This Week in the Library

Walk and Read – Daily, All Week

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Wassmer Park, 6700 Roe Ave, Prairie Village, KS) and at various locations throughout Johnson County. Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

Danger & Refuge: A Reading & Conversation, Meg Kearney with Wyatt Townley – Tuesday, Sept 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

The poems in Meg Kearney's and Wyatt Townley's most recent collections walk the line between danger and refuge, exploring the effects of violence, abandonment and loss. The collections do this while also finding solace, safety, acceptance and love in unexpected places. Meg and Wyatt will each read a sampling of poems from their books, and speak about the ways they have faced danger and found refuge in their art.

Moving is Learning for Preschoolers – Wednesday, Sept 15, 1 – 1:45 p.m.  

A moving child is a learning child. Grounded in best practices and current research, this session helps connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. Movement experts from Johnson County Parks & Recreation District will lead 45 minutes of activities, exercises, and games this week at Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Rd., Edgerton.  Best for ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Workshop: Finding Refuge in Form: The Sonnet & The Extended Metaphor – Saturday, Sept 25, 1 – 3 p.m.

This workshop puts the ideas from Meg Kearney’s September 21 craft talk into practice. Writers will spend the first hour exploring the power of the extended metaphor and create poems that express the otherwise inexpressible. In the second hour, we’ll talk about sonnets and what these “little songs” might lead us to sing. We’ll begin with a simple exercise to get participants thinking in fresh, concrete ways; read some sample poems; and then draft some new work.

And much more …