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Gather at the Table

Gather at the Table

Conversation allows people to better understand different viewpoints and to build a stronger community. Gather with us to break bread and discuss Food Insecurity in Johnson County. We provide the conversation starters - and the bread - and you provide the conversation. All are welcome at this drop-in discussion. Food and drink are provided.

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

Conversation allows people to better understand different viewpoints and to build a stronger community. Gather with us to break bread and discuss Food Insecurity in Johnson County. We provide the conversation starters - and the bread - and you provide the conversation. All are welcome at this drop-in discussion. Food and drink are provided.

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

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Central Resource Library
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Combined Catalog Update

Granted, we’re biased. But we think the Kansas City region is library-rich, boasting an array of great systems that further their pursuit of a common mission – free access to knowledge – by working together.

We’re doing it again.

In 2016, four public library systems – Kansas City, Mid-Continent, Johnson County, and Olathe – joined together on a common catalog platform called BiblioCommons, which streamlined the search, discovery, and account management experience for its users. The collaborative then introduced account linking, enabling patrons logged into one library’s catalog to access their accounts at any of the others. It allowed easy, across-the-board access to checkouts, holds, and shelf searches.

Now, we’ve further integrated the search process. If you search the catalog of one library system, you’ll automatically search the collections of the other three systems. Say you log in through the Johnson County Library and are looking for something in the Game of Thrones series. You’ll get a listing of our materials, plus a numerical prompt for what’s available at the Kansas City and Mid-Continent Library systems.

You can access their listings with an additional click.

This newest update to the service launched Tuesday, April 16. With it, library users can view millions of titles across all branches of the four participating library systems.

Things to keep in mind:

  • The branding and web addresses for each catalog will remain unchanged.
  • Each library system will continue to maintain its own borrowing policies.
  • While you can place hold requests on eligible materials from any library system, those items cannot be delivered outside the system that owns them. For example, Mid-Continent items must be picked up at a Mid-Continent location.

To get the most out of the shared catalog, sign up for cards at each library system – Kansas City, Mid-Continent, and Johnson County/Olathe – and link the accounts with a single username. Explore away! Even as you do, the four library systems are looking for ways to further expand and strengthen a productive partnership.

Granted, we’re biased. But we think the Kansas City region is library-rich, boasting an array of great systems that further their pursuit of a common mission – free access to knowledge – by working together.

We’re doing it again.

In 2016, four public library systems – Kansas City, Mid-Continent, Johnson County, and Olathe – joined together on a common catalog platform called BiblioCommons, which streamlined the search, discovery, and account management experience for its users. The collaborative then introduced account linking, enabling patrons logged into one library’s catalog to access their accounts at any of the others. It allowed easy, across-the-board... Continue »

Lenexa City Center Library Opens Sunday, June 2!

Lenexa City Center Library will open on June 2, from 1 - 5 pm. You can catch this video before the movies at Merriam Cinemark and B&B Shawnee!

Lenexa City Center Library will be the new home for Lackman Library patrons. Read more about the transition »

Lenexa City Center Library will open on June 2, from 1 - 5 pm. You can catch this video before the movies at Merriam Cinemark and B&B Shawnee!

Lenexa City Center Library will be the new home for Lackman Library patrons. Read more about the transition »

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Gardening at Corinth

Spring is in full bloom here at Corinth! We have been hard at work with local Girl Scouts of America troop #4091 creating an educational bee and butterfly garden which features native flowering plants.

Our goal is to create an inviting and interactive experience for our patrons. By featuring plants that attract bees and butterflies, we hope to do our part in educating the public about the importance of pollinators.

This has been a wonderful opportunity to partner with our community and to share a sense of involvement and ownership with the next generation. Come by and see the ever-evolving garden for yourself!

Spring is in full bloom here at Corinth! We have been hard at work with local Girl Scouts of America troop #4091 creating an educational bee and butterfly garden which features native flowering plants.

Our goal is to create an inviting and interactive experience for our patrons. By featuring plants that attract bees and butterflies, we hope to do our part in educating the public about the importance of pollinators.

This has been a wonderful opportunity to partner with our community and to share a sense of involvement and ownership with the next generation. Come by and see the ever-evolving garden for yourself!

Veteran Readers Theater

Now Presenting: Veterans Reader Theater

Veterans Reader Theater will share work written by veterans and by their families. Readings will represent life before, during and after military service. Readers will tell the complete story of military life: from boot camp, to time in-service, and life afterward.

Presented by Kansas City Veterans Writing Team.

See all of the events in our Now Presenting series.

Veterans Reader Theater will share work written by veterans and by their families. Readings will represent life before, during and after military service. Readers will tell the complete story of military life: from boot camp, to time in-service, and life afterward.

Presented by Kansas City Veterans Writing Team.

See all of the events in our Now Presenting series.

