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Tax Help is Here

Your Tax Help Central

Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help with services at our Central Resource Library.

Tax forms

  • Online forms: We're happy to help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page.
  • Paper forms: Starting late January, Central Resource Library will have a limited supply of federal paper tax forms.

Tax assistance

Avoid the anxiety. Get your tax season off to a good start at the Library.

Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help with services at our Central Resource Library.

Tax forms

  • Online forms: We're happy to help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page.
  • Paper forms: Starting late January, Central Resource Library will have a limited supply of federal paper tax forms.

Tax assistance

  • AARP Tax-Aide volunteers: Get help preparing individual tax returns for middle- and low-
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Conference Rooms Conference Rooms are free and may be reserved up to three months in advance, on a first-come, first served basis by students and study groups. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Conference rooms?

Let's say you've got a group of 10 - 18 people getting together to exchange porridge recipes. A meeting room that hosts up to 150 people is just too big! What about a 6 person study room? Well, there are fire codes! And, what if somebody forgets to wear their deodorant?! Don't worry! We have the solution: The conference room! Not too big. Not too small. Just right.

"I found the size of the conference room to be just right!"

~Goldilocks

(Our conference rooms are 100% free to use and free of bears.)

Let's say you've got a group of 10 - 18 people getting together to exchange porridge recipes. A meeting room that hosts up to 150 people is just too big! What about a 6 person study room? Well, there are fire codes! And, what if somebody forgets to wear their deodorant?! Don't worry! We have the solution: The conference room! Not too big. Not too small. Just right.

"I found the size of the conference room to be just right!"

~Goldilocks

(Our conference rooms are 100% free to use and free of bears.)

KSD

Throwback Thursday: Deaf History Month

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

 

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

 

  • Rick Astley
    Rick Astley Rick Astley
  • Goodbye Dewey
    Goodbye Dewey Goodbye Dewey
  • Happy Endings
    Happy Endings Happy Endings
  • 60 by 60
    60 by 60 60 by 60
  • Bad idea
    Bad idea Bad idea
  • One Genre Per Branch
    One Genre Per Branch One Genre Per Branch
  • 1. Just 1. Only 1.
    1. Just 1. Only 1. 1. Just 1. Only 1.

Best of April Fool's

Here on Johnson County Library website, we always have a great time on April Fool's Day. This past Monday we ran a whopping six April Fool's posts, and brought a little extra laughter to our coworkers, our followers on social media, and our community. 

Here are a few of our favorite comments from our posts this year on social media:

  • Today’s homepage at @jocolibrary does not disappoint, and now I’m sad I missed out on the Home Delivery Via Dragon Service!
  • ​I always look forward to what the @jocolibrary crew cooks up for today. They didn't disappoint this year!​
  • Battin' 1000 today, library folks! 
  • I died and then remembered it's April 1st!​
  • JoCo Librarians are killing it today!
  • NOW THAT IS REALLY FUNNY! Bravo, JCL! #AprilFools #NicelyPlayed
  • I hate this holiday... I believed for a hot second.
  • Love that my local library system has such a great sense of humor!
  • Got me! Good one, whew!

Browse through a few of our favorite April Fool's posts from this year and previous years »

Here on Johnson County Library website, we always have a great time on April Fool's Day. This past Monday we ran a whopping six April Fool's posts, and brought a little extra laughter to our coworkers, our followers on social media, and our community. 

Here are a few of our favorite comments from our posts this year on social media:

  • Today’s homepage at @jocolibrary does not disappoint, and now I’m sad I missed out on the Home Delivery Via Dragon Service!
  • ​I always look forward to what the @jocolibrary crew cooks up for today. They didn't disappoint this year!​
  • Battin' 1000 today, library
  • ... Continue »
Clubs for Kids

Clubs for Kids & Teens

Kids and teens can join one of our clubs to read, have fun (and snacks!) and learn.

American Girl Book Club - at Monticello, Shawnee, and Gardner Libraries. American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girll!

After School Book Club - at Monticello and Shawnee Libraries, and Lenexa City Hall. Each month, Club kids get together to talk about a new book, meet kids from other schools, enjoy snacks and explore fresh ideas. Bonus fun: you'll build your own home library. We provide a free book to the first ten kids who arrive that day. 

Coding Club - at Gardner Library.  Coding Club is the perfect time to dabble alongside other aspiring programmers. Learn together through exploration, self-directed projects, and guidance from a librarian with a background in software engineering. Ages 8-16.

