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Career & Finance Video: Improve Your financial Score

Can you improve your financial score? Yes! And, it's really not that hard. Marty Johannes, one of our Career and Personal Finance Librarians, hosts this session with program presenter Emerson Hartzler, Pro Bono Financial Advisor. This session is designed to help you achieve financial success. We invite you to explore all our Personal Finance online program recordings in our archive.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A good friend of the Library—who chooses to remain anonymous—shared a Library success story. He had worked in public service all his life. Paying his student loans off proved challenging due to a few "real world" and "real life" financial challenges. Not to mention, public service jobs while rewarding in many ways aren't always rewarding financially.

He had heard about Public Service Loan Forgiveness. He tried. He went through what was quite a time-consuming process only to be told he had the "wrong kind of loan" and wasn't eligible for loan forgiveness. So, he gave up and carried on.

But, that's not the end of his story! No. Big changes have taken place and many corrections have been made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness process. He found this Johnson County Library video and it changed his life!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

Join us May 2 - 8 as we celebrate Children’s Book Week! Challenge kids to talk about what, why and how they read! This year's theme is “How Do You Book?”

Need reading ideas? Here is a sneak peak at our Summer Reading booklist. Also, you'll always find booklists, recommendations and storytimes on our Birth to Six page

Celebrate World Theatre Day!

World Theatre Day is Sunday, March 27, and we've got your celebration covered with our access to the U.K. National Theatre Collection. Stream 50 stunning full-length productions on your own schedule, including classics, Shakespeare and modern works.

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eResources for Students

Let's face it, if you're reading this, you're probably not a kiddo! But, you know the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” So, if you have children or you know any school age children, help us spread the word about our bounty of learning materials conveniently located online for easy access! Like what, you ask? How about:

Biography (Gale In Context): Comprehensive biographies on the world’s most influential people with related content from periodicals and multimedia to provide context.
Brainfuse HelpNow: Live online tutoring daily 2-11 p.m. Professional tutors can guide you through academic subjects from kindergarten through AP and college level classes. Writing Lab to get feedback within one business day. SkillSurfer for study resources and test prep (AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED and citizenship tests.) Send Question to get a response within one business day.
CultureGrams: Explore the culture, history and people of each U.S. state and country of the world. Encyclopedia Britannica: School, Library, Academic, Escolar and Moderna versions of the encyclopedia offer articles for students of all ages.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia: Online encyclopedia for students.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy provides a free world-class education for anyone everywhere on topics like math, science, history, economics, humanities, programming and test prep.
LearningExpress Library: Tutorials and quizzes for elementary to adult for a variety of subjects.
Lightbox: Nonfiction eBooks that integrate multimedia into each page.
TOPICsearch: Articles from a variety of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Kanopy Kids: Curated streaming video collection of children’s programming.
National Geographic Kids: Great for kids interested in science, space, animals, history, geography and fun. Enjoy the full magazine with all the illustrations online.
Primary Search: Articles from popular elementary school magazines.

Middle Search Plus: Popular magazines for middle and junior high school students.
MAS Ultra – School Edition: Articles from popular magazines and journals for high school students.
Explora: Articles and multimedia covering a wide variety of subjects like biography, business, current events, health, history, literature, science and more. Easy to browse new topics or search for specific information.
NewsBank Hot Topics: Concise summaries of the month’s major news topics with links to relevant newspaper articles, blogs and more.
Primary Sources (Gale): Digital historical documents including books, manuscripts, letters, newspapers, photographs, maps and more ranging across topics of national and global relevance.

These resources will have kids running home from school to study!

Women's History Month 2022

History is our past retold from written, visual and spoken sources. Those speeches, writings, films, photographs and oral histories communicate so much! History is essentially storytelling meant to shed light on individual and group experience. It records facts, opinions and attitudes. And, it notes change over time. March is Women's History Month and we invite you to join Johnson County Library in commemorating and celebrating the vital role of women in American, and specifically Johnson County, history.

How we celebrate:

  • Time travel through Women's History at JoCoHistory. You will find photographs, newspaper articles, oral histories and other artifacts that share the experiences of women in Johnson County over the course of its history
  • Explore our Women's Fiction recommendations 
  • Listen to female Local Musicians
  • Read works from local women authors on our JoCoWrites Blog 
  • Delve into our Women's Studies Archive and Women: Transnational Networks resources, both available in our History and Biography collection

New Year, New You!

It's New Year's Day! Hello 2021. Hello to an all new you! The Library is here to help you make all of your dreams come true. Let's make those positive changes happen. 

First, start with a brainstorming list. If you had a magic pill you could take to make your life better, what would your life look like tomorrow? Write down your answers. Prioritize your top five. Here's an example:

  1. Get my finances in order
  2. Learn something new 
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Explore my family tree
  5. Make time to read more (a lot more) 

Whatever is on your top five list, contact a Librarian. Call, email, text. We'll help you find the Library resources you need to make 2021 a success!

Or, create your own adventure as you peruse the self-help collection in our catalog!

Holiday Gift Guide

Start planning your gift list, find great deals, and get time-saving holiday tips with the Consumer Reports Holiday Gift Guide. They show you the top products from their testing, including air fryers, coffee makers, cookware, TVs, and vacuums. They also share expert advice on choosing the right gifts at the right price. Get the latest on the holidays from CR. All you need is your Library Card and PIN.

Education Spotlight: Nat Geo for Kids!

National Geographic Kids

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Great for kids interested in science, space, animals, history, geography and fun! You will find:

  • full articles from the National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (except the most recent three months)
  • 500 National Geographic Kids books
  • over 800 downloadable images
  • more than 200 videos

Best for kids ages 6 - 14.