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Throwback Thursday!

As you continue to explore our Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we encourage you to navigate your rocket ship to the nearest wormhole or crack in the space/time continuum and trek back to 1956!  

There you'll find our then temporary headquarters on Merriam Drive. We're talking way before Monticello and long before Lenexa City Center Library! Does history repeat itself? That poster those children are gathered around sure seems to say so! The Summer Reading theme in 1956? Your Ticket to the Moon!

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As you continue to explore our Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we encourage you to navigate your rocket ship to the nearest wormhole or crack in the space/time continuum and trek back to 1956!  

There you'll find our then temporary headquarters on Merriam Drive. We're talking way before Monticello and long before Lenexa City Center Library! Does history repeat itself? That poster those children are gathered around sure seems to say so!... Continue »

Mike Massimino

Meet the Astronaut: Mike Massimino

He’s an astronaut, the first person to tweet from space, a recurring character on the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” and now a New York Times bestselling author.

You can meet Mike Massimino and hear all about the adventures detailed in his book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

Massimino grew up a working class kid who realized the dream of becoming an astronaut and flying in space. He made two action-packed missions to the Hubble Telescope and four space walks. He and his crews traveled faster and higher than any other astronauts in our century. He faced life threatening challenges while performing intricate repairs to the Hubble. Massimino currently serves as Senior Space Adviser to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and on the faculty of Columbia University.

Join us to hear unique perspectives on teamwork, innovation and leadership from a down-to-earth spaceman.

Presented with the Museum at Prairiefire.

Bring your kids before the program to attend Hands-on: Outer Space!

He’s an astronaut, the first person to tweet from space, a recurring character on the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” and now a New York Times bestselling author.

You can meet Mike Massimino and hear all about the adventures detailed in his book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

Massimino grew up a working class kid who realized the dream of becoming an astronaut and flying in space. He made two action-packed missions to the Hubble Telescope and four space walks. He and his crews traveled faster and higher than any other astronauts in our century. He faced life threatening challenges while performing intricate repairs to the Hubble. Massimino currently serves as Senior Space Adviser to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and on the faculty of Columbia University.

Join us to hear unique perspectives on teamwork, innovation and leadership from a down-to-earth spaceman.

Presented with the Museum at Prairiefire.

Bring your kids before the program to attend Hands-on: Outer Space!

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Library Night at the K

Library Night at the K 2019

The Kansas City Royals will hold Library Night at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 30. The club will team up with eight Greater Kansas City library systems to encourage reading all year round. Activities include several community readings of "Raised Royal", recognition in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, the 8 participating Library systems will be featured in an on field presentation, visits from local mobile libraries and guests can learn more about their local library system in the outfield experience.

Discounted tickets available; portion of sales benefit the Library when purchased through this link »

The Kansas City Royals will hold Library Night at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 30. The club will team up with eight Greater Kansas City library systems to encourage reading all year round. Activities include several community readings of "Raised Royal", recognition in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, the 8 participating Library systems will be featured in an on field presentation, visits from local mobile libraries and guests can learn more about their local library system in the outfield experience.

Discounted tickets available; portion of sales benefit the Library when purchased through this link »

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New Podcast Episode!

Bike to the Library!

In this episode of Did you hear?, host Dave Carson welcomes MakerSpaceFacilitator Nick Ward-Bopp as he brings Megan Foreman from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Laura Steele from Bike Walk KC to discuss some exciting developments regarding biking to the Johnson County Library. We go in-depth into biking and our new FixIt! station!

Bike to the Library!

In this episode of Did you hear?, host Dave Carson welcomes MakerSpaceFacilitator Nick Ward-Bopp as he brings Megan Foreman from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Laura Steele from Bike Walk KC to discuss some exciting developments regarding biking to the ... Continue »

Vickie Trott

Why I Give: Vickie Trott

My connection to the library began early in life. My mother, a voracious reader, early-on introduced my sisters and me to reading. She took us to “the Library” where volunteers ran makeshift libraries in stores and local businesses around the County. I specifically remember a one-room office Library at Johnson Drive and Nall in Mission. We also checked out books from the bookmobile. We’d go to the Westport Library and Southwest High School library in Kansas City because they had summer children’s programming, and a much larger selection of books.

I remember library cards that were similar to dog tags: a metal plate embossed with patron information. A special machine embossed a checkout slip that was filed until the books were returned. In high school I volunteered at the Mission branch located in the lower level of a shopping area. My family was “library people” mostly because we couldn’t afford to buy as many books as we read!  

I am an active library patron so often at the library the staff know my name! My husband and I live in Lenexa and frequent the Rec Center and the Public Market. Now we will be spending a lot more time at the new Lenexa City Center Library. Our grandson especially loves the balcony and the kid-sized chair where he can read outside.

I’m astonished by how the Library has changed during the past 60+ years. The Library offers so many more services and programs than ever before. I wish more county residents were aware of or took advantage of Library programming such as our book stores, programs for kids, teens and adults, online resources.

