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Dubhán, Annika, and Jonathan

Your Boss is Awesome!

Dubhán, Annika, & Jonathan … you did it! You made the leap. Now you’re enterprising entrepreneurs. You’ve launched a startup to build a better bagel, or move freight faster, or design cutting-edge computer systems in some revolutionary new way. Now you’re your own boss(es)! But where do you turn when little problems threaten to deflate your big dream?

 

Don’t worry. Your Library Card connects you to ReferenceUSA where you can:

  • see sales and expenditures of nearby competitors (just by drawing on a map)

  • generate a mailing list of potential customers (based on their consumer snapshot)

  • welcome residents who just moved into town with a coupon (from the database of new movers)

 

Want more? You can’t beat The Kansas City Business Journal online. From there you can access the coveted Book of Lists!

Still want more? That’s why you’re going to beat the odds and make it. How about access to over 20 business databases and resources?

 

Master your accounting with a Lynda.com tutorial on QuickBooks. Learn about forecasting profits and losses with the Small Business Reference Center. We can even help you cut costs with printable and customizable legal forms for Kansas and Missouri.

 

You know what? Consider us your “silent” partner. We’ll help you find it here!

 

Dubhán, Annika, & Jonathan … you did it! You made the leap. Now you’re enterprising entrepreneurs. You’ve launched a startup to build a better bagel, or move freight faster, or design cutting-edge computer systems in some revolutionary new way. Now you’re your own boss(es)! But where do you turn when little problems threaten to deflate your big dream?

 

Don’t worry. Your Library Card connects you to ReferenceUSA where you can:

  • see sales and expenditures of nearby competitors (just by drawing on a map)

  • generate

  • ... Continue »
Library's gone to the dogs

Dog Gone Library for Pets

Bandit and Mr. Pickles, something tells us you know May is National Pet month! 

Who's a good boy! No seriously. Which one of you is the good boy who knows to go outside to take care of business and which one of you "made" on the carpet. No, the Library will not clean this up for your owner! But, with a Library Card anybody can access Consumer Reports and get the (poop) scoop on carpet stain removers.

But Bandit and Mr. Pickles, we don't blame you. You've had to learn so much. You've had to learn that shoes are not chew toys. You've learned that while it's OK for humans to yap nonstop, barking nonstop isn't considered "cool." And that even though you NOW there is something pretty amazing to be discovered just a few feet under the back yard, no digging. No, no, no! Well why can't your human learn how to tell you what the "rules" are up front?! Why not have them take our Pet and Animal Care course via Universal Class? Or why not checkout a Dog Training DVD? You could watch it together! In fact, why not make it a double feature? Better yet, a triple feature? Is there such thing as a quadruple feature? BenjiMarley & Me? The Adventures of Milo and Otis101 Dalmatians?

Bandit and Mr. Pickles, just remember these words of wisdom:

  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
  • If you want the best seat in the house…you’ll have to move the dog. 
  • Every dog will have its day! 

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Bandit and Mr. Pickles, something tells us you know May is National Pet month! 

Who's a good boy! No seriously. Which one of you is the good boy who knows to go outside to take care of business and which one of you "made" on the carpet. No, the Library will not clean this up for your owner! But, with a Library Card anybody can access Consumer Reports and get the (poop) scoop on carpet stain removers.

But Bandit and Mr. Pickles, we don't blame you. You've had to learn so much. You've had to learn that shoes are not chew toys.... Continue »

Danaë

Be the “Preferred” Candidate

Congratulations Danaë! You just graduated, and thanks to the Career Planning and Jobs section of the JCL website, you found the ideal position for you as a Medical Services Tech. You look great on paper, thanks to Live Resume Help from Tutor.com.

But, while you have the minimum required prerequisite skills, what about those “preferred” skills? How many people are applying anyway? Hundreds? What will set you apart?

Don’t worry, the Library’s got your back! We’ve got the resources you need and all you need is your Library Card!

  • Bilingual communication? It doesn’t get better than Rosetta Stone

  • Medical spreadsheets? You’re going to learn Data Science through Lynda.com

  • How do you keep up on the latest in health and wellness? You regularly visit MEDLINE

You’ve got this! When you need help, you’ll always find it here!

