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All ages are invited to attend the next meeting of Johnson City Public Library’s monthly Comic Club on Saturday, June 1 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. This is an opportunity to hangout and talk about comic books, manga, and graphic novels with other fans! Attendees will be divided into an adult group and a child group for open discussions. There will be light refreshments for all and simple projects for young children. This program is free and open to the public and no registration is required. Call (423)-434-4458 for more information.
The Johnson City Public Library is hosting a Dystopian Book Club throughout this summer. At the first meeting of this book club, teens who will be entering 6th-12th grade this fall will discuss the Neal Shusterman’s young adult novel Unwind. This novel tells the story of a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others. Three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives. This group will meet on Tuesday, June 11 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Youth Services Department. Registration is required for this free event. Come to the Summer Reading Kick-Off on June 4 at 6:00 p.m. to register or call Youth Services at (423)-434-4458 for more information or to register after June 4. Participating teens will receive a free, gently used copy of the book upon registration.
Teens who will be 6th-12th graders in the fall can start their summer with a bang at the Johnson City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Kick-Off on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. Attendees can learn how to register for Summer Reading, pick up a SRP information packet, and win fabulous prizes. The Kick-Off is the first opportunity to register for any summer events: like our Dystopian Book Club, Shark Week, A Steampunk Event, and more! The theme of all teen summer programming this year is “Groundbreaking Reads” so there will also be plenty of games, projects, and snacks that all coincide with this theme at the Kick-Off. This program is free and no registration is required. Call Youth Services at (423)-434-4458 for more information.
The Johnson City Public Library’s adult summer reading program “GROUNDBREAKING READS” will run from Monday, June 3 through Thursday, July 26. Registration begins Monday, June 3 and continues throughout June and July. This is the second year adults may register and participate online at www.jcpl.net. Random prizes will be given away throughout the summer and a Grand Prize drawing will be on Friday July 26. Registration for the drawings and programs is required.
The Adult Programs will feature a groundbreaking plant based theme:
For more information and to register for programs, please call Johnson City Public Library at 423-434-4454.
The Johnson City Public Library, the Johnson City Schools PTA, and the Junior League of Johnson City are combining to offer children and parents in the area an evening to learn more about the Summer Reading Programs on Thursday, May 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Parents can learn more about the online resources the library offers. There will be guided tours of the library every 15 minutes from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Stories will be shared in the Storytime Room by Johnson City School Board President, Kathy Hall, and City Commissioner Jenny Brock. Snacks will be provided by the Junior League of Johnson City, and children can have their faces painted. Prizes from local businesses will also be given away.
“Dig Into Reading” children’s Summer Reading Program begins June 3. The “Groundbreaking Reads” Teen Summer Reading Program begins June 4 at 6:00 p.m. and the Adult “Groundbreaking Reads” Summer Reading Program begins June 3. For more information please call 423-434-4458.
Children, infants through fifth grade, may participate in the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program at the Johnson City Public Library. The program will run from Monday, June 3 through Tuesday, July 23. Registration begins Monday, June 3 and continues throughout June and July. This is the second year children who are reading may register and participate online at www.jcpl.net. Random prizes will be given away throughout the summer, including tickets to Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Gray Fossil Museum, and much more. Children who are kindergarten and younger may register at the library as a Listener and receive a sticker for every book they listen to.
Beginning in June, a variety of lively events is scheduled for school age children on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the following schedule:
Storytimes for various ages will continue through June and July:
Small group programs are available for rising first through fifth graders on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is required to attend:
The Tale to Tail Reading Program will be offered each Monday at 4:00 p.m. Rising first through fifth graders may read to a trained listening dog for 15 minutes in the Storytime Room. Registration is required.
The culminating summer reading event will be a very special Awards Day at 9:00– 11:00 a.m. on July 25. The children who reach their Summer Reading goal by July 23 will be treated to games, popcorn, and crafts throughout the library.
The “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and support materials are provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This is the twenty-fifth year the Johnson City Public Library has participated in a statewide Summer Reading Program. For more information and to register for programs, please call Johnson City Public Library at 423-434-4458.
Young adults who are rising 6th-12th graders are invited to participate in the “Groundbreaking Reads” Teen Summer Reading Program at the Johnson City Public Library. Registration for Summer Reading begins on Tuesday, June 4 and continues throughout the months of June and July. As part of the Summer Reading Program, teens can register and keep track of the hours they read online at www.jcpl.net. The Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-off is Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. At this program, teens will learn more about online registering for the Summer Reading Program, receive a SRP information packet, and have the opportunity to win prizes. There will also be snacks and projects, all with a gnome theme to coordinator with our “Groundbreaking Reads.” Teens who cannot attend the Kick-Off may register for the Summer Reading Program online anytime between June 5 and July 31.
Throughout the summer, Teens are encouraged to read as many books on their reading level as they like as well as write reviews for the books they read and input this information online. Prizes will be given away throughout the Summer Reading Program from a variety of local businesses including Skate Inn, Holiday Lanes, Real to Reel Movie Theatre, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Elizabethton Twins, Books a Million, Barnes and Noble, Target, Little City Roller Girls, Milligan College. Grand Prize is a Kindle e-reader.
Summer Reading participants may choose to attend the Special Event Programs that will be held throughout the summer in the Jones Meeting Room. These include a Make a Mess program, Shark Week, and a Steampunk program. Registration is required to attend these programs. Teens who wish to participate may call Youth Services at (423)-434-4458 to register. These event dates are as follows:
The Dystopioan Book Discussion groups meet on select Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m. throughout the summer in the Youth Services Department. Teens will be discussing the following books at the following dates:
Teens may sign up for one Book Discussion Group or all of them. Registration is required. Participating teens will receive a free, gently used copy of the book when registering.
Also this summer will be two book talks held at the Johnson City Public Library. On Saturday, June 22 @ 2:00p.m., JCPL’s Teen Coordinator will talk about what to read after The Hunger Games. Attendees will be introduced to over 50 books that are similar in plot, genre, and theme to the popular YA series by Suzanne Collins. On Saturday, July 20 @ 2:00p.m., the book talk subject will be Groundbreaking Reads. Participants will learn about over 50 titles that changed the landscape of young adult literature. Registration is not required for either book talk.
The Summer Reading Finale will be Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. Rewards and certificates will be handed out to those who reach their summer reading goals. Teens must be present at the Finale in order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize. Teens do not have to attend the events to belong to Summer Reading Program and do not have to belong to the Summer Reading Program to attend the special events.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Support materials are provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. For more information and to register for these free programs, please call Johnson City Public Library at 423-434-4458.
The Johnson City Public Library will offer Food For Thought, a series of computer classes in the Computer Center from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday in May. The first class on May 7, How to Use a Computer, will teach basic skills such as using a keyboard and mouse. On May 14, How to Create Documents will lead participants through creating, saving, and printing a Microsoft Word file. How to Use the Internet on May 21 will give students the tools to find good information online. The final class, How to Email, will be held on May 28 and will guide participants through creating and managing their own email accounts. At each session from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and practice their new computer skills.
The Food For Thought computer classes are free, but registration is required to attend. Visit or call (423-434-4454) the Johnson City Public Library Information Desk for more information or to register. Participants are asked to bring their library cards with them to class.