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Find a Great Book to Read

In a rapidly changing world, the Library has come to mean different things to different people – local arts incubator, MakerSpace, or focal point for community engagement – yet for many people the library is still a place for books. Some people see the rows and rows of neatly shelved books at the local library and find them wonderfully enticing, but others find those stacks looming and intimidating, feeling utterly lost in what SHOULD be the simple act of finding a good book.

Find it Here

A book that could be perfect for one person might be absolutely of no interest to another. Or the book that seems to hit all the right points might turn out to be too slow, too twisty, or too unfocused when you actually sit down to read it. Luckily, the Johnson County Library has resources to connect you to that perfect book. Our library staff can help you find that ideal title in a vast array of genres, like space opera, a sweeping historical romance or a gritty thriller.

In addition, we’ll ask you about your favorite appeal factors. Do you like novels that are fast-paced with lots of action? Alternatively, would you prefer novels that are slower, richer and take their time? Do you like books set in a specific place, like the back alleyways of a crime-ridden city where police track down a ruthless killer? Or, would you prefer wild, far-away worlds of adventure filled with vampires or elves? Maybe you want a title that would be perfect for a book group, full of meaty topics? Whatever the need, we understand no two readers are the same and reading suggestions should reflect that.

Making Connections

Not only does the Library have the expertise of our staff with the training to listen to your tastes and help you find what you want, but we also have an online catalog containing connections to great content, accessible with a click of a button. One of our databases, NoveList, can even give you author read-alike lists.

No matter how busy or pressed for time you are, the Library likely has something that fits what you need. Today’s Library is not only about books – Johnson County Library also has eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, books on CD, plus movies and TV shows on DVD. Check out our most recent Staff Picks, and stop in to chat recommendations with us soon!

In a rapidly changing world, the Library has come to mean different things to different people – local arts incubator, MakerSpace, or focal point for community engagement – yet for many people the library is still a place for books. Some people see the rows and rows of neatly shelved books at the local library and find them wonderfully enticing, but others find those stacks looming and intimidating, feeling utterly lost in what SHOULD be the simple act of finding a good book.

Find it Here

A book that could be perfect for one person might be absolutely of no interest to another. Or the book that seems to hit all the right points might turn out to be too slow, too twisty, or too unfocused when you actually... Continue »

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Library Histories: Cedar Roe

Since its inception in 1952, the Johnson County Library has grown to 13 (soon to be 14) locations! In this blog post we feature the history of the Cedar Roe Library.

By 1965 the Johnson County Library District had reached a population of 165,000. The Library consisted of Headquarters (Antioch), Corinth, Mission, Lenexa, and Gardner. The last three were small storefront branches. The Mission branch had space for about 3,500 books. News stories at the time referred to the crowded conditions as students packed the libraries after school and in the evenings to study and do homework. By 1966 a plan for expansion of the Johnson County Library system had been formulated, and a bond issue went before voters on February 11, 1967.

The $1.5 million plan called for expanding Antioch and Corinth, and constructing new “Northeast” and “Southwest” branches to replace the Mission and Lenexa branches. The package sailed through with a “Yes” vote of 69% of the total vote.

Planning for the “Northeast” library began immediately. A site was chosen about a mile north of the Mission Branch at 6500 Martway. The new library was to be a block west of Roe Avenue on Cedar Street in Roeland Park. A contest was held to name the branch was held and “Cedar Roe” emerged as the winner.

The Cedar Roe Library opened on June 2, 1969. The total cost of the land, materials, construction and equipment was $470,950. The new library had 17,157 square feet, including a balcony originally used for library programs. Today changes in building codes that mandate improved emergency egress have relegated the balcony for use as storage. Dedication of the facility took place on November 16, 1969. The following year, the Cedar Roe Library received the Excellence in Design Medal from the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.

Since the mid-1990s the Cedar Roe Library has received updating and refurbishing. With the interplay of wood and brick on the interior, Cedar Roe remains one of the most attractive and interesting of the Johnson County Library public facilities.

Since its inception in 1952, the Johnson County Library has grown to 13 (soon to be 14) locations! In this blog post we feature the history of the Cedar Roe Library.

By 1965 the Johnson County Library District had reached a population of 165,000. The Library consisted of Headquarters (Antioch), Corinth, Mission, Lenexa, and Gardner. The last three were small storefront branches. The Mission branch had space for about 3,500 books. News stories at the time referred to the crowded conditions as students packed the libraries after school and in the evenings to study and do homework. By 1966 a plan for expansion of the Johnson County Library system had been formulated, and a bond issue went before voters on February 11, 1967.

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Road Trip Selfie

Create Your Travel Tale

Syd, it's time to travel! Why?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

~ Ibn Battuta

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

  • Get a Road Atlas. Seriously Syd, do you remember that tumultuous trek across Tennessee in '14? Remember how you were going to use your phone for navigation? Recall how there was a "no-service area" for, oh what, 3 and a half hours?! Never again.
  • Snag a Travel Guide (again, no phone reception!) Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Fodors, Eyewitness and more guarantee you'll tailor your trip to your tastes.     

