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The recently returned 6-record set was checked out in March and renewed in April of 1976

Audiobook 42 years overdue returned to Library

A recent return of an overdue item occasioned quite the stir. Our local CBS news affiliate picked up the story from a social media post. The feature also got some love from national CBS and Inside Edition social media. Go figure. See the local story here.

An audiobook 42 years overdue was returned to the Johnson County Library. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 6-record set dates back before the time of CDs and even audio cassettes. The vinyl records are meant to be played at 16-2/3 RPM, a format so unusual that not even the local Marr Sound Archive at UMKC has such a turntable.

The volume was returned Friday, March 30 at the Corinth Library, and quickly caught staff attention. "We can see the set was checked out in March and renewed in April of 1976," librarian Megan Bannen said.

Examination of the set shows it to be a recording produced for the American Publishing House for the Blind, under the auspices of the Library of Congress. The book was narrated by Burt Blackwell, who recorded more than 400 volumes for the APH. The backside of the record label includes braille titling.

Bannen posted a small tweet about the returned book, not expecting it to be such a popular subject. Within an hour, KCTV5 had contacted the library to report on the story. Their online post and broadcast story were picked up by the national CBS syndicate and the story was included online by Inside Edition!

The patron who returned the 42-years-overdue audiobook stopped by Corinth to introduce herself and give the backstory on the audiobook. She used to teach visually impaired students in Shawnee Mission in the late 60s and early 70s. When she moved away some 30 years ago, the item was packed away inadvertently. She returned to the Kansas City area recently, and her daughter saw the set and joked, “Uh, think you should finally return this to the library?” So, she did!

Many have been interested in the possible late fee for an audiobook that is 42 years overdue. "You know, I don’t know how much we were charging for overdue books in 1976,” Bannen said. “Currently, we charge $.30 a day, but we do cap at $6 an item. So the maximum fee for this item would be $6." Corinth Library manager Ken Werne reports that a West Coast donor, after seeing or hearing the story, this week mailed a check and paid the $6 fine for this item in full.

The item has been, at long last, officially weeded from the collection, and has been donated to the Friends of Johnson County Library. The Friends will sell the item, likely through their very successful online portal to raise funds to support Library programs and services.

 

 

A recent return of an overdue item occasioned quite the stir. Our local CBS news affiliate picked up the story from a social media post. The feature also got some love from national CBS and Inside Edition social media. Go figure. See the local story here.

An audiobook 42 years overdue was returned to the Johnson County Library. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 6-record set dates back before the time of CDs and even audio cassettes. The vinyl records are meant to be played at 16-2/3 RPM, a format so unusual that not even the local Marr Sound Archive at UMKC has such a turntable.

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Village Presbyterian Church

Dr. Meneilly Fights Segregration

In the late 1940’s young Reverend Robert Meneilly was charged with starting a new Presbyterian church and assigned the area of Prairie Village. Real estate agreements, however, disallowed church services unless there was a church building in which to hold services. As an experiment, small Presbyterian churches donated $100,000 to start the church. Read more about Meneilly and his new church at JoCoHistory »

In the late 1940’s young Reverend Robert Meneilly was charged with starting a new Presbyterian church and assigned the area of Prairie Village. Real estate agreements, however, disallowed church services unless there was a church building in which to hold services. As an experiment, small Presbyterian churches donated $100,000 to start the church. Read more about Meneilly and his new church at JoCoHistory »

Maria the Mexican

Music Monday!Maria the Mexican

Maria The Mexican is a Movie in the Park veteran! BTW, now is a good time to get all of our great outdoor movies onto your schedule! Each movie features a performance from one of our Listen local artists.

Maria the Mexican's music is a mix of traditional mariachi roots and contemporary blues-rock delivered in English and Spanish. Led by sisters Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas on vocals and bandleader and guitarist Garrett Nordstrom, Maria the Mexican carries the legacy of Teresa's and Maria's grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, the leader of the first all-female mariachi band in the 1970s. As her granddaughter states, "she taught us how to perform professionally, stand up straight and sing out." We are happy to share an interview with Maria Cuevas about her heritage, the band's creative process and her book and music recommendations.

