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  • Playing to Win

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    One roll of the dice can change the fate of a country. Or at least it can if your country is Catan! Join us for a monthly tabletop game night! 

    Wednesdays
    Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6
    6 - 7:45 p.m.
    Antioch Library

  • Teen Anime Festival

    Teens are so excited for the Library's annual Anime Festival!
    • Otaku return to dominate the Central Resource Library at the Teen Anime Festival! Don't miss on your opportunity to wear your cosplay costume to the Library without getting a lot of stares. (We can't actually guarantee that no one will stare at you.) 

    Saturday, Oct. 21
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Central Resource Library

  • Homework Help Is Here For You

    Homework Help

    Does the start of school have you freaking out?! Never fear! Tutor.com is here! 

    Tutor.com is your one-stop-shop for all your homework needs. With just your library card number and PIN/password, you get 24/7 access to test prep resources (for the ACT, SAT and GED) and resource guides on tons of topics.

  • Share Your Voice

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    The deadline to submit to the Library's literary arts magazine, elementia, is fast approaching! Hurry up and submit your poetry, art and short stories for consideration in our 2018 issue.

Latest Content

Staff Review
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M. T. Anderson
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

Well, that was cheerful and uplifting.

Er, no, that's not quite right. More like bleak, biting, and darkly satirical.

And far too real.

Though science fiction set in a near future, this is all about living at the lowest levels of the global economy, subject to extremes of imperialism, inequality, ethnocentrism, co-option, and poverty. It's an exploration of the dark sides of economic and cultural power. It's just that in this case it's the humans of Earth who have been colonized.

Staff Review
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E. K. Johnston
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Oct 16, 2017

I despised cheerleaders when I was a teenager. They were the ones who bullied my outcast friends and me. They were so—well—cheery. Didn't they notice that the world all around us is falling apart? I’m much older and somewhat wiser now, so I understand that it’s dumb to assume that all members of a group of people are the same. I comprehend that just because the particular cheerleaders I knew in high school were mean doesn't mean that all cheerleaders are mean. I mean, I try to stay open-minded. Still, cheerleaders. Blech. How superficial, boring, and dumb.  

elementia News

Meet the Teacher: Jeff Dierking

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Tell us about yourself! What classes and where do you teach?

I teach juniors at Raytown High School, where I've been teaching and coaching for 18 years.

Do you remember when you first found out about elementia?

I heard about elementia through my very cool teacher friends in The Greater Kansas City Writing Project.

Staff Review
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Julie Murphy
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey in the news raises the relevance of this novel to a category five. The fact that we're bringing Julie Murphy--one of the best contemporary realistic fiction authors in the country--to town for a Meet the Author visit means you must put this book on your radar. I listened to the audio version. It's fantastic. The narrator is a perfect fit for Ramona's voice.

elementia News

Meet the Teacher: Deirdre Zongker

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"Working with Lynda Barry changed everyone’s lives, but most of all mine. I was inspired to read her works and incorporate her ideas to inspire creativity into all of my classes."

elementia News

Looking for an Editor?

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Think your piece is ready to submit to elementia but you want to make sure you have all your commas in the right place, and the line breaks make sense? Check out the Tutor.com Writing Center!

Upcoming Events

Teen Anime Festival
Central Resource Library
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 -
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Actor's Choice Presents Monologues and More
Antioch Library
Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 -
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Homework Help
Central Resource Library
Monday, Oct 23, 2017 -
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Homework Help
Central Resource Library
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 -
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gardner Afternoon Book Group
Gardner Library
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 -
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Homework Help
Central Resource Library
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 -
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm