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A Great First Week Back

WOW! The stats are in for our first week back in all 14 of our branches – between Monday, June 15 and Sunday, June 21, you checked out 75,569 items! 67,064 returned items were checked back in after completing their 72 hour quarantine, 39,438 new holds were placed, and we welcomed 439 new card holders to Johnson County Library. That’s even with reduced hours and all branches closed on Friday!

We know the atmosphere at our branches is likely a little different than what you’re used to, but we’re so glad to see your faces again - even from six feet away and behind a mask! We are researching ways to safely resume additional services and implement new ways to serve our community, and we are always listening to your feedback. Whether you’ve visiting the Library in person or online, staff look forward to helping you find the information, materials and services you need.

WOW! The stats are in for our first week back in all 14 of our branches – between Monday, June 15 and Sunday, June 21, you checked out 75,569 items! 67,064 returned items were checked back in after completing their 72 hour quarantine, 39,438 new holds were placed, and we welcomed 439 new card holders to Johnson County Library. That’s even with reduced hours and all branches closed on Friday!

We know the atmosphere at our branches is likely a little different than what you’re used to, but we’re so glad to see your faces again - even from six feet away and behind a mask! We are researching ways to safely resume additional services and implement new ways to serve our community, and we are ... Continue »

JoCoMuseum

Rising to the Challenge

We're proud that our Black & Veatch MakerSpace face masks are featured in the Johnson County Museum RISING TO THE CHALLENGE exhibit.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic event unlike anything most Johnson Countians have experienced. The exhibit "Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Stength in Difficult Times" highlights how Johnson Countians have responded to challenging times. JoCoMuseum hopes this unique temporary exhibit serves as a source of inspiration, guidance, and strength as Johnson Countians again seek to rise to the challenge.

We're proud that our Black & Veatch MakerSpace face masks are featured in the Johnson County Museum RISING TO THE CHALLENGE exhibit.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic event unlike... Continue »

Imagine Your Story

Summer Reading eNewsletter

If you have not signed up for  our Summer Reading eNewsletter, don't miss out! It's a great way to stay up on all of the Summer Reading fun. 

Sign up here  to get event schedules, reading recommendations and ideas for summer fun activities for the whole family delivered to your inbox every other Monday.

If you have not signed up for  our Summer Reading eNewsletter, don't miss out! It's a great way to stay up on all of the Summer Reading fun. 

Sign up here  to get event schedules, reading recommendations and ideas for summer fun activities for the whole family delivered to your inbox every other Monday.

Megan Luttrell

Friday Featured Artist: Megan LuttrellMegan Luttrell

Megan Luttrell's music is a classic Midwestern mix of folk, blues and country and yet still more than the sum of these parts. With an instantly recognizable voice in the style of Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, Luttrell already has one album under her belt (2016's Broken Bottles)  and a recent single called "Miss You." We are fortunate to share an exclusive interview with Luttrell about her music, background and book recommendations, too.

 

Tell us about your music. How would you describe your style?

That is always such a hard question! I describe my sound as a mixture of folk, roots, Americana, blues, and classic country; powerhouse female vocals accompanied on acoustic guitar.

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Great Mall Aerial

TBT: "Greatness"

Do you want a really great glimpse into great local history? The Great story of the Great Mall of the Great Plains in the Great city of Olathe in the Great state of Kansas is, well ... GREAT!

The great jocohistory folks have put together a great 2-part story you do not want to miss! 

  1. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part One: The Prehistory of the Great Mall (1987 to 1991)

  2. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part Two: A Bridge to the Big Time (1992 to 1994)

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.

Do you want a really great glimpse into great local history? The Great story of the Great Mall of the Great Plains in the Great city of Olathe in the Great state of Kansas is, well ... GREAT!

The great jocohistory folks have put together a great 2-part story you do not want to miss! 

  1. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part One: The Prehistory of the Great Mall (1987 to 1991)

  2. A Great History of the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Part Two: A Bridge to the Big Time (1992 to 1994)

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 »

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  • Satisfaction 2019 - 2020
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You are Very Satisfied and We are Elated!

The Library received the highest satisfaction rating from County residents in a recent community survey (PDF), with 85 percent of respondents saying they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with our service. This is up from 2019, when 81 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Library services, and is ten percentage points higher than the national average for libraries. Along with Med-Act, Parks and Recreation, and Motor Vehicle Division, the Library was also rated as one of the top four most important services that the County provides. 

