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This Week at the Library

This week at Johnson County Library, kids can get practice reading out loud with Read to a Dog, you can enjoy Poetry and Prose with local writers, and teens and adults can join a book group! See you there!

This week at Johnson County Library, kids can get practice reading out loud with Read to a Dog, you can enjoy Poetry and Prose with local writers, and teens and adults can join a book group! See you there!

Library Lets Loose: You're Invited!

Join us and honorary hosts, Valerie and Charley Vogt, for the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual celebration, Library Lets Loose!

Saturday, Sept. 29
6 - 10 pm
Central Resource Library

Cocktail attire
$75 ticket price*

*$50 for Teachers, Educators and Librarians

This festive fundraiser features a fun evening of unique and creative experiences, tasty local libations, scrumptious food and drink pairings - and local music, artists and creators!

Tickets and sponsorships are available now. Contact 913-826-4740 for more information. See you there!

Join us and honorary hosts, Valerie and Charley Vogt, for the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual celebration, Library Lets Loose!

Saturday, Sept. 29
6 - 10 pm
Central Resource Library

Cocktail attire
$75 ticket price*

*$50 for Teachers, Educators and Librarians

This festive fundraiser features a fun evening of unique and creative experiences, tasty local libations, scrumptious food and drink pairings - and local music, artists and creators!

Tickets and sponsorships... Continue »

Merriam Amusement

Turn O’ The Century Kansas City Amusement

Nowadays, if you want entertainment, you don’t even have to leave your couch — seasons of “Friends” are just a Netflix log-in away. The more adventurous types can head to First Fridays or take a ride on the Mamba roller coaster at Worlds of Fun.

But what about a hundred years ago? What did people do for fun? Read about it here » 

 

Nowadays, if you want entertainment, you don’t even have to leave your couch — seasons of “Friends” are just a Netflix log-in away. The more adventurous types can head to First Fridays or take a ride on the Mamba roller coaster at Worlds of Fun.

But what about a hundred years ago? What did people do for fun? Read about it here » 

 

Join us for Movies in the Parks this summer!

Movie in the Park: Cabaret

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood. Live Listen Local concerts kick off each showing. Music starts at 8 pm, movie starts at dusk. August 17th's Movie in the Park is showing at Santa Fe Commons Park in Overland Park.

Join us for all our Movie in the Park events this summer!

 

 

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood. Live Listen Local concerts kick off each showing. Music starts at 8 pm, movie starts at dusk. August 17th's Movie in the Park is showing at Santa Fe Commons Park in Overland Park.

Join us for all our Movie in the Park events this summer... Continue »

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Central Resource Library , Off-site
Celebrate the written word

Tonight! Writing Contest ReadingsWriting Contest Readings

Celebrate the written word! Join local poet Natasha Ria El-Scari in to introduce our four latest writing contest winners. Annie Newcomer won in the open category for the theme Build a Better World. Marcia Hurlow, Kristin Pitts and Lisa Allen all won under the Ain’t it the Truth theme.

Our Fall theme is Women’s Voices. There is no cost to enter and winners receive a $200 honorarium and an opportunity to read at a library or Writers Place event. Contests are cosponsored by the Johnson County Library Foundation and The Writers Place. Enter our contest now »

Celebrate the written word! Join local poet Natasha Ria El-Scari in to introduce our four latest writing contest winners. Annie Newcomer won in the open category for the theme Build a Better World. Marcia Hurlow, Kristin Pitts and Lisa Allen all won under the Ain’t it the Truth theme.

Our Fall theme is Women’s Voices. There is no cost to enter and winners receive a $200 honorarium and an opportunity to read at a library or Writers Place event. Contests are cosponsored by the Johnson County Library Foundation and The Writers Place. Enter our contest now »

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Leawood Pioneer Library , Meeting Room
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Books to Go!

We've got Books to Go kits on a lot of topics, so when you're in a hurry to grab some fun reading and activities for your little ones, we've got your back! Books to Go kits include audiobooks, books, activity suggestions and more all in one. Whether your little one's current obsessions is weather, opposites, or bugs, we've got those fun topics and many more!  

We've got Books to Go kits on a lot of topics, so when you're in a hurry to grab some fun reading and activities for your little ones, we've got your back! Books to Go kits include audiobooks, books, activity suggestions and more all in one. Whether your little one's current obsessions is weather, opposites, or bugs, we've got those fun topics and many more!  

Mark your calendar!

This Week at The Library

This week at the Library, you can get some tips about using heirloom tomatoes, join us for writing contest readings, read to a dog, and enjoy a movie in the park!

