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Staff Review

Tell The Machine Goodnight

Posted by Jed D.
4
Reviewer's rating
Sep 16, 2019

What if a machine could tell you how to be happy?  What if your results could be manipulated?  What if you had to do something illegal, immoral, or unethical to achieve happiness?  These are a few of the questions posed in the speculative fiction novel Tell the Machine Goodnight, by Katie Williams.  Set in 2035, our protagonist Pearl works for a Facebook or Google-like tech organization, Apricity, whose name means "the warmth of the sun during winter".  Businesses include Apricty readings as a benefit.

Staff Review

A Universe of Stories Writing Contest Winner

Posted by Helen H.
5
Reviewer's rating
Sep 15, 2019

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Brian Daldorph has won our writing contest in the Open category on the theme of A Universe of Stories with "Wasps".

Brian Daldorph teaches at the University of Kansas and Douglas County Jail. He edits Coal City Review.

Wasps

Staff Review

A Swedish Cinematic Journey

Posted by Bet M
4
Reviewer's rating
Sep 12, 2019

Have you ever stumbled upon a book or movie that led you on a journey to a treasure trove of stories you would've otherwise missed? Let's just say what happens in Swedish film shouldn't stay in Sweden.

Staff Review

Only Child

Four torn pieces of paper in the colors of yellow, green, red, and gray, taped together with the title in large black letters over the top

Only Child

By Navin, Rhiannon
Posted by Lisa H
5
Reviewer's rating
Sep 11, 2019

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin, is narrated through the voice of Zach, a first grade boy who hides in a closet with his teacher and classmates while a lone gunman begins shooting people in his elementary school.  In the aftermath of the shooting, once 19 people are pronounced dead, we are taken through a captivating emotional journey, hearing not only Zach’s thoughts, but those overheard conversation

Staff Review

How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

Posted by Lisa H
5
Reviewer's rating
Sep 10, 2019

How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum is a scary, eye-opening, informative book that outlines the world’s use of plastics (which is in almost everything - including our clothing), the impact plastics are having on the environment, and suggestions to reduce the amount of plastic we use each day.

Staff Review

New Releases in Fiction - September 2019!

Posted by Gregg W.
4
Reviewer's rating
Sep 9, 2019

Hello and welcome to our look at some new releases this month at the Johnson County Library! Every month we look at five fiction titles making their debut that we think you absolutely need to know about. You might not find these books on the bestseller lists, but that's okay, as we love putting the spotlight on books you might not have heard about. Give one - or more - of these titles a chance to make it in your hold list. We hope you find something new!

Staff Review

What We're Reading in August, 2019

Posted by Gregg W.
4
Reviewer's rating
Aug 30, 2019

If you’ve missed out on what our staff have been reading, watching, or listening to, our Staff Picks Blog is a great place to catch up, and be sure to check in the catalog for the lists our staff have made – these lists consist of topics and genres linked together by a specific theme, so when you’re done with one book and you want to jump into something similar, we’ve got you covered.

Staff Review

Getting to Happily Ever After with Novelist

Posted by Hebah A.H.
5
Reviewer's rating
Aug 29, 2019

“I don’t mean to bother you,” the question usually begins, “but I’m looking for my next book, and I just don’t know what I want to read.” Honestly, that question is one of our favorites to get in days that are often filled with new card sign-ups and telling people where the restroom is.

Staff Review

A Universe of Stories Writing Contest Winner

Posted by Helen H.
5
Reviewer's rating
Aug 28, 2019

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Martha Gershun has won our essay writing contest on the theme of A Universe of Stories with "The Hatch".

Staff Review

The Family Upstairs

Posted by Lisa H
4
Reviewer's rating
Aug 28, 2019

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel is a well-written thriller that not only contains a mystery but is also loaded with lots of family drama.

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