Entertainment

  • Music! Every road trip needs a soundtrack!!! When "future Syd" hears that song that takes him back to the sights and smells of this roadie, he'll thank you! Will you have phone reception? If so, our streaming music services are the way to go. No service? No worries! good old-fashioned CDs are still available for checkout. ;)
  • An audiobook. Remember how Listening to Will Wheaton voicing Ready Player One got you from here to Dallas and back a couple years ago? Get them in pretty much any format you want, even an eAudiobook.
  • Snackage. You're going to get hungry and the stops are sometimes few and far between. Our advice? Snack-up
  • Have a contingency plan for that abomination your hotel is calling "cable." eMagazine and eNewspapers will give you a solid alternative.
  • Make sure you've viewed this travel tutorial at least once before hitting the open road. :D

Step 2. Pick up your holds from your favorite location.

Step 3. Roll.

  

Syd, it's time to travel! Why?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

~ Ibn Battuta

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

Camping

Throw Down a Sleeping Bag, it's Throwback Thursday!

Whether you choose to acknowledge June as the "National Great Outdoors Month" or June as the "National Camping Month," we here at the Library take this controversial position: "Why not celebrate both?!"

"It was a perfect weekend, no wind, sunny, and warm. 16 families camped, swapped stories, fished, boated, water-skied, and some even loafed." 

It sure seems like these happy campers are keen on camping! Did these 1965 "Prairie Dog Campers" from Overland Park and Prairie Village ever get that tent assembled? Or, are they still out there to this very day? To find out, you'll just have to read the story about this fascinating tidbit of local lore

And for even more local history, visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Whether you choose to acknowledge June as the "National Great Outdoors Month" or June as the "National Camping Month," we here at the Library take this controversial position: "Why not celebrate both?!"

"It was a perfect weekend, no wind, sunny, and warm. 16 families camped, swapped stories, fished, boated, water-skied, and some even loafed." 

It sure seems like these happy campers are keen on camping! Did these 1965 "Prairie Dog Campers" from Overland Park and Prairie Village ever get that tent assembled? Or, are they still out there to this very day? To find out... Continue »

Fally Afani

Tonight at Shawnee: Meet Fally Afani!Meet the Artist: Fally Afani

Come hear journalist and photographer Fally Afani talk about her photographs documenting the Kansas City and Lawrence music scenes. View her work at the Shawnee Library until August 21.

Come hear journalist and photographer Fally Afani talk about her photographs documenting the Kansas City and Lawrence music scenes. View her work at the Shawnee Library until August 21.

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Celebrate the written word

Poetry & Prose

Celebrate the written word! Listen to locally and nationally known writers present their poetry and prose. The Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series is cosponsored by The Writers Place.

June: Joan Yeagley and Pat Lawson
July: Tom Averill and Tina Hacker
August: Maryfrances Wagner and Robert Stewart

Celebrate the written word! Listen to locally and nationally known writers present their poetry and prose. The Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series is cosponsored by The Writers Place.

June: Joan Yeagley and Pat Lawson
July: Tom Averill and Tina Hacker
August: Maryfrances Wagner and Robert Stewart

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Music Monday: Black Mariah Theater

Happy Music Monday! We are so happy to bring you local music recorded live. You might notice that we've outgrown our MakerSpace sound booth! We've discovered that our branches, like the Leawood Pioneer Library, are big enough to accommodate larger bands and books absorb sound perfectly. Who knew that a Library is such an awesome sound recording studio. But don't take out word for it, listen for yourself! Here's Black Mariah Theater performing:

1. Honey Stop
2. Emerald Cut
3. You're No Good

Happy Music Monday! We are so happy to bring you local music recorded live. You might notice that we've outgrown our MakerSpace sound booth! We've discovered that our branches, like the Leawood Pioneer Library, are big enough to accommodate larger bands and books absorb sound perfectly. Who knew that a Library is such an awesome sound recording studio. But don't take out word for it, listen for yourself! Here's Black Mariah Theater performing:

1. Honey Stop
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Mark your calendar!

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library you can register to vote, and enjoy art both written and visual!

Voter Registration Drive Monday, June 18, 1pm @ Central Resource Library

Poetry and Prose Tuesday, June 19, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

Meet the Artist: Fally Afani Wednesday, June 20, 6:30pm @ Shawnee Library

Check out all of our special musical events for kids!

This week at the Library you can register to vote, and enjoy art both written and visual!

Voter Registration Drive Monday, June 18, 1pm @ Central Resource Library

Poetry and Prose Tuesday, June 19, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

Meet the Artist: Fally Afani Wednesday, June 20, 6:30pm @ Shawnee Library

Check out all of our special ... Continue »

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