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TBT: May You Be Well-Rested

As you very well know, May is Better Sleep Month!

Check out this "sleeping facility" for overflow troops on the grounds of the Olathe Naval Air Station in 1947. We found this photo and so many more at with the search term "sleep." Such a fun way to time travel through local history. What will you find?

Have a happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!


Is your bike ready?

Join us for a fantastic online event, Maintain Your Ride! This Thursday, May 20, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

DIY bike maintenance made simple! Now a virtual class - register to get the link to our live Zoom webinar.

Get your hands dirty and learn to keep your bike in tip-top shape with this FREE class from Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC! Our instructors will teach you how to keep your bike in good working order with a few basic tools and some practical know-how.

Where: Your home! BWKC will send you a link to a Zoom webinar for LIVE instruction at the same date and time as the in-person class was originally scheduled.



Summer Reading Launches with Can't-Miss Event!

Don't miss this: Summer Reading Launch Keynote Speaker: Kwame Alexander
Newbery medal winner and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander shares a bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling, and a splash of performance to engage young readers. As Alexander says, "Books are cool like amusement parks, and sometimes you gotta let the kids choose the rides!" A performance for all ages. Registration is required.


Imagine Your New Library

Johnson County Library is excited to have begun the design process for the new Library in Merriam. And we want to hear from YOU!

The current Antioch Library has been a fixture in the Merriam community for over 60 years; staff and patrons alike have many fond memories of the building – some having visited Antioch their entire lives.

The new building will be located just a few blocks away on the campus of the Merriam Community Center. This summer we are developing the design for the replacement Library with an eye toward the future, ensuring we are able to meet the changing needs of the community over time. 

The first public input session will be held online Wednesday, May 19, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Additional dates for public input sessions will be announced on and @jocolibrary on social media. Construction is anticipated to occur after the design is finalized with completion in 2023.

We are excited to hear how we can continue to serve the community for years to come.


This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Poetry Reading with Traci Brimhall – Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Traci Brimhall’s fourth collection Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod weaves between essays and poems to explore becoming a new mother during the trial for her friend's murder. She will read both nonfiction and poetry that came from this time in her life and talk about the ways love and grief are related in poems. She will also discuss the writing process for both nonfiction and poetry, and the ways they inform each other and diverge.

Craft Talk with Traci Brimhall– Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Love is more than the ecstatic--it is in the daily actions and affections. Grief happens far beyond the focal point of a funeral. Two of our major experiences as humans happen to us again and again, yet so often poems focus on the falling in love or the moment of loss rather than how those we love and lose endure across so many moments in a single day. In this lecture, we will examine poetry that uses repetition for both love poems and elegies.

Walk and Read – Thursday, May 13, All Day

“Take a walk and read a book.” Not normally sound advice, but that is exactly what Johnson County Library is suggesting families do this week at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd.  Walk and Read creates a family reading experience in the great outdoors! Families who participate will read two stories posted around the path, one going each direction. When you finish one story, you can flip around to the other side of the sign and begin the next story, which will lead you back around the path. 

One-On-One Genealogy Help – Friday, May 14, 9 AM – 1 PM

Basic Genealogy and DNA one-on-one help are now being held online via Zoom specific to your questions and research. Visit Johnson County Genealogical Society to schedule an appointment. A volunteer will email a personal Zoom meeting link to you prior to the scheduled date.


The Poetry Episode

It's another Did you hear? podcast episode with Shannon, Jack, Charles and Dave!

In this episode, we offer closure to poetry month and suggest poetry should not be confined to a single month. We crammed this episode full—like an over-stuffed el grande burrito—with flavorful content from all kinds of tasty angles. (OK, we're not poets, but we love poetry!)

  • Hear poets featured in elementia
  • A look back at our Poetry Walk and how it lives on digitally
  • Exciting upcoming poetry writing programs and a visit from an impressive author
  • Physical art as poetry
  • What happened to KCUR's New Letters on the Air?
  • Our haikus!
  • Your haikus!
  • And the latest installment of In Search of Paul Rudd

All this and more! It's the Poetry episode and it's not to be missed. When is this delightful episode available? Right now! 


Meet the Author: Traci Brimhall

We are so excited to welcome award-winning poet, essayist, and children's book author Traci Brimhall to Johnson County Library for three virtual events next week! Join us for one or all of the following:

  • May 11th at 6:30 pm: Poetry Reading: Eros and Thanatos: A Conversation on Love and Elegy in Poems
  • May 12th at 6:30 pm: They Come Back: Memory in the Love Poem and Elegy
  • May 15th at 9 am: Workshop: They Come Back: Memory in the Love Poem and Elegy

See more detailed descriptions and register »



This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Money Mondays – Budgeting for an Irregular Income -  Monday, April 26, 6 – 7  PM

Creating and managing a monthly budget might seem overwhelming when income varies widely – month to month or year to year. Rogers Brazier, HUD Exam-Certified Counselor, Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. will make it easy. Learn how to create and manage a monthly household budget even when your circumstances are unpredictable, including tips that could help you survive a layoff or other unexpected event.

Artists in Sight - Tuesday, April 27,  6:30 – 7:30 PM

Lindsey Yankey grew up in rural Kansas, studied Illustration at the University of Kansas and is currently living in Lawrence, KS, with her family and their jungle of house plants. She finds inspiration in nature, animals, books, people, and traveling and her illustrations are made with a variety of materials. She is the author and illustrator of the books Bluebird, Sun and Moon, and the illustrator of My Grandma and Me.

Take and Make: Paracord Bracelets - Wednesday, April 28, 2 – 3 PM

Come build something cool and flex your creative muscles every week with the B&V MakerSpace team! Register for a new project every week, pick up your supplies kit at your favorite library, grab some tools you probably already have lying around your home and hop online for a build-along video, complete instructions, advanced projects, shopping lists and more!

Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Elder Abuse – Thursday, April 29, 2 – 3:30 PM

Learn about the important legal documents you need to ensure that your wishes are honored in the event of incapacity or death, and to avoid probate. Alexandra English, Managing Attorney and Director of the Elder Rights Project for Kansas Legal Services will discuss powers of attorney, wills, living wills, and transfer on death deeds.

And much more …


elementia issue xviii Reception and call for submissions

elementia issue xviii Reception

Friday, April 23, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Online event

Celebrate the 18th issue of elementia, the teen literary magazine published by Johnson County Library. Explore concepts of our theme "Bodies" with readings from published teens, artwork, music and a keynote performance from poet Franny Choi.

And, we are calling on teen creators for the next elementia. We accept original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. 

Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, comics, or artwork through February 1, 2022.


TBT: Earth Day

We have so many materials for every age on the subject of Earth Day. Since we live here on this planet, we should probably read an owner's manual

Our Throwback Thursday tie-in? The Earth is old—really old—older than the trees! Earth Day got us curious to see just what nature photos we could find at What will you find?

Remember, is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.