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This Week at the Library

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Artists in Sight: Sylvia August

A landscape and equine photographer, Sylvia Augustus spent almost five years living and working in Yosemite National Park as a preservation architect. While at Yosemite, her free time was spent taking photographs of the Sierra Nevada area. Prior to Yosemite, her photographic focus was on the built environment. During her tenure at Yosemite my photographic practice shifted from the built environment to landscapes and wildlife. Augustus’s main body of photographic work focuses upon documenting wild American Equine and their struggle for survival. She sees her work as “a service to the community at large; sharing a story about how society has failed one of the last great American icons; the wild horse.”

The Past is Prologue: Nicodemus, Kansas

For this installment of The Past is Prologue, Nicodemus Historical Society executive director Angela Bates will present on Nicodemus, KS, a small, unincorporated town in Graham County. Nicodemus is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Today the town is a National Historic Site.

Maker Projects

Build something cool and flex your creative muscles with projects from the Black & Veatch MakerSpace Team! Choose a project and follow along the tutorial for real DIY videos. There are a wide range of ways to explore your creativity from LED paper lanterns to a Pop Tart pillow or Paracord bracelet.

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Give the Gift of Support

Friends of Johnson County Library memberships, Bookstore gift certificates and annual donations let your holiday gift list know libraries are important. Find something for everyone »

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A Matter of Fact

 "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
~Thomas Jefferson

Explore our Community Matters content to help you in your journey through lifelong learning.

There you can find research resources like Information for Voters, a State and Local Government GuideEvents, local eNewspapers like the Blue Valley Post and Kansas City Star's Image Edition. In fact, our Civic Engagement Librarians have produced an Evaluating Media & Digital Information Guide, where you can find fact-checking resources, tools for building your critical source analysis, and Librarian-curated lists.

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Throwback Thursday: Holiday History

Take a holiday hike through history! Trees, snow, lights, joy, family, wonder! What did Santa bring? A new wood-burning stove? A transistor radio? A dollhouse bigger than you? 

This holiday season, explore the JoCoHistory collection for festive images and articles.  

JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and other partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present. 

Happy Holidays and celebrate Throwback Thursday as well. Remember, JoCoHistory is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter

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Meet the Author: Michael Kleber-Diggs

Join Michael Kleber-Diggs as he discusses the power of poetry, the publishing industry, and personal essays.

Meet the Author: Michael Kleber-Diggs in Conversation with Hadara Bar-Nadav
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Pathway to Publication with Michael Kleber-Diggs
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Writing the Personal Essay with Michael Kleber-Diggs
Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.

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If you want extra recommendations, behind-the-scenes Library news and fun, and plenty of book-related memes, come chat with us on social media. This week, tell us what you've been reading. We'd love to hear from you!

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Throwback Thursday: November is National American Indian Heritage Month

JoCoHistory expands the public's sense of community through an understanding of Johnson County's history and its place in American society. November is National American Indian Heritage Month and there may not be a better time to explore the JoCoHistory collection for images and articles that shed light on the experience of Native Americans through history in our area.

JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present. 

Happy Thanksgiving and celebrate Throwback Thursday as well. Remember, JoCoHistory is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter