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Featured Artist Friday EncoreMiki P Encore

This is the last episode we recorded at the Central Resource Library before the stay at home order. Local Arts Librarian Bryan Voell joined Dave Carson to host local music sensation Miki P! We’re not sure which you’ll enjoy more: our interview with her, or her jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, ear-pleasing live musical performance! Plus, more of your favorite Librarians have phoned in with their best eLibrary picks and favorite author quotes.  

This is the last episode we recorded at the Central Resource Library before the stay at home order. Local Arts Librarian Bryan Voell joined Dave Carson to host local music sensation Miki P! We’re not sure which you’ll enjoy more: our interview with her, or her jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, ear-pleasing live musical performance! Plus, more of your favorite Librarians have phoned in with their best eLibrary picks and favorite author quotes.  

Lawncare

TBT: Get ON my lawn! Please.

As you very well know, it’s Lawn and Garden Month!

It's the age-old spring tradition: lawn work. Whether it's 2020, or 1935, having nine boys helping out certainly makes the job easier! 

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.

As you very well know, it’s Lawn and Garden Month!

It's the age-old spring tradition: lawn work. Whether it's 2020, or 1935, having nine boys helping out certainly makes the job easier! 

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

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MakerSpace Mask Delivery

MakerSpace Mask Delivery

You may have caught Johnson County Library in the news recently—our Black & Veatch MakerSpace facilitators have been hard at work during our branch closure, running 3D printers from our MakerSpace and JCCC’s Maker Lab 24/7 to make desperately needed PPE for Johnson County healthcare workers. Last week they handed off their first 80 face shields to Johnson County EMS. Assembled from 3D-printed headbands and plastic dividers, the shields will be sanitized and distributed to Johnson County Developmental Supports for immediate use. In addition to the face shields, Library staff from across all departments have sewn nearly 1,000 fabric masks, with another donation to EMS happening later this week.

You may have caught Johnson County Library in the news recently—our Black & Veatch MakerSpace facilitators have been hard at work during our branch closure, running 3D printers from our MakerSpace and JCCC’s Maker Lab 24/7 to make desperately needed PPE for Johnson County healthcare workers. Last week they handed off their first 80 face shields to Johnson County EMS. Assembled from 3D-printed headbands and plastic dividers, the shields will be sanitized and distributed to... Continue »

Bookmark winners

Bookmark Contest Winners

The Friends of Johnson County Library are pleased to name Tess Boyer,  Margaret Drumm,  Hunter Everett,  Cecilia Grahek,  Adalyn Long,  Vivian Mahaffie,  Hannah Markiewiez,  Ellis Nohe,  Toshani Pippalapalli,  Jillian Reuter,  Derin Serbetcioglu,  Audrey Vietti,  Olivia Wang and  Jessica Ward as Winners in the 2020 Bookmark Design Contest.

When the libraries are open again, the winning bookmarks will be printed and available for distribution to Library users at the 14 library locations.

The annual competition is generously supported by the Friends of Johnson County Library. This year, the contest accepted more than 400 original illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only. Designs, drawings and images must be made by hand only, and the original art must be submitted.

“They’re so wonderful,” exclaims Friends president Jennifer Curtiss, “and I collect a new set every year. They’re a great way to get creative people of all ages interested in our excellent Library system.”

The Friends of Johnson County Library are pleased to name Tess Boyer,  Margaret Drumm,  Hunter Everett,  Cecilia Grahek,  Adalyn Long,  Vivian Mahaffie,  Hannah Markiewiez,  Ellis Nohe,  Toshani Pippalapalli,  Jillian Reuter,  Derin Serbetcioglu,  Audrey Vietti,  Olivia Wang and  Jessica Ward as Winners in the 2020 Bookmark Design Contest.

When the libraries are open again, the winning bookmarks will be printed and available for distribution to Library users at the 14 library locations.

The annual competition is generously supported by the Friends of Johnson County Library. This year, the contest accepted more than 400 original illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult. Accepted media are colored pencil... Continue »

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We Celebrate our Volunteers!

