Read Local

The Many in One
Dec 28, 2016

Here at the Library we love local authors and want to help you share your work with your community. Our 2017 spring theme, The Many in One, is all about identity. Walt Whitman once said “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes.” We invite you to navigate the many identities that make you “you” this spring at Johnson County Library.  

KC Voices
Dec 21, 2016

Kansas City is home to several publications that host writing contests. While submissions are accepted from around the world, having them based here makes us proud. 

KC Voices is a Kansas City based literary magazine whose mission is to support established artists, inspire new voices, and contribute to the growing cultural conversation.

The 3 a.m. Epiphany
Dec 17, 2016

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M.

writersresist
Dec 14, 2016

On January 15th, 2017, in collaboration with #WRITERSRESIST, we invite you to “re-inaugurate” your commitment to the fundamental principles of Democracy. 

Dec 10, 2016

School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of 65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.

Sue Lowell Gallion Headshot
Dec 7, 2016

Sue Lowell Gallion has recently celebrated the publication of her first book, Pug Meets Pig, a picture book illustrated by Joyce Wan. A sequel is already on the way.

Local Writers
Dec 3, 2016

According to Alan Ziegler, "exercises help us learn to write." In an exercise, when there's nothing at stake, you may let your guard down and take risks. Just as many articles grow into full-length books, exercises often unearth a student's strongest writing. "Many pieces reach the workshop table after starting out as exercises."

The Library invites the community to discuss the biggest topics of the day with a series of Bear Witness themed events.
Dec 1, 2016

In response to the famous Black Panther credo, “Do something, even if you only spit,” in Fall of 2016 Johnson County Library has been presenting programs as their “spit” to bear witness to the events and issues of the past and present, and postulate those in the future.

Hokanson personal photo
Nov 29, 2016

Arlin Buyert, in addition to writing and publishing his own poetry, has facilitated the Arts in Prison poetry program at Lansing Prison for almost five years. Now it’s our turn to enjoy his facilitation! On Tuesday, December 20th Buyert will lead beginning poets through the process of writing a poem to be presented as a gift.

Nov 26, 2016

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M.

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