An Edible Discussion Monday, August 13, 6:30 pm @ Corinth Library

Writing Contest Readings Wednesday, August 15, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Read to a Dog Thursday, August 16, 5:30 pm @ Oak Park Library

Movie in the Park: Cabaret Friday, August 17, 8 pm @ Santa Fe Commons Park

There's much more happening this week at the Library, so check our full schedule »

This week at the Library, you can get some tips about using heirloom tomatoes, join us for writing contest readings, read to a dog, and enjoy a movie in the park!

An Edible Discussion Monday, August 13, 6:30 pm @ Corinth Library

Writing Contest Readings Wednesday, August 15, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Read to a Dog Thursday, August 16, 5:30 pm @ Oak Park Library

... Continue »

Mike Zakoura JCL Foundation supporter

Why I Give: Mike Zakoura

Growing up in the small town of Osawatomie, KS, Mike Zakoura was destined for a life filled with words, paper, books – and giving, above and beyond. His journey has included majoring in Journalism and Radio at the University of Kansas; being an editor at the Kansas City Star until 2000, and working in the Interlibrary Loan Department at Johnson County Library for 16 years, until he retired this summer.

I sat down with Mike shortly before he left JCL to learn more about his dedication to literacy and his loyal giving to the JCL Foundation through Johnson County’s Employee Payroll Deduction Program. I found out that for him, giving back to the community is a life-long priority. When asked why it was meaningful to give to the Library in addition to working here, he replied, “It is important for County employees to know about the Employee Payroll Deduction Program that benefits the Johnson County Library Foundation. We tend to focus on necessities versus charities. Sometimes charities take a back seat. Giving is a commitment.”

Children’s literacy holds a special place in Zakoura’s heart.  He has been married for 43 years, raised daughters, and has grandchildren. “I think it is important to give to kids’ literacy and help provide opportunity. I see a life wider than my own. People need to consider children.”  Another example of Zakoura’s giving: his volunteering for literacy. He gives time to his granddaughter’s school reading to the students. “It is important to help influence young people to read. For kids, you can’t dictate a road, but you can help influence their path.”

Reflecting on his decade and a half working in a library Mike says, “Libraries are on the short list of places people can be comfortable asking questions. Libraries are safe places. The Library is a place where you can be free and read a book, be it sci-fi, history, children’s literature—there is something for everyone.”  A big reason he enjoyed the Interlibrary Loan Department is the ability to connect materials to libraries in smaller communities, similar to where he grew up. Mike says he’ll miss the people the most- the relationships he’s built here.

What does Mike see as the future of libraries?  “More tech!” he declared. “The Library will continue to metamorphose to stay relevant in the community. Libraries will always have an important role and just take different forms as they evolve.”

“Why do I give to the JCL Foundation?  I believe people should choose an organization to give to because it’s the right thing to do. You don’t have to save the world, but you do have to save a small part of it. It doesn’t have to be much, but it does have to be something. Find your passion – be it children’s literacy or whatever is meaningful to you – and give to it.”

- Steph Neu, Johnson County Library Foundation

Growing up in the small town of Osawatomie, KS, Mike Zakoura was destined for a life filled with words, paper, books – and giving, above and beyond. His journey has included majoring in Journalism and Radio at the University of Kansas; being an editor at the Kansas City Star until 2000, and working in the Interlibrary Loan Department at Johnson County Library for 16 years, until he retired this summer.

I sat down with Mike shortly before he left JCL to learn more about his dedication to literacy and his loyal giving to the JCL Foundation through Johnson County’s Employee Payroll Deduction Program. I found out that for him, giving back to the community is a life-long priority. When asked why it was meaningful to give to the... Continue »

Rewound

Last Local Music Live Performance of the Summer!Local Music Live: Rewound

Rewound, Kansas City's contemporary classical string quartet, comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind their music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. 

Rewound, Kansas City's contemporary classical string quartet, comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind their music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. 

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Central Resource Library , Off-site
Movie in the Park

Tonight: Footloose!Movie in the Park: Footloose

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood. August 10th's Movie in the Park is showing at two locations: Electric Park in Lenexa and Celebration Park in Gardner.

At Electric Park, join us to kick off the evening at 8 pm with a Local Music Live concert. Movie begins at dusk.

At Celebration Park, join us for festivities beginning at 7 pm. Movie begins at dusk.

Join us for all our Movie in the Park events this summer!

 

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood. August 10th's Movie in the Park is showing at two locations: Electric Park in Lenexa and Celebration Park in Gardner.

At Electric Park, join us to kick off the evening at 8 pm with a Local Music Live concert. Movie begins at dusk.

At Celebration Park, join us for festivities beginning at 7 pm. Movie begins at dusk.

Join us for all our ... Continue »

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Lackman Library , Off-site

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