This Week at the Library

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

Tabletop Games – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 – 7:45 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled event at the Central Resource Library with family and friends and become a part of the Johnson County tabletop gaming community. Discover new games from our collection or bring your personal favorite to share – you might get creative with a round of Dixit, collaborate to escape the Forbidden Island or strategize your way to victory as King of Tokyo! Come and go as you please. Refreshments are provided.

Tween Book Club – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

If you’re age 9-13 and enjoy reading, this program is for you! Let’s get together at the Monticello Library to read new books, discuss ideas and characters, and meet other book lovers. Each session we read a different book, and staff will lead the group in a discussion about the book. Participants will get a free book while supplies last. Stop by the Youth Services desk to pick up your book. The December title is Where The Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.

Writing Your Award-Winning Children’s Book – Friday, Dec. 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us at the Antioch Library for this Writers Conference redux. Writing a children’s book can be an enlightening experience, and one for which most writers are very qualified. Surely most people have read hundreds, if not thousands, of children’s books to little loved ones. Most could absolutely write one. Participants will be encouraged to think back to their own childhood, to the childhood of their children, to examine the components within their favorite children’s books. The goal is for participants to leave not only with an understanding of the components to layer a great children’s book, but also with several ideas so they can soon begin writing great children’s books of their own.

Goals but Different: Building a Writing Practice with Self-Compassion– Friday, Dec. 15, noon – 2 p.m.

Join us at the Antioch Library for this Writer’s Conference redux. Writers tend to have a loud inner critic, which can get louder when we don’t meet our writing goals. Research shows that self-compassion is way more motivating than self-criticism. In this workshop, we’ll explore different ways to create writing goals and how to work toward them with self-compassion. You’ll have tools and resources to build your writing practice when you leave.

Submitting Your Work for Publication – Friday, Dec. 15, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us at the Antioch Library for this Writer’s Conference redux. This workshop is designed to provide aspiring writers with practical tips and advice on how to submit their work for publication. Participants should bring a work they are considering publishing: the workshop will cover essential topics such as preparing your work for submission, finding the right publication, considering methods of self-publishing, and much more. By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained the knowledge and confidence to take the first steps towards getting their work published, including in JCL’s writing contests and the JoCoWrites blog.

And there’s much more happening this week … 

Already have a busy week?  Remember, you can watch recordings of many of our programs at your convenience with Library OnDemand