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Best of April Fool's

Here on Johnson County Library website, we always have a great time on April Fool's Day. This past Monday we ran a whopping six April Fool's posts, and brought a little extra laughter to our coworkers, our followers on social media, and our community. 

Here are a few of our favorite comments from our posts this year on social media:

  • Today’s homepage at @jocolibrary does not disappoint, and now I’m sad I missed out on the Home Delivery Via Dragon Service!
  • ​I always look forward to what the @jocolibrary crew cooks up for today. They didn't disappoint this year!​
  • Battin' 1000 today, library folks! 
  • I died and then remembered it's April 1st!​
  • JoCo Librarians are killing it today!
  • NOW THAT IS REALLY FUNNY! Bravo, JCL! #AprilFools #NicelyPlayed
  • I hate this holiday... I believed for a hot second.
  • Love that my local library system has such a great sense of humor!
  • Got me! Good one, whew!

Browse through a few of our favorite April Fool's posts from this year and previous years »


Cedar Roe's READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Cedar Roe Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Cedar Roe Library hosts some wonderful events including a Homeschool Meetup and the Great Books Discussion group. There's also a couple more weeks of Spring storytimes on Wednesdays! Check out their calendar »


Food and Food Insecurity

Our Spring programming centered around food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related issues. We've still got several events left in this series: learn about healthy, sustainable diets, get tips and tricks for great side dishes, find out what a "victory garden" is and why you should have one, and experience community as we gather at the table »


Turn the Page: Big Library Changes!

"When it's time to change, then it's time to change. Sha na na na na na na na na, Sha na na na na"
~Peter Brady

Much like a pair of week-old worn socks, it's time for a change:



Accessible Formats, Gather at the Table, and J Awesomeness

We dedicate this episode of Did you hear? to Accessible Formats! Large print books, audiobooks and more!

Elena McVicar and Dave Carson J fiction awesomeness! But first, Ashley Fick and Michelle Ranney sit down with Dave to talk about Food Insecurity as our Gather at the Table discussion topic!



Throwback Thursday: Deaf History Month

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   




Now @ Gardner: Kris Devlin

Wednesday, January 9 to Sunday, April 21, 2019

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.

Hello My Name is Kris Devlin

I was born in NJ in 1979.  I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting in 2008 with a partial scholarship funded by Hallmark.  During the day I am pleased to work with adults with developmental disabilities making art at Skills to Succeed in Olathe, KS.  My studio is located in Kansas City, MO. I work in watercolors, acrylic, and oil.

Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it?

This series is an energy study.  I started a health coach program in August. I am diving into reading  about energetic lines in the human body, the science of habit change, and the awesome power of the human brain. Thinking about mindfulness and tools for  becoming grounded and the oceans that flank the US and what they have been witness too. These paintings are what I’ve been thinking and learning about. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

To acknowledge doubts and address them. To respect my painting time as work and non negotiable on my calendar.  Writing artists statements. It is my goal for that to be a fun natural process.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?

Ari Fish, Jillian Youngbird, Heart of Gold Designs, Liz Luisada, Carmen Moreno,  Devany Amber Wolfe, Jennifer Sullivan, Charline Bataille, Muffy Brandt, Emily Sall, Paula Wilson, Sjulle, Whitney Manney, Amanda Guerra, Christina Muniz …  and so many more that I’m forgetting.

What are your book/music/movie recommendations? 

Self help

Energetic Boundaries by Cindi Dale

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Artist Way by Julia Cameron


Ideas moving forward

Murder Incorporated by Mumia Abu - Jamal  and Stephen Vittoria

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

The Rooftop Revolution by Danny Kennedy

The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin



The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri



Our Newest Picture Books

These are our newest picture books, ordered during the month of February and early Marc»


Music Monday Local Music Spotlight

Eddie Moore has been called "one of the most important young musicians" in Kansas City. His music is all over the map, encompassing everything from jazz to prog rock to funk, especially as showcased on such internationally acclaimed albums as Kings and Queens (with The Outer Circle) and his new band We the People on 2018's Bando. Moore has been recognized for his music highly collaborative, genre-pushing music as well as the many different music classes he teaches on a regular basis in and around Kansas City.