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Franny Choi Poetry Workshop

elementia's issue xviii featured author Franny Choi will lead a workshop on poetry writing for teens and adults. A poet, playwright, essayist, slam champion, and podcaster, Choi writes through her existence as a Korean-American queer woman living in a society that capitalizes off beauty, bodies, race, and sexuality, thus was the perfect honoree for this year's elementia theme: Bodies.

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Update: Central Resource Library

As you're probably aware, we are making areas of Central Resource Library even better in 2021! Here's a little peek at what's been going on behind the scenes.

During March, crews completed the interior demolition of the Kids area. In addition, the slab flooring was cut to install footings for new door and window openings and to install underground utilities. Crew members also installed temporary walls where the new addition will connect to the current building.

We know you may have many questions about what to expect this year, so we’ve put together a Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central, and where to find alternate services. You’ll also find a Fly-Through video rendering of the project.

In addition to its public service staff, Central is home to many departments that support all 14 branches. Once the work at Central is complete, you will feel the positive impact across the Library system!

Photos provided by Construction Manager, Titan Built, LLC.

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Annual Bookmark Contest

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the 2021 Friends Annual Bookmark Design Contest Honoring National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 17-23, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

Tell Us your story about family, books, and learning
Show Us what you love about your Library
Draw Us into your colorful Library world

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with its own winner.

SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN July 6 – Sept. 10, 2021

Print out your entry form (PDF) and start creating! 

The winning illustrations will be revealed Sept. 20. The winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed throughout the remainder of the year at all 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and three Friends Bookstores.

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This Week at the Library

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

Ask-a-Maker Session  Monday, April 19, 10 – 11  AM

If you're a Maker working on a current project, register for one-on-one help with a MakerSpace Facilitator, hosted live via Zoom. Whether you need help using hand tools, software or specific equipment, our Makers can answer your questions.

Book Party - Wednesday, April 21,  2 – 2:30 PM

Get some fresh reading and listening recommendations from one of our Librarians! Join us for a Book Party where a librarian will "booktalk" a short list of titles centering around a certain genre or theme.

In Memory of Six Million - Thursday, April 22, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Join us for our 11th annual In Memory of Six Million Holocaust Remembrance program. Hear a survivor speak from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum via Zoom. As survivors grow fewer as the years go on, we are incredibly grateful and excited to offer this opportunity to our patrons. The survivor will speak for 30 minutes allowing 30 minutes for audience questions at the end. The program will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

Elementia issue XVIII Reception – Friday, April 23, 7 – 8 PM

Celebrate the 18th issue of elementia, the teen literary magazine published by Johnson County Library. Explore concepts of our theme "Bodies" with readings from published teens, artwork, music and a keynote performance from poet Franny Choi.

Franny Choi Poetry Workshop - Saturday, April 24, 9 –11 AM

elementia's issue xviii featured author Franny Choi will lead a workshop on poetry writing for teens and adults. A poet, playwright, essayist, slam champion, and podcaster, Choi writes through her existence as a Korean-American queer woman living in a society that capitalizes off beauty, bodies, race, and sexuality, thus was the perfect honoree for this year's elementia theme: Bodies.

And much more …

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April Podcast Episode Encore

April's Did you hear? podcast episode is "Parents as Teachers"?

Whether it's homeschooling, or home learning that complements traditional school, Library resources are available to help. Parents as Teachers describes the role, relationship and resource of you as a critical educator.

Our March theme? Poetry.

We have a look back at our poetry walk to give you a behind the scenes look at how this incredible outdoor event came together. We share some of the great works presented on the walk and help you find more great poetry. Also, we look into poetry events and even explore physical art as poetry. 

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TBT: Guitar Hero

As you very well know, it’s International Guitar Month!

 

"Sometimes you'll want to give up the guitar. You'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded." 
~Jimi Hendrix

 

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

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

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In Memory of Six Million

Join us for our 11th annual In Memory of Six Million Holocaust Remembrance program. Hear a survivor speak from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum via Zoom. As survivors grow fewer as the years go on, we are incredibly grateful and excited to offer this opportunity to our patrons. The survivor will speak for 30 minutes allowing 30 minutes for audience questions at the end. The program will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

This program will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact registrants via the email you registered with the day of the program with instructions on how to access the Zoom meeting. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Online event

In addition to this event, we have created a virtual book display and have prepared a reading list In Memory of Six Million.  

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Events with Poet Bridget Lowe

Local poet Bridget Lowe spent many of her childhood and teenage days at the Corinth branch of Johnson County Library. In a post on the Ploughshares blog, she wrote about finding Anaïs Nin on the shelves--and how that discovery affected her. She writes:

"I like to imagine a sneaky librarian in the 1950s and ’60s ordering the works on the sly and slipping them onto the shelves. Whatever brave soul purchased those books, I want to thank him or her for ushering me through a difficult time, and for bringing Anaïs to Kansas."

Bridget will help us celebrate Poetry Month with three events in April. Register here to save your spot and click through to read what Bridget calls a love letter to her childhood branch of Johnson County Library.

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Cedar Roe Library Upgrades

We're improving your Library!

The Cedar Roe Library will be closed April 19 through June 20 to complete a critical upgrade to the building's HVAC system, as well as shelving updates and other exciting improvements to enhance your experience. It will re-open Monday, June 21 at 9 am.

Curbside Holds Pickup service will be available during most of the closure. Watch the Cedar Roe Library location page for updates on the availability of Curbside Holds Pickup. There will be an exterior book return available during the closure.

Our Cedar Roe Library Construction FAQ addresses questions about why this project is happening now, as well as where to find alternate services across our other 13 Johnson County Library locations. We will provide construction updates on our website. You can also follow @jocolibrary on social media to stay up to date with our progress.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our facilities!