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Your Community: Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast and continuing blasts of cold air and snow are making us anxious for the arrival of blue skies and warmer days. Yet, there’s one mid-Winter activity that’s the perfect match for the current weather. One that’s the perfect excuse to stay home and catch up on your favorite book.

No Fancy Attire Required

Sunday, March 4, is the annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for Johnson County Library. Funds raised from the event support a number of Library initiatives, including 6 by 6: Ready to Read, which is an early literacy program that emphasizes the six critical skills children should experience by the age of six.

6 by 6 Early Literacy Skills

  1. Have fun with books (print motivation)
  2. Notice print everywhere (print motivation)
  3. Talk, talk, talk (vocabulary)
  4. Tell stories about everything (narrative skills)
  5. Look for letters everywhere (alphabet knowledge)
  6. Take time to rhyme, sing and play word games (phonological awareness)

Extensive studies have proven the strength of a child’s early literacy skills are a major predictor of the future ability to build vocabulary, understand story structure and build reading comprehension skills.

Please join us in support of this important cause from the comfort of your favorite reading nook. Your donation directly supports critical library services for individuals throughout Johnson County.

Donations from the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball Support

  • 6 by 6: Ready to Read
  • 6 by 6 en Español
  • Civic Engagement programming
  • elementia, the teen literary magazine
  • Homework Help
  • Incarcerated Services
  • Joan Berkey Writers Fund
  • Summer Reading programming
  • Black & Veatch MakerSpace

Share your Book Ball reading choices on social media: #StayHomeandRead, #jocobookball, @jclfoundation, @jocolibrary and donate to support these important programs.

Johnson County Library – Nurturing the Community’s Collective Wisdom


What's Percolating in the Kansas Legislature?

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions and we'll provide the coffee and doughnuts. Click on a session below to see the Senators and Representatives attending.

Saturday, Feb. 24 @ 10 am, Corinth Library

Saturday, Mar. 10 @ 10 am, Blue Valley Library

Saturday, Mar. 31 @ 10 am, Central Resource Library

Saturday, April 14 @ 10am, Gardner Library

Saturday, April 28 @ 10am, Lenexa City Hall Community Forum

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters.


We're Going to Planet Comicon

This weekend marks the opening of Planet Comicon, one of Kansas City’s biggest comic and pop-culture conventions, bringing in a slew of actors, podcasters, writers, artists, and… librarians? Yes, you will find your friendly neighborhood Johnson County Library staff in attendance at the “What Would the X-Men Read?” panel on Saturday, where we will talk about our favorite characters in the X-Men universe alongside writers and artists from the X-Men franchise. Be sure to check out what our staff would think would be on the library checkout list for your favorite characters such as Kitty Pride and Wolverine, Cyclops, and even Magneto. Also be sure to check out some of our staff’s favorite graphic novels – both in the superhero and the non-superhero variety. 


Learn Spanish and/y aprender el idioma inglés

Learning Spanish? Join us for to converse with other intermediate Spanish language learners and pratice your discussion skills.

Español a la Carta, Thursday, Feb 15 and Feb 22, 3:30pm at Oak Park Library

Aprender el idioma inglés en los Estados Unidos es una de las claves para triunfar, además y la comunicación es fundamental para hacer amigos, mantener los negocios, y encontrar trabajo.

Conversando en inglés, los sabados, 10am a Oak Park Library

Can't make it into the Library? Never fear: Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages are anywhere you are, on your computer or smartphone. Access them for free with your Library card and PIN »

¿No puedes ir a la Biblioteca? no hay problema: Rosetta Stone y Mango Languages te acompañan a donde vayas, puedes aprender idiomas desde tu dispositivo celular o desde tu computador. El acceso es gratuito con tu número de tarjeta y la clave »


We Love You, Too!

Who doesn't love a love letter on Valentine's Day?

"This is one of the easiest web pages to navigate. The library and its staff are superb. I enjoy the experience."

"I love that it is so easy to renew books. Always a pleasure to work with everyone at the JoCo Library!"

"I really like the system to place holds. I see a book that interests me and I just add it to my list. When I get the call that it's available, it's like a gift that was unexpected. Thank you for making it so easy to use."


Our Favorite February Picture Books

Each month our Youth Librarians gather their favorite new picture books together into a list. These books are great for helping children develop early literacy skills such as rhyming, recognizing shapes, and enjoying reading with their caregivers. Take a peek at our most recent list »


Find What You Love (at the Library)

Happy Music Monday! Each Monday we feature a single from a Local Music LIVE FULL performance. This week, it's all about love! The Black Creatures encourage you to find what you love in their lovely tune "Water Will!" This is our second season of recording live videos of our artists. We've moved beyond the confines of our MakerSpace recording studio out into our locations. This performance was filmed at the Leawood Pioneer Library. If you like it, share the LOVE!