A huge THANK YOU to our patrons for supporting the Library year after year, and to our staff, whose passion and dedication to our community shines through in all that you do! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Library received the highest satisfaction rating from County residents in a recent community survey (PDF), with 85 percent of respondents saying they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with our service. This is up from 2019, when 81 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Library services, and is ten percentage points higher than the national average for libraries. Along with Med-Act, Parks and Recreation, and Motor Vehicle Division, the Library was also rated as one of the top four most important services that the County... Continue »

All locations open June 15

All Johnson County Library locations opening June 15

Johnson County Library will reopen all 14 of its branches to the public on Monday, June 15 with limited services. Hours of operation will be announced next Friday, June 12 as we determine staffing resources. We anticipate opening with reduced hours to allow the Library to sanitize public areas and safely process materials.

Beginning Monday, June 8, you may begin returning materials to your preferred branch. Returns are accepted 24/7 in our exterior book drops, and will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours through June 15 as we work to rebuild staff capacity.

Items checked out prior to our March 15 closure are due June 30, and fines will begin to accrue on these items starting July 1. You may renew items that do not have hold requests.

Initial services are limited to quick browsing, checkouts and computer usage with an emphasis on reduced interactions with staff. Staff will be available for directional questions and help with self-check machines only. Please bring your library card or card number with you for checkout. Services offered at all 14 branches are:

  • Item returns
  • Hold pick up
  • Browsing the collection
  • Check out materials via self-check
  • Public computers (one-hour time limit)
  • Self-service printing and faxing (faxing available at select locations)
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • New library card applications

At this time we will not be offering:

  • Meeting, conference and study room access
  • Seating
  • In-person programs and events
  • The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at the Central Resource Library
  • Summer Reading book distribution
  • Shared items such as magazines, newspapers, and children's toys

We will update you as additional services resume. Please see our updated FAQ for detailed information on specific Library services and safety protocols, including the following:

We strongly encourage both patrons and staff wear masks for the safety of everyone in our buildings.

While there will be no occupancy restrictions for our branches, in accordance with the Board of County Commissioners' reopening guidance, we ask that visitors practice physical distancing of at least six feet between staff and fellow patrons while inside Library buildings. Staff will also be behind plexiglass barriers.

We still encourage patrons, especially those in high-risk categories, to take advantage of our three drive-thru locations at Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center and Monticello branches when possible for contactless holds pick up. We are currently exploring options for contactless holds pick up at all 14 branch locations.

All events will continue to be held virtually this summer, including Summer Reading programming and the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual fundraising event Library Lets Loose on September 12. 

Patrons with holds on their account will receive a separate email with additional information on resuming holds and updating pick up locations if desired.

Thank you for your continued support of Johnson County Library!

Johnson County Library will reopen all 14 of its branches to the public on Monday, June 15 with limited services. Hours of operation will be announced next Friday, June 12 as we determine staffing resources. We anticipate opening with reduced hours to allow the Library to sanitize public areas and safely process materials.

Beginning Monday, June 8, you may begin returning materials to your preferred branch. Returns are accepted 24/7 in our exterior book drops, and will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours through June 15 as we work to rebuild staff capacity.

Items checked out prior to our March 15 closure are due June 30, and fines will begin to accrue on these items starting July 1. You may renew items that do not... Continue »

Can you imagine?

You already know we've started online Summer Reading at Johnson County Library. And, you know your Librarians miss you. But do you know about Sparkle the Unicorn? We think adults as well as children will enjoy Sparkle's antics! 

Oh! BTW, if you have not signed up our Summer Reading eNewsletter, don't miss out! It's a great way to stay up on all of the Summer Reading fun.

You already know we've started online Summer Reading at Johnson County Library. And, you know your Librarians miss you. But do you know about Sparkle the Unicorn? We think adults as well as children will enjoy Sparkle's antics! 

Oh! BTW, if you have not signed up our Summer Reading eNewsletter, don't miss out! It's a great way to stay up on all of the Summer Reading fun.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Writing Contest

Calling all youth writers: submit your original fairy tale, folktale or myth to our fantasy-themed writing contest.

Winning Writers will receive a prize and the opportunity to read their work aloud at an online celebration reception (costumes welcome but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted June 1 - July 10.  Only one submission per writer.

Open to writers entering 3rd through 8th grade in the Fall of 2020.   Winners will be selected and notified in late July, and offered the opportunity to share their writing at our Virtual End-of-Summer Celebration on Aug. 8.  Submit entries online »

Calling all youth writers: submit your original fairy tale, folktale or myth to our fantasy-themed writing contest.

Winning Writers will receive a prize and the opportunity to read their work aloud at an online celebration reception (costumes welcome but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted June 1 - July 10.  Only one submission per writer.

Open to writers entering 3rd through 8th grade in the Fall of 2020.   Winners will be selected and notified in late July, and offered the opportunity to share their writing at our Virtual End-of-Summer Celebration on Aug. 8.  Submit entries online »

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