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Bookworms in the MakerSpace

Check out the Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library with our beloved bookworm friends.

Check out the Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library with our beloved bookworm friends.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Happy National Boy Scouts Day! Our Throwback Thursday picture today is a 58-year-old picture of Merriam Boy Scout Pack #398.

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Happy National Boy Scouts Day! Our Throwback Thursday picture today is a 58-year-old picture of Merriam Boy Scout Pack #398.

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Henry Fortunato

Henry Fortunato

Everyone at Johnson County Library is saddened to learn of the passing this week of our esteemed colleague, Henry J. Fortunato, Jr. Henry was the long-time Director of External Affairs for the Kansas City Public Library, and a frequent collaborator with libraries, museums and educational institutions across the region. Henry’s lively intelligence and fierce determination made him a shining light among regional library and humanities professionals, and our work is dimmed by his loss. We will strive always for our efforts to equal his example of courage, conviction and enthusiasm for learning. We offer warmest condolences to Henry’s family and to all who knew and loved him as we did.

Johnson County Library recently collaborated with Henry to produce and distribute bookmarks documenting his seminal work of local history, the Indian Creek Trails History project. These beautiful bookmarks are still available at Central Resource Library.

Everyone at Johnson County Library is saddened to learn of the passing this week of our esteemed colleague, Henry J. Fortunato, Jr. Henry was the long-time Director of External Affairs for the Kansas City Public Library, and a frequent collaborator with libraries, museums and educational institutions across the region. Henry’s lively intelligence and fierce determination made him a shining light among regional library and humanities professionals, and our work is dimmed by his loss. We will strive always for our efforts to equal his example of courage, conviction and enthusiasm for learning. We offer warmest condolences to Henry’s family and to all who knew and loved him as we did.

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Monticello Library

Comprehensive Library Master Plan Update: Spring 2018

Monticello Library @ 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee (pictured here)

  • Opening: planned 3rd quarter 2018
  • Total project cost: $18.1 million
  • Monticello Library “sealed the envelope,” as they say in the construction trade, as winter set in. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work begins in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems operational while librarians are assembling the collection. By spring 2018, the building’s interior surfaces will be the bright, modern colors and textures seen in the Monticello fly-through video.

Lenexa City Center Library @ 8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa

  • Opening: planned mid-2019
  • Total project cost: $21.1 million
  • The Board of County Commissioners and the Library’s Board of Directors broke ground for Lenexa City Center Library on Nov. 28, 2017. This stunning new facility comprises approximately 40,000 square feet on two levels. This will double the size and replace the existing Lackman Library. The dynamic open floor plan at Lenexa City Center Library will permit rearrangement when needed, as the Library’s service population grows and changes.

Blue Valley Library @ 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park

  • Schedule and project budget in process
  • The September 2017 Blue Valley Library public input process received responses from more than 2,000 residents. Neighbors and Library users offered their views on placement of the Library on the site, number of stories and various parking solutions. The input received is informing the ongoing Library and City of Overland Park study for this important Library project scheduled for 2022.

Monticello Library @ 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee (pictured here)

  • Opening: planned 3rd quarter 2018
  • Total project cost: $18.1 million
  • Monticello Library “sealed the envelope,” as they say in the construction trade, as winter set in. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work begins in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems operational while librarians are assembling the collection. By spring 2018, the building’s interior surfaces will be the bright, modern colors and textures seen in the Monticello fly-through video.

Lenexa City Center Library @ 8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa

Music Monday! Sterling Witt, I Love You More Everyday

Let's face it, like it or not February is for lovers. Get all gushy about that one you love like Mr. Sterling Witt does in his little ditty, I Love You More Everyday. If you don't have anyone, just pretend this power-pop tune is all about you! Happy Music Monday. Come back each week, every Monday morning, for a single from our Listen Local LIVE recording series. 

Let's face it, like it or not February is for lovers. Get all gushy about that one you love like Mr. Sterling Witt does in his little ditty, I Love You More Everyday. If you don't have anyone, just pretend this power-pop tune is all about you! Happy Music Monday. Come back each week, every Monday morning, for a single from our Listen Local LIVE recording series. 

Friends of the Library booksale

The Weird and Wacky World of Online Sales

You know and love the great deals you find at the Friends of the Johnson County Library book sales, but did you know you can shop with them 24/7, online?

