This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Money Mondays: Modern Money – Apps for That – Monday, Oct 25 , 6:30 – 8 p.m.  

Managing your money doesn’t have to be complicated. In this fast-paced, interactive webinar, Ginger Ellsperman, Lead Financial Counselor for Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc, introduces you to a variety of money management apps and tools designed to help you automate and simplify how you monitor spending, access your credit report, shop for good deals, save, and invest. This series is made possible through a partnership with Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.

Español a la carta – Thursday, Oct 28, 4 – 5:30 p.m.  

For Spanish-language learners: this is an online class for intermediate and advanced students of this beautiful language. In this class, we will talk about Latin American countries, culture, history, literature and much more. We will discuss articles together with helpful native speakers and advanced students. In addition, we will have some grammar tips that will enhance our skills to be more confident in a conversation using Spanish. Third quarter 2021/Semester.

Para estudiantes de español: esta es una clase en línea para estudiantes intermedios y avanzados de este hermoso idioma. En esta clase hablaremos de los países Latinoamericanos, su cultura, historia, literatura y mucho más. Discutiremos artículos con la ayuda de hablantes nativos y estudiantes avanzados. También tendremos consejos prácticos de gramática que nos ayudarán a fortalecer nuestras habilidades para estar más seguros al sostener una conversación en español. Clases para el otoño de 2021. Tercer trimestre.

Improve Your Financial Score – Thursday, Oct 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

While your credit score is important, it doesn't say much about your real financial position. Are you building wealth? Will you have enough saved to retire with dignity? Can you help educate your children and grandchildren? Emerson Hartzler, pro bono financial advisor, will introduce you to your “Financial Score” -- how to build it, track it and use it to answer those important questions. Since retiring, he has helped hundreds of individuals and families improve their financial score by establishing and maintaining a budget in You will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with Emerson to set up a budget so that you can start building your financial score.

Friday Fright Night – Friday, Oct 29, 6 – 7 p.m.  

Join us for an evening of readings by select winners from the Scary Story Contest. This event will be fun for all ages. In between readings we will feature some recommended Halloween reads. Wear your costume for an extra fun scary time!

And much more ….

These events are always available OnDemand .


Voting 2021

Important Voting Dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Advance voting by mail begins
Saturday, Oct. 23: Advance voting in person begins
Tuesday, Oct. 26: Advance ballot application (vote by mail) deadline at 5 p.m.

  • Applications can be found on the Johnson County Election Office website and returned via:

    • Email:
    • Text: 913-953-9539
    • Fax: 913-791-8931
    • Mail: 2101 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061
  • KS Votes also has an online application option that is submitted via a form.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2: General Election. Polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Advance Vote by Mail Info:

Voters can return their voted mail-in ballot one of four ways:

  1. By mail: Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Friday after Election Day. Postage is required.
  2. To any advance voting location: Ballots can be returned to any advance voting location during voting hours. Election workers will direct you to the ballot bag inside the location. Postage is NOT required.
  3. To any Election Day polling location: Ballots can be returned to any Election Day polling location during voting hours. Election workers will direct you to the ballot bag inside the location. Postage is NOT required.
  4. To any ballot drop box: Ballot drop boxes are available 24/7 beginning 20 days before an election. The boxes close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postage is NOT required. Drop boxes are located at:

Advance Vote in Person

Advance Voting for the November local election will be available at eight locations beginning on Saturday, October 23. Voters can go to the Advance Voting location of their choice. A full list of advance voting locations and hours is available via the Johnson County Election Office.

Voting In Person on Election Day

Voters must vote at their assigned polling place on Election Day - find it with the sample ballot and polling place locator.

Information for Voters Guide

Join us for Friday Fright Night

There’s no more spooky time of year -- and what better way to have a scary good time than to listen to some scary stories?  

Join us virtually on Friday, October 29 at 6 pm for Friday Fright Night to hear some stories by select winners from our recent Scary Story Contest. This event will be fun for all ages. Wear your costume, grab a blanket and some marshmallows, and gather ‘round a virtual campfire for an extra spooky time. 

