Staff Review
box for the game Dixit


By Jean-Louis Roubira
Rated by Courtney S
Jan 30, 2023

I am a decidedly un-strategic tabletop game player. I’ve been known to choose my moves based on how fun they seem, or how much of a chain reaction I can cause, or (quite frequently) because the art on that particular card is interesting. Dixit is a game designed for people who revel in cards with interesting art on them. There are several flavors and versions of Dixit, but all of them come with a deck of large cards, each depicting a surreal, beautiful and perplexing story of its own. 

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Saba walking across the wasteland with a mountain behind her

Blood Red Road

By Young, Moira
Rated by Anne G
Jan 27, 2023

This book by Canadian author Moira Young stands out in the crop of dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction.  The action-packed storyline throws many obstacles and adventures ahead of our protagonist Saba.

Staff Review
Sushi Go! box art

Sushi Go

By Phil Walker-Harding
Rated by Charles H
Jan 24, 2023

"Sushi Go!" is a fast paced card game with adorably cute artwork that is sure to satisfy your gaming appetite. As is typical of the entire range of games by producer Gamewright Games, this is an easy to learn family game. Despite that, the strategic depth lends "Sushi Go!" a high replay value, and this game strikes a balance that makes it enjoyable for players of all skill levels. 

Sushi Go! characters

Staff Review
King of Tokyo box art

King of Tokyo

By Richard Garfield
Rated by Charles H
Jan 18, 2023

In this game for 2-6 players, monstrous, robotic, and alien kaiju (think Godzilla) battle to be the last one standing. A fast-paced and easy to learn dice rolling mechanic fuels this family friendly brawl, and with a little help, even early readers can enjoy a taste of glory when they become the King of Tokyo. 

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blond woman with shoulder length hair and glasses in a jean jacket with red shirt with field and sky behind

Ekphrasis Contest Winner

By Heather G. Taylor
Rated by Helen H.
Jan 13, 2023

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Heather G. Taylor has won our writing contest on the theme of Ekphrasis with her piece "The Pieces."

Heather G. Taylor is a life-long fan of poetry. Her greatest poetry-related achievements include meeting former US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, and winning $5 in a dental-themed poetry contest. But she doesn't like to brag. She lives in Olathe, Kansas, with her husband, Rion, and their Golden Retriever, Jasper.

The Pieces
Inspired by Patti Streeper’s Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Staff Review Jan 9, 2023

Hello and welcome to the 2023 edition of New Title Tuesday, where we look at a new release that hits the publishing world. While most of us love to read best-sellers, fewer of us like to wait in line for them, so in this particular space we tend to focus on books that might not have the 800+ or so holds on them like, you know, some others. (*cough* Prince Harry *cough*.)

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Cover for Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave

By Park Chan-wook
Rated by Zachary C
Jan 9, 2023

A man is found dead at the base of a mountain peak.  Was it a suicide?  Could it be murder?  With the deceased's wife as the prime potential suspect, the investigator in charge of the case begins to tumble down a rabbit hole of obsession as he investigates her.  

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Book cover

The Ogress and the Orphans

By Kelly Barnhill
Rated by Chris K.
Dec 21, 2022

Social contagion. That's what lies at the heart of this book; that's what this book is about. How thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, and actions spread from one person to another to another and so on. Trust is contagious; when one person behaves trustingly, others respond in kind and the dynamic spreads. Suspicion is contagious; when one person acts from suspicion, others respond in kind and the dynamic spreads. Everything is contagious, spreading socially through networks of people.