This Week at the Library

Library OnDemand – Available anytime you like.

READ to A Dog with Pets For Life – Monday, Sept. 11, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Join us at the Leawood Pioneer Library reading to a dog. 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 animals.

Live Your Healthiest Life Fall Classes – Tuesdays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 14, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Fall into some healthy habits! Take 10 hours and feel better in 2023. Each class will focus on a different topic and all classes will be held at the Central Resource Library

Sept. 12: Stress – Making connections and reducing stressors.
Sept. 19: Sleep – Get some tips on getting and staying asleep.
Sept. 26: Nutrition – Just the basics.
Oct. 3: Nutrition – Cooking healthy on a budget.
Oct. 10: Exercise – How much and what kind do I need?
Oct. 17: Exercise – Your way, your pace.
Oct. 24: Quitting tobacco and changing behaviors.
Oct. 31: How do I stop? Step by step.
Nov. 7: Ready? Let’s do this!
Nov. 14: The new tobacco-free you.

Civics 101: Libraries and the Freedom to Read – Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

In a time of intense political polarization, public and school libraries across the country have seen an increase in the number of challenges to library materials. American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom documented 1,269 challenges to library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since the association began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. 

Join us for a panel discussion featuring veteran librarians as we discuss the freedom to read and explore the issue of book challenges and censorship. We will explore the significance of unrestricted access to information and the role of librarians as guardians of intellectual freedom. Our panelists will shed light on the various types of challenges and bans that libraries encounter, define and explain what censorship is, and the implications and impact of censorship on readers and communities. We will also examine how libraries and librarians work to protect your right to access information.

Read Under The Stars – Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 – 6 p.m.

Elementary aged kids and their families, please join us at the Central Resource Library for a low-sensory personal reading experience. We invite you to bring your own book (or borrow one of ours!), curl up and read in our quiet starlit Library space.

Walk and Read at Listowel Park – Saturday, Sept. 16 – Sept. 24, All Day

Family and friends of all ages are invited to join Johnson County Library for a walk in Listowel Park ! Walk and Read creates a reading opportunity for all, in various parks throughout Johnson County. Those who participate will read two stories posted around a path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can turn around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. The stories you’ll read are Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage by Tracey Chavez and Chez Bob by Bob Shea. The paths are stroller and wheelchair friendly, allowing for all to join in the fun! Dates are subject to adjustment due to inclement weather conditions. Look for updated information at the event link above.

And much more happening this week …