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New Podcast Episode

The Did you hear? podcast makes its triumphant 2021 return. It's been a while since you last heard from your Library insider, but we're back! This year, we have some changes. We are now a monthly podcast. New episodes are released on the first day of each month. Also, we now have a small group of hosts who bring behind-the-scenes stories to life for our thematic episodes. This month's theme? "Things You Can Still Do at the Library." We bring you stories about Udemy, the MakerSpace, Career Development's relationship with a retiree helping you make sense of and budgeting, and bringing famous authors to storytimes. All this and Dave has a brain glitch causing him to forget the name for the prestigious annual award for children's book illustrators (Before you scream at your phone or computer, it's the Caldecott Medal.) Enjoy!    

Did you hear? Our Podcast Returns March 1st!

We're so excited to announce that after a 2-month hiatus, our podcast—your Library insider—Did you hear? returns Monday, March 1st!

What's new in 2021? Four new co-hosts, a monthly format, themed episodes, new production and a special new segment we're calling "In Search of Paul Rudd."

What hasn't changed is our commitment to bringing you the behind-the-scenes stories that you've come to expect. So, be sure to head over to Podbean or wherever you prefer to get your favorite podcasts and subscribe. While there, consider revisiting some of our favorite episodes like Return Bin Finds, The Census, Library Hacks, authors interviewing authors like Author Research in Action: Oppenheimer and local musical acts like Miki P

The countdown has begun!   

Last Podcast Episode of 2020

Did you hear? host Dave presented on podcasting--specifically for Libraries and nonprofits--at the Kansas Library Association's annual conference. We share his presentation as a podcast episode. Enjoy.

Here's the description we provided for the program:
We believe subscribable communication is an effective and fun way to reach library audiences—even those you’d never think are podcast addicts. We want to share the lessons we’ve learned over the course of two years and counting while producing the Johnson County Library’s “Did you hear?” podcast. It’s been a twisting and turning journey. We’re ready to help you develop your own pod-voice! Find about strategies taken to engage listeners (and listeners-to-be), how to include library staff in unexpected ways, and why we don’t devote every episode to an upcoming library event. Don’t let the maze of equipment and platforms or time that might be involved intimidate you—we cover all that technical stuff too!

This is our last episode of 2020. Look for our return in 2021 with some fun changes!



Cash Bail

New (bonus) podcast episode!

Cash Bail. What is it and why are we talking about it on the Did you hear? podcast? The Library has always been engaged in the community and we're committed to serving all of our patrons. If you weren't aware of the numerous community outreach services we offer, have a look! In this episode, Librarians Kate and Flannery represent our Incarcerated Services in this interview with Lauren Worley of KC Bail Fund

New 5 for 5 Podcast Episode

It's a brand new Did you hear? podcast episode! And, it's another 5 for 5 format. We talk to another 5 groups of people about 5 topics for 5 minutes at a time. This time around:

  • Instagram
  • MakerSpace Steamroller Printing Press
  • Online Storytimes
  • Newsletters galore
  • Super Special Mystery Guest

We thought about adding even more goodness into this episode, but there is such thing as too much of a good thing.


New podcast episode: 5 for 5

We talk to 5 groups about 5 topics 5 minutes at a time. We call it 5 for 5.

In this episode, we chat about:

  • Census: One Long Strange Trip
  • Career and Finance Online Series
  • Book Party!
  • Debate Watch Parties
  • Collector’s Corner 

It's a special 5 for 5 Did you hear?

Youth Fantasy Writers

In this episode of Did you hear? we present the winners of our Youth Fantasy Writing Contest this summer. We talk about this amazing contest and hear from some of the winners. Kids from 3rd through 8th grade participated and we think you'll be impressed by these young authors.

New Podcast Episode: Incarcerated

We’ve got another “Author Research in Action” episode for you! Just a reminder--we take an award-winning author, and let them dive-into conversation with a subject matter expert! In this case, both authors did their research from inside. Inside what or where? For that answer, you just have to listen ...

Dungeons and Dragons Episode

We have a number of online events including gaming! What kind of gaming? Well, after watching the epic 80’s-set Sci-Fi series Stranger Things, have you become intrigued about the role-playing game: Dungeons and Dragons? In this episode, we talk a bit about online programs and invite three staffers to show Dave the ropes as they play a round of D&D!

The following music clips were used as the soundtrack to our epic adventure:

The Descent by Kevin MacLeod

Strength Of The Titans by Kevin MacLeod

Hidden Agenda by Kevin MacLeod


We have an exciting Summer Reading-themed show! Our Librarians called in with several recommendations for your little ones. We also asked you on facebook to submit your favorite childhood titles. We mention a number of your suggestions! From those, we created a really great booklist. Before we launch into all that, Melissa Horak-Hern and Dave Carson share memories of their top-five childhood books!