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March is Red Cross Month. From the American Red Cross:
Throughout the month of March, we honor people like you who make the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross possible — the individuals across the country who turn compassion into action, helping others in times of crisis. Our Red Cross Month celebration has been an annual tradition since 1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.
Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.
The Did you hear? podcast makes its triumphant 2021 return. It's been a while since you last heard from your Library insider, but we're back! This year, we have some changes. We are now a monthly podcast. New episodes are released on the first day of each month. Also, we now have a small group of hosts who bring behind-the-scenes stories to life for our thematic episodes. This month's theme? "Things You Can Still Do at the Library." We bring you stories about Udemy, the MakerSpace, Career Development's relationship with a retiree helping you make sense of mint.com and budgeting, and bringing famous authors to storytimes. All this and Dave has a brain glitch causing him to forget the name for the prestigious annual award for children's book illustrators (Before you scream at your phone or computer, it's the Caldecott Medal.) Enjoy!
Learn how your tax dollars are put to work to make our community a better place to live. Meet hard-working members of the Johnson County Government and find out how they help every day. Our guests for March 2 are from the K-State Research and Extension Office.
Connect with Your Community March 2, 6:30 pm
This week at the Library, you can join us for:
Ask-a-Maker Session – Monday, March 1, 10 – 11 AM
If you're a Maker working on a current project, register for one-on-one help with a MakerSpace Facilitator, hosted live via Zoom. Whether you need help using hand tools, software or specific equipment, our Makers can answer your questions.
Connect with your Community – Tuesday, March 2 , 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Learn how the Johnson County Extension office has access to the latest research-based information from universities across the county. Extension agents are Kansas State University faculty members living in the community and offering classes and information on a wide variety of subjects ranging from nutrition, to money management, to horticulture. They’ll help you apply information to your own specific issues here in Johnson County.
Book Party – Wednesday, March 3, 2 – 2:30 PM
Get some fresh reading and listening recommendations from one of our Librarians! Join us for a Book Party where a librarian will "booktalk" a short list of titles centering around a certain genre or theme.
Young Adult Literacy Council – Sunday, March 7, 2-3 PM
Teens are invited to join the YA Literary Council to share favorite books, review titles for the Library website and participate in fun activities. You can meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.
Family comes into focus with the 2021 theme for Black History Month, The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. While family gatherings may look a little different this year, the joys of sharing memories, photos and stories strengthen connections.
Johnson County Library has so many resources it might be hard to choose which to read, listen to, or participate in, so it’s good we get to celebrate all month long. Black History Month begins February 1 and ends March 1.
This photo of the McCallop Family can be found at jocohistory.org.
Associated Press Collections Online – Includes news coverage on Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Riders, desegregation, voting rights and more.
American Civil Liberties Union Papers – 20th century ACLU records focusing on race, civil rights and more.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive – Documents and research guides related to the history of slavery, abolition and emancipation.
The Legacy of Corinthian Nutter – Learn about the major contributions Ms. Nutter made in Webb v. School District 90 (located in Merriam, KS), which ended segregation five years before Brown v. the Board of Education.
JoCo History Collections - Historical photographs and maps documenting the people, places and organizations of Johnson County.
The Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (MAGIC)- Promotes genealogy and family history through presentations, monthly meetings, a quarterly magazine, exhibitions and tours of Kansas City.
Olathe’s early African-American community –Kansas’ anti-slavery legacy offered a fresh start for many former slaves and their families after the Emancipation Proclamation.
African-American Stories on Kanopy – Hundreds of films, documentaries, and series exploring everything from current events to the history and cultural legacy of African-Americans.
The Past is Prologue - A series of programs featuring topics that were often left out, glossed over or misrepresented in our history books, such as The Kansas City Monarchs and the Negro National League , Corinthian Nutter and the South Park School, and The Town of Nicodemus, KS
Celebrate 100 Years of the Negro Leagues - 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues – learn about its development, players, and legacy.
Read More Black Authors: Kids and Teens – Celebrate Black voices with this collection of both fiction and non-fiction titles for younger readers.
Upbeat Black History Month – A collection of uplifting African-American stories from throughout our country's history, with an emphasis on the underknown.
Take the Black History Month Kahoot quiz for some fun and to test your knowledge: