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Happy Thanksgiving!

Though it has been an eventful and unusual year, we have much to be thankful for at Johnson County Library: the support of our patrons, the resilience and creativity of our staff, and the dedication of our volunteers. It is always a privilege to serve the residents of Johnson County and the wider Kansas City community, but especially so during this challenging time. This holiday may look a bit different for many of us than previous years, but we wish you a day of joy, love and peace (and hopefully a few minutes to relax with a good book)!


Last Podcast Episode of 2020

Did you hear? host Dave presented on podcasting--specifically for Libraries and nonprofits--at the Kansas Library Association's annual conference. We share his presentation as a podcast episode. Enjoy.

Here's the description we provided for the program:
We believe subscribable communication is an effective and fun way to reach library audiences—even those you’d never think are podcast addicts. We want to share the lessons we’ve learned over the course of two years and counting while producing the Johnson County Library’s “Did you hear?” podcast. It’s been a twisting and turning journey. We’re ready to help you develop your own pod-voice! Find about strategies taken to engage listeners (and listeners-to-be), how to include library staff in unexpected ways, and why we don’t devote every episode to an upcoming library event. Don’t let the maze of equipment and platforms or time that might be involved intimidate you—we cover all that technical stuff too!

This is our last episode of 2020. Look for our return in 2021 with some fun changes!




Storytime on Demand

While our librarians take a break from live storytime this week, enjoy songs, rhymes, and finger plays from our Facebook Storytime On-Demand playlist »


Nothing can keep us from a good book

This year has been filled with challenges, but Johnson County Library continues to rise to meet them. Online resources have expanded to meet patrons’ interests, and the buildings are open with safe access to books, materials, and computers.

Your year-end gift to the JCL Foundation will have a profound impact on our community. Every dollar donated to the Foundation benefits all Johnson Countians through lifelong learning resources. The Foundation funds Library resources and educational programs that encourage curiosity, spark imagination and bring dreams to life. 

Join JCL's Brian Berrens, for a behind the scenes look at a few of the programs and resources the Foundation and your charitable contribution supports:

Black & Veatch MakerSpace  

Collection Development



Incarcerated Services Support

Summer Reading

6 by 6: Ready to Read

Race Project KC

The Johnson County Library Foundation’s mission is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure support for lifelong learning programs offered at Johnson County Library. Please consider making a year-end donation


Navigating COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all differently. And it’s especially difficult for those who have limited digital access or skills. To help you navigate the pandemic, we’ve created a list of resources that cover a variety of topics.

Johnson County Library is the primary organization implementing the Digital Navigators project of the Community Reinvestment Phase II of Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Funding. The goal of this project is to provide support and assistance for Johnson County residents who lack digital access and skills who have been impacted by COVID-19. Johnson County Library staff are connectors to education, career, technology, human services and other resources through our information and public service channels.

If you are looking for resources to help you during the pandemic, check out the list below.

Ask a Librarian

Device/Internet Access

Social Services





  • Device tutorials

  • JCL homework help
    • Kids - Databases aimed at elementary students, including Brainfuse with online tutoring 2-11pm daily.
    • Teens  - Databases aimed at middle/high students, including Brainfuse.

Digital Literacy

Recursos españoles

  • Mission Adelante - Recursos para comida, ropa, inmigracion, refugio
  • Línea de Información para el Público de los EEUU – (800) 232-4636
  • Optum Línea de Apoyo – (866) 342-6892

Slam Poetry Workshop with Rudy Francisco

This workshop will be an exploration of various tools and techniques that will challenge writers to find unique ways to share their stories. This workshop will be lead by National Poetry Slam Champion/ Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and published author, Rudy Francisco.

Saturday, November 21, 1 - 3 pm on Zoom. This event is filling up! Register now »


TBT: Movember

As you very well know, November is Movember and that means don't shave that mustache! Movember takes on three serious issues facing men’s health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. To find good photos of impressive mustaches, look no further than!

Remember, 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.


Career questions? Finance frustrations?

Do you have questions about Career Planning and Jobs? Any concerns about Personal Finance? Did you know we offer online programs that feature experts and are designed to answer your questions and ease your concerns? If you can't attend when one of our great online events is scheduled, no worries! We have video archives for these online programs.

Look for an Access Online Programs Archive link when you visit our Career Planning and Jobs section.

And, when you visit our Personal Finance section, look for an Access Online Programs Archive link there as well.

All the cool cats and hot dogs know these online videos are the place to go!


Holiday Gift Guide

Start planning your gift list, find great deals, and get time-saving holiday tips with the Consumer Reports Holiday Gift Guide. They show you the top products from their testing, including air fryers, coffee makers, cookware, TVs, and vacuums. They also share expert advice on choosing the right gifts at the right price. Get the latest on the holidays from CR. All you need is your Library Card and PIN.