This Week at the Library

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

Library OnDemand – Available anytime you like. 

READ to a Dog with Pets for Life  – April 3 – April 6, 3:30 – 5 p.m., In person event at different locations. Join us at Leawood Pioneer Library on April 3, Antioch Library on April 4, Central Resource Library on April 5, or Monticello Library on April 6. 

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a registered therapy dog or cat! These animals volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team. Please note: space is limited for this program; kids will get a ticket at arrival and wait their turn to read to one of several dogs.

Pollinator Series – Tuesday, April 4, 2 – 3 p.m.

Bees, butterflies and bats . . . oh my! Spring is here at the Lenexa City Center Library and our regional pollinators are in full flight. Join Johnson County Master Gardeners for this workshop to learn from the experts exactly what is happening when these animals and insects are flying about. Each participant will receive seeds to help grow more places for pollinators to explore.

Meet the Cartoonist: Josh Neufeld – Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bestselling comics journalist Josh Neufeld says, "I am a nonfiction storyteller and my medium is comics.” He is the writer/artist of the nonfiction graphic novel "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge" (Pantheon), which was nominated for the Eisner and Harvey awards, and many other true-life graphic narratives. Josh is also the illustrator of the graphic nonfiction book "The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media" (W.W. Norton), and is the co-editor of "FLASHed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose." Josh's illustrations have appeared in such publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post. In this one-hour reading, Josh will share an overview of his career, complete with extended readings of selected pieces and leaving ample time for Q&A. This program will be hosted on Library OnDemand. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

The Past is Prologue: The Orphan Train Movement – Tuesday, April 4, 7 – 8 p.m.

The Past is Prologue is a bimonthly program that highlights topics often left out, glossed over, or misrepresented in our history books. For our April topic, National Orphan Train Complex curator Kaily Carson will detail the history of the Orphan Train Movement that served as a precursor to our modern day foster care system. The program will take place virtually via Library OnDemand, and the recording will be available following the program on the Library’s website. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

Caregiver Workshop: Ask the Early Childhood Experts – Wednesday, April 5, 7– 8 p.m., Online event

Whether it's finding activities to keep them busy or understanding what's going on inside their heads, being a caregiver of young children can be challenging. Each month's caregiver workshop explores a different topic to support and enrich relationships between kids age birth to 6 and their caregivers. In April, get your most pressing questions answered by local early childhood experts. This program will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact registrants via email the day before the meeting with instructions on how to access the Zoom meeting. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

And much more happening this week …