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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 »

Race Project KC

Race Project KC

Libraries provide access to information and resources to all, regardless of race, religion, economic standing, political affiliations, or any other characteristic or belief. We also offer safe spaces that encourage respectful civic discourse. At Johnson County Library, respect for all people is not just an ideal; it was purposely written into our Library values. Our mission is to provide access to information, ideas, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives, and we are committed to serving and supporting our community.

Johnson County Library offers several resources for those seeking education and civic engagement opportunities. Programming such as Gather at the Table brings people from diverse backgrounds together to engage in civil discourse over often divisive topics. Race Project KC, an annual immersive social justice initiative sponsored by JCL, aims to help high school students understand Kansas City’s and Johnson County’s story of structural racism and how it continues to impact us today. We also offer access to the Dividing Lines audio tour, which allows listeners to explore the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, at their own pace and in their own vehicles. And you can find book and media resource recommendations from our Librarians on jocolibrary.org, such as this list of books for kids and teens by Black authors and Fiction by People of Color.

Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect on our unequal past, uncertain present and the creation of an equitable future. Libraries are both a resource and a refuge for those seeking greater knowledge and understanding. We look forward to listening to, learning with and supporting our community in the weeks and months ahead.

Finally, thank you to those who have donated so far or reached out about partnership opportunities in support of Race Project KC. If you would like to contribute toward their 2020-2021 initiatives and beyond, please visit the Johnson County Library Foundation donation page and type Race Project KC in the “in honor of” field.

 

Libraries provide access to information and resources to all, regardless of race, religion, economic standing, political affiliations, or any other characteristic or belief. We also offer safe spaces that encourage respectful civic discourse. At Johnson County Library, respect for all people is not just an ideal; it was purposely written into our Library values. Our mission is to provide access to information, ideas, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives, and we are committed to serving and supporting our community.

Johnson County Library offers several resources for those seeking education and civic engagement opportunities. Programming such... Continue »

Summer Reading 2020, Imagine Your Story

We've started online summer reading at Johnson County Library! Your librarians miss you! And, Your school Librarians miss you too! Online summer reading is here. Are you ready? 

We've started online summer reading at Johnson County Library! Your librarians miss you! And, Your school Librarians miss you too! Online summer reading is here. Are you ready? 

TBT: One long week ago ...

It's Throwback Thursday. Usually we dive into jocohistory from long, long ago. This time, we travel back only one week! We re-opened the drive-thrus and patrons knew it. Here is a time lapse inside and out of Blue Valley Library. One full day of hold pickups and returns condensed down to 2 minutes. It's nonstop! Thanks for your patience!

It's Throwback Thursday. Usually we dive into jocohistory from long, long ago. This time, we travel back only one week! We re-opened the drive-thrus and patrons knew it. Here is a time lapse inside and out of Blue Valley Library. One full day of hold pickups and returns condensed down to 2 minutes. It's nonstop! Thanks for your patience!

Drive Thru FAQ

Drive-Thru Library services return!

Johnson County Library is excited to announce the resumption of drive-thru service at our Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center, and Monticello branches!

Got additional questions? See our FAQ »​

Beginning Monday, May 18, you may return your materials to the Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center and Monticello book drops only, and can also begin placing new holds at jocolibrary.org for pickup at these locations.

Starting Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up your holds at the drive-thru windows 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Please note:

  • Patrons with existing holds on their account, whether the hold is ready at a branch, in transit or not ready yet, will receive an email from the Library on Friday, May 15 with instructions on how to transfer or cancel those items if desired.
  • Due dates will be extended as long as necessary and fines will not accrue on materials checked out prior to March 15. If you do not want to return them at one of the three locations above, you may keep those items until further notice.

We recognize and appreciate the community's demand for our physical materials. While distancing mandates are still in effect, opening our existing drive-thrus was the most immediate solution that minimizes contact between patrons and staff. As indicated in our recent patron survey, it is also the pick-up option most respondents are comfortable utilizing at this time.

