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TBT: March is Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month. From the American Red Cross:

Throughout the month of March, we honor people like you who make the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross possible — the individuals across the country who turn compassion into action, helping others in times of crisis. Our Red Cross Month celebration has been an annual tradition since 1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.

We found such great Red Cross photos at, we just had to share them. Remember, JoCoHistory is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.


New Podcast Episode

The Did you hear? podcast makes its triumphant 2021 return. It's been a while since you last heard from your Library insider, but we're back! This year, we have some changes. We are now a monthly podcast. New episodes are released on the first day of each month. Also, we now have a small group of hosts who bring behind-the-scenes stories to life for our thematic episodes. This month's theme? "Things You Can Still Do at the Library." We bring you stories about Udemy, the MakerSpace, Career Development's relationship with a retiree helping you make sense of and budgeting, and bringing famous authors to storytimes. All this and Dave has a brain glitch causing him to forget the name for the prestigious annual award for children's book illustrators (Before you scream at your phone or computer, it's the Caldecott Medal.) Enjoy!    


Silent Book Recommendations: The Cook by Maylis de Kerangal

Our Librarian Matt is inspired by his current read and cooks up a tasty treat.


Connect with Your Community

Learn how your tax dollars are put to work to make our community a better place to live. Meet hard-working members of the Johnson County Government and find out how they help every day. Our guests for March 2 are from the K-State Research and Extension Office.

Connect with Your Community March 2, 6:30 pm 


This Week at the Library

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

Ask-a-Maker SessionMonday, March 1, 10 – 11 AM
If you're a Maker working on a current project, register for one-on-one help with a MakerSpace Facilitator, hosted live via Zoom. Whether you need help using hand tools, software or specific equipment, our Makers can answer your questions.

Connect with your Community – Tuesday, March 2 , 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Learn how the Johnson County Extension office has access to the latest research-based information from universities across the county. Extension agents are Kansas State University faculty members living in the community and offering classes and information on a wide variety of subjects ranging from nutrition, to money management, to horticulture. They’ll help you apply information to your own specific issues here in Johnson County.

Book Party – Wednesday, March 3, 2 – 2:30 PM
Get some fresh reading and listening recommendations from one of our Librarians! Join us for a Book Party where a librarian will "booktalk" a short list of titles centering around a certain genre or theme.

Young Adult Literacy Council – Sunday, March 7, 2-3 PM
Teens are invited to join the YA Literary Council to share favorite books, review titles for the Library website and participate in fun activities. You can meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.

And much more


The Greeting Committee

Our Local Music blog featured The Greeting Committee a few years ago. Recently, their music can be heard in Netflix's new film To All the Boys: Always and Forever. Enjoy our interview with them!


TBT: Black History Month Concludes

Family comes into focus with the 2021 theme for Black History Month, The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. While family gatherings may look a little different this year, the joys of sharing memories, photos and stories strengthen connections.  

Johnson County Library has so many resources it might be hard to choose which to read, listen to, or participate in, so it’s good we get to celebrate all month long.  Black History Month begins February 1 and ends March 1.  

This photo of the McCallop Family can be found at


Primary Sources 

Local History 



  • Celebrate 100 Years of the Negro Leagues - 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues – learn about its development, players, and legacy. 

  • Read More Black Authors: Kids and Teens – Celebrate Black voices with this collection of both fiction and non-fiction titles for younger readers.  

  • Upbeat Black History Month – A collection of uplifting African-American stories from throughout our country's history, with an emphasis on the underknown.