Young Adult Advisory Committee (YAAC) - at Blue Valley, Leawood Pioneer and Monticello Libraries. Join a group of volunteer teen Library consultants who meet monthly to share favorite books, give feedback on the Library website, social media and collections, and to suggest public programs. Meet new people, have a snack and receive volunteer credit hours. 

Kids and teens can join one of our clubs to read, have fun (and snacks!) and learn.

American Girl Book Club - at Monticello, Shawnee, and Gardner Libraries. American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girll!

... Continue »

Cedar Roe READ Winner

Cedar Roe's READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Cedar Roe Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Cedar Roe Library hosts some wonderful events including a Homeschool Meetup and the Great Books Discussion group. There's also a couple more weeks of Spring storytimes on Wednesdays! Check out their calendar »

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Cedar Roe Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Cedar Roe Library hosts some wonderful events including a Homeschool Meetup and the Great Books Discussion group. There's also a couple more weeks of Spring storytimes on Wednesdays! Check out their calendar »

Food and Food Insecurity

Food and Food Insecurity

Our Spring programming centered around food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related issues. We've still got several events left in this series: learn about healthy, sustainable diets, get tips and tricks for great side dishes, find out what a "victory garden" is and why you should have one, and experience community as we gather at the table »

Our Spring programming centered around food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related issues. We've still got several events left in this series: learn about healthy, sustainable diets, get tips and tricks for great side dishes, find out what a "victory garden" is and why you should have one, and experience community as we gather at the table »

  • 60 by 60
    60 by 60 60 by 60
  • Freemanizer
    Freemanizer Freemanizer
  • Bad idea
    Bad idea Bad idea
  • 1. Just 1. Only 1.
    1. Just 1. Only 1. 1. Just 1. Only 1.
  • One Genre Per Branch
    One Genre Per Branch One Genre Per Branch
  • Delivery via Dragon: Bad idea?
    Delivery via Dragon: Bad idea?  Delivery via Dragon: Bad idea?

Turn the Page: Big Library Changes!

"When it's time to change, then it's time to change. Sha na na na na na na na na, Sha na na na na"
~Peter Brady

Much like a pair of week-old worn socks, it's time for a change:

 

"When it's time to change, then it's time to change. Sha na na na na na na na na, Sha na na na na"
~Peter Brady

Much like a pair of week-old worn socks, it's time for a change:

Teen volunteer

Summer Teen Volunteers

Each summer, once school is out, the Library needs Teen Power to handle the rush! Summer teen volunteers help shelve materials and assist with Summer Reading programs. Volunteers must be 13 years old before June 1.

We will accept teen summer volunteer applications starting Monday, April 1.

Each Library location accepts a different number of summer teen volunteers. If you are interested, please download an application form and bring the completed form to your local Library beginning April 1.  Note: teens must bring in their own application. 

Thanks for thinking about volunteering with us!

Each summer, once school is out, the Library needs Teen Power to handle the rush! Summer teen volunteers help shelve materials and assist with Summer Reading programs. Volunteers must be 13 years old before June 1.

We will accept teen summer volunteer applications starting Monday, April 1.

Each Library location accepts a different number of summer teen volunteers. If you are interested, please download an application form and bring the completed form to your local Library beginning April 1.  Note: teens must bring in their own application. 

Thanks for thinking about... Continue »

Sharing the Harvest

Sharing the Harvest

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity.

Presented with the Food Policy Council of Johnson County.

Stories of Food Open House • 11 am - 3 pm 
This half-day drop-in event helps you discover organizations addressing food waste and food insecurity in Johnson County. You'll see cooking demonstrations and learn about volunteer opportunities. You can meet artists wrestling with this subject, too.   

Screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste • 12 pm

Screening of A Place at the Table • 1:30 pm

Panel Discussion • 3 - 4 pm
Join us in conversation with folks from organizations addressing food waste and food insecurity in Johnson County. Following the Library's previous screenings of A Place at the Table and Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, we'll learn about the work happening behind the scenes in our community to deal with these important issues.

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

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity.

Presented with the Food Policy Council of Johnson County.

Stories of Food Open House • 11 am - 3 pm 
This half-day drop-in event helps you discover organizations addressing food waste and food insecurity in Johnson County. You'... Continue »

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