 

Congratulations Danaë! You just graduated, and thanks to the Career Planning and Jobs section of the JCL website, you found the ideal position for you as a Medical Services Tech. You look great on paper, thanks to Live Resume Help from Tutor.com.

But, while you have the minimum required prerequisite skills, what about those “preferred” skills? How many people are applying anyway? Hundreds? What will set you apart?

Don’t worry, the Library’s got your back! Continue »

Find a job

Finding Nemo, Dory or a Job

Roland, it's all about the search. You've got energy and enthusiasm. That's great! That's going to help you get through what can be a difficult, complex and potentially emotionally-draining process. But don't worry! The Library has your back. You've grown up on movies like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory What's the next epic? Finding Roland a Job!

You're savvy, you've been reading on Careersidekick January/February is the best time to look for Jobs. OK, it's almost May! But don't worry. Two things to consider:

  1. March, April and May are the next best months to find a job and get hired ;)
  2. Your Library Card gives you advantages

So where have you looked for jobs, Roland? Craiglist?! And??? Oh ... just Craigslist. Huh. OK ... well, let's cast a wider net. 

Go to our Career Planning and Jobs section - Discover the perfect job for you with our many job search tools. Short on experience? Software and tools? No worries. We have training. We can help you with your resume, cover letter and even networking. Best thing? We can help you zero in on LOCAL jobs! Check out these amazing resources:

Roland, it's all about the search. You've got energy and enthusiasm. That's great! That's going to help you get through what can be a difficult, complex and potentially emotionally-draining process. But don't worry! The Library has your back. You've grown up on movies like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory What's the next epic? Finding Roland a Job!

You're savvy, you've been reading on Careersidekick January/February is the best time to look for Jobs. OK, it's almost May! But don't worry. Two... Continue »

Older couple taking a selfie

Volunteering is Living

Karen and Earl, you're golden! You know you'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. You're such cutups — you're the bee's knees! Your enthusiasm is infectious and you brighten the day of just about everyone you encounter. But, you can't do that sitting on your duff at home, right?! A rolling stone gathers no moss. Your duffs have no moss! You volunteer!!!

OK, let's not put the cart before the horse. Speaking of horses, we never look a gift horse in the mouth. A hearty THANK YOU is due to you both and not just because volunteer appreciation week is wrapping up. Volunteers like you help your Library with 60,000 hours each year! You understand that many hands make light work. We'd be in a pickle without you and all of the volunteers who help with:

  • Process Donated Books
    • Book & Media Sorting Volunteer
    • Children’s Book Sorting Volunteer
    • Children’s Book Sorting Volunteer Assistant
    • Box Building Volunteer
  • Shelve Books
    • Book Distribution Volunteer
    • Circulation Volunteer--Morning
    • Circulation Volunteer--Afternoon
    • Monticello Library Volunteer (Pre-Opening)
    • Monticello Library Volunteer (Post Opening)
  • Provide Books to Families & Kids
    • Online Sales Research Volunteer
    • Online Sales Inventory Volunteer
    • Online Sales Listing Volunteer
    • Online Sales Shipping Volunteer
    • Bookstore Unpacking Volunteer
    • Bookstore Stocking Volunteer
    • Bookstore Cashier—Regular Schedule
    • Bookstore Cashier—On Call Substitutes
    • Used Book Sale Sign In Desk Volunteer
    • Used Book Sale Door Greeter/Membership Checker
    • Used Book Sale Ambassador
    • Used Book Sale Floor Supervisor
    • Used Book Sale Merchandiser
    • Used Book Sale Cashier
    • Used Book Sale Counter and Dolly Runner
    • Used Book Sale Box Builder
    • Used Book Sale Non-Profit Clerk
    • Used Book Sale Packer/Unpacker
  • Support Library Programs
    • Civic Engagement Events Volunteer
    • Colorin Colorado Volunteer
    • English Language Learning Volunteer
    • Maker’s Space Volunteer
    • Reference Librarian Volunteer
    • Summer Teen Volunteer
    • Tech Tuesday Volunteer
    • Young Adult Advisory Council Volunteer
    • YS Materials Cleaning Volunteer
  • Work in Library Offices
    • Creative Services Volunteer
    • Data Entry Volunteer
    • Genealogy Research Volunteer
    • Library Foundation Volunteer
    • Program Management Volunteer
    • Recruiting & Placement Volunteer

We don’t judge a book by Its cover! Karen and Earl, we know you're young at heart and still plenty spry. Do any of your friends want to help? Please have them fill out a Volunteer Application form. For full descriptions of each position, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ron Zluticky and then hit the early-bird special! 

Thanks again! 

“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” — Albert Einstein

Karen and Earl, you're golden! You know you'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. You're such cutups — you're the bee's knees! Your enthusiasm is infectious and you brighten the day of just about everyone you encounter. But, you can't do that sitting on your duff at home, right?! A rolling stone gathers no moss. Your duffs have no moss! You volunteer!!!

OK, let's not put the cart before the horse. Speaking of horses, we never look a gift horse in the mouth. A hearty THANK YOU is due to you both and not just because volunteer appreciation week is wrapping up. Volunteers like you help your Library with 60,000 hours each year! You... Continue »

More books

Read. Just Read.

You. You! You know April is "Drop Everything and Read Month." But ... you are too busy. We get that. We try our best to accommodate your busy schedule to make your life with the Library super convenient. 

Why "Drop Everything and Read?" Because, as the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Well, if it can rain cats and dogs, why can't it rain down books? Think about what a deluge of reading will do for you. Think about the bountiful harvest you'll reap from your intellectual garden! This all because you sowed the seeds now. Drop everything! Read. Just read.  

But what to read? Good question! Not to brag, but this is kinda our thing! Let's find you something good to read. 

  • Staff Picks. Find out what we recommend. Here you'll find reviews by librarians of titles in every format we carry! You can browse by category and tags.
  • Find out the latest hub-bub whether reactions are good or bad with the most recent user-submitted ratings and reviews.
  • Spring is all about NEW! So check out all of our new titles.
  • Are you the type that won't see a movie unless Rotten Tomatoes certifies that it's "fresh?" We get you. Books that win awards will not disappoint.
  • What about bestsellers? Sure. We've always got those too.
  • Need to be motivated by other readers? Like to have conversations about the book that currently has your mind, body and soul consumed? Join a book group!    

So there you go! No excuses. Drop everything and read. Repeat. Spring into a more entertaining, informed, inspired, and all around better life with books! You can do it! Your Library Card is a powerful thing!
 

You. You! You know April is "Drop Everything and Read Month." But ... you are too busy. We get that. We try our best to accommodate your busy schedule to make your life with the Library super convenient. 

Road Trip Selfie

Road Trip Triumph

Syd, you've weathered the season (literally.) You've kept positive when your weather app mocked you with its updates: "-1 degrees but 'feels like' 0." :| Sure, spring has not sprung, but that doesn't mean you can't start making plans for a vacation! Nothing says "spring" like a road trip! 

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

  • Get a Road Atlas. Seriously Syd, do you remember that tumultuous trek across Tennessee in '14? Remember how you were going to use your phone for navigation? Recall how there was a "no-service area" for, oh what, 3 and a half hours?! Never again.
  • Snag a Travel Guide (again, no phone reception!) Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Fodors, Eyewitness and more guarantee you'll tailor your trip to your tastes.     

Entertainment

  • Music! Every road trip needs a soundtrack!!! When "future Syd" hears that song that takes him back to the sights and smells of this roadie, he'll thank you! Will you have phone reception? If so, our streaming music services are the way to go. No service? No worries! good old-fashioned CDs are still available for checkout. ;)
  • An audiobook. Remember how Listening to Will Wheaton voicing Ready Player One got you from here to Dallas and back a couple years ago? Get them in pretty much any format you want, even an eAudiobook.
  • Snackage. You're going to get hungry and the stops are sometimes few and far between. Our advice? Snack-up
  • Have a contingency plan for that abomination your hotel is calling "cable." eMagazine and eNewspapers will give you a solid alternative.
  • Make sure you've viewed this travel tutorial at least once before hitting the open road. :D

Step 2. Pick up your holds from your favorite location.

Step 3. Roll.

