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Friday, Apr 12, 2019

This spring, the Johnson County Library has been exploring the theme Breaking Free. While the library programs have been focusing primarily on food insecurity, this theme can be applied to many areas of life, such as generational stereotypes.

Promotional image of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from the NBC promotional "City of Pawnee" website

Happy Galentine's Day!

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Hebah A.H.
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

It’s a little hard to miss all the pink and red hearts present in every retail space right now, the ads for sparkly jewelry, and displays of roses and flowers, but let’s take a few minutes to honor another February holiday: Galentine’s Day, which falls on the 13th of the month.

Radiohead, Kid A album cover

Reading Soundtracks

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Kari E.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018

Do you ever want to match the tone of a novel to music? I do! Here's some of my favorite music and author combinations matched up for your listening and reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Radiohead and George Orwell

Stylistically unique, dystopian, paranoid, deep, fascinating, groundbreaking in sound and genre, political, and futuristic are hallmarks of both Radiohead and George Orwell. The reflection of culture makes these works timeless. These British legends pair perfectly together.

Friday, Sep 28, 2018

Groundhouse Coffee Shop in Gardner Kansas is hushed but lively on a Monday night. The air is rich with the smell of fresh ground coffee. The rolling murmur of voices from the various tables is punctuated by the occasional hiss from the machine behind the coffee bar. At the very back table, by the fireplace, we sit together silently reading, all seven of us. We are each reading our own book, wrapped in the splendor of our own private world, but we are together. As 7:30 rolls nearer, we stretch and put our bookmarks in our books. I ask one of the participants about the

Book Cover of Virgin by Analicia Sotelo is hot pink, with a woman with her back turned,

Virgin

Analicia Sotelo
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Emma F.
Sunday, Jul 15, 2018

"We're all performing our bruises"

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

Did you like Ico? How about Journey? Robot Dreams? Do you like wordless stories that pack an emotional punch? How about creative use of game controls?

Have I got a game for you.

The Hunt

Vinterberg, Thomas
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Megan C.
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

What are the limits of friendship? The Hunt explores this question when a misinterpretation of facts unleashes a chain of consequences in a small town in Denmark. Lucas, a newly divorced father and kindergarten teacher, is tested to the limits of his emotional endurance as he slowly becomes an object of suspicion and mistrust among his coworkers, the townspeople, and even his closest friends.

MCII (CD)

Mikal Cronin
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Bryan V.
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

I don’t know much about Mikal Cronin. He has two albums out under his name, MCII and a self-titled debut that only hinted at the accomplishments found on here. He is obviously an acolyte of the kind of very melodic power pop music that doesn’t get a lot of attention. Does he reveal too much about himself in his music? Is it that he’d rather let his songs speak for themselves than have to provide a press-ready narrative? Who knows?

Persona 4: Arena

ATLUS
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Rachel C.
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

If you loved Persona 4 for its characters, then you might want to give this a try.

If you loved it for its gameplay, then don't bother.

If you have no clue what the Persona games are but you're a fan of fighting games, this might be okay if you don't mind not understanding what's happening.

If you loved Persona 3 and just want to see Mitsuru in leather and Akihiko shirtless, then by all means play this game. (Or look up the artwork online.)

A black and orange photograph featuring images of the band member's faces superimposed on a curtain hung behind various jazz instruments

Every Day

Cinematic Orchestra
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Scott S.
Friday, Jan 17, 2014

One part jazz, one part hip-hop, one part space jam, one part funk of the earth, Cinematic Orchestra’s Every Day is (at the very serious and dangerous risk of hyperbole and cliché) truly an album that defies convention and classification. For musicians, there are moments sublime and surreal harkening back to the funk/jazz cocktails of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter featuring the superb vocals of Fontella Bass (particularly on the opening track, “All That You Give”).

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