Blood Pressure Clinic

On the second Wednesday of each month, drop in to the Central Resource Library and a nurse from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will test your blood pressure.

See the schedule »


Back to School: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Minutes!


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?


  • Hope Harms, Collections – eResources Librarian. Special power? She CAN judge a book by its cover!


  • Emily DeVore, Youth Services. Special power? She can read four books at a time turning pages with both hands AND both feet!
  • Carrie Worth, Youth Services. Special power? Book teleportation. She makes an art of hands-free shelving.


  • Kate McNair, Teens. Special power? Makes a mean vegan chocolate cake! 

It's the Back to school episode. It's everything you need to know in 20 minutes!

    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!

    Personal Branding and NetworkingTuesday, 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 YouWednesday, 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 WorkplaceThursday, 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.

    And much more happening this week »

    Primary Election 2022

    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:

    • If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than Aug 2, 2022 and received by the election office by Aug 5, 2022.
    • You may return your completed ballot at any of the advanced polling locations (see section on advanced voting below) between July 16 - Aug 1
    • You may return your completed ballot at your designated polling location on Election Day, during polling hours.
    • Johnson County Election Office has installed several ballot drop off boxes around the county. Ballots may be returned in a box beginning July 16.

    • Blue Valley Library - 9000 W 151st St, Overland Park
    • Central Resource Library - 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park
    • De Soto Library - 33145 W 83rd St, De Soto
    • Gardner Library - 137 E Shawnee St, Gardner
    • Shawnee Library - 13811 Johnson Dr, Shawnee
    • Spring Hill Library - 109 S Webster St, Spring Hill
    • Northeast Offices - 6000 Lamar Ave, Mission

    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:

      • A driver’s license or identification card issued by Kansas, another state.
      • ID card issued by a Native American tribe
      • A concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state.
      • A United States passport.
      • An employee badge or ID issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office.
      • A U.S. military ID.
      • A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas.
      • A public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office.

    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

    Where do I find more information about candidates?
    You can view a sample ballot from the Johnson County Election Office, Ballotpedia, and Vote 411

    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. 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?


    At 53 years old, Cedar Roe Remains Treasured Neighborhood Branch

    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.”


    There are tools and then there are research tools. 

    JoCoHistory Research Tools

    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. 

    JoCoHistory Projects

    On the Web

    • Kansas Memory - Johnson County
      A project of the Kansas Historical Society, this site contains digital images of letters, diaries, photographs, government records, maps, museum artifacts and much more.
    • Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery
      Over 11,000 images of archival material such as letters, photographs, postcards, advertising cards and maps from Missouri Valley Special Collections at Kansas City Public Library.
    • Territorial Kansas Online
      A virtual repository of archival documents dating from Kansas' territorial period, 1854-1861.
    • Missouri Digital Heritage
      Digitized collections from libraries, archives, historical societies and museums all across Missouri (formerly Virtually Missouri).
    • Map of historic sites
      Map of local historic places, museums and historical societies.

    Local History Museums and Sites

    In Johnson County:

    • Gardner Historical Museum
      The museum occupies the 1893 Folk Victorian house built by Herman B. Foster. Exhibits feature topics important to Gardner history: the Grange, the Overland Trails, schools, a turn-of-the century kitchen, as well as historical memorabilia and photos of Gardner's past.
    • Johnson County Museum
      Includes the Johnson County Museum of History, the Lanesfield School, and the 1950s All Electric House. The museum also features a research room with access to documents, maps, photographs and manuscripts related to the history of Johnson County, Kansas from 1820s to present.
    • Legler Barn Museum
      The Legler barn was built by Adam Legler in 1864, razed in 1972 and restored in 1983 as a community Museum. It features permanent and temporary exhibits about Lenexa and the surrounding area.
    • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
      Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site is the last remaining stagecoach stop on the historic Santa Fe Trail still open to the public. Three original buildings are preserved: The Mahaffie Family Home/Stagecoach Stop, two-story Ice House, and Wood Peg Barn.
    • Oxford Schoolhouse
      Built in 1877, this one-room schoolhouse operated until 1955. In 2003 it was moved from 135th and Mission to its current location at Ironwoods Park. The school is now restored and interpreted as a circa 1910 schoolhouse.
    • Shawnee Indian Mission
      The manual training school attended by Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian children from 1839-1862. The Shawnee Mission also served as an early territorial capitol, a supply point on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, and as a camp for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The Mission was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. The Mission also has a research library that is open to the public by appointment.
    • Shawnee Town Museum
      Shawnee Town is a living history museum that opens a window to life in a small farm community in the years leading up to the Great Depression. Visitors can stroll through the 3-acre park and visit historic buildings that include a school house, farmstead, chapel, fire station, local businesses and gardens.

    Other Regional Museums

    • Kansas Museum of History
      Museum operated by the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.
    • Kansas City Museum
      Located within the Corinthian Hall mansion, the Kansas City Museum offers exhibits on regional history and natural history, as well as a planetarium and authentic 1910 soda fountain.

    Last Chance: Friends Bookstores Closing!

    Antioch & Blue Valley Bookstore Clearance Sales

    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.