy program. Today's skill is "Look for Letters Everywhere!"

We’re celebrating 10 years of 6 by 6: Six Skills by Six Years, our award-winning early literacy program. Today's skill is "Look for Letters Everywhere!"

Birthday 6 by 6 Monkey

Have Fun With Books!

We’re celebrating 10 years of 6 by 6: Six Skills by Six Years, our award-winning early literacy program. Today's skill is "Have Fun with Books!"

We’re celebrating 10 years of 6 by 6: Six Skills by Six Years, our award-winning early literacy program. Today's skill is "Have Fun with Books!"

Make Your Own 6 by 6 Happy Birthday Video

Help Celebrate the 10th Birthday of 6 by 6!

That’s right, Johnson County Library’s award-winning early literacy program is turning 10!

We want YOU to participate with a short, simple, video! Grab your smart phone, or record from your tablet or laptop!

How? There are 2 easy options!

1) Happy Birthday Message
Script: (feel free to improvise)
“Hi! I’m (insert name here). I want to wish 6 by 6 a Happy Birthday!”
Then, upload it to your favorite social media site: (Facebook, twitter, YouTube) and use the hashtag #6by6

2) Act out one of the 6 by 6 Activities
Script: (again, please feel free to improvise)
“Hi! I’m (insert name here). To help celebrate the 10 birthday of 6 by 6, I encourage you to Have Fun with Books (or substitute the underlined with any of the other 6 by 6 skills numbered below)”
Then, pick one of the suggested actions to demonstrate/act out. For instance, if you choose the skill: Have Fun with Books, you could hold up your Library card and maybe say, “This isn’t just a Library Card. It’s a passport to unimaginable realms!”
OR
Flip through the pages of a wordless picture book and narrate it.
OR
Give a book as a gift to a friend.

Just be sure to take a video of whatever you do.

Then, upload it to your favorite social media site: (Facebook, twitter, YouTube) and use the hashtag #6by6      

1. Have Fun with Books
Suggestions:

  • Get a library card
  • Visit a library.
  • Let a child help you select books
  • Check-out books
  • “Read” a picture book
  • Take books wherever you go: doctor’s office, in the car, at the grocery store, in the park
  • Give books as gifts

2. Look for Letters Everywhere
Suggestions:

  • Look at the picture of the 6 by 6 peacock and find the letters
  • Cut sandpaper letters to use for rubbings. Put printer paper on top of the letters and rub over it with the long side of a crayon
  • Hold up a letter and point to an object that begins with that letter - “D” point to toy dinosaur
  • Point out shapes that look like letters
  • Make a letter collage
  • Say a sentence with words that all begin with the same letter sound (alliteration) like: the baby bounced bravely by broadway boulevard by Boddington Bay
  • Make “alphabet soup” by gluing letters on to paper
  • Make letter shapes and letters out of clay, in shaving cream, in fingerpaint

3. Notice Print All Around You
Suggestions:

  • Put together a puzzle that has pictures and letters or words
  • Let a child help you make a shopping list
  • Write, and announce what letter you’re creating
  • Have children help read a recipe
  • Identify print on t-shirts, boxes and signs
  • Hand a book to your child upside down, and see if she turns it around

4. Take Time to Rhyme
Suggestions:

  • Name as many words that rhyme with “goat” as you can.
  • Sing a rhyming song
  • Make silly words that sound alike: Michael Motorcycle, Emily Bemily
  • Use these word endings to create rhymes: _ed (red, bed, fed) _at (bat, cat, mat) _ing (bring, sing, ring) _ight (sight, light, fight)

5. Talk, Talk, Talk
Suggestions:

  • Talk about the pictures in a book
  • Find a real-life item of of something depicted in a book
  • Label items in your home or car: doors, chairs, windows, etc. (use sticky notes?)
  • Have a child describe the illustrations in a book
  • Pick a word and give it’s definition

6. Tell Stories About Everything
Suggestions:

  • Put your day into a story!
  • Sort items (buttons, blocks, etc.) by size, shape and color
  • Ask a child to tell you about his or her day
  • Have your child draw a picture. Then let them tell you what is happening in the picture.
  • Count common things you see (like clouds)

Help Celebrate the 10th Birthday of 6 by 6!

