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Find a New Holiday Favorite to Stream on Kanopy

Find something to watch this holiday that you haven't already seen a dozen times in the Festive Favorites collection from Kanopy. You could hear the story of Charles Dickens' creation of A Christmas Carol, follow young dancers as they prepare to perform in The Nutcracker, or watch classic silent films celebrating the yuletide season. Log in to Kanopy to explore »

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Central Resource Library Remodel Progress

Central Resource Library is scheduled to reopen fully at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new and improved features we’re excited to welcome you back to!

Check out the slideshow to see how work has progressed over the last few months.

Our new Johnson County Library sign in front of the building welcomes visitors to our updated spaces.

Our drive-up exterior book drop will reopen with the addition of a new drive-thru holds pickup window. You’ll be able to return your materials and pick up your available holds in one spot without leaving your vehicle!

A brand-new Kids area, in the southeast corner of the building, includes bright, welcoming colors, a new storytime room (at the back of the area pictured) and large windows allowing for increased natural light and windows seats where you can page through a book or two with your little ones. 

You’ll find answers to many common questions about this project in our Construction FAQ, which also features a Fly-Through video rendering of the project. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to a fully open Central!

 

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2022 Spring Guide Now Available!

The intriguing cover art by mixed-media artist Kathy Liao on the Spring 2022 edition of The Guide is an indication of the compelling content you'll find on the pages within. 

You'll find articles about:

  • Library Services for Incarcerated Patrons
  • Return of Art Exhibitions
  • Library Master Plan Update

Event listings for:

  • Birth to Six Programs
  • Kids Online Book Groups
  • Teen Programs
  • Book Discussions 
  • Exhibitions 
  • Career & Finance  
  • Community Matters                                        

Updates about:

  • Library OnDemand
  • Language Learners 
  • MakerSpace                                           

Information for:

  • Writers
  • Genealogists           

Catch up on:

  • Volunteer News
  • Friends News 
  • Foundation News

The Guide is produced each trimester and released in January, May and September. It features Library articles, event listings, updates and news. Corrections and changes are noted at jocolibrary.org/events.

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Throwback Thursday: Donate that Dodge, Datsun or DeLorean

As you very well know, December is National Car Donation Month. What do you do? Donate a car to your favorite cause at MyRideMyCause.org or participate in the social media events to support your favorite charity. Follow #NationalCarDonationMonth and #MyRideMyCause on Twitter to see how folks are participating.

If you'd like to look at some old cars, remember, JoCoHistory is the place to time travel through local history. Search automobile for a fun adventure.

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

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You Didn't Hear?

Just in case you did not have a chance to listen to the latest Did you hear? podcast episode, we present this encore. Our show on the collection was the seventh offering of our seven-part Discover Your Library series. In those behind-the-scenes episodes we covered a lot: discovering your Library, patrons, Librarians, arts, community matters, events and the collection. You can find all of these in this embedded player!

Listen for the first time or listen again. 

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It's TumbleBook Time!

TumbleBook Library is now a part of our eLibrary! All online and no downloads are required. TumbleBook Library offers a variety of eBooks and activities for kids pre-K to grade 6 with:

  • Kid-approved fiction and nonfiction.
  • Animated storybooks and read-alongs.
  • Chapter books and graphic novels.
  • Videos, puzzles and games.
  • French and Spanish books for language learning.
  • Common Core title lists, and lessons plans.

The collection includes 1,100 titles licensed from children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Walker & Company, Annick Press, Orca Books, Lerner Books, HarperCollins Publishers and others. These books are great for reading in a group setting or independently–wonderful ways to build reading skills. Titles are always available immediately, no checkouts or wait time, so kids can binge read all they want!

This resource is made available through the State Library of Kansas for use within Kansas. Kansas residents can also access this resource outside of the state with a Kansas Library eCard.