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Silent Book Group

Silent Book Group

In a silent book group, participants bring books of their choosing and spend time reading together. No assignments or discussions. It's book group fun without the pressure. A librarian will be present to recommend new titles. The Silent Book Group meets at Groundhouse Coffee, 103 S. Elm St., Gardner, KS 66030.

In a silent book group, participants bring books of their choosing and spend time reading together. No assignments or discussions. It's book group fun without the pressure. A librarian will be present to recommend new titles. The Silent Book Group meets at Groundhouse Coffee, 103 S. Elm St., Gardner, KS 66030.

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Gardner Library , Off-site
Monticello sorter

Automated Sorting Coming to Corinth

Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work.

Johnson County Library’s Corinth branch, 8100 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208, will be closed Feb. 6 through 11, 2019, for installation of new sorting equipment. The branch will reopen Tue. Feb. 12 at 9:00 a.m.

The image here illustrates the kind of sorter we’ll be installing. Corinth currently has the highest return rate of any branch in the Johnson County Library System that does not have one of these machines. This installation will get materials checked in and routed to you faster.  The new sorter will automatically check-in a book or other item, via RFID tag. The item is then removed from the patron account and is quickly listed as available for hold or checkout in the library catalog.   

A conveyor belt then drops the item into a bin designated for its next location: the shelf at the library, or a courier truck to get it to a patron waiting at another branch.  You can watch automated sorting at work already at Central, Blue Valley, Leawood, and Monticello.

During the brief closure at Corinth, a temporary ‘Returns’ kiosk will be stationed at the parking lot-side doors of the library. Patrons will not be able to pick up holds from Corinth during this time.  A ‘grace period’ will be observed for patrons with checkouts and hold pick-ups at Corinth. We don’t want patrons to incur fines, or lose their place in a holds wait list, because of our closure.

Those seeking a nearby library branch may want to try Antioch at 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam; Cedar Roe at 5120 Cedar St., Roeland Park; or Central Resource at 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. Patrons might also like to investigate the eLibrary resources at a time like this. If you think a favorite program might be canceled or moved, check our website for updates.

 

 

Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work.

Johnson County Library’s Corinth branch, 8100 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208, will be closed Feb. 6 through 11, 2019, for installation of new sorting equipment. The branch will reopen Tue. Feb. 12 at 9:00 a.m.

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Love

A Library for Lovers

Atabong and Dada, February is a month about LOVE!!! And, the Library is for lovers.

Wait! Before reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library. Now, please, continue reading.

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. It's a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why? Because you have to love each other enough to get past those moments you don’t like each other!

That’s where we come in. Your Library Card can be more powerful than a box of chocolates and definitely better than a Dear John letter.

Our idea of a good date? Believe it or not, a Librarian is better than eHarmony. True! Trust us, the Library has what you need to create a summer of love:

  1. Do your research. There’s some good stuff in those steamy romance novels. Get some “informal” learning with eBooks and eAudiobooks from Axis 360.
  2. Get “scentual.” No, we didn’t misspell “sensual.” We’re talkin’ aromatherapy! Learn olfactory optimization with a Universal Class.
  3. Greet your partner with “Je t'aime,” “Te amo,” “Abdi bogoh ka anjeun” and a kiss! Where did you get so worldly? That’s right, Mango Languages.
  4. Croon. Lynda lessons will help you lyricize your love song.
  5. If they don’t get the hint, look for inspiration together from magazines like Cosmopolitan with eMagazines from RBdigital.
  6. In the end, entertainment. Stream independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. InstantFlix and chill.

Good luck! ;)   

 

Atabong and Dada, February is a month about LOVE!!! And, the Library is for lovers.

Wait! Before reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library. Now, please, continue reading.

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. It's a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why?... Continue »

Go deep ... into history! Catch this Super Football Throwback Thursday

Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Lenexa City Center

Lenexa City Center

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! Interior and exterior work progresses. When it opens in the second quarter of 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances – the Lenexa Commons (Garage level) providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Recreation Center and City Hall; and the Lower Commons (Market level) entrance right across from the Public Market.

