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Encore Presentation of Podcast ComebackPodcast wakes up from hibernation!

This episode has answers to your frequently asked questions that have popped up during the stay at home order. We also hear from our MakersSpace facilitators as they help take on COVID-19 by doing what they do best--making. We give you tips and suggestions about the gems you'll find in our eLibrary. A number of our Librarians called in with their eResource suggestions and offer up their favorite author quotes. We're back in a big way! Did you hear? The podcast is back!

This episode has answers to your frequently asked questions that have popped up during the stay at home order. We also hear from our MakersSpace facilitators as they help take on COVID-19 by doing what they do best--making. We give you tips and suggestions about the gems you'll find in our eLibrary. A number of our Librarians called in with their eResource suggestions and offer up their favorite author quotes. We're back in a big way! Did you hear? The podcast is back!

Food pantry

Food Pantries

If you need food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, Johnson County Library keeps an updated list of area food pantries.  We encourage you to call the organization to double-check its hours, as many are operating on different schedules.  Local schools have also been passing out school lunches for kids ages 1-18. Many provide breakfasts or a few days of both breakfast and lunch, and homeschoolers are eligible, as well.  Check the web pages below for information specific to your area:

As always, our staff are standing by (virtually) for any questions you might have and to offer one-on-one assistance.

If you need food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, Johnson County Library keeps an updated list of area food pantries.  We encourage you to call the organization to double-check its hours, as many are operating on different schedules.  Local schools have also been passing out school lunches for kids ages 1-18. Many provide breakfasts or a few days of both breakfast and lunch, and homeschoolers are eligible, as well.  Check the web pages below for information specific to your area:

Lindsey Yankey

Art @ Your Library

At many of our locations, we have art by local artists and groups on display. This Spring we are featuring art from the Johnson County Developmental Supports Emerging Artists, Lindsey Yankey, Pat Veno  and many others. Although our locations are temporarily closed right now, you can still enjoy art @ your library with our online Exhibitions.

At many of our locations, we have art by local artists and groups on display. This Spring we are featuring art from the Johnson County Developmental Supports Emerging Artists, Lindsey Yankey, Pat Veno  and many others. Although our locations are temporarily closed right now, you can still enjoy art @ your library with our online ... Continue »

Girl with chicken laughing

TBT: Laugh it up!

As you very well know, it’s National Humor Month!

Check out this little girl holding a chicken. Her laughter is infectious. I bet she knows why the chicken crossed the road and the reason is hilarious!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Humor Month!

Check out this little girl holding a chicken. Her laughter is infectious. I bet she knows why the chicken crossed the road and the reason is hilarious!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

elementia goes Digital

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? We've got some amazingly smart and talented teens right here in Johnson County! 

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? ... Continue »

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Research your family history in Ancestry Library Edition, available from home for a limited time.

From our Librarian Hilary:

"Using Ancestry Library Edition, I was able to find the name of the ship that my grandmother sailed on from Japan to Washington state from the manifest record. It’s the Canada Maru - I could also see that the ship left Japan on Nov 25, 1913 and I know from other sources that it arrived Dec 18, 1913.

I also found the date of death for my grandfather, which allowed me to go outside of Ancestry to the Library of Congress’ Japanese American Camp Internment Newspapers, 1942-1946 collection and find image views of the newspapers, allowing me to find the first death notice published for him."

Research your family history in Ancestry Library Edition, available from home for a limited time.

From our Librarian Hilary:

"Using Ancestry Library Edition, I was able to find the name of the ship that my grandmother sailed on from Japan to Washington state from the manifest record. It’s the Canada Maru - I could also see that the ship left Japan on Nov 25, 1913 and I know from other sources that it arrived Dec 18, 1913.

I also found the date of death for my grandfather, which allowed me to go outside of Ancestry to the Library of Congress’ Japanese American Camp Internment Newspapers, 1942-1946 collection and... Continue »

e=everything!

One of our best shows ever! No lie. After listening, your life may change forever. Our eLibrary is just that big of a deal. The "e" is for electronic. We explore our digital Library collection with special guests Hope Harms and Amy Field. If you look at our physical collection at any of our locations, think about this: we just might have that book, audiobook, magazine, newspaper, DVD in a digital format to access on your computer, tablet, phone, and maybe even your smart TV. In fact, you'll find titles in our amazing digital collection you simply won't find anywhere else! So, Did you hear about our eLibrary? 

 

One of our best shows ever! No lie. After listening, your life may change forever. Our eLibrary is just that big of a deal. The "e" is for electronic. We explore our digital Library collection with special guests Hope Harms and Amy Field. If you look at our physical collection at any of our locations, think about this: we just might have that book, audiobook, magazine, newspaper, DVD in a digital format to access on your computer, tablet, phone, and maybe even your smart TV. In fact, you'll find titles in our amazing digital collection you simply won't find anywhere else! So, Did you hear about our eLibrary?  Continue »

Masks from the Makers

Our Makers have gone into production with the 3D printers, printing harnesses for the face shields and laser cut PETG for the front face shield at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace.

Our Makers have gone into production with the 3D printers, printing harnesses for the face shields and laser cut PETG for the front face shield at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace.

Makers Gonna Make

While the Library’s buildings have been closed, Maker Nick from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several of our Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join us from home in assembling masks, our Makers recommend these resources for making masks.

While the Library’s buildings have been closed, Maker Nick from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several of our Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join us from home in assembling masks, our Makers recommend these resources for making masks.

Calvin Arsenia

Featured Artist Friday: Calvin ArseniaCalvin Arsenia

Wow! Did we really discover Calvin Arsenia five years ago?! We sure are going to miss his performance that was scheduled for City Center Live!

Calvin, you've come such a long way. We're proud of you and thankful you have made the Library a part of your life. You've shared such great music with us over the years. 

We look forward to seeing you in the future. Until, all of us can read our post from a younger Calvin on his approach to his craft, his recommendations from the Johnson County Library catalog and, perhaps most important, listen to some of his music.

Please introduce yourself. How long have you been a musician and songwriter?

My name is Calvin Arsenia. I've been singing for as long as I can remember. When my brother was an infant, I sang this song to him about how cool his name was in comparison to mine. His name is Reuben meaning "behold the son," and my name means "bald" as in lacking hair. You can imagine how six-year-old me felt gypped in the name potency department.

It wasn't until my preteen years that singing became a focus of mine. Then, at 13 I started playing piano and guitar. I'd write songs from time to time but in 2010, I released the EP "Hands" and have released a few recordings since then.

Describe your songwriting process. Who or what inspires you the most?

Most of the time the writing process comes very naturally. I do a lot of car-singing. I'm not sure if I should be so open about that. Maybe it's perfectly normal! Rather than listening to music, I use car rides to deal with whatever emotion is prevailing at the time and that means singing. Music and lyrics always come at the same time and if I can remember it later on I assume it's good enough to work with. I'll let a phrase rattle around in my head for a couple weeks before I build chords around the melody.

A couple of artists who inspire me are Bjork and Sufjan Stevens. The music that these artists make is unapologetically honest and thoroughly their own. I really respect that. Because of this perceived sincerity, it required a few listens before I started to really enjoy the music. It's more like a fine cooked meal than fast food. I aspire for that in my own music.

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