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It’s now easier than ever to stay informed about all that’s happening at Johnson County Library. We’ve created a few monthly newsletters to help meet your specific needs. Sign up today!

Choose the eNewsletter or eNewsletters that appeal to you:

  • The Open Book Newsletter
    Updates on Library branches, upcoming events and programs, service highlights and how the Library is evolving to meet your needs.
  • Career and Finance Newsletter
    Up-to-date and valuable career and finance information to help you make progress on your goals.
  • Kids & Family Newsletter
    Highlighted events, resources, and valuable kids and family recommendations.
  • Summer Reading Newsletter
    Event schedules, reading recommendations and summer fun for the whole family.

Looking for eNewsletters from the last several months? Find those past issues of The Open Book, Career and Finance eNewsletter and Kids and Family eNewsletter in our eNewsletter archive.

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us at:

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like
Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Book Discussion: Ask Again, Yes – Monday, Jan. 24, 2 – 4 p.m.  
The only thing better than a good book is talking about it! This Spring we're offering both in-person and virtual book discussions. Register to save your spot. Registrants will receive a copy of the book that they will then return to us at the end of the session. Monday, Jan. 24 we're discussing Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane.

Citizenship Civics – Tuesday, Jan. 25, 9:30 – 11 a.m.  
Pass the U.S. naturalization interview and citizenship exam with help from the Library! Our free online classes provide two levels of coursework focused on the English language, American history and civics knowledge. Assistance with the citizenship application is also available. Participants review citizenship study materials, practice listening and responding to citizenship interview questions, access online practice tests and receive guidance throughout the application process.

Take Your Resume from Fizzle to Sizzle! – Thursday, Jan. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m.  
Create a résumé that catches employers’ attention. Master the art of the keyword, learn what HR professionals look for, and avoid pitfalls with expertise from Kathleen Marx, Global Discipline Leader of Corporate Training, Development and Technical Writing at ENACOMM.

And much more happening this week »

Workshops for Caregivers of Young Children Bring Powerful Ideas

Whether it's finding activities to keep them busy or understanding what's going on inside their heads, being a caregiver of young children can be challenging. Each month's Caregiver Workshop explores a different topic to support and enrich relationships between kids age birth to 6 and their caregivers.

Our February Caregiver Workshop brings the Power of Nature-based Play and is presented by Rosanna Munoz.  She started Mill Creek Natureplay Preschool, Kansas City’s first nature-based preschool. The mission at Natureplay is to provide young children with high-quality, developmentally appropriate educational experiences while inspiring them to grow their love, appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7-8 p.m.  
Online event
Register »

 

Our March Caregiver Workshop brings the Power of Play in Process Art with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with Teaching Artist Amy Berridge.

Tuesday, March 8, 7-8 p.m.
Online event
Register »

 

Our April Caregiver Workshop brings the Power of Play in STEM Exploration with the Museum at Prairiefire with educator Tom Radocy.

Tuesday, April 5, 7-8 p.m.
Online event
Register »

Online One-on-One Genealogy Help

Beginning tomorrow, Basic Genealogy and DNA one-on-one help will be held online via Zoom specific to your questions and research. Visit the Johnson County Genealogical Society at www.jcgsks.org to schedule an appointment. A volunteer will email a personal Zoom meeting link to you prior to the scheduled date.

Basic Genealogy Help
Tuesdays, Jan. 4-April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

DNA & Genetic Genealogy Help
Fridays, Jan. 7-April 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Museum Memories

It’s another grand Throwback Thursday where we encourage you to time travel through Johnson County's history. JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and many JoCoHistory partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

Collection spotlight: Johnson County Museum

About this collection: The Johnson County Museum has a wide range of images dating from the late 19th century to the current day. A major focus of the collection centers on individuals and groups of people in domestic, recreational, scholarly and business settings.

Introducing Wonderbooks

Did you know that hearing and seeing words at the same time can greatly improve early literacy?

Introducing Wonderbooks! Whether you and your kid crave favorite classics, a fascinating topic, or a lovely new story, talking books allow kids to engage with books visually and sonically as the book reads aloud!

Wonderbooks even feature a headphone jack, and Learning Mode, to foster continual exploration of stories and comprehension. You can now find talking books at the Library by searching the Catalog for Wonderbooks »

Sign up for a take-home tabletop game kit this spring!

Explore the unknown with our collection of take-home games and goodies this spring! Conquer the vastness of space, the depths of the oceans, and the hidden secrets of your fellow players with five games chosen by our board-game-loving librarians for you to share with your friends and family. Sign up for your kit and we’ll set one aside for pickup at a Library location of your choice after Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Fill out our registration form to sign up. We'll send you an email when your kit is ready for pickup. The games are best for ages 8 and up and each kit will have enough supplies for a group of four to play.

For more details about the kit and its contents, head over to our Take-Home Kit info page »

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us at:

Library OnDemand – Available anytime you like
Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Citizenship Civics – Tuesday, Jan. 18, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Pass the U.S. naturalization interview and citizenship exam with help from the Library! Our free online classes provide two levels of coursework focused on the English language, American history and civics knowledge. Assistance with the citizenship application is also available. Participants review citizenship study materials, practice listening and responding to citizenship interview questions, access online practice tests and receive guidance throughout the application process.

Facebook Live Book Party – Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Facebook Live Book Parties are live events where a library staff member will booktalk a short list of titles around a certain genre or theme and staff will interact with patrons in real time.

One-On-One Genealogy Help via Zoom – Friday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – noon
Basic Genealogy and DNA one-on-one help are now being held online via Zoom specific to your questions and research. Visit the Johnson County Genealogical Society at www.jcgsks.org to schedule an appointment. A volunteer will email a personal Zoom meeting link to you prior to the scheduled date.

And much more happening this week »

Tax Help

Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help.

Tax forms

  • Online forms: We're happy to help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page.

Tax assistance

  • AARP Kansas Tax AideFree tax assistance and preparation for low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 50 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. The AARP Appointments Calendar will go live after Tuesday, Jan. 18. To make an appointment at that time, go to www.kstaxaide.com or call the AARP at 913.735.5489.
  • Find help: The Tax Help Guide from our librarians links to forms, useful contacts and resources for more information.

Avoid the anxiety. Get your tax season off to a good start at the Library.