Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The past two months of quarantine shutdown have been bizarre to say the least. Surprised by how hard it's been to focus on simple tasks and know how to deal with whatever each day might bring, I turned to another time in history where the whole world was under threat and people had to deal with a cloud of confusion that hung over everything--World War II. Obviously COVID-19 is not the same as WWII by any means, but I was inspired and encouraged to read the stories of how women in particular faced the challenges of such a world-impacting crisis.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Changing our complete daily routines and schedules, Covid-19 has upended, well, a lot of things. Many of us are spending a lot more time at home, whether working from home if we’re fortunate or through normal social gatherings being curtailed by social distancing. Among the homebound, there’s one group uniquely suited to being indoors, potentially limited to activities and supplies on hand: crafters.

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Acorn TV

Rated by
Karyn H
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020

Acorn TV, a streaming video service offered through Johnson County Library, should be on every patron’s radar. Unlike other streaming services, like Netflix or Hulu, Acorn TV can be accessed for FREE with a Johnson County Library card. Don’t have one? Sign up for free for immediate eLibrary access here. It’s super easy to create an RBdigital account, which is your gateway to Acorn TV, eMagazines and more. Here’s the instructions, per our web

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

Hesitant about audiobooks? Some books are worth reading with your ears rather than (or in addition to) your eyes; read further to find out why. Already love audiobooks? Read further to find even more reasons to enjoy them.

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

“I don’t mean to bother you,” the question usually begins, “but I’m looking for my next book, and I just don’t know what I want to read.” Honestly, that question is one of our favorites to get in days that are often filled with new card sign-ups and telling people where the restroom is.

Garden Books

It's Spring, Let's Garden!

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Bet M
Thursday, May 23, 2019

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems." While I am emotionally in full agreement with Rainer Maria Rilke's poetic words on the season, when it comes to plunging my hands into the dirt to see what wonderful partnership I can form with Nature and her bounty--it is what I don't know that comes rushing to mind, muddling my enthusiasm in the confusion of what to do next. Whether you're interested in beautifying your landscape, planting edibles to munch on, or figuring out what to do with what you grow, books abound. But which ones offer easy-to-absorb advice that quickly get you back outside or whipping up magic in the kitchen?

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Research Tips: Obituary Index

Amanda Wahlmeier
Rated by
Manda W
Monday, Apr 15, 2019

Originally shared on the JoCo History blog.

The Obituary Index, maintained by the Johnson County Genealogical Society (JCGS), consistently tops the list of most visited JoCo History website collections. Upon first glance, the index can seem overwhelming, but once you learn how to use this tool, it can serve as a valuable resource in genealogical research.

HeritageQuest Online

Rated by
Terri B.
Sunday, Jun 21, 2015

In March of this year ProQuest announced they were “advancing the research experience for family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts with a new version of its popular HeritageQuest® Online.” Being an avid family researcher, I was always a little disappointed that we could not access from home through the Johnson County Library as there was always so much more to find on than there was on HeritageQuest.