Enjoy this slideshow dedicated to our many wonderful volunteers!

Enjoy this slideshow dedicated to our many wonderful volunteers!

New Podcast Episode: Miki P

This is the last episode we recorded at the Central Resource Library before the stay at home order. Local Arts Librarian Bryan Voell joined Dave Carson to host local music sensation Miki P! We’re not sure which you’ll enjoy more: our interview with her, or her jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, ear-pleasing live musical performance! Plus, more of your favorite Librarians have phoned in with their best eLibrary picks and favorite author quotes.  

This is the last episode we recorded at the Central Resource Library before the stay at home order. Local Arts Librarian Bryan Voell joined Dave Carson to host local music sensation Miki P! We’re not sure which you’ll enjoy more: our interview with her, or her jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, ear-pleasing live musical performance! Plus, more of your favorite Librarians have phoned in with their best eLibrary picks and favorite author quotes.   Continue »

Digging

TBT: Can you dig it?

As you very well know, it’s National Safe Digging Month!

Whether you're digging up a new garden bed, digging a hole for planting a new tree, or if you're breaking ground for a Waids Restaurant like these fine folks in this picture, do it safely!

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.

As you very well know, it’s National Safe Digging Month!

Whether you're digging up a new garden bed, digging a hole for planting a new tree, or if you're breaking ground for a Waids Restaurant like these fine folks in this picture, do it safely!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow has several ways to get homework help:

  • Live tutoring daily 2 - 11 p.m.
  • Writing Lab to get feedback within one business day
  • SkillSurfer for study resources and test prep
  • Send Question to get a response within one business day
  • LEAP to create a customized learning plan

Start learning »

Brainfuse HelpNow has several ways to get homework help:

  • Live tutoring daily 2 - 11 p.m.
  • Writing Lab to get feedback within one business day
  • SkillSurfer for study resources and test prep
  • Send Question to get a response within one business day
  • LEAP to create a customized learning plan

Start learning »

elementia encore

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? We've got some amazingly smart and talented teens right here in Johnson County!

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? ... Continue »

Local Writers

Writing Contest Winner

Johnson County Library is pleased to share the work of our most recent Writing Contest winner, Martha Gershun. We love so many things about her essay Emma Goldman’s Amber Necklace. It’s a perfect blend of family lore, tradition, and anarchy! Gershun’s stellar writing style is quite familiar; she has won our writing contest twice previously. 

First was Channeling Marjorie, an essay from the Women’s Voices theme, about her relationship with the yarn she inherited from a dear friend’s mother. The Hatch was selected during our Universe of Stories theme, in which Gershun shares her father’s involvement with NASA and the space program. 

We also offer contests for poetry and short story writers. We’re wrapping up our current Connections prompt, and May brings our summer prompt: Imagine Your Story.

One core source of human happiness is engaging with stories. We find our identities in the stories we tell about ourselves, and we connect with others through theirs. We find entertainment and escape when we immerse ourselves in stories that capture our imaginations. This summer we hope to inspire writers of all ages to imagine, write, and share stories. Even stories about stories; we want to learn about the writers who have delighted you and ignited your curiosity.

Tell us about stories that have brought you joy. Or try telling your own. We can’t wait to experience them with you.

We also offer our JoCoWrites blog for those of you who love to share your work, regardless of contests. For the month of April we’re accepting haiku. Submit one or several of your own, or just look for a favorite to share with your friends!

Johnson County Library is pleased to share the work of our most recent Writing Contest winner, Martha Gershun. We love so many things about her essay Emma Goldman’s Amber Necklace. It’s a perfect blend of family lore, tradition, and anarchy! Gershun’s stellar writing style is quite familiar; she has won our writing contest twice previously. 

First was Channeling Marjorie, an essay from the Women’s Voices theme, about her relationship with the yarn she inherited from a dear friend’s mother.... Continue »

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