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This Week at the Library

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

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 Meadowbrook Park, (9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village, KS).  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. 

Kids Summer Food Program  – Monday, June 21, 11 AM – Noon

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will distribute free meals for ALL children 18 & under in the Central Resource Library parking lot. Parents and caregivers welcome! No cost! No sign-up required.

Dynamic Storytelling with Charlie Mylie – Tuesday, June 22, 3 – 4 PM

Join us for an hour of dynamic storytelling and live drawing with writer/illustrator Charlie Mylie as he teaches kids the basics of narrative: plot, characters, suspense and surprise. Mylie uses an overhead projector and audience prompts to show us how stories start and where they can wind up. See an artist at work and participate in the creative process. Best for ages 5-10.

Reflections on Race Contest Winners Reading – Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Enjoy readings by the four winners of the Reflections on Race Writing Contest, which spanned four months in late 2020. Each writer will read their piece and will also be available for questions from the audience about their work. Karen Morales will read "Beyond Instagram Graphics," David Garrison will read "Nine Minutes," Jacob Kittilstad will read "Milkshake," and Marcia Hurlow will read "DECONSTRUCTION."

Artists in Sight – Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

On Artists in Sight, we interview some of the Kansas City area's best local visual artists for insights about their work, creative process and the things that inspire them. For this edition of Artists in Sight, we speak with a member of No Divide KC about their current and future projects. No Divide KC uses the arts as a vehicle for stimulating social awareness, participation and community building. 

And much more …

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Antioch Library Replacement: Information and Listening Session

Antioch Library is relocating to the Merriam Community Center campus, and we want to hear from you!

Join us for a live session where you will meet the architects, learn about the project and their community involvement process, and ideate about your future library.

When: Wednesday, June 30 from 6 - 7:30 PM

Where: Future site of the Library @ Merriam Community Center campus

This program will be outside in person. Travel to the Merriam Community Center parking structure (6040 Slater St, Merriam, KS), and then join us under the tents on the adjacent green space (future site of the Library).

Learn more about the Antioch Library Replacement project and additional ways of engagement via Library OnDemand. And, follow @jocolibrary on social media for project updates and photos. 

Construction will occur after the design is finalized with completion anticipated in 2023.

 

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TBT: Bunch of Balloons

As you very well know, June is National Give a Bunch of Balloons Month. What do you do? Find someone in need of encouragement and brighten their day with a balloon bouquet! This practice began as a way to bring joy to children suffering illness. Use #GiveABunchOfBalloonsMonth to share on social media.

We'd like to bring you some smiles too. We can't give you balloons, but we sure can point you towards some historic pictures of balloons. Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Search "balloon" for a colorful adventure. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

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Once more with feeling.

It's an encore posting of our June podcast episode. If you haven't listened yet, we lay out what we're focusing on for the next 7 months in our new Discover Your Library series. It's exciting stuff.

We introduce you to our new series AND we play some fun getting-to-know-you games so you can learn a little bit more about your podcast hosts. Did you hear?

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Begin Your Own Book Club

Have you been wanting to join one of our book clubs and registration has been completely full! Why not start your own?

Visit our For Book Clubs Page. There you will find some great advice on how to get started.

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Corinth's Herb Garden

Where some might have seen a vacant space, Corinth librarians Meagan and Diana saw potential. Several years ago, they got started converting alcoves near the Library parking lot into what is now an herb garden. The garden serves as the basis for educational programs, and provides natural beauty and inspiration for readers.

Their process is part of a growing trend. Libraries are increasingly incorporating green spaces, both in new building projects, like Monticello’s roof terrace, through partnerships, like at Oak Park’s community garden, or in the case of Corinth, with some creative reuse. A Library Journal article noted that “the best libraries don’t stop at the front door.”

After noticing some old rusty flowerpots that were creating an eyesore, Spencer asked her branch manager at the time if she could make some improvements, and soon the garden began to take shape.

Then Meagan joined the team, "and she was super supportive of the idea. She took it to the next level to make it an educational garden,” Diana said.

