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K-12 Interactive Books

Lightbox

Bring learning to life with hundreds of interactive books online for grades K-12. Topics cover science, social studies, language arts and more. Each title has a suggested reading level (K-10) and interest level (K-12), and some titles also are provided in Spanish.

 

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Every page offers a mix of content for the topic:

  • audio narration
  • videos
  • slideshows
  • quizzes
  • key words
  • interactive maps
  • printable activities
  • supplemental streaming media
  • weblinks to additional information

Titles for grades 9-12 also incorporate primary sources and historical documents such as letters, diaries, speeches and newspaper articles. All Lightbox content is based on national curriculum standards.

Access online with a computer or mobile device, no downloads required.

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TBT: Kansas City History

The Past is Prologue: "Sumner High School: The Best Kept Secret" A Documentary Film

Thursday, August 5, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Online event

Register for this program online or call 913.826.4600.

The Past is Prologue is a bimonthly program that highlights topics often left out, glossed over, or misrepresented in our history books. In August, we will host a Q&A with filmmaker Kamiasha Moses-Tyner about her documentary film "Sumner High School: The Best Kept Secret." The documentary film focuses on a crime in 1904 that instantly created a racial barrier in the Kansas City, Kansas High Schools. Forced to study in a different facility as the whites, the African Americans created a “league of their own”. These compelling recollections of True Stories and events, demonstrates the power of how a single act of negligence can have over a community and a State.

Join us for a screening of this documentary film shortly before the program on Thursday, August 5 at 4:00 pm on Zoom. Or, watch it on your own time using Amazon Prime Video.

This program will be hosted in Library OnDemand. Upon registering, you will receive an automatic message with instructions on how to access the program. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. Dividing Lines is a tour of the history of residential segregation and its far-reaching impacts.

Dividing Lines Driving Audio Tour
This Dividing Lines tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through. Download the Voice Map app on Android or iOS.

Nathaniel Bozarth, ethnographer and host of the “Wide Ruled” podcast, narrates this 90-minute drive, bringing in interviews from several area students and notable city figures Sid Willens, Bill Tammeus, Mamie Hughes, and Margaret May.

“Dividing Lines” was created as a part of the Johnson County Library’s “Race Project KC.” The Library’s Civic Engagement Committee, Local History Committee,  and Tanner Colby’s book “Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America” inspired much of the ongoing work of Race Project KC. This tour was made possible by support from Johnson County Library and the Kansas Humanities Council. It was produced by Brainroot Light & Sound. Written by Nathaniel Bozarth and Christopher Cook. The tour features music from Hermon Mehari and KC Jazz LP.

The content of this tour may contain controversial material; such statements are not an expression of library policy.

Get more information and download the app now.

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What's your Librarian journey?

We wanted to hear our Librarians' journeys. 

We were especially interested in stories from Librarians who’ve:

  • had multiple positions at Johnson County Library
  • held the same position for many years
  • had interesting career paths leading them to us

Now, we used the label "Librarian" loosely. We wanted to include the stories of public-facing staff as well.

This is the third episode in our Discover Your Library series of the Did you hear? podcast. 

Join us for these often funny, sometimes touching and always compelling stories!

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Cedar Roe Library Closed Aug 9 - Aug 13

On Saturday, Aug. 7, there will be no access to the Cedar Roe Library parking lot from 9 am to 1 pm due to a street closure of 51st Terrace. The Library will still be open during this time, though Curbside Holds Pickup service will be walk-up only until 1 pm.

Cedar Roe Library will then be closed to both staff and the public Monday, Aug. 9 through Friday, Aug. 13 for replacement of the building's sloped roof. Curbside Holds Pickup service will also be suspended, and returns will not be accepted during the closure. Please note that these closure dates are subject to weather conditions.

  • If you have items checked out from Cedar Roe that will be due during the closure, your due dates have been extended for one additional week. Check your library account for specific dates.
  • Holds ready for pickup but not checked out by 2 pm on Saturday, Aug. 7 will remain on-shelf for one additional week. Check your library account for specific dates.
  • Public computers, including printing and copying services, are available at our other Johnson County Library locations. Antioch Library has the closest proximity to Cedar Roe.

The sloped roof replacement will complete the major upgrades that Cedar Roe received in 2021, which include an HVAC overhaul and new shelving. Watch our website or @jocolibrary on social media for updates.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to improve your facilities!
 

