Cedar Roe Library will be closed Aug. 8-19 for maintenance.
In September we are so excited to bring you the Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown! We have a couple puzzles for you so you can play along:
Are the kids headed Back to School? We have resource for them, for the little ones who aren't quite old enough yet, for you and for anyone who just wants to learn something new! We bring in the experts with the super Librarian knowledge and skills to give you and yours an advantage. Our lineup?
It's the Back to school episode. It's everything you need to know in 20 minutes!
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!
Personal Branding and Networking – Tuesday, Aug 2, 11 a.m. – noon
How do you present yourself? Join an ICG Professional Certified Coach as she talks about personal development, networking strategies, and ways to best highlight the qualities that make you an excellent employee and coworker.
How to Make LinkedIn Work for You – Wednesday, Aug 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Does yours need an update? Learn how to set up a profile and get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of LinkedIn. Stay connected to career opportunities and attract employers with a stellar profile.
Managing Conflict in the Workplace – Thursday, Aug 4, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
It's inevitable that we will run into conflict in the workplace - how can you best handle it?
Friends of the Library Donation Drop-off – Saturday, Aug 6, 9 – 11 a.m.
Do you have gently used books to donate to the Friends? We hold Drive-up Donation Events every Saturday (except during inclement weather). Volunteers will be available to accept your donations on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Friends Headquarters - 8279 Melrose Dr., Lenexa, KS 66214.
Several Johnson County Library branches are polling places in the 2022 Elections due to their central locations within the county. Whether you are a seasoned voter or voting for the first time, we have all the latest information for you! Read on for the wheres, whens and hows of voting!
Who can register?
You must be a resident of the state in which you are registering, and you must be a U. S. Citizen. If you are 17, but will turn 18 before the election date, you can register!
When and where do I register to vote?
Register by July 12 to vote in the August 2 primary election.
Register online through the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office
How do I receive an advanced ballot in the mail?
You can apply for advanced ballots from your County Election Office, or through KSVotes. Each election requires a new application. In other words, if you requested a mail in ballot for the primary, you will need to make a new request for the general election. Voters with permanent disabilities are eligible to apply for Permanent Advanced Voting, and return to their County Election Office. Ballots begin mailing July 13, 2022. Completed ballots must be returned by 5:00 PM on July 26, 2022 for the primary election.
I don’t want to mail my ballot, how else can I return it?
There are several ways to return your completed advanced ballot:
The 24-hour, drive-thru ballot boxes at the Election Office (2101 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe) will also continue to be available for voters.
Where can I find advanced voting in person?
Early in person voting can be done at several locations between July 16 and Aug 1, 2022. In Johnson County, check the list of advance voting locations for places, dates and times. Wyandotte County residents may check here.
Where and when do I vote on Election Day?
Each registered voter has a designated polling place. Polling places can change, so even if you have voted in the past, it’s a good idea to check your polling place for each election. Please visit the Election Office website to find your polling location. Polls are open between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
What do I bring with me for any in person voting?
Kansas state law requires you to bring a photo ID when voting in person. Acceptable forms include:
Wyandotte County residents with questions or needing assistance with registration or voting may call the Wyandotte County Election Office at (913) 573-8500 or visit https://www.wycovotes.org/.
For information about candidates or issues, the eNewspapers section of our eLibrary is a great resource. Kansas City Star, Blue Valley Post, and Shawnee Mission Post include coverage of local candidates and issues on upcoming ballots. You will need your Johnson County Library card or ecard + PIN to access those titles.
Ballotpedia provides biographical, current and past work of elected officials, campaign themes and more.
Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit site covering many topics of current interest related to campaign topics.
Politifact, a non-profit news organization, offers fact checking on current topics, candidate statements and claims, media personalities and campaigns. Users may also submit claims to have them fact checked.
Where can I find more information about the proposed Kansas Constitutional Amendment regarding abortion on the August 2nd ballot?
The Cedar Roe branch of Johnson County Library opened June 2, 1969, so it marks its 53rd year in 2022. It remains a cherished branch serving northeast Johnson County residents, plus patrons who come from Wyandotte County and even Kansas City.
“What’s special about Cedar Roe is it’s so integrated into the neighborhood,” said Assistant Branch Manager Megan Clark. “A lot of our locations are more visible off the street. This one, it’s kind of like a secret.”
Located at 5120 Cedar St. in Roeland Park, it’s tucked behind a Walmart shopping center. Patrons drive and even walk from close-in neighborhoods. The branch caters to long-time residents, young families, and home schoolers.
“We get a lot of regulars here,” Clark said. “In the smaller branches you get to know some of your patrons. You see them more frequently and it’s just a smaller setting so that’s kind of a fun thing.”
In recent years, the building has had important capital improvements, including a new roof, new HVAC system, and all new shelving.
“It’s amazing how much more natural light comes in. It brightened the place up,” Clark said. “Patrons have responded really positively to those upgrades.”
The Library was closed for several months in 2021 for those improvements. New curbside pickup service allowed patrons to retrieve holds during that time and has remained a popular convenience.
The Library also recently purchased new furniture for the 6 by 6 Ready to Read children’s area, thanks to a generous legacy donation from James Deberry, a lawyer and long-time Library patron who died in June 2020 at age 87.
Youth Services Librarian Mary Beth Ricks said the bequest was much appreciated and really helped spruce up the children’s area.
“It’s comfy seating, but it’s very stable for kids climbing on,” she observed. “We had mis-matched tables and chairs before. Now everything is colorful and matches.”
A painting of Cedar Roe that staff found in an upstairs storage area has been framed and is now prominently displayed, to celebrate the Library’s reopening and the Deberry bequest.
Cedar Roe was part of a 1960s system-wide expansion. Johnson County Library had started in 1952 and by 1965 consisted of the Antioch headquarters, Corinth, Mission, Lenexa and Gardner. As the population grew, those branches became over-crowded. In February 1967, voters approved an expansion plan with 69% in support.
That $1.5 million plan called for expanding Antioch and Corinth, while a new “Northeast” branch would replace Mission and a “Southwest” branch would replace Lenexa.
The “Northeast” branch site was selected just west of Roe Avenue on Cedar Street. A naming contest was held, and “Cedar Roe” was chosen.
Total cost of the land and construction on the 17,000-square-foot building was $470,950. It opened in June 1969 and the official dedication took place Nov. 16, 1969. In 1970, Cedar Roe received the Excellence in Design Medal from the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture. With a pleasing mixture of wood, brick and large banks of windows, its interior remains one of the most attractive Library facilities.
The building will close for a few weeks this summer for some ADA-compliant improvements to the front walkway, new LED lighting and other cosmetic changes.
Staff hopes to see some programming resume later this year.
“We’re kind of getting back into what might be the new normal,” Clark said. “We’re discussing bringing back some programming. That will help us bring foot traffic in a new and different way.”
Welcome to another fabulous Throwback Thursday! You know that JoCoHistory is the place to time travel through local history with its Blog and collection of photos and historical documents. But did you know, about the JoCoHistory Research Tools? Here you'll find a portal to local history projects, local history on the web, a comprehensive list of Johnson County museums and historical sites and other regional museums.
On the Web
Local History Museums and Sites
In Johnson County:
Other Regional Museums
July 26, 28, & 30, 2022: 75% off Clearance Sale in Friends library bookstores
Expanded Final Sale Hours:
Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 12:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
The last day of business for both stores is Saturday, July 30, 2022.