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2018 Bookmark Design Contest Winners Announced

The Friends of Johnson County Library recently announced the winners of the annual Bookmark Design Contest. The contest commemorated National Library Week 2018 and the winners were presented to the Library Board at the April 12, 2018 meeting.


Sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Library, the annual design competition contest accepts original  illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only. Designs, drawings and images must be

In honor of Children's Day on Monday, April 30

Don't let the 'children's music' label fool you. Coming to us from Lenexa, Kansas, Jane Christison is a serious musician, performer and songwriter -- seriously fun, silly and experienced. While at UMKC working on a Bachelor of Music degree in Accordion Performance, Christison had the opportunity to travel internationally as part of the USO. For this edition of Listen Local Christison shares stories from her extensive touring experience, how she tailors the music she writes for both children and senior audiences, and her advice for aspiring professional musicians. 

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This Week at the Library

Did you know each of our locations has book groups? We also offer more than 40 storytimes each week across all of our libraries. We have events for Makers from beginners through specialists, and if you're a job seeker or looking for some help with your tech questions, we've got your back, too. See you at the Library!

April's Hottest Fiction Pics from Readers Advisory Librarian Gregg

Hello and welcome to our new releases roundup for Fiction for the month of April, 2018! If this is your first time here, my name is Gregg and I’m a Readers’ Advisory librarian here at the Johnson County Library. I’ll take a brief look at some of the well-reviewed titles that are published this month that we’ve either read or have heard great things about. You’ll not find John Grisham, Michael Connelly, or Janet Evanovich on these lists. It’s not that we don’t like them – we do! – but those are authors who most folks have already heard of. We love spotlighting books and authors that you might

Monticello Opening

Monticello Library to Open Sunday, August 5, 2018!


Long-awaited branch inaugurates services in Western Shawnee!


The new Monticello Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their April board meeting. The August 5 event will be low-key, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “We know how eager our residents are to get into this beautiful facility,” she says, “so we are inaugurating services quickly, and people can start using their new Library right away.” The doors will open

Audiobook 42 years overdue returned to Library

A recent return of an overdue item occasioned quite the stir. Our local CBS news affiliate picked up the story from a social media post. The feature also got some love from national CBS and Inside Edition social media. Go figure. See the local story here.


An audiobook 42 years overdue was returned to the Johnson County Library. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 6-record set dates back before the time of CDs and even audio cassettes. The vinyl records are meant to be played at 16-2/3 RPM, a format so unusual that not even the local Marr Sound Archive at UMKC has such a turntable.

Dr. Meneilly Fights Segregration

In the late 1940’s young Reverend Robert Meneilly was charged with starting a new Presbyterian church and assigned the area of Prairie Village. Real estate agreements, however, disallowed church services unless there was a church building in which to hold services. As an experiment, small Presbyterian churches donated $100,000 to start the church. Read more about Meneilly and his new church at JoCoHistory »

Music Monday!

Maria The Mexican is a Movie in the Park veteran! BTW, now is a good time to get all of our great outdoor movies onto your schedule! Each movie features a performance from one of our Listen local artists.

Maria the Mexican's music is a mix of traditional mariachi roots and contemporary blues-rock delivered in English and Spanish. Led by sisters Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas on vocals and bandleader and guitarist Garrett Nordstrom, Maria the Mexican carries the legacy of Teresa's and Maria's grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, the leader of the first all-female mariachi band in the

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can get your grub on, hear stories in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, hear renowned KC artists discuss their process, and connect with your local legislators!

An Edible Discussion Monday, April 9 @ 6:30 pm, Corinth Library

In Memory of Six Million Wednesday, April 11 @ 6:30 pm, Central Resource Library

Time After Time: Renown KC Artists Discuss Their Work and Processes Thursday, April 12 @ 6:30 pm, Central Resource Library

Legislative Coffee Saturday, April 14 @ 10 am, Gardner Library

See our whole schedule here!

Designed with Flexibility in Mind

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.


As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.


A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a