Register now to reserve your spot around our virtual campfire. You’re sure to be in for a treat!

TBT: Fall Classic

Goodbye boys of summer and hello fall classic. We inch closer and closer to the end of the marathon-long baseball season. To say farewell to America's pastime, we suggest heading over to Jocohistory and perusing portraits of old time players. There's a section devoted to nothing but baseball team group photos. Can you find the picture with one mischievous player wearing a sea captain's hat?

Celebrate Throwback Thursday, it's a home run! Remember, Jocohistory is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter! Some call TBT the best day of the week.

Did you get a chance to hear this month's podcast episode?

Some call it Civic Engagement. We call it Community Matters! The Library has a plethora of programs, events, services and resources for you, yes you, to be a more informed citizen.  Ashley Fick drops by to share her journey to becoming our Civic Engagement Librarian. We get the inside scoop on the "how," "what" and "why" behind Legislative Coffees, Civics 101, Gather at the table, the News and Views group, Librarian Research Guides and Elections.  

Members of the Civic Engagement committee phone in to share why they participate on this important team and explain why community matters. 

Charles talks to Community Matters Book Club coordinator Melanie Fuemmeler. Our music guest is Jill Westra & Them KC Boys sharing the track "Speedin' Again" and an essay from author Virginia Brackett.

Come spend an entertaining hour with us. Who knows, this might just be the episode where we finally find Paul Rudd! (Spoiler alert ... it's not.)

Congratulations Bookmark Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Friends of Johnson County Library Bookmark Contest! Their delightful bookmarks will be available for you to collect from you favorite Johnson County Library location soon.

Winners shown: Bennett Barnes, Annique Gras, Marin Hannaman, Halley Harrison, Zahra Mirza, Rachel Pishny, Siena Roper, Analynn Sundgren, Emma Tattershall, Dhruvin Vaidya, Freya Webster

Back row, L-R: County Commissioner Janee Hanzlick; Friends board members Jennifer Curtiss, Julianne Jacques, Chris Meier, Jodie Dietz

Not shown: Gia Ange, Zaylen Costlow, Will Jones, Olive Langford, Yliana Piggee, Angie Richardson

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Money Mondays: Credit Reports and Scores – Monday, Oct 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m.  

Ever wonder what is in your credit report or why credit scores matter? Knowing where you want to be financially in six months or five years begins with understanding how to reduce debt and build good credit. Join Ginger Ellsperman, Lead Financial Counselor for Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc, to learn why your credit score matters, who can see it, how to read your credit report, how to dispute inaccurate information and errors, and how to use credit “wisely." This series is made possible through a partnership with Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.

Virtual City Bicycling – Thursday, Oct 21, Noon – 1:30 p.m.  

Learn the rules of the road and cycling confidence in this FREE class from Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC! Our instructors will encourage you to ride farther and explore our region on bikes. Register for Oct. 21 »

News & Views – Thursday, Oct 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

Join other members of our community to discuss timely topics popping up in books, newspapers, podcasts, television shows, and more. Read a book or an article, listen to a radio show or a podcast, watch a documentary or news segment on the topic at hand and come ready to discuss. Not sure where to start? Check out our curated list » For the month of October we will discuss gender and gender identity.

Online Storytime – Friday, Oct 22, 7 – 7:30 p.m.  

Your whole family will enjoy this flexible Storytime. Hearing stories is a great way to spend time with your kids and help them foster a love of reading. Stories, songs, fingerplays and movement activities foster pre-reading skills.

And much more …


The e in eLibrary stands for everything

We hate to stroke our own egos, but our eLibrary is electrifying! We're so eager to share how we've elevated our eLibrary game. It would be egregious to not share our elation and ecstasy. There's literally something for everyone. Even those not so eagle-eyed patrons will embrace the ease of finding everything in our eLibrary. In fact, exploring our eLibrary can lead to exuberance as you emerge with eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, etc. You will enjoy eResources that enrich and enliven your existence. Our eLearning section can empower you to exceed expectations. And, eMusic and eStreaming Video bring you excellent entertainment.

Here, the e in eLibrary stands for everything. 

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