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Throwback Thursday: All Business

National Small Business Week is coming up, May 5 - 11!

While we focus on putting the finishing touches on the new Lenexa City Center Library, we're fascinated by this image. These planning proposals for business development circa 1980 remind us that all buildings first live on as paper before they exist as steel and brick.

Discover the details behind this image and find more photographs of Johnson County business and industry through the ages at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

National Small Business Week is coming up, May 5 - 11!

While we focus on putting the finishing touches on the new Lenexa City Center Library, we're fascinated by this image. These planning proposals for business development circa 1980 remind us that all buildings first live on as paper before they exist as steel and brick.

Discover the details behind this image and find more photographs of Johnson County business and industry through the ages at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on... Continue »

Caroline McKnight

Why I Give: Caroline McKnight

Growing up in Port Arthur, TX, I remember my mom had a friend who was a school librarian. She was my first exposure to that career path. Over time, my interest in pursuing that same path blossomed and she became my mentor. Being a librarian always resonated with me through school. I always had a strong curiosity and reflecting now, I am a lifetime learner.

After graduating college, my first job was… a school librarian! I decided to embark on my library career in the city at the origin of the Kansas City Southern Railway line in Kansas City, as Port Arthur was the terminus. My first job was with the Shawnee Mission School District. Being a school librarian brought me much joy, as I loved fostering literacy, learning and education with the students.

Flash forward, after taking time off to raise my family, I was appointed to the Johnson County Library Board and was back in the library world. I also subsequently worked with the Johnson County Library Foundation Board for many years, focusing on fundraising to support the Library’s collection and programming.

Now, in retirement, one of my greatest pleasures is reading to my granddaughters. I also volunteer in a school library and my career has come full circle.

Why do I give?
I believe the future of the library is to continue to foster communication. Access to information is vital and facts are the drivers. Some institution has to be in charge of the facts, and I believe that institution is the library.

I feel strongly that our library is important, not just to me, but to all who use it, and even those who don’t. Even if unused, a library stands for something important. I greatly want this institution to endure and prosper.

I continue to volunteer with the Library Foundation, specifically with the “1952 Society: Writing the Library’s Next Chapter”, the planned giving initiative kicking-off this year. Ensuring the future of our Library through planned gifts is vital to me. I would not feel comfortable asking others to make this commitment without first making it myself and have chosen to make a gift to the Library in my will.

To be good stewards of this place we love, we must consider the future. Yes, legacy gifts to the library have always been an option. But today we are making a promise to ourselves, and to our library, that we will work to build the 1952 Society. We will identify and encourage those who care as much as we do to leave a legacy. The name we chose, The 1952 Society, references the past. But, without a doubt, it will be those who look to the future that will insure our library brings value to other lives well beyond our own.

  • Caroline McKnight

Growing up in Port Arthur, TX, I remember my mom had a friend who was a school librarian. She was my first exposure to that career path. Over time, my interest in pursuing that same path blossomed and she became my mentor. Being a librarian always resonated with me through school. I always had a strong curiosity and reflecting now, I am a lifetime learner.

After graduating college, my first job was… a school librarian! I decided to embark on my library career in the city at the origin of the Kansas City Southern Railway line in Kansas City, as Port Arthur was the terminus. My first job was with the Shawnee Mission School District. Being a school librarian brought me much joy, as I loved fostering literacy, learning and education... Continue »

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, April 25, is National Telephone Day! 

Where would we be without the telephone? Enjoy these photos of switchboard operators, business people, technicians and regular folks. Which photo is your favorite? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

Thursday, April 25, is National Telephone Day! 

Where would we be without the telephone? Enjoy these photos of switchboard operators, business people, technicians and regular folks. Which photo is your favorite? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

Lackman Library Through the Years

Today is the last day Lackman Library will be open to the public. Our new location, Lenexa City Center Library, will open its doors for the first time on June 2, from 1 -5 pm.

In 2018, Lackman patrons' favorite sections were:

  • Travel Books
  • CD Audio
  • Picture Books
  • Juvenile Chapter Books
  • Adult Fiction- with a high number of Mystery readers

Today is the last day Lackman Library will be open to the public. Our new location, Lenexa City Center Library, will open its doors for the first time on June 2, from 1 -5 pm.

In 2018, Lackman patrons' favorite sections were:

  • Travel Books
  • CD Audio
  • Picture Books
  • Juvenile Chapter Books
  • Adult Fiction- with a high number of Mystery readers
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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!

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

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