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Karen Ristau

Meet Friends Board Member Karen Ristau

The following is a conversation with Friends Board Member Karen Ristau

How long have you been a member of the Friends?
I have been a member of the Friends since December 2018.

What inspired you to serve on the Friends Board?
I’ll admit, I was not aware of the Friends organization until my cousin’s wife approached me about an open position on the Board. We talked about how the Friends support Johnson County Library and many of their programs through memberships, bookstores and book sales. As a long-time patron of the Library, I was instantly intrigued by the Friends organization and thought serving on the Board would be a great opportunity for me to give back to an organization near and dear to my heart.

You’re a Library volunteer, too, right? Tell us a little about that experience . . .
Yes, I volunteered for my first book sale in March and loved it! It was amazing to see all the customers perusing the huge selection of books, movies, CDs and albums and finding items that were new and exciting for them. I was happy to assist the patrons, answer questions, restock the selections, and help
make the book sale a success. I’m looking forward to many more volunteer opportunities in the future!

Your elevator speech: why should I join the Friends?
Johnson County Library offers programs and services to the young, the old, and everyone in between. These programs help develop, support and maintain the love of reading and learning.

The ongoing support of the Friends organization is essential to help keep many of programs in place. Examples of programs supported by the Friends are the 6 by 6, Ready to Read early literacy program, the Black & Veatch MakerSpace where youth can explore 3D printing, vinyl cutting, laser cutting and many other topics, and the Incarcerated Services program that provides Library services to justice-involved patrons.

Join the Friends to support the young, the old and everyone in between who enjoy and benefit from the programs and services of Johnson County Library.

What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading It’s Always the Husband, a thriller by Michele Campbell, an author who is new to me. I am always on the lookout for new authors to read and this one does not disappoint.

The following is a conversation with Friends Board Member Karen Ristau

How long have you been a member of the Friends?
I have been a member of the Friends since December 2018.

What inspired you to serve on the Friends Board?
I’ll admit, I was not aware of the Friends organization until my cousin’s wife approached me about an open position on the Board. We talked about how the Friends support Johnson County Library and many of their programs through memberships, bookstores and book sales. As a long-time patron of the Library, I was instantly intrigued by the Friends organization and thought serving on the Board would be a great opportunity... Continue »

'tis the Season! Football Throwback Thursday

Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Summer Teen Events

Teen Events

We've got plenty to keep you entertained and having fun.

Young Adult Literary Council - earn volunteer hours, grab a snack, and meet new people

Table Top Games - bring your favorite game to share or learn a new one at the event

Teen Bullet Journal Club - organize, decorate, and share ideas for your bullet journal

Teen Creative Writing Workshop - join us to hone your writing skills

MakerSpace events - Beginners Night, Clothing Repair Workshop, and more

And there's more! Check our full schedule of teen events »

We've got plenty to keep you entertained and having fun.

Young Adult Literary Council - earn volunteer hours, grab a snack, and meet new people

Table Top Games - bring your favorite game to share or learn a new one at the event

... Continue »

Paige Davis

Art at Your Local 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:

Oak ParkChristy Steinberg and Kris Schmolze
Cedar Roe: Joe Bussell
Shawnee:  Larissa Uredi
Gardner:  Paige Davis

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:

Oak ParkChristy Steinberg and Kris ... Continue »

Picnic

Throwback Thursday is No Picnic

Oh wait! YES it is! For this Throwback Thursday we offer up a photo of a picnic area in Merriam or Mission circa 1940. Why? It's still summer and that means it's still grilling season!

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Oh wait! YES it is! For this Throwback Thursday we offer up a photo of a picnic area in Merriam or Mission circa 1940. Why? It's still summer and that means it's still grilling season!

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our ... Continue »

Margaret Owen

Meet the Author: Margaret Owen in Conversation with LL McKinney

Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. 

Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake - in The Merciful Crow.

Join us for a conversation with the author facilitated by L.L. McKinney, local author of the young adult novel A Blade So Black. Books by both authors will be available for purchase through Rainy Day Books at the event.

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle, WA, while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.

Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. 

Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake - in The Merciful Crow. Continue »

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Monticello Library
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Sean's Top Five for Fall

Our County Librarian Sean Casserley says:

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to get to the Library and learn something new! This fall, we’re “unlocking the mind” with programs, resources and reads that open up new possibilities.
Here are some of my favorites this season:

  1. Online Language Learning ¿Hablas español? Sprechen sie Deutsch? With your eLibrary Card, you can! I’ve been exploring Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone for more than 70 different languages ranging from Arabic to Yiddish!
  2. Mind Full or Mindful I’ve been dabbling in meditation, and this program is a great introduction for anyone interested in mindfulness.
  3. Creative Quest by Questlove Questlove’s curiosity is as well-known as his music, and this book brings together some of his stories and lessons on creativity.
  4. Unlock Your Creativity with Improv Improv is not just for comedians! We’ve used improv techniques in the workplace to deepen our listening skills, build trust and expand creativity. Kids can get a taste in this interactive workshop for grades K-5.
  5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of writing, Lamott’s book is a welcome guide.

Our County Librarian Sean Casserley says:

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to get to the Library and learn something new! This fall, we’re “unlocking the mind” with programs, resources and reads that open up new possibilities.
Here are some of my favorites this season:

Continue »
Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this."

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish... Continue »

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Monticello Library
Game of Go

Gaming @ the Library

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome.

  • Antioch Library, first Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Blue Valley Library, second Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Central Resource Library, third Mondays, 6 pm »
  • Monticello Library, third Thursdays, 6 pm »
  • Gardner Library, fourth Saturdays, 12 pm »

This Fall you also have three chances to learn The Game of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game.

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome. See dates for our Table Top Games and our special series where you can learn The Game of Go.​ Continue »

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Unlocking the Mind

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work.

See all of our Unlocking the Mind programming »

Explore Brainfuse online to ignite your mind with live homework help, practice tests, Spanish language learning and online quizzes and games.

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work. Continue »

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