12 years ago I connected with the Library as a volunteer. I served on the Board and as President of the Friends of Johnson County Library. In that role I learned so much about how the Library works. I was Chair of the County Librarian Search Committee and thus had opportunity to help formulate the next chapters of Library growth. Three years ago I joined the Foundation Board to help raise funds for the endowment that supports Library programs for the benefit of citizens of our county.

So, the big question – Why do I give?

I give my time because I enjoy knowing Foundation the work I do helps provide supplemental funds for core programming. Volunteers who work in the libraries supplement our paid staff. Did you know that 25 full-time staff positions’ worth of time are provided annually by volunteers? That’s amazing!

I support the Library financially through my Lifetime Friends membership and donations to the Foundation. Donor support supplements programming such as Summer Reading, the 6x6 program, Teen services, Homework Help and so many more.

The Library has given me so much throughout my life and I’m happy that I can now give back as a volunteer and through financial support.  I think it is so important that we all give something back to our community. People in generations before us did that so that we could have access to an award-winning Library. We citizens need to carry on that tradition for future generations!

  • Vickie Trott, Board Member, Johnson County Library Foundation 

My connection to the library began early in life. My mother, a voracious reader, early-on introduced my sisters and me to reading. She took us to “the Library” where volunteers ran makeshift libraries in stores and local businesses around the County. I specifically remember a one-room office Library at Johnson Drive and Nall in Mission. We also checked out books from the bookmobile. We’d go to the Westport Library and Southwest High School library in Kansas City because they had summer children’s programming, and a much larger selection of books.

I remember library cards that were similar to dog tags: a metal plate embossed with patron information. A special machine embossed a checkout slip that was filed until the books were... Continue »

True Lions

True Lions

True Lions is something of a Kansas City supergroup comprised of some of Kansas City's most talented songwriters and musicians. Spearheaded by founding members Alison Hawkins and Mikala Petillo and recently expanded to include Elizabeth Kosko on drums and Claire Adams on guitar/bass, True Lions recalls 90s classic lo-fi indie pop with songs that are full of hooks, harmonies and other sonic surprises. While their future beyond a bunch of live performances and an excellent EP, "Cute at Best", remains unclear, Kansas City is lucky to have them while they're here. Enjoy our interview with Alison Hawkins about the band and check out her book, music and movie recommendations from the Johnson County Library catalog.

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Boys dressed like cows

Throwback Thursday

No matter what you consider fun—even if it's dressing up like cows like these Shawnee Mission Rural High School kids in 1938—we hope you are making the most out of your summer. Happy throwback Thursday?

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

No matter what you consider fun—even if it's dressing up like cows like these Shawnee Mission Rural High School kids in 1938—we hope you are making the most out of your summer. Happy throwback Thursday?

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

Family Bike Safety

Family Confident City Cycling & Earn-a-Bike Program

Registration required for this event. Please register here.

Want to be more comfortable riding your bike in the city? Do you know someone who could use a bike for getting around town? BikeWalkKC‘s Confident City Cycling Class and Earn-a-Bike Program is coming back to Johnson County Library! Learn cycling skills – all levels welcome. Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

  • When: July 23 (in the Learning Lab), 25 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library), 30 (In the Learning Lab) and August 1 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library),. All sessions are 6 - 8 pm (Adults must attend all 4 sessions to earn a free bike. Kids must attend July 25 & 30th, Aug 1 to earn a bike)
  • Who: Adults and kids 14+ who want to learn how to ride on trails, bike paths, and/or city streets. This is also a valuable course for group ride leaders, urban planners and engineers, city staff, and others who wish to learn more about biking for transportation and recreation. (All minors must have signed permission form)
  • What: Confident City Cycling is a course that teaches you how to navigate city streets safely and confidently. The course contains both discussion and on-bike components. Participants also have an opportunity to earn a bike of their own.

Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

Registration required for this event. Please register here.

Want to be more comfortable riding your bike in the city? Do you know someone who could use a bike for getting around town? BikeWalkKC‘s Confident City Cycling Class and Earn-a-Bike Program is coming back to Johnson County Library! Learn cycling skills – all levels welcome. Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

  • When: July 23 (in the Learning Lab), 25 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library), 30 (In the Learning Lab) and August 1 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library),. All sessions are 6 - 8 pm (Adults must attend all 4 sessions to earn a free bike. Kids must attend July 25 & 30th, Aug 1 to earn a bike)
  • Who: Adults and kids 14+ who want to learn how to ride on trails, bike paths, and/or city streets. This is also a valuable course for group ride leaders, urban planners and engineers, city staff, and others who wish to learn more about biking for transportation and recreation. (All minors must have signed permission form)
  • What: Confident City Cycling is a course that teaches you how to navigate city streets safely and confidently. The course contains both discussion and on-bike components. Participants also have an opportunity to earn a bike of their own.

Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

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