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Brainfuse now offers FAFSA assistance

Brainfuse HelpNow has launched two special services:

FAFSA Live Help – Just like online tutoring, students and parents can chat with a live tutor to assist at any stage of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Available Mon-Thurs, 1 – 10 p.m. CDT.

Summer Camp – Elementary through High School students can overcome the “summer slide” to keep key skills fresh in their minds with short lessons, activities, and games. Available 24/7.

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elementia goes Digital

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? We've got some amazingly smart and talented teens right here in Johnson County! 

Empowering Entrepreneurs

You did it! You made the leap. Now you are an enterprising entrepreneur. Whether 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, the important thing is, now you are your own boss! 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 bookkeeping and accounting with Universal Class. 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!


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!

Many people say April and May are the best months to find a job and get hired. And, your Library Card makes it so much easier.

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:

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 during this volunteer appreciation week! 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:

  • Processing Book Donations
    • Book & Media Sorting Volunteer
    • Children’s Book Sorting Volunteer
    • Children’s Book Sorting Volunteer Assistant
    • Box Building Volunteer
  • Shelving Books
    • Book Distribution Volunteer
    • Circulation/Shelving Volunteer
    • Monticello Library Volunteer 
  • Supporting Sales of Used Books
    • Online Sales Research Volunteer
    • Online Sales Inventory Volunteer
    • Online Sales Listing Volunteer
    • Online Sales Shipping Volunteer
    • Bookstore Unpacking Volunteer
    • Bookstore Stocking Volunteer
    • Bookstore Cashier
    • Bookstore Cashier—Substitute
    • Used Book Sale Sign In Desk Volunteer
    • Used Book Sale Door Ambassador/Greeter
    • Used Book Sale Section Supervisor
    • Used Book Sale Merchandiser
    • Used Book Sale Cashier
    • Used Book Sale Counter/ Dolly Runner Crew
    • Used Book Sale Box Builder
    • Used Book Sale Non-Profit Clerk
    • Used Book Sale Packer/Unpacker
  • Assisting with Library Programs
    • Civic Engagement Events Volunteer
    • English Language Learning Volunteer
    • Maker’s Space Volunteer
    • Reference Librarian Volunteer
    • Summer Teen Volunteer
    • Tech Thursday Volunteer
    • Young Adult Advisory Council Volunteer
    • Youth Services Materials Cleaning Volunteer
  • Helping in Library Offices
    • Creative Services Volunteer
    • Data Entry Volunteer
    • Genealogy Research Volunteer
    • Library Foundation Volunteer
    • VS Team 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? They can view Volunteer Information and Services on our new web portal. For full descriptions of each position, please contact Volunteer Coordinator and then hit the early-bird special! 

Thanks again! 

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

Conference Rooms Conference Rooms are free and may be reserved up to three months in advance, on a first-come, first served basis by students and study groups. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Conference rooms?

Let's say you've got a group of 10 - 18 people getting together to exchange porridge recipes. A meeting room that hosts up to 150 people is just too big! What about a 6 person study room? Well, there are fire codes! And, what if somebody forgets to wear their deodorant?! Don't worry! We have the solution: The conference room! Not too big. Not too small. Just right.

"I found the size of the conference room to be just right!"


(Our conference rooms are 100% free to use and free of bears.)

A Library for Lovers

Atabong and Dada, February is a month about LOVE!!! And, the Library is for lovers.

Wait! Before 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.

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. It's 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 eHarmony. True! Trust us, the Library has what you need to create a summer of love:

  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. If they don’t get the hint, look for inspiration together from magazines like Cosmopolitan with eMagazines from RBdigital.
  5. In the end, entertainment. Stream independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. IndieFlix and chill.

Good luck! ;)   


Corinth Library Study Rooms Two study rooms that accommodate up to four people each. Study Rooms are free and may be reserved up to three months in advance, on a first-come, first served basis by students and study groups. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Study Rooms? We have them!

Need a little quiet? Want a small space to collaborate and communicate? Two words: Study Rooms. They are free and may be reserved up to three months in advance, on a first-come, first served basis by students, study groups or anyone at all!

AVA:"Huh. Study rooms."

BOB: "Are you an interior designer?"

AVA: "No, why?"

BOB: "Then why do you want to study rooms?"

AVA: "You're not funny."

We're here to help you make this your best school year ever!

Are you ready for some football?


You might just cheer at the top of your lungs when you learn how your Library Card raises your game to a Championship level!

We get it, this is new territory. The Chiefs aren't normally playing this time of year. Perhaps you're confused. You don't know what to do or how to handle it. The Library is here to say, "SNAP OUT OF IT!" This is serious stuff!!! You can win!!!

Your playbook? Food, Friends, Fun!


Two words: Souper Bowl

Cook up some success Kansas City-style with Mike Mills recipes, secrets, tall tales and outright lies: Peace, Love and Barbecue.

Extra point: The New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Majorie Druker. More than 100 of the best soup recipes Boston has to offer accompanied by fun stories and beautiful full-color photography.


As the late great Dionne Warwick sang: "In good times and bad times, I'll be on your side forever more. That's what friends are for."

Field goal: Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan. Four people meet at a Massachusetts college and become strong friends. Through ups and downs, they all reunite years after graduation, surviving changing relationships, family, and circumstances. Filled with warmth, wit and humor.

Two-point conversion: My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems. When Gerald the Elephant (Tom Brady) is sad, Piggie (Pattrick Mahommes) is determined cheer him up ... 


Touchdown: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. Simply the greatest book ever written.


Color Your Year!

Have you heard? Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year!

The folks at Pantone say Living Coral is "vibrant, yet mellow" and it "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."

So how can your Library Card bring more color to your life? 

Art. Did you know there are a number of prints of paintings you can check out from the Central Resource Library? Find all of them that have used Living Coral. You'll be the envy of all your friends.

Films. IndieFlix brings over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Make it a game—watch every single one and count the number of times you see the color of the year!

Fashion. Learn Fashion Design 101 online through Universal Class. We're almost certain they will approve of using Living Coral for everything from your hat, to your hoodie, to your high waisted pants, to your hiking boots!

Graphic design. An all Living Coral website? We like the way you think! Our eLearning resources are at no cost to you! Let in-depth videos and online classes be your gateway to "Coralizing" the world (is that a word?)

Home improvement. Ready for a change? Make the leap. Go for it. Do it! We've got the right eMagazine for you like The Family Handyman. Living Coral drapes, Living Coral wall paint, Living Coral sofa, Living Coral EVERYTHING! 

Travel. Have you ever visited a coral reef? It's time! That's some real living coral! We've got shelves and shelves of travel books! We even have your favorite downloadable audiobooks for the journey to your destination.

Or simply use "Coral" as a search term as a way to browse our catalog. Who knows what you'll find. Explore! After all, "Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity." 

Living Coral, the Library salutes you!