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Summer Reading 2022: Oceans of Possibilities

Summer Reading 2022: Oceans of Possibilities, runs Saturday, June 4-Friday, July 29. Grab your reading log and all the details here!

Summer Reading is an initiative that aims to promote reading and literacy to children, teens and adults. Each summer, Johnson County Library offers events and contests connected to the Summer Reading theme! Check out the FAQ below for more details.

NEW! Summer Reading Contests are open!

Oceans of Possibilities Youth Sticker Contest:
Submit your entries for our Youth Sticker Design Contest, open to youth 12 and under. This summer we are looking for sticker illustrations with an “Oceans of Possibilities” theme. Winners will be selected by Library staff in multiple age categories, and the top designs will receive a 500-sticker print run for distribution at local branches. Winners will receive 20 copies of their own stickers to share with friends. Submissions will be accepted June 6 through July 6. Enter your sticker design »

Oceans of Possibilities Youth Poetry Contest: 
Calling all youth writers: submit your original short story in verse based on the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.” Winning writers will receive a prize and their work will appear on the Library’s website for all to enjoy. Open to writers entering 3rd through 12th grade this fall. One submission per writer, please. Submissions will be accepted June 6 through July 6. Enter your short story in verse »

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See all the other Summer Reading events »

Get started with some Summer Reading book recommendations »

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Summer Reading 2022: Oceans of Possibilities

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Juneteenth

"Juneteenth at JCAHC" graphic above was designed by Kansas City artist Emily Alvarez.

Celebrate Juneteenth

Join the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center for their Juneteenth celebration!

Juneteenth »
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212
Cost: free

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is launching its first-ever Juneteenth commemoration and celebration on Saturday, June 11. This family-friendly event, built with community partners, provides an opportunity to honor the history and celebrate Juneteenth with art, music, food, and more! 

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This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us at:

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Oceans of Possibilities Youth Poetry Contest June 6 – July 6, All Day

Calling all youth writers: submit your original short story in verse based on the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.” Winning writers will receive a prize and their work will appear on the Library’s website for all to enjoy. Open to writers entering 3rd through 12th grade this fall. One submission per writer, please. 

Oceans of Possibilities Youth Sticker Contest June 6- July 7, All Day

Submit your entries for our Youth Sticker Design Contest, open to youth 12 and under. This summer we are looking for sticker illustrations with an “Oceans of Possibilities” theme. Winners will be selected by Library staff in multiple age categories, and the top designs will receive a 500-sticker print run for distribution at local branches. Winners will receive 20 copies of their own stickers to share with friends. 

Citizen Civics Tuesday, June 7, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Pass the U.S. naturalization interview and citizenship exam with help from the Library. Our free online classes provide two levels of coursework focused on the English language, American history, and civics knowledge. Assistance with the citizenship application (N400) is also available. Participants review citizenship study materials, practice listening and responding to citizenship interview questions, access online practice tests and receive guidance throughout the application process. Register for first class date only.

Personal Branding and Networking Tuesday, June 7, 11 a.m. – noon

How do you present yourself? Join an ICG Professional Certified Coach as she talks about personal development, networking strategies, and ways to best highlight the qualities that make you an excellent employee and coworker.

Juneteenth Walk and ReadJune 11, All Day

Johnson County Library will be posting a Walk and Read in honor of Juneteenth at the Johnson County Museum. The stories posted for this special event will be “Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free” by Alice Faye Duncan and “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman.

And much more happening this week »

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We Love Patron Feedback!

We love to learn about our patrons! The questions in the survey below are designed to get you thinking about why you love Johnson County Library. Fill out as much as you like, and we may feature your profile in an upcoming newsletter, blog post or on our social media! By completing this survey, you agree to have your responses shared online »

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We Have Moved to Libby!

In late May, our eBook and eAudiobook collection moved to the Libby app

  • Existing checkouts will still be available through their due date, only via the Axis 360 app. If you log out of Axis 360, you will no longer be able to able to log back in.
  • When you log in to Libby, you will see all of our eBooks and eAudiobooks. Holds you had in Axis 360 will transfer to Libby.
  • If you don't see a title you're looking for, suggest it for purchase or browse our catalog or Interlibrary Loan for a different format.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about our move to Libby, and stay up to date at jocolibrary.org and @jocolibrary on social media.

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    Auto Repair and Maintenance Tools

    Find step-by-step instructions, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides and more in these automotive repair resources:

    Chilton Library covers most common cars, trucks, vans and SUVs of the past 30 years. In addition to repair instructions and diagrams, it also includes a video library and short preparation quizzes for the Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Certification Tests.

    Auto Repair Source provides information direct from vehicle manufacturers on repair and maintenance for thousands of models. It also includes parts pricing and labor time estimates.

    Grab your Library card and PIN and input your year, make and model to get started on repairing and maintaining your own vehicle.

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    This Week at the Library

    This week at the Library, you can join us at:

    Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

    Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

    How to Make LinkedIn Work for You Wednesday, June 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Does yours need an update? Learn how to set up a profile and get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of LinkedIn. Stay connected to career opportunities and attract employers with a stellar profile.

    Managing Conflict in the WorkplaceThursday, June 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    It's inevitable that we will run into conflict in the workplace - how can you best handle it? This workshop is offered by the Women’s Employment Network – an organization that provides support for realizing your career, financial and personal goals.

    Dive into Summer Reading Storytime  Saturday, June 4, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

    Gather the family for a special storytime to start off Summer Reading. Hearing stories is a great way to spend time with your kids and help them foster a love of reading. Stories, songs, fingerplays and movement activities foster pre-reading skills. This storytime will be held using the meeting software Zoom.

    Walk and Read at Sar-Ko-Par Park – May 28 – June 5, All day 

    Johnson County Library and Lenexa Parks and Recreation invite you to visit the Walk and Read at Sar-Ko-Par Park. Two stories, “Hello Ocean” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and “Just Be Jelly” by Maddie Frost, will be posted.

    And much more happening this week »