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Meet the Author: Kwame Alexander

Join us June 5th for a day of fun including a keynote talk from children’s book author Kwame Alexander, live family trivia including a special musical guest, talks on butterflies and gardening, and to end the day, National Geographic photographer, Frans Lanting will tell the stories behind his most iconic nature photographs!

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Just in case you didn't get a chance to listen to this month's podcast episode, we present an encore! Why? Because this episode on poetry is just that good and we care so very much about you. 

  • Hear poets featured in elementia
  • A look back at our Poetry Walk and how it lives on digitally
  • Exciting past poetry writing programs and a visit from an impressive author
  • Our friends from the MakeSpace explore physical art as poetry
  • What happened to KCUR's New Letters on the Air?
  • Our haikus!
  • Your haikus!
  • And the latest installment of In Search of Paul Rudd

All this and more! It's the Poetry episode and it's not to be missed. When is this delightful episode available? Right now! 


TBT: Tired of the Rain? It could be worse!

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Are you feeling a little irritated after the downpours and deluges this week? Well, it could be worse! Using the search term "Flood" on, we found a number of devastating scenes! Just another fun way and interesting way 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.



Imagine Your New Library

Johnson County Library is excited to have begun the design process for the new Library in Merriam. And it’s time to hear from you!

Tonight, Wednesday, May 19, our first public input session will be held virtually. In this session, you’ll have a chance to meet the architects, become familiar with their community involvement approach, learn about the project, and ideate about your future library.

The current Antioch Library has been a fixture in the Merriam community for over 60 years; staff and patrons alike have many fond memories of the building – some having visited Antioch their entire lives.

The new building will be located just a few blocks away on the campus of the Merriam Community Center. This summer, the design for the replacement Library is being developed with an eye toward the future, ensuring the ability to meet the changing needs of the community.  Construction is anticipated to occur after the design is finalized with completion in 2023.

For more information about the new Library in Merriam, visit the Antioch Library Replacement Project page. Additional public input sessions will be announced on this page and @jocolibrary on social media.


Meet the Author: Traci Brimhall

We are so excited to welcome award-winning poet, essayist, and children's book author Traci Brimhall to Johnson County Library for three virtual events next week! Join us for one or all of the following:

  • May 11th at 6:30 pm: Poetry Reading: Eros and Thanatos: A Conversation on Love and Elegy in Poems
  • May 12th at 6:30 pm: They Come Back: Memory in the Love Poem and Elegy
  • May 15th at 9 am: Workshop: They Come Back: Memory in the Love Poem and Elegy

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TBT: Earth Day

We have so many materials for every age on the subject of Earth Day. Since we live here on this planet, we should probably read an owner's manual

Our Throwback Thursday tie-in? The Earth is old—really old—older than the trees! Earth Day got us curious to see just what nature photos we could find at What will you find?

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.


elementia issue xviii Reception and call for submissions

elementia issue xviii Reception

Friday, April 23, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Online event

Celebrate the 18th issue of elementia, the teen literary magazine published by Johnson County Library. Explore concepts of our theme "Bodies" with readings from published teens, artwork, music and a keynote performance from poet Franny Choi.

And, we are calling on teen creators for the next elementia. We accept original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. 

Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, comics, or artwork through February 1, 2022.


Franny Choi Poetry Workshop

elementia's issue xviii featured author Franny Choi will lead a workshop on poetry writing for teens and adults. A poet, playwright, essayist, slam champion, and podcaster, Choi writes through her existence as a Korean-American queer woman living in a society that capitalizes off beauty, bodies, race, and sexuality, thus was the perfect honoree for this year's elementia theme: Bodies.


Update: Central Resource Library

As you're probably aware, we are making areas of Central Resource Library even better in 2021! Here's a little peek at what's been going on behind the scenes.

During March, crews completed the interior demolition of the Kids area. In addition, the slab flooring was cut to install footings for new door and window openings and to install underground utilities. Crew members also installed temporary walls where the new addition will connect to the current building.

We know you may have many questions about what to expect this year, so we’ve put together a Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central, and where to find alternate services. You’ll also find a Fly-Through video rendering of the project.

In addition to its public service staff, Central is home to many departments that support all 14 branches. Once the work at Central is complete, you will feel the positive impact across the Library system!

Photos provided by Construction Manager, Titan Built, LLC.