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Meet the Author: Elizabeth White

 

55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal with Elizabeth White Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. 

Too many of us find ourselves approaching or in retirement without adequate savings - due to a variety of circumstances beyond our control. Elizabeth White, author of 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal, is an aging solutions advocate for older adults facing uncertain work and financial insecurity.

Build Your Resilience Circle with Elizabeth White Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.

In this workshop, Elizabeth White will lead participants through questions to help identify trustworthy community members with whom to form Resilience Circles. Participants will walk away with the tools to form their own Resilience Circle support groups, where members can support each other and discuss issues related to aging and living a good life on a limited income.

This Week in the Library

Walk and Read – Daily, All Week

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Wassmer Park, 6700 Roe Ave, Prairie Village, KS) and at various locations throughout Johnson County. Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

Danger & Refuge: A Reading & Conversation, Meg Kearney with Wyatt Townley – Tuesday, Sept 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

The poems in Meg Kearney's and Wyatt Townley's most recent collections walk the line between danger and refuge, exploring the effects of violence, abandonment and loss. The collections do this while also finding solace, safety, acceptance and love in unexpected places. Meg and Wyatt will each read a sampling of poems from their books, and speak about the ways they have faced danger and found refuge in their art.

Moving is Learning for Preschoolers – Wednesday, Sept 15, 1 – 1:45 p.m.  

A moving child is a learning child. Grounded in best practices and current research, this session helps connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. Movement experts from Johnson County Parks & Recreation District will lead 45 minutes of activities, exercises, and games this week at Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Rd., Edgerton.  Best for ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Workshop: Finding Refuge in Form: The Sonnet & The Extended Metaphor – Saturday, Sept 25, 1 – 3 p.m.

This workshop puts the ideas from Meg Kearney’s September 21 craft talk into practice. Writers will spend the first hour exploring the power of the extended metaphor and create poems that express the otherwise inexpressible. In the second hour, we’ll talk about sonnets and what these “little songs” might lead us to sing. We’ll begin with a simple exercise to get participants thinking in fresh, concrete ways; read some sample poems; and then draft some new work.

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How to Replace a Roof in Under 1 Minute

How do you replace the roof of a Library in less than 1 minute? Time lapse is the only way we could come up with. Cedar Roe Library has seen many updates lately like a new reading room, new shelving and an improved kids area. The new roof is like the cherry on the cake. Enjoy!

Enter to Win!

Writing Contests:

Every month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and an invitation to read at a Library event. Our contest theme for September - December is The Fools Journey. One winner will be selected from submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays. See previous winners, or read more about the guidelines and enter your original works » 

Scary Story Writing Contest:

Submit your scary story now for the Fall 2021 Scary Story Contest! This contest is open to children and teens up to 19 years old. One entry per person, please. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words. Submit your entry now »

After the contest, join us for a Friday Fright Night on October 29th from 6-7pm as we read stories by select winners from the Scary Story Contest. This event will be fun for all ages. In between readings we will feature some recommended Halloween reads. Wear your costume for an extra fun scary time!

Sticker Design Contest:

Submit your entries now for the Fall Sticker Design Contest!  Open to children and teens, we're looking for sticker illustrations to fit a Fall theme.  Winners will be selected by  Library staff and the top designs will be printed for patrons to collect in branches. Submit your entry now »

Pausing to Remember

The latest jocohistory blog entry, Pausing to Remember, relays how patrons can share community experiences in a safe setting.

As patrons visit their local Johnson County Branch during the month of September, they may come across an interactive display as they explore the building. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, patrons are invited to share their experience of where they were that day. 

Visit the blog.

Meet the Author: Meg Kearney

We are so excited to welcome award-winning poet and author Meg Kearney to Johnson County Library for three virtual events this month! Join us for one or all of the following:

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. Danger & Refuge: A Reading & Conversation, Meg Kearney with Wyatt Townley, former Kansas Poet Laureate

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Finding Refuge in Form: The Sonnet & The Extended Metaphor

Saturday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. Workshop: Finding Refuge in Form: The Sonnet & The Extended Metaphor

See more detailed descriptions and register »

Meet the Author: Sharice Davids

Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. Register now »

Kansas 3rd district congresswoman Sharice Davids loves encouraging kids to use their voice and lift up their communities. Join us for a reading and discussion with Rep. Davids, co-author Nancy Mays, and illustrator Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley as they talk about the art and story in Sharice's Big Voice. Their book tells the triumphant story of Davids, one of the first two Native American women ever elected to Congress and the first openly LGBTQ+ congressperson to represent Kansas in Washington.

This Week at the Library

Walk and Read – Daily, All Week
“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Black Hoof Park, (9053 Monticello Road, Lenexa, KS) and at various locations throughout Johnson County. Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

Take and Make – Monday, Sept 13, 2 – 3 p.m.  
Get creative and exercise your DIY muscles with the Black & Veatch Makerspace Take & Make Kits! Register on this page or call 913.826.4600 to pick up your supply kits at your favorite Library and you'll get a link to follow the pre-recorded online instructional videos with our Makers. The Take and Make kits include supplies and instructions, although some kits you may need additional supplies you may already have at home. One kit per registrant.

Meet the Author: Julie Bogart – Tuesday, Sept 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  
Kids have a natural passion for learning, but that doesn't always transfer to traditional subjects needed for high school, college, and career. Best-selling author and homeschooling expert Julie Bogart shows you how to help kids become successful lifelong learners as she discusses her book The Brave Learner. The program will conclude with a short question and answer session.

Moving is Learning for Preschoolers – Wednesday, Sept 15, 1 – 1:45 p.m.  
A moving child is a learning child. Grounded in best practices and current research, this session helps connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. Movement experts from Johnson County Parks & Recreation District will lead 45 minutes of activities, exercises, and games this week at Antioch Park, Shelter 1, 6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam.  Best for ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

And much more …