The Friends of Johnson County Library launched their successful summer used book sale about 30 years ago, and have since opened used bookstores at three Johnson County Library branches. The Friends started an internet sales presence in 2004 and sold 116 items that year, earning $3,888. Times have certainly changed. The Friends reported internet sales of 7,841 items grossing nearly $132,000 in 2016. Items sold have ranged from the prosaic: an out-of-print insurance book that is still in demand, to the profound: the collected works of Sigmund Freud. A recent top seller was The Lighting Handbook: Reference and Application which sold for $399.95. Books have been shipped to six continents, and orders arrive daily.

The Online Sales Division is managed by Friends Business Manager Matt Delaney and a corps of dedicated volunteers. We presently have 11 volunteers listing items for sale and 5 volunteers shipping items ordered. Materials deemed appropriate for online sale are manually listed on the three online auction sites where the Friends list: ABEBooks, Amazon and eBay. The sites are monitored daily by the Online Sales volunteers, who also fulfill completed auctions.

Shipments have made their way to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Macau and South Africa!

Funds raised by the Friends support a range of programs and services including the 6 by 6: Ready to Read early literacy program, the Meet the Author series and the annual teen literary magazine, elementia.

Support the Friends by browsing our online shops anytime »

-by Matt Delaney, Business Manager, Friends of Johnson County Library

You know and love the great deals you find at the Friends of the Johnson County Library book sales, but did you know you can shop with them 24/7, online?

The Friends of Johnson County Library launched their successful summer used book sale about 30 years ago, and have since opened used bookstores at three Johnson County Library branches. The Friends started an internet sales presence in 2004 and sold 116 items that year, earning $3,888. Times have certainly changed. The Friends reported internet sales of 7,841 items grossing nearly $132,000 in 2016. Items sold have ranged from... Continue »

Picture of two men with snakeskins

Throwback Thursday

Happy National Serpent Day! This slightly grisly Throwback Thursday picture comes to you via JoCoHistory, where the description reads: "Black and white informal photograph of two men standing outside with several snakeskins (likely rattlesnake)." 

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Happy National Serpent Day! This slightly grisly Throwback Thursday picture comes to you via JoCoHistory, where the description reads: "Black and white informal photograph of two men standing outside with several snakeskins (likely rattlesnake)." 

See more local history at jocohistory.org ... Continue »

Storytime logo of a cat

Storytimes @ Your Library

Need a morning storytime, or one after work? Got an infant, a preschooler or a toddler? Whatever your situation, we've got a storytime for you »

Need a morning storytime, or one after work? Got an infant, a preschooler or a toddler? Whatever your situation, we've got a storytime for you »

Music Monday! The Wires: Argentine

Happy Music Monday where we select a single from one of our full Local Music LIVE recording performances. This week, it's Argentine by The Wires. Enjoy! Learn more about The Wires and hundreds of other Listen Local artists at jocolibrary.org/listenlocal.

Happy Music Monday where we select a single from one of our full Local Music LIVE recording performances. This week, it's Argentine by The Wires. Enjoy! Learn more about The Wires and hundreds of other Listen Local artists at jocolibrary.org/listenlocal.

Welcome Brandy Butcher

Welcome Brandy Butcher!

Johnson County Library warmly welcomes Brandy Butcher as a new member of the Library’s Board of Directors. Members of our Board of Directors are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for a four-year term, and may be reappointed for an additional four-year term. Ms. Butcher has been appointed by Commissioner Jason Osterhaus.

From Ms Butcher’s letter of application to the Board:

I’ve had a lifelong love for my local libraries, and my children and I frequent the Johnson County library system often. I have volunteered in my children’s school library for the past 7 years. I believe a strong library system provides immense value to a community and I would love to be part of keeping our library system great and watching it continue to evolve meeting the needs of our community.

The Library Board meets the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. See the schedule here

Johnson County Library warmly welcomes Brandy Butcher as a new member of the Library’s Board of Directors. Members of our Board of Directors are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for a four-year term, and may be reappointed for an additional four-year term. Ms. Butcher has been appointed by Commissioner Jason Osterhaus.

From Ms Butcher’s letter of application to the Board:

I’ve had a lifelong love for my local libraries, and my children and I frequent the Johnson County library system often. I have volunteered in my children’s school library for the past 7 years. I believe a strong library system provides immense value to a community and I would love to be part of keeping our library

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