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Throwback Thursday

This Throwback Thursday we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We remind you the Library will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veteran's Day.

November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I. Look no further than jocohistory.org to find images like this black and white photograph of a World War I soldier sitting on the edge of a trench.

For even more history be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter.

This Throwback Thursday we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We remind you the Library will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veteran's Day.

November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I. Look no further than jocohistory.org to find images like this black and white photograph of a World War I soldier sitting on the edge of a trench.

For even more history be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Big Fall Kids Book Sale

Big Fall Kids Book Sale

Grab deals on thousands of gently-used children's books, DVDs & audiobooks at bargain prices! We'll have items ranging from board books to YA/teen titles. Most items will be priced $2 or less.

Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX accepted with valid I.D.

See the schedule »

Grab deals on thousands of gently-used children's books, DVDs & audiobooks at bargain prices! We'll have items ranging from board books to YA/teen titles. Most items will be priced $2 or less.

Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX accepted with valid I.D.

See the schedule »

Helping our LGBTQ Youth

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Survive and Thrive

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff for 6 years. In 1998, Kim joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and has been with KCPD for 21 years.  While on KCPD, Kim has worked in the East Patrol Division, Central Patrol Division, North Patrol Division and as a Detective in Violent Crimes Division (both Domestic Violence and Homicide).  She is currently assigned to the Regional Training Academy as a Basic Training Instructor as well as the Diversity Officer and the LGBTQ Liaison Officer for KCPD.  Kim has presented throughout the region and at an international level on topics to include Diversity & Inclusion, Overcoming Implicit Bias, Crisis Intervention, Tactical Communication/De-escalation Skills, Domestic Violence, and LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention/Awareness.  

Part of our Teach the Teachers series.

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff for... Continue »

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Monticello Library
Sarah - Cedar Roe

Cedar Roe: Where'd They Go?

While Cedar Roe Library is having work done on its roof, Cedar Roe staff are helping out at various other locations.

Here's Sarah, who normally works as a Youth Information Specialist. You can find her temporarily helping out over at Shawnee Library, working the "Questions" desk!

While Cedar Roe Library is having work done on its roof, Cedar Roe staff are helping out at various other locations.

Here's Sarah, who normally works as a Youth Information Specialist. You can find her temporarily helping out over at Shawnee Library, working the "Questions" desk!

MakerSpace Odyssey

This week on Did you hear, our hosts Melissa and Dave chat with Nick Ward-Bopp, one of our MakerSpace Facilitators, about the great resources we have in the Black and Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library. But the MakerSpace isn’t just at Central - we host Maker programming at various other locations, too!

This week on Did you hear, our hosts Melissa and Dave chat with Nick Ward-Bopp, one of our MakerSpace Facilitators, about the great resources we have in the Black and Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library. But the MakerSpace isn’t just at Central - we host Maker programming at various other locations, too!

Want to know about your house?

What's your house history? Realtor/Librarian/Kansas City Historian Meredith Roberson, Local History Librarian Amanda Wahlmeier, and Curator of Interpretation at the Johnson County Museum, Andrew Gustafson, join Dave Carson to discuss how you can learn the history of the home you live in or the house you're thinking about buying. Spoiler alert! The Johnson County Library can help!

What's your house history? Realtor/Librarian/Kansas City Historian Meredith Roberson, Local History Librarian Amanda Wahlmeier, and Curator of Interpretation at the Johnson County Museum, Andrew Gustafson, join Dave Carson to discuss how you can learn the history of the home you live in or the house you're thinking about buying. Spoiler alert! The Johnson County Library can help!

Sky Smeed

Sky Smeed

Lawrence singer-songwriter Sky Smeed has been honing his craft long enough to know how to make it feel effortless. A gifted storyteller in the folk tradition, Smeed’s blend of soulful Americana can swing from melancholy to comic to rollicking all with in the span of a handful of songs which leaves the impression that he could be the second coming of John Prine. Smeed’s excellent new full-length, Leaving Again, came out earlier this year, and we spoke to him about the album's recording, his songwriting process, and more. Enjoy! 

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Please introduce yourself. Where do you live and work? Describe your music for new listeners
My name is Sky Smeed. I'm a folksinger originally from Chanute, Kansas. My family and I have been living in Lawrence for five years. We love it. I try and tell a lot of stories in the songs I write. I also make sure I have a good mix of emotions and styles in what I create.

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Scary Story Writing Contest

Presenting: Scary Story Writing Contest Winners!Scary Story Writing Contest

Contest Submissions Accepted Sept. 1-Oct. 20.

Reading: Wednesday, Oct. 30 • 6-7 pm

Calling all scary story enthusiasts! Submit your own terrifying tales to our Halloween-themed writing contest. Some of the winning stories will be shared aloud in this “night of fright” special reading. Submissions, from authors 18 years and younger, are open from Sept. 1- Oct. 20, 2019. Limit one story per writer, please. Submit entries in person at Corinth Library or online through the elementia submission portal »

 

Come hear excerpts from the winning stories in our Scary Story Writing Contest! Winning authors up to age 18 will share a bit of their spooky stories with us on this Halloween Eve! Continue »

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Corinth Library
Spring Hill READ Poster winner

Spring Hill Library's READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Spring Hill Library's winners from 2018! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

See Spring Hill Library's events »

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Spring Hill Library's winners from 2018! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

See Spring Hill Library's events »

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