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Latest Staff Reviews

Staff Review
The cover of "Yumi and the Nightmare Painter" by Brandon Sanderson features an illustrated image of a male and a female in a floating, dramatic pose.

Yumi and the Nightmare Painter

By Brandon Sanderson

Rated by Gregg W.
Feb 19, 2024

Hello and welcome to #NoWaitWednesday, where we take a peek at a great book on the New Release shelves at one of our local Library branches that's hot, fresh, and eagerly waiting for someone to take a chance on it. Normally in this space we tend to look at newer authors who are lurking just under the surface - their books might be well-reviewed, but at the same time aren't household names or endorsed by certain book group-loving celebrities and thus aren't a part of a massively long hold list.

Staff Review
Woman in green sweater smiling looking into camera

What Remains Unspoken Writing Contest

By Jamie Lynn Heller
Star Rating

Rated by Helen H.
Feb 15, 2024

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Jamie Lynn Heller has won our writing contest on the theme What Remains Unspoken with her piece "What I meant when I said, 'I'll remember you'."

Jamie Lynn Heller’s book Buried in the Suburbs was published in 2018 (Woodley Press) and received the 2019 Kansas Notable Book Award. Her chapbook Domesticated : Poetry From Around the House was published in 2015 (Finishing Line Press). She has 90+ poems published in literary journals and magazines (for a complete list of publications see jamielynnheller.blogspot.com).

Latest Local Music

Holly Taylor and Buck Brandt of Folk in the Flow stand with their instruments, surrounded by trees.

Holly Taylor and Buck Brandt of Folk in the Flow

Oct 27, 2023

Folk in the Flow is a folk group founded by multi-instrumentalists Buck Brandt and Holly Taylor. Their introspective music combines a variety of styles and influences, and they perform frequently throughout the Kansas City area. We spoke with Holly Taylor to learn more about Folk in the Flow's musical philosophy, how they create their songs, and, of course, what they recommend from our library collection. Follow Folk in the Flow on Facebook to stay informed about their upcoming shows!

May 23, 2023

Seolhee Snow Kim is an accomplished composer currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Kansas. She writes music for a variety of ensembles with an aim to represent the inspiration she finds in art, nature, and the world we live in. We are delighted to share some of her music and this interview, where she talks about what inspires her and how she creates. 

Please introduce yourself and describe your music for new listeners.