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Encore! Incarcerated Poets Podcast

In case you missed it, our latest Did you hear? podcast episode is another “Author Research in Action” interview. Just a reminder--we take an award-winning author and let them dive into conversation with a subject matter expert! In this case, both authors did their research from inside. Inside what or where? For that answer, you just have to listen ...


Curbside pickup available at Leawood

The Library recently initiated Curbside Holds Pickup service at the Leawood Pioneer branch. While you are always welcome to pick up your materials inside the Leawood branch, you now have the option for contactless holds pickup from the comfort of your vehicle!

To use the service:

  1. Follow the yellow arrow signs in the South parking lot. In the southeast corner of the lot, you will see stalls with blue Curbside Pickup signs.
  2. To initiate the pickup, text the word HOLD to the number listed on the sign. Please follow the prompts -- you'll be asked to enter your first and last name, Library card number and the make, model and color of your vehicle. Please note you must be present at the Library to initiate pickup.
  3. When your hold has been located and checked out to you, you'll receive a message asking you to drive around to the orange cone at the Library's front entrance.
  4. Pop your trunk or roll down a passenger side window so a Library staff member can place your hold in your car.

With the success of the Curbside pickup service at our Leawood location, we are expanding this option to our Gardner branch  beginning August 24, and Cedar Roe beginning August 31. 

Hours for Curbside Holds Pickup will follow branch hours of operation, but the service will end 15 minutes prior to the close of the building at all three locations.

While visitors are always welcome to go into the branches to pick up their holds, browse the shelves, or use public computers (one hour per day limit), the Library anticipates that Curbside Holds Pickup service will continue well into the future due to positive feedback from patrons, especially those with mobility issues and families with small children.



Featured Artist Friday: Black Mariah Theater

Named after the world's first film studio invented by Thomas Edison, The Black Mariah Theater is Sophia and Analiese Motta, twins who share a deep love of jazz, blues and all things Jack White. Their stripped down guitar-drums-vocals approach to their music places the focus squarely on their superb musicianship. We are extremely fortunate to share an interview with Sophia and Analiese, as well as their book, music and movie recommendations on Listen Local. 

Please introduce yourselves. Describe your music for new listeners.

The Black Mariah Theater is made up of twin sisters Sophia and



As you very well know, it’s Water Quality Month!

Do you ever think about the chemical, physical, biological, and radiological characteristics of our water? We can measure the condition of water to verify its quality. These cows seem to be interested in exactly that! (Or they’re just thirsty.)

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.


New Podcast Episode: Incarcerated

We’ve got another “Author Research in Action” episode for you! Just a reminder--we take an award-winning author, and let them dive-into conversation with a subject matter expert! In this case, both authors did their research from inside. Inside what or where? For that answer, you just have to listen ...


Join us for Library Lets Loose

Join Honorary Hosts Cindy Wallis-Lage and Kent Lage, on September 12 for the Johnson County Library Foundation's signature fundraising event, Library Lets Loose!

Library lovers everywhere can enjoy this festive, family-friendly online event. Guests will enjoy a brief, fun program then move on to choose from a variety of virtual rooms for unique experience like storytelling, trivia, and music performances — and more!

In celebration, we proudly present the first of an 8-part video series of our “celebrity guests” sharing a Library story special to them. We hope you enjoy their stories, and join us online September 12 for more great fun!

Today’s special guest is Nate Bukaty, 810 WHB, Sporting Kansas City announcer, reading The Sneetches by Dr. Suess.


Join us TODAY for our end of Summer Reading celebration!

Join us for a virtual day of celebrating the end of Summer Reading! First, congratulations are in order!

Johnson County Library’s Summer Reading 2020 theme is Imagine Your Story. Throughout the summer, artists of all ages have been encouraged to enter original artwork celebrating story, world, or character fandom! The winning artists, helping us honor the fictional worlds we love, are: Evie Hanne (Age 12), Bhagyashree Prabhutendolkar (Age 16), Angela Frazier (Age 17), and Abby Hamm (Age 10). Congratulations to these talented artists! You can see their awesome fandom artwork over on our Facebook page.

Summer Reading celebrates writers, too!  Throughout the summer young authors have attended writing workshops, submitting original fairy tales, folktales or myths to our fantasy-themed writing contest.  We are thrilled to announce our winners: How the Earth was Born by Julieta Vera (Grand prize winner), Elements by Iris Hoffart (7&8 Grade winner), The Legend of Fairy Land by Claire Bogle (3&4 grade winner), and Muses by Clementine Gogol (5&6 grade winner).

Events happening today, Aug. 8:

Summer Reading Newsletter

Sign up today and keep informed! 

Summer Programs and Presenters

Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress is here! This video will be available to you for unlimited, on-demand viewing from now through Monday, August 31.​

We have Imagine Your Story summer reading events for kids of all ages. See the online schedule »

Book Giveaway?

We have suspended the Summer Reading Book Giveaway that is traditionally distributed at our branches due to the current pandemic.  The Library is adapting to these extraordinary circumstances by providing access to e-books, hosting reading and learning-focused online programming to reach as many children in Johnson County as we can. ​

Summer Reading Log 

Have fun reading or listening to the books of your choice this summer. The total amount is up to you! Keep track with this Summer Reading Log! (PDF)  write down titles, or color in a star for each book you read, or log minutes spent
reading, etc. How you use it is up to you!​

Summer Reading Journal 

It's a fun online journal. It's ​JoCoKidsWrite! Add your thoughts today!

Summer Reading eBooks

Imagine your story with these great suggestions!

ebooks for Preschool

ebooks for Kindergarten

Grades 1-6
ebooks for 1st Grade​
ebooks for 2nd Grade
ebooks for 3rd Grade
ebooks for 4th Grade
ebooks for 5th Grade
ebooks for 6th Grade

Grades 7-12
ebooks for 7th 
ebooks for 8th
ebooks for 9th
ebooks for 10th - 12th



Featured Artist Friday: Vigil and Thieves

Vigil and Thieves is one of Kansas City's strongest emerging bands. With two EPs and a slew of singles under their belt, the band have been honing their "loud and pretty" indie rock since 2014. Their most recent single, "Heroin and Automobiles" is about what it means to carry on with life in the face of shocking loss. We are grateful to share an interview with the band about this song, their songwriting process and their efforts to record to their full-length album.


Your new single, “Heroin & Automobiles,” is dedicated to the memory of two friends of the band. Talk about how the losses


TBT: Happiness!

What is happiness?

Sometimes happiness is a nice hat, just the right stump to stand on for speech-making, and eating green onions. We wonder just what this little tyke had to say about those onions.

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.