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We love to learn about our patrons! The questions in the survey below are designed to get you thinking about why you love Johnson County Library. Fill out as much as you like, and we may feature your profile in an upcoming newsletter, blog post or on our social media! By completing this survey, you agree to have your responses shared online »

We Have Moved to Libby!

In late May, our eBook and eAudiobook collection moved to the Libby app

  • Existing checkouts will still be available through their due date, only via the Axis 360 app. If you log out of Axis 360, you will no longer be able to able to log back in.
  • When you log in to Libby, you will see all of our eBooks and eAudiobooks. Holds you had in Axis 360 will transfer to Libby.
  • If you don't see a title you're looking for, suggest it for purchase or browse our catalog or Interlibrary Loan for a different format.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about our move to Libby, and stay up to date at jocolibrary.org and @jocolibrary on social media.

    Auto Repair and Maintenance Tools

    Find step-by-step instructions, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides and more in these automotive repair resources:

    Chilton Library covers most common cars, trucks, vans and SUVs of the past 30 years. In addition to repair instructions and diagrams, it also includes a video library and short preparation quizzes for the Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Certification Tests.

    Auto Repair Source provides information direct from vehicle manufacturers on repair and maintenance for thousands of models. It also includes parts pricing and labor time estimates.

    Grab your Library card and PIN and input your year, make and model to get started on repairing and maintaining your own vehicle.

    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!

    How to Make LinkedIn Work for You Wednesday, June 1, 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, June 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    It's inevitable that we will run into conflict in the workplace - how can you best handle it? This workshop is offered by the Women’s Employment Network – an organization that provides support for realizing your career, financial and personal goals.

    Dive into Summer Reading Storytime  Saturday, June 4, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

    Gather the family for a special storytime to start off Summer Reading. 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. This storytime will be held using the meeting software Zoom.

    Walk and Read at Sar-Ko-Par Park – May 28 – June 5, All day 

    Johnson County Library and Lenexa Parks and Recreation invite you to visit the Walk and Read at Sar-Ko-Par Park. Two stories, “Hello Ocean” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and “Just Be Jelly” by Maddie Frost, will be posted.

    And much more happening this week »

    The Kansas City Institute of Chinese Language and Culture

    The Kansas City Institute of Chinese Language & Culture was founded in 1998 by local Chinese immigrants who sought to ensure their children felt a connection to their Chinese heritage through language and cultural practices. Read more from JoCoHistory about this local institution »

    Library Partnership Sustains Creative Writing Class at Therapeutic Center

    For years, Johnson County Library has had a positive partnership with the county’s Department of Corrections, providing Library services at the Adult Residential Center and to those receiving substance abuse treatment at the Therapeutic Community Center.

    This spring, the partnership got another big boost.

    Johnson County Library provided the funds to offer an eight-week Creative Writing class for Therapeutic Center clients. It was offered as part of NCircle’s College of Trades, which provides essential skills for post-incarceration.

    The Creative Writing teacher, students and Library representatives agree it was a great program, setting the stage for more classes later this year.

    “We saw this as a wonderful opportunity,” said Incarcerated Services Librarian Melody Kinnamon, who leads the Library’s efforts on behalf of incarcerated patrons.

    Research shows creative writing can be enormously helpful to people in recovery. Kinnamon also saw the class as a logical outgrowth of the Library’s extensive local writers programming, led by Reference Librarian Helen Hokanson. Through Hokanson’s contacts, Kinnamon reached out to Lawrence-based author Ronda Miller (pictured), who is experienced in both poetry and prose, to teach the class.

    “I knew the moment we met that it was going to be a great fit,” Kinnamon said of her interview with Miller. “I could just tell she had a heart for the justice-involved clients and that she would meet them wherever they were in their writing journey.”

    Miller says teaching the class, for 90 minutes every Monday for eight weeks this spring, was a wonderful experience. She was awed by the students’ eloquence.

    “It’s amazing what they shared,” Miller observed. “I knew going in that I would learn as much from them, if not more, than they would learn for me. That was the case.”

