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Join us for Friday Fright Night

There’s no more spooky time of year -- and what better way to have a scary good time than to listen to some scary stories?  

Join us Friday, October 30 at 6 pm for Friday Fright Night to hear some stories by select winners from our recent Scary Story Contest. In between readings the we'll feature some spooky artwork and recommend Halloween reads. This event will be fun for all ages. Wear your costume, grab a blanket and some marshmallows, and gather ‘round a virtual campfire for an extra spooky time. 

Register now to reserve your spot around our virtual campfire. You’re sure to be in for a treat!


This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, learn about the importance of credit reports and scores, meet  Rudy Francisco and watch him perform his spoken word poetry, plus – the entire family is invited to join us for spooky stories on Friday Fright Night!

Money Mondays – Credit Reports and Scores
Monday, October 26  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm

Step-by-Step through the FAFSA
Wednesday, October 28  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm

Meet the Poet: Rudy Francisco
Wednesday, October 28  |  6:30 – 7:30 pm

Friday Fright Night
Friday, October 30  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm

See all of our events »


Maker Month: Nick

Our MakerSpace facilitator Nick was featured by Stanley Black and Decker for Maker Month. Nick discusses his inspiration for making, his work in the Library's Black & Veatch MakerSpace as well as the creation of Maker Village. Read the interview »

Our upcoming MakerSpace events include Ask-a-Maker sessions and a class on sewing face masks. See the schedule »


Bookmark Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Friends of the Library Bookmark Contest winners! The winning bookmarks are available now at your favorite Library location. 


TBT: Elections

Remember, your vote counts no matter the size of the election. These 1935 F.F.A. elected officers sure know that. The six boys stand outside the Shawnee Mission Rural High School.

If you have a minute, try the search term "election" at You'll find a few photos and lots of articles about all kinds of Johnson County elections. We found one about the difficulty of getting your horse and buggy to the polling location!

Remember, 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.


Author Research in Action Podcast with Dr. Randall Horton

Dr. Randall Horton is on the faculty of the 2020 Johnson County Library Writers Conference, where he will teach sessions in Memoir Construction, Creative Nonfiction with Fictional Elements, and City as Protagonist. He will also be in conversation with poets Megan Kaminski and Rudy Francisco for the kickoff event.

“When did you realize poetry could be your companion? Your release?”

In this episode of Did You Hear, Dr. Horton and Anishinaabekwe poet Louise K. Waakaa’igan discuss poetry both as a lifeline and as a discipline.  It’s a discussion between two people who share a gift for and love of poetry; but it’s also a discussion between two people who share a common language that only those who have been “inside” can fully understand.

An unrelenting advocate for personal voice and perfect line breaks, Dr. Horton is equally passionate about eradicating the language of incarceration that tends to recriminalize those entangled in the legal system. If you listen closely, you’ll hear this passion in Dr. Horton’s language: he says, “before I went to the inside” (8:57 mark) and that he “received” the time (9:17 mark) to which he was sentenced. Both of these statements show how Dr. Horton refuses to let language used by others (“sent to prison” or “imposed a sentence,” for example) control and define his narrative.

And it’s that narrative that he brings us in his newest book, a collection of poems titled {#289-128}. Yes, this was his number when he was “inside,” but if there’s one thing this collection makes clear, it’s that no person can be defined by just one word—Dr. Horton can no more be defined simply as “felon” as we can be defined by the most public, most documented transgressions of our own lives. It’s clear to me after sitting with his poems that we all must ask each other: why do we, as a society, insist on branding people who’ve been incarcerated with markers that never let them fully live a life of their choosing, but we allow others, some of whose actions cause harm, to write their own narratives?

In this 45-minute podcast, Dr. Horton and Waakaa’igan share thoughts and insights about life inside and out; about their writing practices and recent works; and about the roadblocks each faced as they reentered society as a returning citizen. To the question of what roadblocks Waakaa’igan encountered as she re-entered society after being inside, she says:

“My own fears as to how I’m going to fit into this new world now that i have a felony. Right? So that’s my own hesitation and I think that is probably my biggest roadblock because now in 2020, Randall, there are so many conversations happening about change, about injustice, about equality. And so I may have a felony, but somebody else may be an amputee and so they might have kind of the same insecurities about ‘how do I fit in in?’ Two totally different situations, I agree; but yet still our own personal fear and hesitation of ‘do I really fit in?’ and ‘can I really do this?’ And ‘yes I can,’ and ‘this is my community so of course if fit in.’ Right?”

In this exchange, Waakaa’igan gets to the heart of Dr. Horton’s collection: we may not all understand what it’s like to be “inside” and we may never know what it’s like to fight our way back into a society from which we’ve been separated; but we all, in some way, understand constraint and imposed boundaries. It’s that common language that invites us to step inside of Dr. Horton’s reality on the “inside” so we can better understand each other in our daily lives.

Their conversation touches on the dual nature of writing: both as a means to understanding and as a craft that requires study and discipline. Waakaa’igan says: “I think I wrote before incarceration as a means to cope. Being a young minority woman in the world we’re in, it was a really great and safe way to express myself and to process what I was going through. On the inside it was more about crafting this thing called writing and the discipline of it, because it takes discipline and it takes a lot of erasing and editing. I nurtured the discipline of it.”

More about Dr. Horton and his body of work can be found at





Making the Move to Medicare

Are you making the move to Medicare? Need help navigating through the maze of coverage options? 

Join us Thursday, October 22, for an  online presentation by Denise DiasM.S.Family and Consumer Sciences Agent from the K-State Research and Extension Office, covers Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), D and Medicare supplements (Medigap.) Benefits and costs of each part will be discussed.

The enrollment process, enrollment periods and various options to choose from when you become entitled to Medicare coverage will be explained. Registration is required.

Need more help with your personal finances? You're in the right place.

See our upcoming virtual Career and Finance programs »

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2020 Election Virtual Display

Do you miss coming to the Library and seeing all the Librarian handpicked titles in our wonderful book displays? Well, we bring the book display to you! We call it a virtual book display. The topic? Voting of course.

Don't miss our 2020 Election Virtual Display Booklist!