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Goodbye summer? Hello Summer Camp Movie List!

Information Specialist Michael Keller is a man of many lists! Colleague Ed Raab took notice and nominated Michael's Summer Camp Movie List as a topic for a podcast episode sub-genre deep dive! It's the end of summer! We understand that you'll probably need to go through some kind of grieving process. You're going to want to hold onto those fantastic summer moments! So, this fall and winter, while you’re trapped in your home, warm up to Summer Camp Movies. 


Meet Friends Board Member Karen Ristau

The following is a conversation with Friends Board Member Karen Ristau

How long have you been a member of the Friends?
I have been a member of the Friends since December 2018.

What inspired you to serve on the Friends Board?
I’ll admit, I was not aware of the Friends organization until my cousin’s wife approached me about an open position on the Board. We talked about how the Friends support Johnson County Library and many of their programs through memberships, bookstores and book sales. As a long-time patron of the Library, I was instantly intrigued by the Friends organization and thought serving on the Board would be a great opportunity for me to give back to an organization near and dear to my heart.

You’re a Library volunteer, too, right? Tell us a little about that experience . . .
Yes, I volunteered for my first book sale in March and loved it! It was amazing to see all the customers perusing the huge selection of books, movies, CDs and albums and finding items that were new and exciting for them. I was happy to assist the patrons, answer questions, restock the selections, and help
make the book sale a success. I’m looking forward to many more volunteer opportunities in the future!

Your elevator speech: why should I join the Friends?
Johnson County Library offers programs and services to the young, the old, and everyone in between. These programs help develop, support and maintain the love of reading and learning.

The ongoing support of the Friends organization is essential to help keep many of programs in place. Examples of programs supported by the Friends are the 6 by 6, Ready to Read early literacy program, the Black & Veatch MakerSpace where youth can explore 3D printing, vinyl cutting, laser cutting and many other topics, and the Incarcerated Services program that provides Library services to justice-involved patrons.

Join the Friends to support the young, the old and everyone in between who enjoy and benefit from the programs and services of Johnson County Library.

What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading It’s Always the Husband, a thriller by Michele Campbell, an author who is new to me. I am always on the lookout for new authors to read and this one does not disappoint.


Belle & The Vertigo Waves

Belle and the Vertigo Waves is an indie rock band from Kansas City. Led by Belle Loux, the songs on the band's first album, Aligned and their newest song "Fear or Faith", come from some of the darkest --yet most resilient--corners of her personal life. In her words, the origins of "Fear or Faith" came "while taking inventory of my life, that question played on repeat in my mind. Do I genuinely believe in and have faith in these things in my life, or am I just holding onto them out of the place of fear.


Podcast Topic: Fall Theme!

In this episode, host Dave Carson introduces Melissa Horak-Hern as the new co-host of the Did you hear? podcast! They dive into our Fall 2019 trimesterly theme for our programs: "Unlocking the Mind." They also reveal all of the amazing podcast episode topics for the next four months!

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Teen Events

We've got plenty to keep you entertained and having fun.

Young Adult Literary Council - earn volunteer hours, grab a snack, and meet new people

Table Top Games - bring your favorite game to share or learn a new one at the event

Teen Bullet Journal Club - organize, decorate, and share ideas for your bullet journal

Teen Creative Writing Workshop - join us to hone your writing skills

MakerSpace events - Beginners Night, Clothing Repair Workshop, and more

And there's more! Check our full schedule of teen events »


Art at Your Local Library

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are a few of the exhibitions on display through August 21:

Oak ParkChristy Steinberg and Kris Schmolze
Cedar Roe: Joe Bussell
Shawnee:  Larissa Uredi
Gardner:  Paige Davis


Throwback Thursday is No Picnic

Oh wait! YES it is! For this Throwback Thursday we offer up a photo of a picnic area in Merriam or Mission circa 1940. Why? It's still summer and that means it's still grilling season!

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


Gaming @ the Library

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome.

  • Antioch Library, first Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Blue Valley Library, second Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Central Resource Library, third Mondays, 6 pm »
  • Monticello Library, third Thursdays, 6 pm »
  • Gardner Library, fourth Saturdays, 12 pm »

This Fall you also have three chances to learn The Game of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game.