    Several students said it was incredibly beneficial.

    Student Anita Hoskins had never seen herself as a writer but discovered an ability to write poems about nature and happiness.

    “Some really good things have happened,” Hoskins said. “I felt I really could find some creativity in me that I didn’t know I had before.”

    Hoskins said Miller’s encouragement and support helped her “pull out all kinds of stuff in my soul, in my memory.”

    After the Therapeutic Center graduation in May, Hoskins has aspirations to publish a book and perhaps become a counselor.

    Josh Patterson, another student, already knew he loved to write poetry and letters but said Miller helped him hone his skills.

    “After taking part in the class, I discovered I have a real passion for prose and it’s been hugely helpful for me and therapeutic in my treatment and my recovery,” he said. Miller made wise suggestions to help him polish his writing, and he took her advice to heart.

    Miller, author of five books and past president of the Kansas Authors Club, encouraged the students to submit their work to Kansas writing competitions. Patterson was excited about that opportunity.

    The class was inspiring for Miller, who experienced great trauma as a child and is a Life Coach to people who have lost someone to homicide.

    “I talked to them about why we tell our stories, the importance of Voice,” said Miller. The class shared laughter, tears and descriptions of dreams. Miller watched as the students blossomed with newfound confidence, producing vivid, evocative writing.

    Kinnamon said she heard great feedback and is pleased the Library will fund additional classes this summer and fall. She hopes the graduates will find ongoing connections to the local writers’ community though the Library.

    “Ronda has made them feel comfortable as writers, and it’s our hope they will join in the Library’s writing community,” Kinnamon said. “That would help bring everything full circle.”

    Museum Memories

    It’s another grand Throwback Thursday where we encourage you to time travel through Johnson County's history. JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and many JoCoHistory partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

    Collection spotlight: Johnson County Museum

    About this collection: The Johnson County Museum has a wide range of images dating from the late 19th century to the current day. A major focus of the collection centers on individuals and groups of people in domestic, recreational, scholarly and business settings.

    We Have Moved to Libby!

    In late May, our eBook and eAudiobook collection moved to the Libby app

    • Existing checkouts will still be available through their due date, only via the Axis 360 app. If you log out of Axis 360, you will no longer be able to able to log back in.
    • When you log in to Libby, you will see all of our eBooks and eAudiobooks. Holds you had in Axis 360 will transfer to Libby.
    • If you don't see a title you're looking for, suggest it for purchase or browse our catalog or Interlibrary Loan for a different format.

    Read Frequently Asked Questions about our move to Libby, and stay up to date at jocolibrary.org and @jocolibrary on social media.

      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!

      Facing Your Fears: Winning Your Inner Game Monday, May 23, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

      During periods of crisis and/or transition, the experience of getting stuck, being anxious or even becoming fearful will occur! Those anxious feelings are natural. This workshop offers women an opportunity to refocus, reframe and expand their thinking (around this period of change) so they can move forward, more quickly, and with renewed confidence and hope.

      Interviewing is like Dating Tuesday, May 24, 10 a.m. – noon

      When finding a new job, it is important to make sure that you are a good fit for the company AND that the company is a good fit for you. There are strategies to figuring out whether or not a new job or position is right for you. This interactive workshop will help you find a workplace culture that is a good fit.

      Walk and Read at Sar-Ko-Par Park – May 28 – June 5, All day 

      Johnson County Library and Lenexa Parks and Recreation invite you to visit the Walk and Read at Sar-Ko-Par Park. Two stories, “Hello Ocean” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and “Just Be Jelly” by Maddie Frost, will be posted.

      And much more happening this week »

       

      Career & Finance Video: Improve Your financial Score

      Can you improve your financial score? Yes! And, it's really not that hard. Marty Johannes, one of our Career and Personal Finance Librarians, hosts this session with program presenter Emerson Hartzler, Pro Bono Financial Advisor. This session is designed to help you achieve financial success. We invite you to explore all our Personal Finance online program recordings in our archive.