Keeping the access needs of our community front-of-mind, our Reopening Team is working quickly and thoroughly to develop logistics and safety measures for future reintroduction of services. While there are still many unknowns as we work toward the reopening of our buildings, we anticipate the next stage will include walk-in holds pickup at additional branches across Johnson County. Until then, many essential Library services remain available online, including our eLibrary, access to Librarians through our Answers platform, and most recently, virtual programming and events.

Thank you for your patience as we work toward solutions that first and foremost protect our staff, volunteers and patrons, especially the vulnerable populations we serve. Please review our updated FAQ, which provides additional details on topics like holds and returns (including materials from Olathe) as well as the safety of our materials and the extra precautions our staff is taking to ensure your health.

We will continue to roll out updates on services in the coming weeks -- stay in touch with us via jocolibrary.org and @jocolibrary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We can't wait to see you again on May 26! 

Johnson County Library is excited to announce the resumption of drive-thru service at our Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center, and Monticello branches!

Got additional questions? See our FAQ »​

Beginning Monday, May 18, you may return your materials to the Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center and Monticello book drops only, and can also begin placing new holds at jocolibrary.org for pickup at these locations.

Starting Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up your holds at the drive-thru windows 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Please note:

Summer Reading 2020, Imagine Your Story!

Today is the start of online summer reading at Johnson County Library! Your librarians miss you!

Find out more information at jocolibrary.org/summerreading

Today is the start of online summer reading at Johnson County Library! Your librarians miss you!

Find out more information at jocolibrary.org/summerreading

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COVID-19: Career and Finance

We have collected information about careers and finance during the global pandemic.

Need help with your resume, interview skills, or personal finances? See our upcoming virtual Career and Finance programs »​

Community Assistance

  • JCL Food Pantry FAQ - A Library-provided list of area food pantries; this list is updated often in order to reflect changes in service related to COVID-19.​

Answers to Financial Questions

  • FTC Financial Recovery Overview - Here, the FTC provides an expansive list of information on hardship topics such as recovering from job loss, mortgage relief, vehicle loan repayments, debt management, small business assistance, & scam avoidance.

Local Hiring & Unemployment Resources

  • KANSASWORKS VIRTUAL Statewide Job Fair (pre-register here) - July 28 from 8 am to July 30 at 5 pm. Employers from across the state will be hiring. Job seekers will have the opportunity to live chat with employers as the employers schedule allows. Job seekers can join via computer or cell phone. Virtual Statewide Job Fairs will be held on a monthly basis,
  • WEN Signature Program - Women's Employment Network is continuing to provide financial coaching, mock job interviews, & resume review online & via phone.
  • Kansas Unemployment - ​The online source for securing unemployment benefits in the state of Kansas. The online source for securing unemployment benefits in the state of Kansas. If you have questions about duplicate payments, call 785-580-2602 or e-mail KDOL.DuplicateConcerns@ks.gov.
  • FTC Unemployment Tips - A thorough article covering scam avoidance, links to job search resources, & tools for working through your finances.​
  • Workforce Partnership Job Listings - Workforce Partnership routinely posts local job postings & hiring events via their Hot Jobs list (red text, towards top of the page). This & other employment assistance are available via their site.
  • Kansas Works - Facilitates online applications for job openings all across the state.
  • Amazon Local Hiring - Current Amazon postings in the KC metro.
  • United Stated Department of Labor - Federal resource containing links to benefit eligibility, job search engines, job skill improvement tools, & more!
  • JCL Job/Career Assistance FAQ - A Library-provided list of resources related to job searching & learning new skills.
  • LinkedIn Learning free job search courses – A learning path of 11 courses to navigate finding a job during challenging economic times, accessible with a free personal LinkedIn account.​

Online Career Programs

Relief Info

  • FTC Mortgage Relief - More details on mortgage relief, including links to search federal lenders to look up your mortgage information.
  • HCCI Landlord & Tenant Info - Offers counseling for landlords and tenants regarding their rental rights & responsibilities, as well as phone-based consultations for budgeting, eviction concerns, & avoiding predatory lending practices.
  • HCCI Landlord & Tenant Counseling and Education - Offers free phone counseling for households and small business owners regarding budgeting, prioritizing and managing money, debt payment, credit scores and credit building, student loan debt repayment options, medical debt, mortgage delinquency and default. HCCI has five HUD Exam-Certified Counselors. All counseling is free. 800-383-021​7.
  • SBA Relief - Federal overview of the small business assistance plan; also contains links to apply for SBA jobs & other helpful info.
  • KC SourceLink Small Business Relief - An informative, one-stop shop for small business owners on both sides of the state line.

Budgeting/Money Management

  • CFPB Info Page - A thorough collection of resources covering a variety of facets regarding financial topics in extreme situations for individuals, families, & financial caregivers.​
  • CFPB Interactive Spending Tracker Tool - An easy-to-use electronic worksheet to track & manage your finances.
  • MO SBDC Tips for SB Owners - Tips for managing your small business' finances.
  • FDIC Info Page - Guidance from the FDIC on how to manage your finances remotely.
  • FDIC MoneySmart - Resources for learning (or teaching!) money management strategies.

Scam Avoidance

 

 

 

 

 

We have collected information about careers and finance during the global pandemic.

Need help with your resume, interview skills, or personal finances? See our upcoming virtual Career and Finance programs »​

Community Assistance

  • JCL Food Pantry FAQ - A Library-provided list of area food pantries; this list is updated often in order to reflect changes in service related to COVID-19.​

Answers to Financial Questions

Kanopy

Netflix this weekend ... again? Why not Kanopy?Stream the Best Videos

The uppermost branches of trees in a forest create what is called a canopy. It's the top layer. With your Library card, we offer you the top layer of streaming video. Kanopy has you covered with award winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, select Janus Films in the Criterion Collection and thousands of independent filmmakers.  

Stream up to 10 titles per month, plus enjoy unlimited streaming from Kanopy Kids and select series.

  • 1 title = 1 play credit, just push the Play button
  • Each play credit allows 3 days (72 hours) of unlimited streaming for that title.

Sure, the Library locations are closed for now, but our eLibrary never closes!

 

The uppermost branches of trees in a forest create what is called a canopy. It's the top layer. With your Library card, we offer you the top layer of streaming video. Kanopy has you covered with award winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, select Janus Films in the Criterion Collection and thousands of independent filmmakers.  

Stream up to 10 titles per month, plus enjoy unlimited streaming from ... Continue »

Friday Featured Artist: Stephen T. JohnsonTime Lapse Installation of Interconnections

We know it's been more than a minute since we opened the stunningly beautiful Lenexa City Center Library. It's been even longer since the time three 23 and a 1/2 feet by 5 and a 1/2 feet mosaics were assembled. But, it's Featured Artist Friday! What better time to share the behind-the-scenes time lapse of this wonderful piece of art. Since you can't see it in-person right now, this is the next best thing. 

Stephen T. Johnson is a Caldecott Honor children’s book author/illustrator who lives and works in Lawrence, KS. He has exhibited his artwork both regionally and nationally. We filmed the installation of this mosaic tile by tile. This work of art is part of the Johnson County, KS Public Art Collection. Learn more at jocogov/dept/facilities/public-art-commission.

We know it's been more than a minute since we opened the stunningly beautiful Lenexa City Center Library. It's been even longer since the time three 23 and a 1/2 feet by 5 and a 1/2 feet mosaics were assembled. But, it's Featured Artist Friday! What better time to share the behind-the-scenes time lapse of this wonderful piece of art. Since you can't see it in-person right now, this is the next best thing. 

Stephen T. Johnson is a Caldecott Honor children’s book author/illustrator who lives and works in Lawrence, KS. He has exhibited his artwork both regionally and nationally. We filmed the installation of this mosaic tile by tile. This work of art is part of the Johnson County, KS Public Art Collection. Learn more at jocogov/dept... Continue »

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