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Introduce yourselves. Where do you live and work?

Maria The Mexican is organized around Maria Cuevas (myself) and Tess Cuevas (sisters). I am long time KC resident but have recently relocated to Lawrence.  Tess lives in Topeka. We both have day jobs right now.  I am a yoga instructor at Om Tree Shala in Lawrence and Tess is a stylist at Salon 808 in Topeka.

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  • Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library
    Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library
  • The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab.
    The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab. The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab.
  • Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services.
    Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services.
  • The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration.
    The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration. The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration.

Designed with Flexibility in Mind

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.

As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.

A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate like a concrete slab to create a hidden space about 8” tall for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and permit quick reconfiguration of service areas and departments.

Here are some images of the floors being installed in public and staff areas at Monticello. If you feel taller when you go to Monticello Library, just think: you are!

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.

As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.

A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate like a concrete slab to create a hidden space about 8” tall... Continue »

Snow Plow

Throwback Thursday

Are you ready for spring? We sure are. Here's a photo of a snow plow from the Johnson County Archives. There's something cathartic about seeing this truck plowing away the snow. Perhaps it can push warmer temperatures our way!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Are you ready for spring? We sure are. Here's a photo of a snow plow from the Johnson County Archives. There's something cathartic about seeing this truck plowing away the snow. Perhaps it can push warmer temperatures our way!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter. Continue »

Micro image of fruit fly ovariole by Dr. Ting Xie of Stowers Institute

Up Close with Science and Art

Imaging of organisms, tissues and even cells for scientific purposes often captures stunning artistic display. Explore the connections between science and art at the Scientific Micro Imaging exhibition reception featuring Stowers' scientists and local artists. 

Imaging of organisms, tissues and even cells for scientific purposes often captures stunning artistic display. Explore the connections between science and art at the Scientific Micro Imaging exhibition reception featuring Stowers' scientists and local artists. 

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Cedar Roe Library
Spring picture books

It's Spring!

Even though it's not quite as spring-y outside as we'd like, we can still enjoy reading about Springtime with our little ones. See our picks for picture books about Spring!

Even though it's not quite as spring-y outside as we'd like, we can still enjoy reading about Springtime with our little ones. See our picks for picture books about Spring!

Pablo Sanhueza

Music Monday!Pablo Sanhueza

Pablo Sanhueza is many things: bandleader, Latin jazz percussionist, musical scholar, master and student. The Chilean-born musician is perhaps best known for leading the KC Salsa & Latin Jazz All Stars ensemble, but his musical imprint does not stop there.  He is a songwriter who has toured widely, sharing the stage with the likes of Poncho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Dave Valentin and Bobby Watson. We are honored to share an interview with Sanhueza. Enjoy!

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Introduce yourself. Where do you live and work?

My name is Pablo Sanhueza I've lived and worked as a musician in KC since 1996. In 1999, I moved to the west coast (Long Beach, California) to continue gathering musical and life experiences. In 2003, I returned to KC to organize the KC Salsa & Latin Jazz All-Stars, in partnership with the American Jazz Museum and also to attend the Jazz Studies program at UMKC.

 

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X-men book list

What Would the X-Men Read?

The Library hosted a panel at the recent Planet Comicon (2018) entitled What Would the X-Men Read? During the panel, Librarians Gregg and Stefanie were joined by comic creators Seth Peck, Dennis Hopeless, and artist Mark Brooks. The panelists came up with some great pairings as to what a particular X-Men character might like to read. Check them out here »

The Library hosted a panel at the recent Planet Comicon (2018) entitled What Would the X-Men Read? During the panel, Librarians Gregg and Stefanie were joined by comic creators Seth Peck, Dennis Hopeless, and artist Mark Brooks. The panelists came up with some great pairings as to what a particular X-Men character might like to read. Check them out here »

Look at Life Through Ruby Printed Glasses!

Here's a close-up video of a 3D print job on our Ultimaker 2 Go. Check out all of the cool equipment you can use in our MakerSpace or join us for a Maker event soon »

Here's a close-up video of a 3D print job on our Ultimaker 2 Go. Check out all of the cool equipment you can use in our MakerSpace or join us for a Maker event soon »

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