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Worried about late fees?

If you turned in your books due on Tuesday, June 30, you may notice they are still on your account! All returned materials are isolated for a minimum of 72 hours before they are checked back into our system. Because of this 72 hour quarantine, items may remain on your account for several days after they are returned. We are back-dating all returns so you will NOT accrue late fees on items returned by their due date. 

Please contact us if your materials are still showing on your account after more than one week, and check our Reopening FAQ for updates on Library services, including returns and fines.

If you turned in your books due on Tuesday, June 30, you may notice they are still on your account! All returned materials are isolated for a minimum of 72 hours before they are checked back into our system. Because of this 72 hour quarantine, items may remain on your account for several days after they are returned. We are back-dating all returns so you will NOT accrue late fees on items returned by their due date.

Please contact us if your materials are still showing on your account after more than one week, and check our Reopening FAQ for updates on Library services, including returns and fines. Continue »

TBT: J. Robert Oppenheimer

Sometimes history is just one week ago. That's when we released our Author Research in Action series where we take an award-winning author and let them dive-into conversation with a subject matter expert! In this rebroadcast, Los Alamos National Laboratory Program Manager and Senior Historian, Alan Carr is paired with author Robert J. Sawyer who’s written a new SciFi/historical fiction/thriller called The Oppenheimer Alternative.

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

Sometimes history is just one week ago. That's when we released our Author Research in Action series where we take an award-winning author and let them dive-into conversation with a subject matter expert! In this rebroadcast, Los Alamos National Laboratory Program Manager and Senior Historian, Alan Carr is paired with author Robert J. Sawyer who’s written a new SciFi/historical fiction/thriller called The Oppenheimer Alternative.

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

Vote

Kansas Elections and Voting

Even though our conference and meeting rooms are currently unavailable for reservations by the public, several Johnson County Library branches are still polling places in the 2020 Kansas Primary Election due to their central locations within the County. 

Whether you are a seasoned voter, or registering for the first time, recent changes and social distancing guidelines may have you looking for more information. Here are some important things to know before you vote. 

Who can register? 
You must be a resident of the state in which you are registering, and you must be a U. S. Citizen.  If you are 17, but will turn 18 before the election date, you can register! The Primary Election will take place on August 4, 2020 and the General Election will take place on Nov 3, 2020.  

How do I know if I am already registered to vote?  
Check your status and polling location from VoterView  provided by the Kansas Secretary of State.  If you have changed your name,  moved, or want to change party affiliation, you will need to re-register before the next deadline. 

Where do I register?  
You can register in person or online.  

You can register online from the Vote 411 website. To register online, you must have a valid Kansas Driver’s License or non-driver’s identification card.  

For a paper form, visit the Kansas Secretary of State website to print one. You can also pick one up at your nearest Johnson County Library. In Johnson County, you can mail, fax, email or text your completed forms!  

  • Mail to 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061 

  • Fax to 913-791-8934 or 913-791-8935 

  • Scanned forms can be  e-mailed to registration@jocoelection.org.  

  • A photo of the document may be texted to (913) 953-9539. 

 

How do I vote in advance or by mail in ballot? 
You can apply to vote by mail from your County Election Office, or through KSVotes. Each election requires an application. In other words, if you would like to vote in the upcoming Primary and the General Election, you would need to fill out two applications. Voters with permanent disabilities are eligible to apply for Permanent Advance Voting Status, and return to your County Election Office. Advance voting in person can be done at several locations. In Johnson County, check the list of advance voting locations for locations, dates and times. Wyandotte County residents may check here.   

 

What do I bring with me? 
You will need to bring a photo ID. Acceptable forms include:  

• A driver’s license or identification card issued by Kansas, another state, or an Indian tribe

• A concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state

• A United States passport

• An employee badge or ID document issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office

• A military identification document issued by the United States

• A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas

• A public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office

 Wyandotte County residents with questions or needing assistance with registration or voting may call the Wyandotte County Election Office at (913) 573-8500 or visit their website.

Where do I find more information about candidates? 
You can view a sample ballot from the Johnson County Election OfficeBallotpedia, and Vote 411.   