That’s right, Johnson County Library’s award-winning early literacy program is turning 10!

We want YOU to participate with a short, simple, video! Grab your smart phone, or record from your tablet or laptop!
Upload it to your favorite social media site: (Facebook, twitter, YouTube) and use the hashtag #6by6

How? There are 2 easy options:

  1. Happy Birthday Message 
  2. Act out one of the 6 by 6 Activities

Click continue to get all of the specifics! Continue »

City Center Live

City Center Live: Abel Ramirez Big Band

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

Abel Ramirez is one of Kansas City’s finest drummers. He leads a swinging group of 18 musicians performing classic big band jazz in a free, live performance. Bring a lawn chair!

City Center Live is a partnership of Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

Abel Ramirez is one of Kansas City’s finest drummers. He leads a swinging group of 18 musicians performing classic big band jazz in a free, live performance. Bring a lawn chair!

City Center Live is a partnership of Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council.

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
Reading

Throwback Thursday

In its heyday, Life magazine was a popular weekly publication with some fantastic photography. What do you like to read with your friends? If you need suggestions, we have a number of eMagazine and eNewspaper options for you and your crew to pursue.

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

In its heyday, Life magazine was a popular weekly publication with some fantastic photography. What do you like to read with your friends? If you need suggestions, we have a number of eMagazine and eNewspaper options for you and your crew to pursue.

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter. Continue »

The Game of Go

The Game of Go

Go is an ancient Chinese strategy game that fascinates players with its simple elements and infinite complexity. Enhance your memory and focus, and stimulate your imagination by playing this timeless table-top game.

A drop-in program presented by the Four Dragons Go Club.

Go is an ancient Chinese strategy game that fascinates players with its simple elements and infinite complexity. Enhance your memory and focus, and stimulate your imagination by playing this timeless table-top game.

A drop-in program presented by the Four Dragons Go Club.

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Monticello Library
Rainbow Heart

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Survive and Thrive

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff for 6 years. In 1998, Kim joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and has been with KCPD for 21 years.  While on KCPD, Kim has worked in the East Patrol Division, Central Patrol Division, North Patrol Division and as a Detective in Violent Crimes Division (both Domestic Violence and Homicide).  She is currently assigned to the Regional Training Academy as a Basic Training Instructor as well as the Diversity Officer and the LGBTQ Liaison Officer for KCPD.  Kim has presented throughout the region and at an international level on topics to include Diversity & Inclusion, Overcoming Implicit Bias, Crisis Intervention, Tactical Communication/De-escalation Skills, Domestic Violence, and LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention/Awareness.  

Part of our Teach the Teachers series.

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
Me and My Imagination

Sept 9! Me and My ImaginationMe and My Imagination

Jo uses the art of storytelling and silly songs to enrich and engage a child’s imagination. Her listeners move along, sing along and imagine along. Children will delight in “dressing up” in her whimsical, witty brainbuilding ditties presented with unique voices and characterizations. Best for ages 3-6 and fun for the whole family.

Jo Ho is an accomplished storyteller and a frequent visitor to Johnson County Library. Her energetic style delights all ages with collections of folktales, fairy tales and other stories.

 

Jo uses the art of storytelling and silly songs to enrich and engage a child’s imagination. Her listeners move along, sing along and imagine along. Children will delight in “dressing up” in her whimsical, witty brainbuilding ditties presented with unique voices and characterizations. Best for ages 3-6 and fun for the whole family.

Jo Ho is an accomplished storyteller and a frequent visitor to Johnson County Library. Her energetic style delights all ages with collections of folktales, fairy tales and other stories.

 

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Oak Park Library
Unlocking EmPAWthy

Unlocking Em-PAW-thy

People and animals have feelings in common. This interactive presentation helps you appreciate similarities and differences in pet and human brains, emotions and social chemistry. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of empathy and an increased motivation to care for your family pets and all living things.

Designed especially for the Library and presented by Ashley Stanley of Wayside Waifs. A live animal will be present at this program.

People and animals have feelings in common. This interactive presentation helps you appreciate similarities and differences in pet and human brains, emotions and social chemistry. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of empathy and an increased motivation to care for your family pets and all living things.

Designed especially for the Library and presented by Ashley Stanley of Wayside Waifs. A live animal will be present at this program.

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Central Resource Library

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