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Create Your Travel Tale

Syd, it's time to travel! Why?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

~ Ibn Battuta

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

  • Get a Road Atlas. Seriously Syd, do you remember that tumultuous trek across Tennessee in '14? Remember how you were going to use your phone for navigation? Recall how there was a "no-service area" for, oh what, 3 and a half hours?! Never again.
  • Snag a Travel Guide (again, no phone reception!) Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Fodors, Eyewitness and more guarantee you'll tailor your trip to your tastes.     

Entertainment

  • Music! Every road trip needs a soundtrack!!! When "future Syd" hears that song that takes him back to the sights and smells of this roadie, he'll thank you! Will you have phone reception? If so, our streaming music services are the way to go. No service? No worries! good old-fashioned CDs are still available for checkout. ;)
  • An audiobook. Remember how Listening to Will Wheaton voicing Ready Player One got you from here to Dallas and back a couple years ago? Get them in pretty much any format you want, even an eAudiobook.
  • Snackage. You're going to get hungry and the stops are sometimes few and far between. Our advice? Snack-up
  • Have a contingency plan for that abomination your hotel is calling "cable." eMagazine and eNewspapers will give you a solid alternative.
  • Make sure you've viewed this travel tutorial at least once before hitting the open road. :D

Step 2. Pick up your holds from your favorite location.

Step 3. Roll.

  

Syd, it's time to travel! Why?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

~ Ibn Battuta

Your Library Card can lead to an epic odyssey! 

All successfully happy travelers know the secret to adventure-awesomeness: planning. 

Step 1. Get strategic and tactical! 

Sometimes it's easier to break the whole into more manageable parts. 

Navigation

Camping

Throw Down a Sleeping Bag, it's Throwback Thursday!

Whether you choose to acknowledge June as the "National Great Outdoors Month" or June as the "National Camping Month," we here at the Library take this controversial position: "Why not celebrate both?!"

"It was a perfect weekend, no wind, sunny, and warm. 16 families camped, swapped stories, fished, boated, water-skied, and some even loafed." 

It sure seems like these happy campers are keen on camping! Did these 1965 "Prairie Dog Campers" from Overland Park and Prairie Village ever get that tent assembled? Or, are they still out there to this very day? To find out, you'll just have to read the story about this fascinating tidbit of local lore

And for even more local history, visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Whether you choose to acknowledge June as the "National Great Outdoors Month" or June as the "National Camping Month," we here at the Library take this controversial position: "Why not celebrate both?!"

"It was a perfect weekend, no wind, sunny, and warm. 16 families camped, swapped stories, fished, boated, water-skied, and some even loafed." 

It sure seems like these happy campers are keen on camping! Did these 1965 "Prairie Dog Campers" from Overland Park and Prairie Village ever get that tent assembled? Or, are they still out there to this very day? To find out... Continue »

Music Monday: Black Mariah Theater

Happy Music Monday! We are so happy to bring you local music recorded live. You might notice that we've outgrown our MakerSpace sound booth! We've discovered that our branches, like the Leawood Pioneer Library, are big enough to accommodate larger bands and books absorb sound perfectly. Who knew that a Library is such an awesome sound recording studio. But don't take out word for it, listen for yourself! Here's Black Mariah Theater performing:

1. Honey Stop
2. Emerald Cut
3. You're No Good

Happy Music Monday! We are so happy to bring you local music recorded live. You might notice that we've outgrown our MakerSpace sound booth! We've discovered that our branches, like the Leawood Pioneer Library, are big enough to accommodate larger bands and books absorb sound perfectly. Who knew that a Library is such an awesome sound recording studio. But don't take out word for it, listen for yourself! Here's Black Mariah Theater performing:

1. Honey Stop
2.... Continue »

Two patrons at a catalog station

Behind the Scenes: Interlibrary Loans

As a library patron, you may have been faced with this dilemma: You arrive at the library armed with a list of resources you need to expand your knowledge on one of your favorite subjects, only to find out the library doesn’t own the book you want! What do you do? That’s where the librarians in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department come into play. The ability to obtain books and materials from all over the world is one of the best-hidden gems of the library.

Evolving Through the Years

In 1886 U.L. Rowell, Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, sought permission to borrow a book from another library, thus creating the Interlibrary Loan program. What started with a simple form to fill out by hand, developed into a complex system of online databases used today to easily share items between libraries worldwide. OCLC, or the Online Computer Library Center, is a database with over 30 million entries of materials held in more than 10,000 libraries, and is the main resource used in Interlibrary Loan requests.

What We Do

Here at Johnson County Library, our Interlibrary Loan Department employs three full-time staff and five part-time staff. We process around 1,700 items monthly to lend to other libraries and borrow around 1,400 items monthly for our own patrons. ILL uses couriers who drive across Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Colorado to deliver materials, as well as the U.S. Postal service. We can attempt to borrow anything from books, to DVD’s to cake pans! Recently the department obtained a plastic model of a human ear from Idaho for a patron!

How it Works

As a resident of Johnson County, you have access to the Interlibrary Loan Service we provide. You are able to have up to 15 requests at a time, and you can manage much of it on the Interlibrary Loan account page through our website. All you need is your library card number and pin. You can access Discovery, which is the worldwide catalog used to place a request for an item. ILL request are available for three weeks with no renewals. If patrons wish to put in another request for the book, ILL staff can try to get the item from another lender.

