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Music Monday: ET named to Middle of the Map Lineup

While Emmaline Twist is technically a new band, each of its four members is in some way a veteran of Kansas City music. Their combined powers are on full display in Emmaline Twist, a sonic amalgam of so many right elements: shoegaze, post-punk and atmospheric dance rock, for starters. While the band began only a year ago, 2016 saw the release of two songs, "Vega" and "Moon Eyes", that will make anyone eager for a full-length. We are thrilled to share an interview with Emmaline Twist's baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth.

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Summer Family Fun

Staycation? We have so many things for families to do this summer! Have fun with these local events and save yourself from hearing, "Are we there yet?"

Family fun? Find it here!

Help Us Imagine the Future

The Library needs your help to better serve you and create the best Library experience possible for you and your family. What kind of library services do you want to see for yourself, your family, and your neighborhood? Help us imagine the future »

Multicolor Monticello

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.


The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north

Dog Gone Library for Pets

Bandit and Mr. Pickles, something tells us you know May is National Pet month! 


Who's a good boy! No seriously. Which one of you is the good boy who knows to go outside to take care of business and which one of you "made" on the carpet. No, the Library will not clean this up for your owner! But, with a Library Card anybody can access Consumer Reports and get the (poop) scoop on carpet stain removers.


But Bandit and Mr. Pickles, we don't blame you. You've had to learn so much. You've had to learn that shoes are not chew toys. You've learned that while it's OK for humans to yap nonstop

National Public Service Recognition Week

This week is National Public Service Recognition Week. Here are just a few of our amazing employees and their reasons for devoting their time to a career in public service. We thank all of our staff, as well as everyone else who works in public service! See all the photos here »

May is National Pet Month

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Pet month! The Kansas School for the Deaf introduced Johnson County to Buddy the deaf dog! Sure he wears a hat, eyeglasses and smokes a pipe - he's a working class dog!

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

A Visit with Jeanie and Zachary Botkin New Board member and Teen Representative

How long have you been Friends members?


We’ve been Friends members since going to our first summer book sale after moving to Kansas City. We had so much fun digging through the piles at the Metcalf Mall finding treasures to take home.


What do you want to learn by serving on the Friends Board?


I [Jeanie] thought it would be a great way for Zachary and me to share our passion for the Library and a valuable opportunity for Zachary to learn about the inner workings of a board. We are both focused on increasing the community’s awareness of the great services and look forward to helping the

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library you can give your career a boost, attend a book club for introverts, and hear some wonderful poetry.

Career Series: Resume Building, Nail Your Interview, and Building a Budget (registration required) Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 am @ Antioch Library

Silent Book Group May 7, 6 - 7:30 pm @ Groundhouse Coffee

Heart of America Shakespeare Sonnet Contest Readings May 12, 1 - 2 pm @ Central Resource Library