Features will include:

  • Convenient Holds area right inside the Garage level entrance – patrons can also choose to pick up their holds during “extended holds hours”
  • A drive-through service point in the adjacent parking garage for convenient holds pick-up and material drop-off
  • Kids’ area on the Garage level, with convenient access from the adjacent parking garage
  • Adults and Teens sections on Market level, featuring a cultural commons area, tech bar, and public art
  • Study and conference rooms in a variety of sizes

In collaboration with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Hollis + Miller Architects designed the roughly 40,000 sq. ft. facility to seamlessly fit into the Lenexa City Center plaza and public market while still providing a distinct image for Johnson County Library.

The exterior of the Library will feature textured walls with deep stone ledges that will engage patrons and the community by allowing for seating within the public plaza. The large roof is designed with an overhang that caps the building – to not only provide shade but also visual prominence. Limestone terrace seating will also be built into the exterior landscaping.

For updates on the progress of Lenexa City Center Library, visit jocolibrary.org/lenexa.

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! Interior and exterior work progresses. When it opens in the second quarter of 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances – the Lenexa Commons (Garage level) providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Recreation Center and City Hall; and the Lower Commons (Market level) entrance right across from the Public Market.

Features will include:

  • Convenient Holds area right inside the Garage level entrance – patrons can also choose to pick up their holds during “extended holds hours”
  • A drive-through service point in the
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Ad Astra per Aspera!

Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars." It's on our state flag and, perhaps, a feeling deeply ingrained in each of us who call Kansas home. January 29 is when we celebrate Kansas Day each year. Today commemorates our state's admission into the Union in 1861. Originally it was Native American land, then a territory created by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and finally statehood. Kansas has surely seen hardships. Perhaps it is the optimism and aspiration to rise above during tough times that makes us unique as Kansans. On this day, we salute our state and all who chose a home on the range.

Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars." It's on our state flag and, perhaps, a feeling deeply ingrained in each of us who call Kansas home. January 29 is when we celebrate Kansas Day each year. Today commemorates our state's admission into the Union in 1861. Originally it was Native American land, then a territory created by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and finally statehood. Kansas has surely seen hardships. Perhaps it is the optimism and aspiration to rise above during tough times that makes us unique as Kansans. On this day, we salute our state and all who chose a home on the range.

Victory Gardens

Modern Day Victory Gardens

Calling all gardeners, locavores and history buffs. "Victory gardens" were home gardens used to grow fruits and vegetables when rations for the public tended to be scarce while America was involved in a war. In this session, learn why victory gardens were so important during the world wars of the 20th century, and why they are a good idea today. Presented by Loretta Craig, of Prairie Garden Farm in Basehor, KS. 

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

Calling all gardeners, locavores and history buffs. "Victory gardens" were home gardens used to grow fruits and vegetables when rations for the public tended to be scarce while America was involved in a war. In this session, learn why victory gardens were so important during the world wars of the 20th century, and why they are a good idea today. Presented by Loretta Craig, of Prairie Garden Farm in Basehor, KS. 

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

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Cedar Roe Library
Lazy Projector

Projecting Some Laziness Into Your Music MondayLazy Projector

Lazy Projector's lead singer and songwriter Aaron Shinn describes the band's music as indie rock "with an affinity for folk." While listeners may find their tunes more danceable and hooky than folk-based, Shinn's description isn't too far off the map. After all, the songs for the band's upcoming debut album evoco began as "acoustic-based folk songs". Descriptors aside, Lazy Projector small handful of recent singles point toward an album that promises to be your higher caliber indie pop. We are thrilled to share an interview Shinn about how these songs evolved and what else is ahead for the band in 2019. Enjoy!

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Please introduce yourself and your bandmates.

Lazy Projector currently consists of Aaron Shinn, Tell Pryor, Matthew Schorr, and Samuel Marconett. We are a Kansas City based, indie rock project with an affinity for folk.

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Red, white and blue steam rises from a coffee cup bearing a design with two conversation bubbles

Today at Corinth: Legislative CoffeeLegislative Coffee Series

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. Presented with the League of Women Voters.

Panelists will include:

  • Senator Pat Pettey, District 6
  • Senator Barbara Bollier, District 7
  • Senator John Skubal, District 11
  • Representative Jerry Stogsdill, District 21
  • Representative Rui Xu, District 25

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. Presented with the League of Women Voters.

Panelists will include:

  • Senator Pat Pettey, District 6
  • Senator Barbara Bollier, District 7
  • Senator John Skubal, District 11
  • Representative Jerry Stogsdill, District 21
  • Representative Rui Xu, District 25
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Corinth Library

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