For information about candidates or issues, the eNewspapers section of our eLibrary is a great resource. Both Kansas City Star and Shawnee Mission Post include coverage of local candidates and issues on upcoming ballots. You will need your Johnson County Library card or ecard to access either title.  

Ballotpedia provides biographical, current and past work of elected officials, campaign themes and more.  

Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit site covering many topics of current interest related to campaign topics as well as 2020 Presidential candidates. 

Politifact, a non-profit news organization, offers fact checking on current topics, candidate statements and claims, media personalities and campaigns. Users may also submit claims to have them fact checked. 

Here are some important dates in the upcoming elections in Johnson County:

July 14: Last day to register to vote for the Primary Election

July 15: Advance voting by mail for the Primary Election begins

July 20: Advanced voting in person for the Primary Election begins

July 28: Last day to apply for an advance ballot (vote by mail) for the Primary Election  

Aug 3: Last day to advance vote in person for the Primary Election. 

Aug 4: Primary Election day - all mailed ballots must be postmarked by today and received no later than 3 days following the election day (Aug 7). Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by the close of polls. 

Oct 13: Last day to register for the General Election

Oct 14: Advanced Voting by Mail begins for the General Election 

Oct 19: Advanced Voting in Person begins for the General Election 

Oct 27: Last day to apply for an advance ballot (vote by mail) for the General Election 

Nov 2: Last day to advance vote in person for the General Election. 

Nov 3: General Election day: all mailed ballots must be postmarked by today and received no later than 3 days following the election day (Nov 6). Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls. 

Even though our conference and meeting rooms are currently unavailable for reservations by the public, several Johnson County Library branches are still polling places in the 2020 Kansas Primary Election due to their central locations within the County. 

Whether you are a seasoned voter, or registering for the first time, recent changes and social distancing guidelines may have you looking for more information. Here are some important things to know before you vote. Continue »

Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive

Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive

We provides access to an abundance of digitized primary source content and research guides related to the history of slavery including legal issues, the Caribbean, children and women under slavery, modes of resistance, and more.

Find Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive in the Research section of our website. 

We provides access to an abundance of digitized primary source content and research guides related to the history of slavery including legal issues, the Caribbean, children and women under slavery, modes of resistance, and more.

Find Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive in the Research section of our website. 

A JoCo Library How-To: The Simplest Way to Quickly Place a Hold!

Do you know the simplest way to quickly place a hold? It’s easy!

First, log into your account. Click on the blue “LOG IN/MY LIBRARY” button in the top right corner on the jocolibrary website. Now, enter the title, author or subject of the item you’re looking for.” From here, you can click on a title to get detailed information, add the title to you “FOR LATER” shelf, or, click the green “PLACE A HOLD” box. Now, you can choose where you want to pick up your hold from the “SELECT A LOCATION” dropdown menu. Don’t forget to hit that blue “CONFIRM HOLD” button. And that’s it!

Give us a couple days and we’ll notify you when your hold is ready to be picked up.

Do you know the simplest way to quickly place a hold? It’s easy!

First, log into your account. Click on the blue “LOG IN/MY LIBRARY” button in the top right corner on the jocolibrary website. Now, enter the title, author or subject of the item you’re looking for.” From here, you can click on a title to get detailed information, add the title to you “FOR LATER” shelf, or, click the green “PLACE A HOLD” box. Now, you can choose where you want to pick up your hold from the “SELECT A LOCATION” dropdown menu. Don’t forget to hit that blue “CONFIRM HOLD” button. And that’s it!

Give us a couple days and we’ll notify you when your hold is ready to be picked up.

Library online storytimes

Praise for New Online Programming

Like many Johnson County Library patrons, Lindsey Opdyke says  she learned to appreciate all the online services o­ffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She got the Axis 360 eBooks app. And Facebook Live programming has added a whole new dimension to her family’s Library experiences.

During normal times, Opdyke works full-time  and her mother-in-law would take her young daughter, Emerson, every Wednesday to Storytime at Monticello Library. Those in-person Storytimes introduced Emerson to wonderful books, rhymes and songs since she was about nine months old.

 “My daughter enjoys the interaction with other kids. She doesn’t normally have a lot of that,” Opdyke said. “Listening to a teacher that’s not a family member, that’s really beneficial. Having to follow rules and use her inside voice.”

