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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, Monday, Aug 19, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

Music with Mar Tuesday, Aug 20, 10 & 11 am @ Shawnee Library

Now Presenting: Diane Glancy and Peter Mishler Tuesday, Aug 20, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

Emily the Musical August 22-24 @ Central Resource Library

See all of our events »

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

Beginners Night in the MakerSpace, Monday, Aug 19, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

Music with Mar Tuesday, Aug 20, 10 & 11 am @ Shawnee Library

Now Presenting: Diane Glancy and Peter Mishler Tuesday, Aug 20, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource ... Continue »

Summer Teen Events

Teen Events

We've got plenty to keep you entertained and having fun.

Young Adult Literary Council - earn volunteer hours, grab a snack, and meet new people

Table Top Games - bring your favorite game to share or learn a new one at the event

Teen Bullet Journal Club - organize, decorate, and share ideas for your bullet journal

Teen Creative Writing Workshop - join us to hone your writing skills

MakerSpace events - Beginners Night, Clothing Repair Workshop, and more

And there's more! Check our full schedule of teen events »

We've got plenty to keep you entertained and having fun.

Young Adult Literary Council - earn volunteer hours, grab a snack, and meet new people

Table Top Games - bring your favorite game to share or learn a new one at the event

... Continue »

Paige Davis

Art at Your Local Library

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are a few of the exhibitions on display through August 21:

Oak ParkChristy Steinberg and Kris Schmolze
Cedar Roe: Joe Bussell
Shawnee:  Larissa Uredi
Gardner:  Paige Davis

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are a few of the exhibitions on display through August 21:

Oak ParkChristy Steinberg and Kris ... Continue »

WALL-E

Movie and Music in the Park - CANCELLED

We apologize, but tonight's movie in the park has been cancelled due to weather.

We apologize, but tonight's movie in the park has been cancelled due to weather.

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
Picnic

Throwback Thursday is No Picnic

Oh wait! YES it is! For this Throwback Thursday we offer up a photo of a picnic area in Merriam or Mission circa 1940. Why? It's still summer and that means it's still grilling season!

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Oh wait! YES it is! For this Throwback Thursday we offer up a photo of a picnic area in Merriam or Mission circa 1940. Why? It's still summer and that means it's still grilling season!

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our ... Continue »

Margaret Owen

Meet the Author: Margaret Owen in Conversation with LL McKinney

Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. 

Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake - in The Merciful Crow.

Join us for a conversation with the author facilitated by L.L. McKinney, local author of the young adult novel A Blade So Black. Books by both authors will be available for purchase through Rainy Day Books at the event.

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle, WA, while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.

Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. 

Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake - in The Merciful Crow. Continue »

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Monticello Library
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Sean's Top Five for Fall

Our County Librarian Sean Casserley says:

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to get to the Library and learn something new! This fall, we’re “unlocking the mind” with programs, resources and reads that open up new possibilities.
Here are some of my favorites this season:

  1. Online Language Learning ¿Hablas español? Sprechen sie Deutsch? With your eLibrary Card, you can! I’ve been exploring Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone for more than 70 different languages ranging from Arabic to Yiddish!
  2. Mind Full or Mindful I’ve been dabbling in meditation, and this program is a great introduction for anyone interested in mindfulness.
  3. Creative Quest by Questlove Questlove’s curiosity is as well-known as his music, and this book brings together some of his stories and lessons on creativity.
  4. Unlock Your Creativity with Improv Improv is not just for comedians! We’ve used improv techniques in the workplace to deepen our listening skills, build trust and expand creativity. Kids can get a taste in this interactive workshop for grades K-5.
  5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of writing, Lamott’s book is a welcome guide.

Our County Librarian Sean Casserley says:

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to get to the Library and learn something new! This fall, we’re “unlocking the mind” with programs, resources and reads that open up new possibilities.
Here are some of my favorites this season:

Continue »
Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this."

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish... Continue »

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Monticello Library
Game of Go

Gaming @ the Library

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome.

  • Antioch Library, first Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Blue Valley Library, second Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Central Resource Library, third Mondays, 6 pm »
  • Monticello Library, third Thursdays, 6 pm »
  • Gardner Library, fourth Saturdays, 12 pm »

This Fall you also have three chances to learn The Game of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game.

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome. See dates for our Table Top Games and our special series where you can learn The Game of Go.​ Continue »

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Unlocking the Mind

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work.

See all of our Unlocking the Mind programming »

Explore Brainfuse online to ignite your mind with live homework help, practice tests, Spanish language learning and online quizzes and games.

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work. Continue »

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