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Meet the 2023 Writers Conference Presenter: Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley has been on the faculty of our Writers Conference for years for a reason: attendees love her. They relate to her, respect her, and consistently tell us that her sessions are full of information, interesting, and engaging.

And that’s no surprise to anyone who’s spent any time with Jessica. She’s not only an accomplished writer and creative careers coach; she’s curious about others and genuinely interested in seeing people live their dream.

Jessica founded and leads The Creative’s Apprentice, where she provides step-by-step, easily implementable mindset and educational guidance so creatives can stop worrying about all of the “business stuff they’re supposed to do” and focus on the creative work they love to do.

We are pleased to announce that this year Jessica will be partnering with her editing partner, Dawn Downey, to teach a class on developmental editing. 

We look forward to seeing you Nov. 2-4 to write, network, and talk books with us! You can register to attend the Nov. 2 Kickoff here and you can register for both days of the Writers Conference here. For the Conference, your RSVP is for both days and sessions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You can keep up with Jessica by visiting her website (linked above) or on Instagram and Twitter at @thecreativesapp.

We asked Jessica a few questions inspired by this year’s conference book, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review, to get to know her better:

1. What's in your TBR pile? 

Dirty Laundry: Why Adults w/ADHD are so ashamed & what we can do to help by Roxanne Emery & Richard Pink; Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros.

2. What are you reading right now? 

The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk; Exhalation by Ted Chiang

3. Do you have a favorite book you love to recommend? 

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

4. Do you have a favorite bookstore? 

Blk + Brwn 

5. Answer the question you wish we had asked.

My favorite word is EGG


This Week at the Library

Library OnDemand – Available anytime you like.

Keynote Address: Women’s Bike Summit – Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sarah Loring (née Farsace) bikes for independence, strength and peace. As a PE teacher, survivor of both cancer and a hit-and-run, and a Pearl Izumi Crew Member, she's found cycling to be an endless source of "choose your own adventure." Come to the Central Resource Library and get inspired to bike more and invite your friends along for the ride!

In Person: ELL Conversation Class Interviews / Entrevista para clases presencial de conversación ELL – Saturday, Aug. 19, 9:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Are you an English-language learner? ELL language classes are available in-person. In September 2023, basic, intermediate and advanced level classes will be offered in-person. With a limited number of students for each class, registration will begin in the middle of July. Each student must be enrolled and have an in-person interview to be accepted. There is only one date to interview. The interviews, to determine proficiency, will take place on Aug. 19, 2023, at 9:15 a.m. at Central Resource Library, Logan Conference Room. No children, please.

Classes: Saturdays, Sept. 16-30; Oct. 7-28; Dec. 2-16 • 9:15-11:30 a.m. @ Central Resource Library

¿Eres un estudiante de inglés? – ELL – English-Language Learner. En septiembre de 2023 se ofrecerán clases presenciales de nivel básico, intermedio y avanzado. EL número de cupos es limitado para cada nivel, las inscripciones comenzarán a mediados de julio. Cada estudiante debe estar inscrito y tener una entrevista en persona para ser aceptado. Hay una sola fecha para la entrevista. Las entrevistas, para determinar la competencia, se llevarán a cabo el 19 de agosto de 2023, 9:15 a. m. en la Biblioteca Central, en el salón Logan Conference. Sin niños, por favor.

Sábados, 16-30 de septiembre; 7, 14, 21, 28 de octubre; 2, 9, 16 de diciembre • 9:15-11:30 a.m.
@ Biblioteca central de recursos

Interactive Exhibit: Streets for Everyone – Daily – Ongoing through Aug.18, All Day

Home Street Home is an interactive educational exhibit at the Central Resource Library that explores our streets and public spaces as places where we travel, shop, play, and engage with our communities. Good streets are places that support living well: places that make us safer, healthier, and more productive, places with people and activities that make our lives more interesting, places that help us get to work, school, services, and all of the opportunities that improve our quality of life.

The Home Street Home exhibit is designed to be accessible and interesting to a wide audience including child-friendly activities. It includes five "stations" each with a separate theme and activity.

And much more happening this week … 

First commercial building: grocery, cigar store and confectionary

First commercial building: grocery, cigar store and confectionary.

Overland Park's Past in Pictures

It’s another grand Throwback Thursday where we encourage you to time travel through Johnson County's history. JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and many JoCoHistory partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

Collection spotlight: Overland Park Historical Society

About this collection: Over 1,300 photographs documenting Overland Park life with special emphasis on local businesses, the Strang Line interurban railroad and school personnel.


The Fall Guide is Here!

The Fall Guide is here! Pick up a copy at your favorite JoCoLibrary location or browse online to read the latest Library news and see all of our upcoming programs!