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Johnson County, KS Trains: 1900 - 1948

Happy Throwback Thursday!

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.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

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.

Turbulent Twenties exhibit

The Turbulent Twenties

At the Johnson County Museum’s latest exhibit, The Turbulent Twenties, you can explore how how a modern, American society emerged in the 1920s.

The decade is often viewed as a time of roaring fun, prosperity, and good feeling. However, the museum's new exhibition, focuses not just on “pop culture” favorites like Prohibition, the Jazz Age, and 1920s fashion, but delves into the darker, deeper elements. The exhibit covers the time span between 1918 and 1929, and the long 1920s reveal a United States that was experiencing growing pains of sorts. Americans were struggling to adapt to changing morality, changing immigrant populations, changing societal structures, and a changing position on the world stage.

Read more about the exhibit on JoCoHistory's blog post.
 

At the Johnson County Museum’s latest exhibit, The Turbulent Twenties, you can explore how how a modern, American society emerged in the 1920s.

The decade is often viewed as a time of roaring fun, prosperity, and good feeling. However, the museum's new exhibition, focuses not just on “pop culture” favorites like Prohibition, the Jazz Age, and 1920s fashion, but delves into the darker, deeper elements. The exhibit covers the time span between 1918 and 1929, and the long 1920s reveal a United States that was experiencing growing pains of sorts. Americans were struggling to adapt to changing morality, changing immigrant populations, changing societal structures... Continue »

Right Under Your Feet

Our newest location, Monticello Library, is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time, so we’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs. 

For those of you who have visited our newest branch, you’ll notice there are few permanent interior walls. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and allow quick reconfiguration of service areas within the library.

Enjoy this time-lapse video of the raised floor installation earlier this year. And if you feel taller when you go to Monticello Library, just think: you are!

Our newest location, Monticello Library, is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time, so we’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs. 

For those of you who have visited our newest branch, you’ll notice there are few permanent interior walls. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and allow quick reconfiguration of service areas within the library.

Enjoy this time-lapse video of the... 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 » 

 

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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!  

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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National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

Fall in love with your favorite book all over again! Or, discover a new book that you just won’t be able to put down. Johnson County Library has the collection and the experts to help you find whatever you’re looking for. 

There's something for everyone. Make National Book Lovers Day a holiday!

Fall in love with your favorite book all over again! Or, discover a new book that you just won’t be able to put down. Johnson County Library has the collection and the experts to help you find whatever you’re looking for. 

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Art at Your 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:

Antioch:  Amanda Burkhart
Leawood Pioneer: Evin Felix
Cedar Roe: Monica Dixon
Shawnee: Fally Afani

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:

Antioch:  Amanda Burkhart
Leawood Pioneer: Evin Felix
Cedar Roe: Monica Dixon
... Continue »

Read Local

We Have a Winner! Several, In Fact.

The Writers Place, Uptown Arts Bar, Rainy Day Books… our metro community boasts many superb venues where writers can share their work. Our favorite is – no surprise – Johnson County Library.

It’s no wonder we love our Library as a home for authors. Since September 2015 Johnson County Library has provided monthly writing contests and we couldn’t be more proud of the results. Check out our past winners here, or come hear local poet Natasha Ria El-Scari introduce four of our recent winners on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 pm at Leawood Pioneer Library. Annie Newcomer won in the open category for the theme Build a Better World with her poem Caregivers. Marcia Hurlow, Kristin Pitts and Lisa Allen all won under the Ain’t it the Truth theme. Marcia Hurlow won with her poem Maps; Kristin Pits with her short story Last Night; and Lisa Allen won in the Open Category with her poem Adoration.

Our current theme is Music, followed by Women’s Voices in the Fall. 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 »

The Writers Place, Uptown Arts Bar, Rainy Day Books… our metro community boasts many superb venues where writers can share their work. Our favorite is – no surprise – Johnson County Library.

It’s no wonder we love our Library as a home for authors. Since September 2015 Johnson County Library has provided monthly writing contests and we couldn’t be more proud of the results. Check out our past winners here, or come hear local poet Natasha Ria El-Scari introduce four of our recent winners on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 pm at... Continue »

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