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Beginners Night in the MakerSpace on Monday, April 15, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

Now Presenting: Veterans Reader Theater Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

Gather at the Table Thursday, April 18, 4 pm @ Central Resource Library

Table Top Games Thursday, April 18, 6 pm @ Monticello Library and Saturday, April 20, 1 pm @ Gardner Library

Johnson County Genealogical Society Meeting Saturday, April 20, 10 am @ Central Resource Library

Enjoy our book groups, storytimes, and much more »

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Beginners Night in the MakerSpace on Monday, April 15, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

Now Presenting: Veterans Reader Theater Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

Gather at the Table Thursday, April 18, 4 pm @ Central Resource Library

... Continue »

Bookmark Winners

Bookmark Contest Winners

It was with great pleasure that the Friends of Johnson County Library announced the winners of the annual Bookmark Design Contest. The presentation was made at the monthly meeting of the Johnson County Library Board of Directors on Thursday, April 11. The annual contest honors National Library Week.

The Bookmark Design Contest is sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Library. This year, the contest accepted more than 400 original illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult.. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only.  Designs, drawings and images must be made by hand only. The Library does not accept computer generated illustrations for this contest.

Jurors for the event included Friends of Johnson County Library board members and JCL kid’s librarians. The winning illustrations are printed as bookmarks and distributed during the year at the 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and at the three Friends bookstores. More than 6000 bookmarks will find homes between pages by the end of the year.

“They’re so wonderful,” exclaims Friends president Julie Steiner, of Lenexa, “and I collect a new set every year. They’re a great way to get creative people of all ages interested in our excellent Library system.”

Library patrons may begin collecting their new bookmarks at their nearest Johnson County Library.

It was with great pleasure that the Friends of Johnson County Library announced the winners of the annual Bookmark Design Contest. The presentation was made at the monthly meeting of the Johnson County Library Board of Directors on Thursday, April 11. The annual contest honors National Library Week.

The Bookmark Design Contest is sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Library. This year, the contest accepted more than 400 original illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult.. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only.  Designs, drawings and images must be made by hand only. The Library does not accept... Continue »

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains in Music

Heroes and villains always have a proper theme song. Music helps create feelings about good and bad characters in popular films and media. In this interactive musical program, children will be inspired to appreciate the role music plays in helping heroes break the world free from evil. Best for ages 7-11. Presented with Kansas City Civic Orchestra Outreach. 

Saturday, April 13

  • 11 - 11:45 am @ Antioch Library
  • 2 - 2:45 pm @ Oak Park Library

Heroes and villains always have a proper theme song. Music helps create feelings about good and bad characters in popular films and media. In this interactive musical program, children will be inspired to appreciate the role music plays in helping heroes break the world free from evil. Best for ages 7-11. Presented with Kansas City Civic Orchestra Outreach. 

Saturday, April 13

  • 11 - 11:45 am @ Antioch Library
  • 2 - 2:45 pm @ Oak Park Library
KSD Volleyball

Throwback Thursday: Deaf History Month

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

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  • Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
    Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
  • Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
    Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
  • Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
    Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.

A Heart for the Homeless

Some Johnson Countians think the homeless don’t exist here. But Sharon Rodriguez’s exhibit, currently on display at the Central Resource Library, aims to show that the homeless exist even in the middle- to upper-income suburbs.

They live in parks, in woods, on streets and anywhere else a person without a home could camp or shelter from rain, snow and heat.

Sharon says suburbanites often have a “not in my backyard” attitude toward the homeless. But she tells them, “They’re already in your backyard. They’re everywhere.”

Many homeless people are either invisible or ignored. One day on a walking trail, Sharon saw a homeless man and woman she sensed were having a problem. She approached and asked if she could help. The woman began to cry. She said no one else had spoken with them in all the time they had been there.

“The homeless are human beings just like anyone else,” she said. “They have the same needs and emotions. I don’t give them money, but sometimes I give them food or clothing. I ask them to tell me their stories.”

Sharon records the stories in handwriting and makes black-and-white photographs of the storytellers. She has featured them in two books, “Homeless Not Invisible” in 2017 and “Homeless, With Honor” in 2018. You can also see her work on her website, https://sharonrodriguezphotography.com

Sharon feels passionate about her work and can get up in anyone’s face who talks disparagingly about poor or homeless people. At a civic club meeting, a man said he was renovating an apartment complex “to get rid of the unsavory.” She spoke to him so forcefully about his lack of respect that he ended up giving her a donation for her work. She used the money to buy digital cameras for homeless people to use to record their lives and plans to feature their photos in a future exhibition. 

The work Sharon does now is a world away from her previous jobs as an IT consultant. Her artistry evolved after 2007, when she was unable to find work in the crippled economy. A mother of three, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 10, she is happy to spend time with her family and to continue her heartfelt work with the homeless.

Through Sharon’s stories and photos, viewers have a window into the experiences of homeless people. Other people may shy away from the conversations Sharon has, but she feels no fear, only compassion and a desire to make visible the “invisible” homeless in all their humanity.

Some Johnson Countians think the homeless don’t exist here. But Sharon Rodriguez’s exhibit, currently on display at the Central Resource Library, aims to show that the homeless exist even in the middle- to upper-income suburbs.

They live in parks, in woods, on streets and anywhere else a person without a home could camp or shelter from rain, snow and heat.

Sharon says suburbanites often have a “not in my backyard” attitude toward the homeless. But she tells them, “They’re already in your backyard. They’re everywhere.”

Many homeless people are either invisible or ignored. One day on a walking trail, Sharon saw a homeless man and woman she sensed were having a problem. She approached and asked if she could help. The... Continue »

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