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Youth Book Clubs

Welcome educators and readers!

Registration has closed for our Fall book clubs. Registration for Spring book clubs will open in late Fall. Watch this page for announcements. If you're already registered for Fall, you can check your book club's information below. 

If you'd like to read these books in your classroom or home, you'll find our monthly book club guides linked below (coming soon). Please feel free to use these resources as the basis for your own book discussions or lesson plans.

Kids Book Club
Meets 4:30-5:30 pm on Sept, 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21 • October Lesson Plan

Tween Book Club 
Meets 4:30-5:30 pm on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14 • October Lesson Plan

American Girl Book Club
Meets 6 - 7 pm on Sept., Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2 • October Lesson Plan

Family Book Club - Community Matters: Race
Meets 6 - 7 pm on Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10 • September Lesson Plan • October Lesson Plan

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Events for Writers

Does waiting for The Writers Conference make your pen hand restless?

Several writing programs which were originally meant for that exciting weekend this November, will now be offered as one-time, online Zoom sessions. These unique writing programs are scheduled September through December with a limited number of seats.

These programs cover topics ranging from Starting a Writing Project with Shannon Thompson (9/16) to Elements of a Sentence: Building Sentences for Rhetorical Effect with Amy Woods Butler (10/3). 

Need publishing advice? Look no further, Dave Burns has your back with Publishing: What are My Options? (10/21) and Tiffany White can give you tips on how to get connected with other writers in How to Use Social Media to Connect with Other Writers (12/2). We have something for every writer at any level!

Find a complete list of our events for writers here! With these amazing programs, the long wait until The Writers Conference -- is over. 

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For Writers

Hey you! Yes, you, human with untapped writing potential and ideas that need to be set free. Suffering from writer’s block? Don’t know where to get started on your writing journey? Did you know you can be published without winning one of our writing contests or finding a publisher?

The JoCoWrites Blog is the perfect place to let your creativity flow with the monthly prompt. Here is how it works:

  1. Head on over to the For Writers page on the Johnson County Public Library website.
  2. Read the new prompt for the month and start brainstorming.
  3. Write your piece, and submit your work.
     

We welcome writers of any level to share their creativity and thoughts with the community through the JoCoWrites Blog. You can submit under your name or anonymously if you choose. While the prompt changes every month, submissions for past prompts still remain viewable!

 

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Featured Artist Friday: Jill Westra

Kansas City, Missouri, resident Jill Westra is a remarkable singer and performer whose songs follow the deep roots of Americana and country music. Whether leading her own trio, Jill Westa & Them KC Boys, or duo harmonizing in Distant Cousins and Westrafox, Westra lets her singing take the spotlight. Her songwriting, however, is what shines on her debut ep So_Lowwhich she describes as "a breakup suite that runs the gamut of the bouncing back process." Enjoy our wide-ranging interview with Westra on many subjects. Buckle up!

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Last year you released an EP,  So_Low. How did this EP come

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TBT: Football

Are you ready for some football? If so, you're in luck! The Kansas City Chiefs defend their crown with a new season kicking off tonight! 

Here's a nod to those who came long before. Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover more images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place to time travel through Johnson County, Kansas History!

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Facebook Live Book Parties

Facebook Live Book Parties are live events where Johnson County Library staff members interact with you about books! Each party revolves around a short list of titles representing a certain genre or theme. You can find the Facebook Live Book Parties at facebook.com/JoCoLibrary While you're there: like, follow, share.

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Featured Artist Friday: Trevor Turla

Trevor Turla is a multitalented musician: a trombonist, singer, songwriter, bandleader and composer, among other things. Turla, whose first musical instrument was the bagpipes, is the founder of the soul/rock band Sulu Moon and a member of the Grand Marquis blues ensemble. At the core of everything, though, is his trombone. In this interview, Trevor Turla delves into this musical background, his creative process and the music that's inspiring him these days. Enjoy.

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Describe your musical background. When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

 

My musical journey started with

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TBT: Good Idea!

The countdown to the new season has begun!

Have you ever had a good idea? You know, the kind of idea that leads to a foolhardy venture like creating a football league to take on the NFL? That's exactly what Lamar Hunt and seven other owners did in creating the American Football League. They called themselves the "foolish club." The AFL and NFL merged in 1966. Four years later, Hunt's Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. Fifty years later, the team we call "our team" won another championship! Now, they defend their title. How many more are there to come?

Are you a Chiefs fan? Search jocohistory.org for articles about Lamar and the team from back in the day. It's the place to travel through local history. Also, be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

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Website Maintenance During the Evening of Sept. 2

Johnson County Library is performing maintenance starting at 7 pm on Sept. 2. The maintenance is scheduled to last four hours and the website, web catalog and most eLibrary and research eResources, including some Axis 360 service will be unreliable during this time. To ensure full access to Axis 360 during our maintenance downtime, you can log out and log back into the Axis 360 app between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept 2.