Shawnee's New Maker-made Chess Set

Shawnee Library has a new chess corner, with pieces and a board made in our Black & Veatch MakerSpace! Come over and play!

Have Fun with Books!

One of our 6 by 6: Ready to Read Early Literacy skills is "Have Fun with Books." Children who enjoy books and are interested in them will naturally want to learn to read! Educators and researchers use the term print motivation to describe this area of early literacy. We've got lots of ideas about how to help little ones see that books, words, reading, rhyming are fun! Watch our Librarian Megan's fun rhyme "Two Little Rhythm Sticks" with your little ones, and then head over to our Have Fun with Books page for lots more fun ideas!

Making TV, Literally!

Make48 is an invention competition and a nationally televised show on PBS. One of our MakerSpace gurus, Nick Ward-Bopp, volunteered at the most recent competition as a tool technician at the beginning of Season 2 filming. The Make48 team came to the MakerSpace to shoot some footage Monday, Jan. 22. Our MakerSpace and Nick are ready for their closeups! 

Keepin' It Real

Whether you're a seasoned nonfiction reader or generally find Historical Romance more your style, you'll find something in our Nonfiction list to intrigue and excite! Put your holds on these hot picks now »

Gather at the Table event. Thursday, Jan. 18. Central Resource Library. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Join Us Next Time! Gather at the Table

We had a great "Gather at the Table" event last night at Central Resource Library. We had about 90 people of all ages, from children to seniors. People chatted about everything from the silly to the serious: favorite movies, the Civil Rights Movement, and DACA. Quite a few people stayed late and we saw several people who had just met hug goodbye. Join us at our next Community Matters events and connect with your community!


Join a Book Group!

At the Library, we know the only thing as enjoyable as a good book is talking about it!

This Spring at Leawood we're opening a second book group, because the first was so popular! We're reading The Underground RailroadNotorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Pitbull: The Battle Over An American Icon, among others.

Not the chatty type? Check out our Silent Book Group. Shhh!

Starting your own book group? Hear about The Care and Feeding of Your Book Club with some of our experts.

We have book groups at every one of our locations, and options for afternoons or evenings to fit your schedule. We even have a book-and-barbeque club, as well as our foodie book group, An Edible Discussion. Check out all your options »

Throwback Thursday

Our Throwback Thursday item this week was found after searching for something to honor National Thesaurus Day. In 1968 the Friends of the Library held a contest to "Name the New Library." The winner, Mrs. Paul Spaeth, named our "Cedar-Roe" library and won not only a thesaurus, but a Home Reference Library set.

See more local history at or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Tax Help is Here

Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help.

Tax forms

  • Online forms: We're happy to help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page.
  • ​Paper Forms: A limited supply of the 1040 forms and instruction booklets will be available at the Central Resource Library starting in early February.

Tax assistance

Avoid the anxiety. Get your tax season off to a good start at the Library.