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Did you hear about Movie in the Park?

Library event coordinator Joseph Keehn talks about Movie in the Park. He gets quizzed on his knowledge about Mary Poppins, Cabaret and just how many movies star Kevin Bacon!  

Be sure to get all of the Movie in the Park dates into your calendar!

"Did you hear?" is where you'll find all things audio that we produce here at the Library. That might be Librarians talking about upcoming events, guest speakers, interviews with your favorite authors, or live local music recorded at one of our branches.

Library event coordinator Joseph Keehn talks about Movie in the Park. He gets quizzed on his knowledge about Mary Poppins, Cabaret and just how many movies star Kevin Bacon!  

Be sure to get all of the Movie in the Park dates into your calendar!

"Did you hear?" is where you'll find all things audio that we produce here at the Library. That might be Librarians talking about upcoming events, guest speakers, interviews with your favorite authors, or live local music recorded at one of our branches.

National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

Fall in love with your favorite book all over again! Or, discover a new book that you just won’t be able to put down. Johnson County Library has the collection and the experts to help you find whatever you’re looking for. 

There's something for everyone. Make National Book Lovers Day a holiday!

Fall in love with your favorite book all over again! Or, discover a new book that you just won’t be able to put down. Johnson County Library has the collection and the experts to help you find whatever you’re looking for. 

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Art at Your Library

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are a few of the exhibitions on display through August 21:

Antioch:  Amanda Burkhart
Leawood Pioneer: Evin Felix
Cedar Roe: Monica Dixon
Shawnee: Fally Afani

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are a few of the exhibitions on display through August 21:

Antioch:  Amanda Burkhart
Leawood Pioneer: Evin Felix
Cedar Roe: Monica Dixon
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Read Local

We Have a Winner! Several, In Fact.

The Writers Place, Uptown Arts Bar, Rainy Day Books… our metro community boasts many superb venues where writers can share their work. Our favorite is – no surprise – Johnson County Library.

It’s no wonder we love our Library as a home for authors. Since September 2015 Johnson County Library has provided monthly writing contests and we couldn’t be more proud of the results. Check out our past winners here, or come hear local poet Natasha Ria El-Scari introduce four of our recent winners on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 pm at Leawood Pioneer Library. Annie Newcomer won in the open category for the theme Build a Better World with her poem Caregivers. Marcia Hurlow, Kristin Pitts and Lisa Allen all won under the Ain’t it the Truth theme. Marcia Hurlow won with her poem Maps; Kristin Pits with her short story Last Night; and Lisa Allen won in the Open Category with her poem Adoration.

Our current theme is Music, followed by Women’s Voices in the Fall. There is no cost to enter and winners receive a $200 honorarium and an opportunity to read at a library or Writers Place event. Contests are cosponsored by the Johnson County Library Foundation and The Writers Place. Enter our contest now »

The Writers Place, Uptown Arts Bar, Rainy Day Books… our metro community boasts many superb venues where writers can share their work. Our favorite is – no surprise – Johnson County Library.

It’s no wonder we love our Library as a home for authors. Since September 2015 Johnson County Library has provided monthly writing contests and we couldn’t be more proud of the results. Check out our past winners here, or come hear local poet Natasha Ria El-Scari introduce four of our recent winners on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 pm at... Continue »

Monticello Library

Monticello Library Opens!

A brand new Library has opened in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out!

The Monticello Library stands elegantly at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee, KS and is the first new library location in the County since 1994. Design for Monticello Library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for Library services in the 21st century. Scott Sime, project coordinator for the library system, said comments from residents have consistently centered around needs for meeting space, a robust children’s area and availability of diverse technology for public use.

“We haven’t built a brand-new library building since the 1990s, so it’s been a good opportunity for us to really think through what a library of the 21st century can be,” said Sime.

The Clark Enersen Partners of Lincoln, NE are the project architects, and local firm McCownGordon Construction helped bring the building to life. The two-story, 30,000+ square foot building features floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed to let in lots of natural light and to be stylishly visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Total project cost is $18.1 million.

The Library and County identified a site in 2010, and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System made a generous donation of adjoining land to provide adequate parking.

The building’s interior incorporates flexible spaces and design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs without requiring physical expansion. 

The first floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. There is lots of cozy seating available along the windows, study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people. View a PDF of the floor plan tour here.

The second floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Mac workstations, one conference room and several additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating. 

A brand new Library is opening in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out. Continue »

Local Music

Local Music Celebrates 200

Last  month Johnson County Library celebrated the 200th artist featured on Local Music (formerly Listen Local), the online resource dedicated to celebrating the diverse musical creativity in and around the Johnson County and Kansas City metro areas. Launched in January, 2015, Local Music gives patrons a way to experience and learn about the different kinds of music being created in our communities through exclusive and illuminating interviews with the artists themselves, embedded links to their music, and their book, music and movie recommendations from the JCL catalog.

Through Local Music our patrons can discover Kansas City-area music regardless of whether or not the artists have produced a physical CD. Since fewer and fewer CDs are being produced in general, Local Music enables us to engage with the artists and community in new ways. By creating outreach and partnership opportunities, we’re further defining the intersections between our Library, our collection, our patrons and the local arts.

Local Music Live has brought live music to library spaces and events, recording sessions in the Makerspace and new partnerships with the InterUrban ArtHouse and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Along with our blog and its live counterparts, we strive to represent the full spectrum of what KC music has to offer – hip-hop, rock, new classical, avant-garde, folk, experimental, psychedelic, bluegrass, punk and more – while tying everything back to our collection and our Strategic Plan.

