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Sep 15, 2021

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Hunter G. has won second place in the second age group for the Sci-Fi Spring 2021 Youth Writing Contest with his piece "The Time She Had Returned."


María sat quietly and carefully outside in the front area of a bar. The area was quite overgrown with a variety of green. What the bar lacked was people. This little town she had once remembered was teeming with solemness. María wondered why the plants continued to grow with little water. They climbed up in search of something. These desperate plants continued no  matter what.  It was

Apr 7, 2021

“Poetry is a matter of life, not just of language.” Lucille Clifton 

This quote—a favorite, I freely admit—echoed in my mind as I read and re-read Bridget Lowe’s second collection, My Second Work. I understand Clifton’s quote to mean that poetry can be esoteric—a symphony of sounds that lull us into a state in which we choose to not question the meaning of it all simply because it sounds so good in the air. Let’s be clear: I love poetry that sings to me and, sometimes, I do not care “what it means” or if it means anything to me, personally, because the language of it lets me imagine/lets me

Jubilee Manor

By Bethany Hagen
Rated by Katie S.
Oct 14, 2015

Madeline Landry's life has not gotten any easier since we last saw her in Landry Park. Her parents are still exiled; the Rootless are still angry with the Gentry, even though she and her uncle Jack are trying hard to reconcile the differences between the two classes; and now Uprisen heirs are being found dead on her estate. Madeline worries that these deaths are a sign from the Rootless that they will never work peacefully with the Gentry and that the future of Kansas City will be one of despair and not prosperity. As leader in the Uprisen community she is forced to work with the police and

The Rest of Her Life

By Laura Moriarty
Rated by Becky C.
Jun 16, 2010

Before heading straight to the self-help books when you come to the library looking for psychological insight, be aware that reading fiction can also have strong therapeutic benefits. One example to check out is Laura Moriarty’s The Rest of Her Life. Moriarty received a degree in social work from KU, which is excellent training for the themes she explores in her novel: social status and crime, parent/child relationships, and cyclical family dynamics. Moriarty’s prose is not clinical or didactic but flows as well as any good storyteller’s. Protagonist Leigh Churchill is a junior high English