Friends and Foundation

Friends Bookstores Reopening

The Friends of Johnson County Library Bookstores are re-opening to help meet your gently-used books and A/V needs! The bookstores at Antioch, Blue Valley and Central Resource Libraries are now open for appointment-only shopping

Store hours at all three locations are Mondays from 9am-4:30pm and Thursdays from Noon-7:30pm. Bookstore pricing has been standardized to make it easier to shop and to perform contact-less sales. Some items like display books, and sets, are specially priced.

Friends Re-Launch Online Sales

The Friends of Johnson County Library are pleased to announce that their online sales are back in business, as part of their phased re-opening strategy. The thriving division was temporarily shuttered in adherence with COVID-19 transmission control protocols.

Bookmark Contest Winners

The Friends of Johnson County Library are pleased to name Tess Boyer,  Margaret Drumm,  Hunter Everett,  Cecilia Grahek,  Adalyn Long,  Vivian Mahaffie,  Hannah Markiewiez,  Ellis Nohe,  Toshani Pippalapalli,  Jillian Reuter,  Derin Serbetcioglu,  Audrey Vietti,  Olivia Wang and  Jessica Ward as Winners in the 2020 Bookmark Design Contest.

Why I Give: Denise Mills

As I reflect back, the Library has been an ongoing integral part of all stages of my life.As a young child, my first trip to a library was a bookshelf in our local bank that my own mother and one of her friends started for other mothers to swap books with one another. Those books fed my curiosity of a world that I couldn’t have imagined without stories of adventuresome heroes. As an Iowa farm girl, books and newspapers at our local library kept me up to date on world news when I was living in a relatively isolated area. Oh how we looked forward to these trips into town to explore what was new

A curious mind can change the world

Your support of the Johnson County Library Foundation profoundly impacts our community. The JCL Foundation funds Library resources, books, and educational programs that encourage curiosity, spark imagination and bring dreams to life — all year round.

Ready to Let Loose?


Join us for this grand party at the Library! Tickets available online all day, or at the door. All proceeds support the lifelong learning resources offered at the Library.

Attire: Fun, festive! 
Date and Time: Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Location: Central Resource Library

Meet Friends Board Member Karen Ristau

The following is a conversation with Friends Board Member Karen RistauHow 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

Making Friends

You’ll be pleased to learn that the Friends Bookstore at Central Resource Library carries a wide array of materials for use in the Library's MakerSpace!
When the Central branch was renovated in 2015, the MakerSpace was moved and enlarged six-fold. Visitors to the Space have found more equipment and helpful advisors to help them learn software and hardware. Sessions such as MakerSpace Beginners Nights have been a super introduction to all the Space has to offer. 
The machines in the MakerSpace, such as the CNC Router and the Epilog Helix and Zing laser engravers, tend to perform best with

It's Book Ball Time!

Today, June 8 is the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for the Library. Funds raised from this year’s event  will support the Library’s Summer Reading program!
Join the fun with our Stay-at-Home host, award-winning picture book author and illustrator, SHANE EVANS! Shane’s books include We MarchUndergroundOlu’s Dream and Chocolate Me. He will be hosting a LIVE Q&A for one hour. Stay tuned for details and join us on FB to ask Shane a question!
Be sure to join us on FaceBook between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. from the comfort of your

Lackman Library Volunteers

This #ThrowbackThursday we're honoring our Lackman Library Volunteers!

My name is Linda, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to visit with some of the Lackman Library volunteers during an appreciation lunch for them. Some of them will move to other volunteer posts within the Johnson County Library, and others are moving on to new opportunities as services move from Lackman Library to Lenexa City Center Library. From a woman with 34 years of library service to one who had just started, they all contributed in their own special way to the foundation and success of the Lackman Library.