Since Opdyke was normally busy at work, she only accompanied Emerson to Storytime on the rare Wednesday when she had a day o­ff. Then, after the virus struck and the Library branches all closed, she learned that the Storytimes would be available online. Since Opdyke was now working from home, all of a sudden she was able to follow the Storytimes herself.

“I  loved the time at home,” Opdyke said. She especially appreciated getting to watch Storytimes every weekday at 10 a.m., and getting to experience those lively settings with her daughter.

 She said Emerson realizes the “virtual” Storytime is di­fferent from what she had been used to, but it still keeps her engaged and learning. “She’s a little performer,” Opdyke said. “She loves going to the Library, but I think she really loves the online Storytime as well.”

The family is thrilled they can now return to Monticello Library and stock up on actual books. But Opdyke has discovered that the Library’s innovations during the pandemic are major enhancements to what was already o­ffered.

“We love it,” she said. “And we hope they continue to do the online programs.”

Like many Johnson County Library patrons, Lindsey Opdyke says she learned to appreciate all the online services o­ffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She got the Axis 360 eBooks app. And Facebook Live programming has added a whole new dimension to her family’s Library experiences. 

“We love it,” she said. “And we hope they continue to do the online programs.” Continue »

Friday's Featured Artist Up For Major Award!

We just learned that Interconnections—the giant 3 panel mosaic at Lenexa City Center Library—was chosen as one of CODAawards Top 100 public artworks for 2020!  These internationally acclaimed awards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. There were 446 projects this year, from 30 different countries. 

There is a public voting phase! It's open through June 30. It's open to everyone to choose two People’s Choice winners based on the commissioned art projects you love. If you feel Interconnections is deserving, please cast your vote!

We just learned that Interconnections—the giant 3 panel mosaic at Lenexa City Center Library—was chosen as one of CODAawards Top 100 public artworks for 2020!  These internationally acclaimed awards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. There were 446 projects this year, from 30 different countries. 

There is a public voting phase! It's open through June 30. It's open to everyone to choose two People’s Choice winners based on the commissioned art projects you love. If you feel Interconnections is deserving, please cast your vote! Continue »

Monticello Log Cabin

TBT: Long Before the Monticello Library

Long before the Monticello Library⁠—and Shawnee, Kansas for that matter⁠—there was a small settlement called Monticello Township. This log cabin is historically known as the Monticello Cabin. And, as you very well know, Thursday, June 25, is Log Cabin Day!

This beautiful abode was moved in 1976 from its original location and is now part of Old Shawnee Town. Originally, it was 2 stories and had a dirt floor.

Remember, jocohistory.org 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.

Long before the Monticello Library⁠—and Shawnee, Kansas for that matter⁠—there was a small settlement called Monticello Township. This log cabin is historically known as the Monticello Cabin. And, as you very well know, Thursday, June 25, is Log Cabin Day!

This beautiful abode was moved in 1976 from its original location and is now part of Old Shawnee Town. Originally, it was 2 stories and had a dirt floor.

Remember, jocohistory.org 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. Continue »

Author Research in Action: Oppenheimer

How do authors know so much about the setting, the professions of their characters, and other real-life details? Well, they do research! 

We’re pretty excited about what will be periodically recurring episodes of the podcast we’re calling “Author Research in Action.”  We take an award-winning author and let them dive-into conversation with a subject matter expert!

This time, Reference Librarian Helen Hokanson hosts a discussion on the Manhattan Project and so much more. Los Alamos National Laboratory Program Manager and Senior Historian, Alan Carr is paired with author Robert J. Sawyer who’s written a new SciFi/historical fiction/thriller called The Oppenheimer Alternative. 

How do authors know so much about the setting, the professions of their characters, and other real-life details? Well, they do research! 

We’re pretty excited about what will be periodically recurring episodes of the podcast we’re calling “Author Research in Action.”  We take an award-winning author and let them dive-into conversation with a subject matter expert!

This time, Reference Librarian Helen Hokanson hosts a discussion on the Manhattan Project and so much more. Los Alamos National Laboratory Program Manager and Senior Historian, Alan Carr is paired with author Robert J. Sawyer who’s written a new SciFi/historical fiction/thriller called The Oppenheimer Alternative.  Continue »

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