If we are able to obtain it, the item will be waiting at the branch you select in just a few short weeks. Be sure to keep the white strap wrapped around the item so we know where to send it back. It’s also recommended to have an email address on file for prompt notifications and communication, as well as to obtain requested articles. And don’t worry, if you’re stuck our Librarians are always happy to help!

 

As a library patron, you may have been faced with this dilemma: You arrive at the library armed with a list of resources you need to expand your knowledge on one of your favorite subjects, only to find out the library doesn’t own the book you want! What do you do? That’s where the librarians in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department come into play. The ability to obtain books and materials from all over the world is one of the best-hidden gems of the library.

Evolving Through the Years

In 1886 U.L. Rowell, Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, sought permission to borrow a book from another library, thus creating the Interlibrary Loan program. What started with a simple form to fill out by... Continue »

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Now at Antioch: Amanda BurkhartAmanda Burkhart

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Antioch Library

Whether Amanda Burkhart is painting an image of a single star or the deepest corner of the knowable universe, the end result inspires awe. Burkhart is “fascinated with the humbling vastness of the earth and skies, eternally painted by light and atmosphere.” Her work combines brilliant washes of natural color with meticulous renderings of star-studded skies.

Whether Amanda Burkhart is painting an image of a single star or the deepest corner of the knowable universe, the end result inspires awe. Burkhart is “fascinated with the humbling vastness of the earth and skies, eternally painted by light and atmosphere.” Her work combines brilliant washes of natural color with meticulous renderings of star-studded skies.

Kids create

Kids Create

Kids and parents will interact with Library staff and learn about Library resources while working on a summer craft. Create a gift or make something just for you!  Ages 4-8. Younger children will require the help of caregivers to make crafts.

This program is at several locations, see the full schedule »

Kids and parents will interact with Library staff and learn about Library resources while working on a summer craft. Create a gift or make something just for you!  Ages 4-8. Younger children will require the help of caregivers to make crafts.

This program is at several locations, see the full schedule »

Read Local

Writing Contests

We love local authors here at the Library. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the Library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

We love local authors here at the Library. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the Library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

Food and beer

Tonight: An Edible Discussion: Beer!An Edible Discussion

Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck. Each month features a varied food theme and a guest speaker from a local restaurant or food business. Come with an appetite for testing different fares and learning from a local expert. Attendees bring a potluck dish and share in a meal exploring that month’s theme. 

June: "Beer" with Pete Dulin, local expert and author
July: "Bread" with Great Harvest Bread Co.
August: "Tomatoes" with Kurlbaum Dry Farmed Heirloom Tomatoes

Join fellow foodies in a conversation and potluck. Each month features a varied food theme and a guest speaker from a local restaurant or food business. Come with an appetite for testing different fares and learning from a local expert. Attendees bring a potluck dish and share in a meal exploring that month’s theme. 

June: "Beer" with Pete Dulin, local expert and author
July: "Bread" with Great Harvest Bread Co.
August: "Tomatoes" with Kurlbaum Dry Farmed Heirloom Tomatoes

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Teen volunteer

Teen Volunteers

Johnson County Library provides summer volunteering opportunities for students throughout the county. This includes not only a chance to work within the Library and helping with the summer reading program but also an opportunity to gain real work experience and leadership skills. With more than 210 teens volunteers providing over 4,500 hours of service at our thirteen locations, it may seem like an enormous challenge to provide volunteer placement for so many.

Using Technology to Improve Efficiency

Peggy Hendershot, one of Johnson County Library’s teen volunteer coordinators, created a tier system to help manage and standardize the experience of our teen volunteers. The system ranks teens from tier one -- new volunteers learning the ropes -- through tier three -- experienced volunteers ready for more autonomy and leadership. Tier-three volunteers become mentors to other teens and use their problem-solving skills to improve the program.

When faced with rising numbers of teen volunteer applications and limited space in the program, Syed H., currently a high school senior, developed a waiting list using Google forms and a flyer with a link code. He then taught staff how to access and use the waiting list. This digital waiting list is instrumental for placing additional teen volunteers throughout the summer and school year.

Teens Driving Change

This year, Evanna D., a middle school volunteer worked with Mrs. Hendershot to learn interview and placement evaluation skills. She and two other students applied these skills to interview new volunteer applicants in preparation for the summer program. Evanna didn’t stop there. After interviewing, she identified the need for a better form and criteria for the interview process. Mrs. Hendershot encouraged her to create a new form, which proved to be easier and faster than the previous methods.

“We’re always looking for ways to empower our teens,” Mrs. Hendershot said, “By putting together this form, Evanna learned that her feedback counts and that she’s capable of driving change in an adult environment.”

The teen volunteer program at Johnson County Library is a very popular program and fills up fast.  Learn more about 2019 teen volunteer opportunities »

Johnson County Library provides summer volunteering opportunities for students throughout the county. This includes not only a chance to work within the Library and helping with the summer reading program but also an opportunity to gain real work experience and leadership skills. With more than 210 teens volunteers providing over 4,500 hours of service at our thirteen locations, it may seem like an enormous challenge to provide volunteer placement for so many.

Using Technology to Improve Efficiency

Peggy Hendershot, one of Johnson County Library’s teen volunteer coordinators, created a tier system to help manage and standardize the experience of our teen volunteers. The system ranks teens from tier one --... Continue »

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