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This Week at the Library

Walk and Read Daily, All Week

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Shawnee Mission Park, (7900 Renner Rd, Lenexa, KS)  various locations throughout Johnson County. Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

Table Top Games – Wednesday, Aug 4, 6 –  8 pm

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us online to enjoy virtual games, meet new friends and have new adventures. You can feed a hungry panda in Takenoko, build a dinosaur zoo in Draftosaurus or compete for the best collection of chameleons in Coloretto. All ages welcome.

The Past is Prologue: “Sumner High School: The Best Kept Secret” A Documentary Film – Thursday,  Aug 5, 7 – 8 pm

The Past is Prologue is a bimonthly program that highlights topics often left out, glossed over, or misrepresented in our history books. This month, we will host a Q&A with filmmaker Kamiasha Moses-Tyner about her documentary film "Sumner High School: The Best Kept Secret." This film focuses on a crime in 1904 that instantly created a racial barrier in the Kansas City, Kansas High Schools. These compelling recollections of true stories and events demonstrate the power a single act of negligence can have over a community and a state.

One-On-One Genealogy HelpFriday, Aug 6, 9 am – 1 pm

Basic Genealogy and DNA one-on-one help are now being held online via Zoom specific to your questions and research. Visit Johnson County Genealogical Society to schedule an appointment. A volunteer will email a personal Zoom meeting link to you prior to the scheduled date.

And much more …

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In a Park Near You

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do at various locations throughout Johnson County. Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

The Walk and Read is a program encouraging physical activity, literacy and family time, while allowing for social distancing. The paths are stroller and wheelchair friendly, allowing for members of all ages to join in the fun! Dates are subject to adjustment due to weather conditions.

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Central Resource Library Closed Monday, Aug 2 - Sunday, Aug 15

Construction is well underway on the Central Resource Library renovations, which include an expanded and improved Kids area, additional meeting rooms, and the addition of a drive-thru. In order to complete large-scale electrical and HVAC work, the building will fully close to both the public and staff Monday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 15. Hold pickups, materials return, and public computers will not be available during this time, and interlibrary loans will be suspended.

  • Sunday, Aug. 1 is the last day to return materials to Central's interior materials return bin. From Monday, Aug. 2 until Little Central reopens on Monday, August 16, all items should be returned at another branch.

    Please note that if you have items checked out from Central that will be due during the closure, your due dates have been extended until Little Central reopens. Check your library account for specific dates.

  • Holds and interlibrary loan items ready for pickup but not checked out by 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 will remain on-shelf until Sunday, Aug. 21.

    If you would like to change the pickup location for holds or interlibrary loan items anticipated to become available during Central's closure, please login to your library account or contact us before Friday, July 30. Otherwise, your upcoming holds will show as paused on your account until we resume processing Central's holds on Aug. 12.

  • Public computers, including printing and copying services, are available at our other 13 Johnson County Library locations. Oak Park (9500 Bluejacket St, Overland Park) has the closest proximity to Central.

Our Central Resource Library Construction FAQ addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central and where to find alternate services. Monthly construction updates are available on jocolibrary.org and @jocolibrary on social media.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to make your Library better!

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TBT: Kansas Loves Olympics

Sometimes what was true yesterday is true today. Julia Crain at the 2004 Olympics in Greece holds a banner reading: "KANSAS" with a heart and the Olympics symbol. Here we are in 2021 and the 2020 games are happening in Tokyo and Kansas continues to love the Olympics!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

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

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Join us for a documentary film screening!

The Past is Prologue: "Sumner High School: The Best Kept Secret" A Documentary Film

Thursday, August 5, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Online event

Register for this program online or call 913.826.4600.

The Past is Prologue is a bimonthly program that highlights topics often left out, glossed over, or misrepresented in our history books. In August, we will host a Q&A with filmmaker Kamiasha Moses-Tyner about her documentary film "Sumner High School: The Best Kept Secret." The documentary film focuses on a crime in 1904 that instantly created a racial barrier in the Kansas City, Kansas High Schools. Forced to study in a different facility as the whites, the African Americans created a “league of their own”. These compelling recollections of True Stories and events, demonstrates the power of how a single act of negligence can have over a community and a State.

Join us for a screening of this documentary film shortly before the program on Thursday, August 5 at 4:00 pm on Zoom. Or, watch it on your own time using Amazon Prime Video.

This program will be hosted in Library OnDemand. Upon registering, you will receive an automatic message with instructions on how to access the program. You do not need to download any software or create an account.