Beyond the music performance, we conduct interviews with the artists to reveal their creative process, how they record their music and who inspires them. We learn about their favorite books, music and movies. From this we help tell the stories about how creativity happens, illuminating the music and giving insight into the lives of the artists who live and work in our communities.

We are excited to feature such talented artists in various venues for patrons to get a sample of what KC has to offer. As we look ahead to 2019, we anticipate new ways to enhance the JCL Local Music experience for patrons. To view past performances, learn more about their music, interests, what they’re enjoying from our collection, visit the Local Music page, you can even submit a request to perform!

Last  month Johnson County Library celebrated the 200th artist featured on Local Music (formerly Listen Local), the online resource dedicated to celebrating the diverse musical creativity in and around the Johnson County and Kansas City metro areas. Launched in January, 2015, Local Music gives patrons a way to experience and learn about the different kinds of music being created in our communities through exclusive and illuminating interviews with the artists themselves, embedded links to their music, and their book, music and movie recommendations from the JCL catalog.

Through Local Music our patrons can discover Kansas City-area music regardless of whether or not the artists have produced a physical CD... Continue »

Black & Veach MakerSpace at Central Resource Library

Black & Veatch Extends MakerSpace Partnership

Global engineering and construction company Black & Veatch is continuing a successful partnership with Johnson County Library as part of the company’s growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach with a renewed 3-year, $90,000 commitment to the Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library

Johnson County Library named the facility the “Black & Veatch MakerSpace” after an extensivel 2016 renovation and enlargement of the space. The partnership is the first of its kind in the Library’s history, with the Library’s Foundation joining Black & Veatch’s Building a World of Difference Foundation to expand the MakerSpace’s size and scope.

The renewed gift permits the MakerSpace to pursue some interesting new projects.

  • The Makers of JCL will debut brand-new virtual reality hardware. Library patrons will be able to develop their own VR projects and explore the cutting-edge intersection of 3D modeling, virtual reality and digital fabrication.
  • Youth Services librarians will work with teachers to book field trips to the Black & Veatch MakerSpace. Library Makers are also working with teachers and administrators about how they can integrate these technologies in their schools.
  • Makers will expand development and circulation of the popular Maker Kits, which will contain equipment that can be checked out.

The Makers at JCL have certainly made productive use of BV support since 2016.

  • 174,280+ people visited the MakerSpace from March 2016 – June 2018
  • 13,193 users booked an appointment to work with Makers and technology at the Library
  • Adults are the most frequent users of the Central Resource Library space, and Kids/Teens comprise 80% of the outreach/programming audience for Maker events

​"The MakerSpace has become a valuable resource that makes science, technology, engineering and math accessible and fun for problem-solvers of all ages,” said Steve Edwards, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black & Veatch. “Having our name attached to the MakerSpace helps the library expand its offerings and keeps STEM-focused activities within reach of the young people in our community.”

“Black & Veatch’s commitment has definitely made a difference in the worlds of our patrons,” said County Librarian Sean Casserley. “The MakerSpace is Johnson County’s home for builders and innovators of all kinds, and we’re pleased to continue this important work with Black & Veatch’s generosity.”

To learn more about Black & Veatch's growing STEM outreach with the Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library, click here.

Global engineering and construction company Black & Veatch is continuing a successful partnership with Johnson County Library as part of the company’s growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach with a renewed 3-year, $90,000 commitment to the Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library

Johnson County Library named the facility the “Black & Veatch MakerSpace” after an extensivel 2016 renovation and enlargement of the space. The partnership is the first of its kind in the Library’s history, with the Library’s Foundation... Continue »

KCPL District

Throwback Thursday Power & Light District!

Do you like to hang out at the Kansas City Power & Light District? The one in Overland Park is closer. Well, you will need a time machine! Check out early downtown Overland Park circa 1935.

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Do you like to hang out at the Kansas City Power & Light District? The one in Overland Park is closer. Well, you will need a time machine! Check out early downtown Overland Park circa 1935.

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our ... Continue »

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What's in a Storytime?

Have you ever wondered what our storytimes are all about, or how to choose the one that's right for your family? At "What's in a Storytime?" you'll meet some of our storytime leaders, sample some silly rhymes and songs, and get ready to have fun with your little ones!

Have you ever wondered what our storytimes are all about, or how to choose the one that's right for your family? At "What's in a Storytime?" you'll meet some of our storytime leaders, sample some silly rhymes and songs, and get ready to have fun with your little ones!

Did you hear The Black Creatures?

We feature The Black Creatures of Kansas City in this special music episode of Did you hear?

"I'm an exhausted temptress—BFFs with my mattress."

In case you didn't know, Did you hear is the Johnson County Library Podcast! It's where you'll find everything audio that we produce here at the Library. That might be Librarians talking about upcoming events, bibliophiles bantering about books, interviews with your favorite authors, or live local music recorded in our branches like this one!

We feature The Black Creatures of Kansas City in this special music episode of Did you hear?

"I'm an exhausted temptress—BFFs with my mattress."

In case you didn't know, Did you hear is the Johnson County Library Podcast! It's where you'll find everything audio that we produce here at the Library. That might be Librarians talking about upcoming events, bibliophiles bantering about books, interviews with your favorite authors, or live local music recorded in our branches like this... Continue »

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