Johnson County Library was selected as Kansas City’s 2008 Parents' Pick for Best Library as part of Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect's First Annual Parents' Picks Awards. Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, the online resource for parenting advice and community, asked parents to pick the best services in their local communities via the 2008 Parents' Picks Awards. The Johnson County Central Resource Library was selected number one and the the Lackman Neighborhood Library was voted number three.
The ParentsConnect's First Annual Parents' Picks Awards identified the best family-oriented places and resources in 52 major U.S. cities. Categories included Best Kids' Museum, Best Library, Best Toy Store, Best Playground/Park, Best Green Space, and many more. Users, real parents, voted for nominees online at http://www.parentsconnect.com/parentspicks from May 19 to June 30, 2008. On July 15, 2008, the ParentsConnect.com site published the Parents' Picks winners and the winning venues' information will remain featured on the site for a year. All Parents' Picks businesses were nominated based on recommendations from ParentsConnect.com local city editors (transitioning from the Webby Award-winning GoCityKids.com site to PCLocal.com) who live and work in the cities they cover, in conjunction with ParentsConnect users' feedback. Users' votes and rankings ultimately determined which venues are selected as winners in their respective categories.