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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. Continue »

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Blue Valley Library
Science Cafe

Science Cafe: Early Alzheimer’s Detection

When a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s is detected in its early stages, preventative measures and treatments as well as lifestyle changes can be applied to effectively slow disease progress. A cure for Alzheimer’s is not currently known yet doctors and scientists have made great strides in treatment. Early detection allows for more effective treatment options. Sandwiches and sides will be served.

Learn more about early detection from presenter Michelle Niedens, LSCSW. She is director of MyAlliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, and education. Ms. Niedens' career is dedicated to working with elders and those with Alzheimer's disease. Her work has included tenure in geriatric psychiatric inpatient settings, serving as Director of Education, Programs, and Policy at the Alzheimer's Association, Heart of America Chapter, along with teaching social work practice at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Through the KU Memory Clinic, Ms. Niedens provides counseling to individuals with mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer's disease, along with family members who are struggling with caregiving-related anxiety and depression.

When a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s is detected in its early stages, preventative measures and treatments as well as lifestyle changes can be applied to effectively slow disease progress. A cure for Alzheimer’s is not currently known yet doctors and scientists have made great strides in treatment. Early detection allows for more effective treatment options. Sandwiches and sides will be served. Continue »

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Lenexa City Center Library
Spooky forest

Scary Story Writing Contest

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 a "night of fright" special reading on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 pm @ Corinth Library.

Submissions from authors 18 years and younger are open from September 1 - October 20.  Limit: one story per writer, please. Submit entries in person at Corinth Library or online.

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 a "night of fright" special reading on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 pm @ Corinth Library.

Submissions from authors 18 years and younger are open from September 1 - October 20.  Limit: one story per writer, please. Submit entries in person at Corinth Library or online.

West Flanders Park

Walk and Read Weekend Event Kick-Off

This event is at West Flanders Park 10920 W. 55th St., Shawnee, KS 66203.

Take a stroll around the park and read some stories at the same time. The Walk and Read Weekend Event at West Flanders Park presents two kids stories posted on stations along the path. All ages can enjoy Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean, and Lights, Camera, Carmen! by Anika Denise and Lorena Alvarez Gómez. Characters from popular stories will attend the event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 am-noon. If you can’t make it to the kick-off the stories are available for you to read through Sunday, Oct. 6.

Presented by Johnson County Library and the City of Shawnee Parks & Recreation Department.

This event is at West Flanders Park 10920 W. 55th St., Shawnee, KS 66203.

Take a stroll around the park and read some stories at the same time. The Walk and Read Weekend Event at West Flanders Park presents two kids stories posted on stations along the path. All ages can enjoy Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean, and Lights, Camera, Carmen! by Anika Denise and Lorena Alvarez Gómez. Characters from popular stories will attend the event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 am-noon. If you can’t make it to the kick-off the stories are available for you to... Continue »

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Monticello Library , Off-site
Inner Reformation

Inner Reformation: On How Art Can Impact the Artist

What does the process of creating art do for the artist? Is it cathartic? Is the artist able to work through things that they otherwise can't? How does creating art feel? What thoughts and emotions does a dancer, for example, transform into movement? Join dancer, choreographer & performer Tessa Priem as she performs excerpts from her solo show and discusses how the process of creating art has impacted her. "It can work on you, even as you work on it," she mentions. What will you make?

To read Tessa's bio and to learn about her recent dance creation, "Inner Reformation: an Autobiography Danced," visit her website. You can also follow her on social media @innerreformation. 

What does the process of creating art do for the artist? How does creating art feel? What thoughts and emotions does a dancer, for example, transform into movement? Join dancer, choreographer & performer Tessa Priem as she discusses these questions and performs excerpts from her solo show. This event also occurs Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 pm. Continue »

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Central Resource Library
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219

MANHATTAN SHORT is an instantaneous celebration of film that occurs simultaneously across the globe. It brings great films to great venues and allows audiences to select their favorites. Join us, and 100,000 more film lovers in cinemas, museums and universities in more than 250 cities across six continents, gathered for one purpose: to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219

MANHATTAN SHORT is an instantaneous celebration of film that occurs simultaneously across the globe. It brings great films to great venues and allows audiences to select their favorites. Join us, and 100,000 more film lovers in cinemas, museums and universities in more than 250 cities across six continents, gathered for one purpose: to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
Shawnee READ Poster Winner

Shawnee 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 are Shawnee Library's winners from 2018! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Shawnee Library hosts Monday Needlers, storytimes, an American Girl Book Club and more »

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

Shawnee Library hosts Monday Needlers, storytimes, an American Girl Book Club and more »

Gather at the Table

Gather at the Table

Conversation allows people to better understand different viewpoints. Friendships and communities are built by the conversations that happen over a meal. Gather with us to break bread and discuss some of the difficult and controversial topics at the forefront of our thoughts and news. We provide the conversation starters – and the bread – and you provide the conversation. We will discuss a new topic each month. All are welcome at this drop-in discussion. Food and drink are provided.

  • How should we address mental health in our community? - September

  • Should local governments pass non-discrimination ordinances? - October

  • Should Medicaid be expanded? - November

Conversation allows people to better understand different viewpoints. Friendships and communities are built by the conversations that happen over a meal. Gather with us to break bread and discuss some of the difficult and controversial topics at the forefront of our thoughts and news. We provide the conversation starters – and the bread – and you provide the conversation. We will discuss a new topic each month. All are welcome at this drop-in discussion. October's topic is: "Should local governments pass non-discrimination ordinances?" Food and drink are provided.

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Central Resource Library

Anthologies Episode

We have a new podcast episode! Need something to read? Do you want to try something different? We encourage you to try anthologies! What are they? Why are they so amazingly good? You must listen to discover. Guest Librarians Helen and Lisa join Dave Carson as we investigate anthologies.  

***PLEASE BE ADVISED*** Warning: adult content. One of the book titles mentioned in this podcast contains a swear word.

We have a new podcast episode! Need something to read? Do you want to try something different? We encourage you to try anthologies! What are they? Why are they so amazingly good? You must listen to discover. Guest Librarians Helen and Lisa join Dave Carson as we investigate anthologies.  

***PLEASE BE ADVISED*** Warning: adult content. One of the book titles mentioned in this podcast contains a swear word.

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