  

Syd, you've weathered the season (literally.) You've kept positive when your weather app mocked you with its updates: "-1 degrees but 'feels like' 0." :| Sure, spring has not sprung, but that doesn't mean you can't start making plans for a vacation! Nothing says "spring" like a road trip! 

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

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Reserve a Room

We're here to serve you. Not just with our remarkable collection of materials for you to check out. Not just with our impactful programs and events. Sometimes you need space. Whether it's to study, have a conference, meeting, class, whatever, the Library has rooms for you! From 1 person to 150 people, you can reserve a room that suits your educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational, or charitable activities. 

We're here to serve you. Not just with our remarkable collection of materials for you to check out. Not just with our impactful programs and events. Sometimes you need space. Whether it's to study, have a conference, meeting, class, whatever, the Library has rooms for you! From 1 person to 150 people, you can reserve a room that suits your educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational, or charitable activities. 

Fashion

Fashion + able = fashionable

Morgan,

Rachel Zoe once said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." Fashion is your language. It's how you express your creative side. It's a process though. It's a technical art and a challenging craft. But you have help! That's right, we know your secret, Morgan. Don't "shush" us. Your secret is safe with us (with the exception of us posting this on the front page of our website!) ;) The Library is your fashion resource. We won't tell!

March 25 - 31 is Kansas City Fashion Week. Obviously it's better than those others in New York, Seoul, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, etc. And you, Morgan, are ready. Why? You have access to all the best fashion magazines in a digital format thanks to eMagazines from RBdigital! With your Library Card, you can always peruse:

  • allure
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Elle
  • Glamour
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Lucky
  • Marie Claire
  • O
  • Redbook​
  • Vanidades USA
  • Vogue

Books? Your familiarity with the Dewey Decimal system serves you well. You know the 646 shelves (sewing, clothing and fashion) intimately. You memorized the runway rules!

Once you are inspired, how do you "make it work?" How do your ideas become reality? You don't just dream it, you do it! And the place you get things done is the MakerSpace! Sure, there's a world class sewing machine and space for you to work. But, it's the 3D Printer, the vinyl cutter and the laser etching that you use to transform mere clothing into moving art!

Morgan, you move us! Well done!!!

Morgan,

Rachel Zoe once said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." Fashion is your language. It's how you express your creative side. It's a process though. It's a technical art and a challenging craft. But you have help! That's right, we know your secret, Morgan. Don't "shush" us. Your secret is safe with us (with the exception of us posting this on the front page of our website!) ;) The Library is your fashion resource. We won't tell!

March 25 - 31 is Kansas City Fashion Week. Obviously it's better than those others in New York, Seoul, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, etc. And you, Morgan, are ready. Why? You have access to all the best fashion magazines in a digital format thanks to ... Continue »

Love

A Library for Lovers

Atabong and Dada, let’s talk about Valentine’s Day.

  • Wait!
  • Before continuing reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library.
  • Now, please, continue reading.

For some, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why? Because you have to love each other enough to get past those moments you don’t like each other!

That’s where we come in. Your Library Card can be more powerful than a box of chocolates and definitely better than a Dear John letter.

Our idea of a good date? Believe it or not, a Librarian is better than cupid. True! Trust us, the Library has what you need to create a special night:

  1. Do your research. There’s some good stuff in those steamy romance novels. Get some “informal” learning with eBooks and eAudiobooks from Axis 360.
  2. Get “scentual.” No, we didn’t misspell “sensual.” We’re talkin’ aromatherapy! Learn olfactory optimization with a Universal Class.
  3. Greet your partner with “Je t'aime,” “Te amo,” “Abdi bogoh ka anjeun” and a kiss! Where did you get so worldly? That’s right, Mango Languages.
  4. Croon. Lynda lessons will help you lyricize your love song.
  5. If they don’t get the hint, look for inspiration together from magazines like Cosmopolitan with eMagazines from RBdigital.
  6. In the end, entertainment. Stream independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. InstantFlix and chill.

Good luck! ;)   

 

Atabong and Dada, let’s talk about Valentine’s Day.

  • Wait!
  • Before continuing reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library.
  • Now, please, continue reading.

For some, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why? Because you have to love each other enough to get... Continue »

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