Meagan pulled together some research about green spaces, and utilized her own gardening expertise. A local Girl Scout troop helped put their plan into action, sowing new plants in the spaces. While Library staff have largely kept up with maintenance over the years, a full-time volunteer is now on board to tend to it on a more regular basis.

“We have the rocks, the pots, the soil, and we’re composting and regenerating,” said Diana. “We’re drying plants out and planting the seeds and recycling each year. We start everything from seeds, so kids can guess what’s growing and watch the life cycle of seeds.”

The events of the past year presented some new challenges for the garden, when the pandemic meant that all Johnson County Libraries closed their doors.

Now, as the world comes back to life, so has the garden. Over the years, Corinth has built programming to connect to the garden, incorporating the 6 by 6 skills for early literacy.  Other programs have included an aromatherapy session that used scents from the herbs, and “plantable” bookmarks made from recycled paper with wildflower seeds embedded. This year, the Summer Reading launch will prominently feature Corinth’s garden as well as a Master Gardener giving tips and advice.

“This summer, with Summer Reading being all about animals, we got onto the topic of wildlife and ecology, and the ways that we can help wildlife in our community,” said Christin. “Rather than simply talk to people about how you can plant natives or bring native species into your space, we wanted to tell the story of the Library doing that.”

Christin and Diana noted that the pandemic and events of the past year have also placed new importance on outdoor spaces, shedding light on the value of the project that started as a labor of love.

“Revitalizing the garden and being able to open that space again...It feels really big to me, especially this year. People can go to the Library, sit on the patio and chat, or smell the plants growing while they watch their kids,” Christin said. “Communities look to their Library now in ways that they didn’t before. Libraries are not just a quiet building, but where people live their lives and engage with their community. People need those connection points.”

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This Week at the Library

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

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 Listowel Park, (12037 W 71st St, Shawnee, KS).  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 in 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. 

Kids Summer Food Program  – Monday, June 14, 11 AM - Noon

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will distribute free meals for ALL children 18 & under in the Central Resource Library parking lot. Parents and caregivers welcome! No cost! No sign-up required.

Virtual Visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Home of Winter the Tailless Dolphin – Tuesday, June 15, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Join us for a virtual visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, home of Winter, the tailless dolphin featured in the film Dolphin Tales. Go behind the scenes and explore the aquarium, talk with a staff biologist, and have two awesome animal encounter experiences with both dolphins and sea turtles! Best for animal lovers, ages 5 and up.

Horror Talk: Gabino Iglesias in Conversation with Jeremy Robert Johnson – Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of The Loop, will discuss what it means to write horror in horrible times and how far is too far.  Please Register for this program early. This Local Writers program will be hosted using the online engagement platform Library OnDemand.

Virtual City Bicycling – Thursday, June 17, Noon – 1:30 PM

Learn the rules of the road and cycling confidence in this FREE class from Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC! Our instructors will encourage you to ride farther and explore our region on bikes.

And much more …

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Take-Home Table Top Games

Join us to explore games featuring Tails and Tales this summer! Your next game night will be the cat’s pajamas with the help of our collection of take-home games and goodies. Sign up for your kit and we’ll set one aside for pickup at a branch of your choice. Become top dog when playing games with your own flock, or go hog wild against other eager beavers at our online Take-Home Table Top events. All ages are welcome.

Events in this series:

Take-Home Table Top Games (Event 1 of 2)
Monday, June 21, 2021 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Take-Home Table Top Games (Event 2 of 2)
Saturday, July 17, 2021 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

The events will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact you via the email you registered with to determine your kit pickup location and provide instructions on how to access the Zoom meetings. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

Note: Kit supplies are limited. Registering for our events will reserve you a kit to take home. Event registrants will receive a kit whether they choose to attend one, both, or neither of the online events. 

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Virtual City Bicycling

Thursday, June 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Online event

Learn the rules of the road and cycling confidence in this FREE class from Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC! Our instructors will encourage you to ride farther and explore our region on bikes. 

Where: Your home! BWKC will send you a link to a Zoom webinar for LIVE instruction at the same date and time as the in-person class was originally scheduled.