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This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library, you can learn more about Medicare, get help on your genealogy journey, learn to keep your bike in tip-top shape, and -- attend an online Slam Poetry Workshop with Rudy Francisco!

Young Adult Literary Council
Sunday, November 15  |  2:00 – 3:00 pm

Making the Move to Medicare
Monday, November 16  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm

One-on-One Genealogy Help
Tuesday, November 17  |  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Book Party
Wednesday, November 18  |  2:00 – 2:30 pm
Thursday, November 19  |  6:00 – 6:30 pm

Maintain Your Ride
Thursday, November 19  |  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Makerspace for Beginners
Friday, November 20  |  2:00 – 3:00 pm

Slam Poetry Workshop with Rudy Francisco
Saturday, November 21  |  1:00 – 3:00 pm

See all of our events »



Johnson County, KS Trains: 1900 - 1948

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Discover the story behind these images and details at It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.


Today We Honor Our Veterans

On this Veteran's Day, we celebrate all those who have served in the U.S. military. provides a great way for you to explore the history of Johnson County veterans. If you you have never visited, you'll find it is the place to time travel through local history. Enter a search term such as "soldier" to find articles and images. Then, explore! Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Also, join Johnson County Government with special facebook and online events today beginning at 11 AM.

Johnson County Government invites all veterans and their families to participate in the
34th annual Veterans Day celebration. While this event honors all veterans, with this
year marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we will include special
recognition for veterans of that war.

Because of COVID-19, this year's event will be available online and on
Facebook. The ceremony will include a mixture of live and previously
recorded presentations:

  • Speeches honoring veterans
  • Patriotic music and songs
  • Presentation of the colors
  • Placement of memorial wreaths by local veterans organizations
  • Playing of "Taps" and a rifle salute
  • For more information about this year's event, visit




Writers Conference

Local writers rejoice! Registration is live for our 6th annual Writers Conference. The conference will kick off on Thursday (Nov. 12) night with a discussion of the power of language featuring faculty members Rudy Francisco, Randall Horton, and Megan Kaminski. Friday and Saturday will feature lectures and workshops on everything from starting a memoir to writing query letters. Writers at all stages can find new inspiration, work through roadblocks, and connect with other members of the community. 

On Sunday, November 15, our Writers Conference has a day of programming designed just for the young writer in your life. Explore the Idea Storm, learn how to create interesting characters, or explore the perspectives of animals! Participants will have time to write and share. For all interested students, with a focus on grades 4-8.


Storytime with Eric Litwin

Join us November 10th at 2 pm on Facebook Live for a Special Storytime Feature with Eric Litwin, author of the original Pete the Cat, The Nuts and Groovy Joe!

Head over to our Facebook page at 2 pm on Nov. 10 - and don't forget to Like and Follow our page to get notified when we go live!


This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library, celebrate Kansas Reads to Preschoolers with special guest, Eric Litwin; learn how to use to establish and maintain your budget – and be sure to register for our virtual 2020 Writers Conference!

Storytime Special Feature with Eric Litwin
Tuesday, November 10  |  2:00 – 3:00 pm

21st Century Budgeting with
Thursday, November 12  |  6:30 – 7:30 pm

2020 Writers Conference
Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 15

Making the Move to Medicare
Monday, November 16  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm

See all of our events »


Kanopy: The Great Courses

“I didn’t know the Library offered that” is a phrase we hear from patrons on a regular basis—even those who have been using the Library for years. If you’re interested in it, chances are Johnson County Library has something for you.

A perfect example of this is The Great Courses series on Kanopy. This series features expert professors and industry-leading professionals teaching college-level courses on a wide range of subjects. Study a topic in-depth with unlimited streaming of over 6,500 videos covering 70 subjects, all at your own pace. The best part is there are no exams, assignments, or prerequisites!

Here are some of the subjects covered:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Computer Science & Technology
  • ESL & Languages
  • History
  • K-12 Lessons
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Literature & Language
  • Media & Communications
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Sports & Fitness

You can stream The Great Courses on any of your favorite devices. It is accessible via mobile and tablet apps for Apple and Android. You can also watch on your computer and video streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.

The Great Courses on Kanopy is perfect for lifelong learners. If you don’t have an account with Kanopy, setting up one is easy. Your Kanopy account also gives you access to an ever-changing selection of award-winning documentaries, indie films and world cinema. Simply visit The Great Courses page at to start streaming today.




Education Spotlight: Nat Geo for Kids!

National Geographic Kids

Access now »

Great for kids interested in science, space, animals, history, geography and fun! You will find:

  • full articles from the National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (except the most recent three months)
  • 500 National Geographic Kids books
  • over 800 downloadable images
  • more than 200 videos

Best for kids ages 6 - 14.


Podcast Encore

Did you miss the last Did you hear? No worries, here is an encore presentation on Cash Bail. What is it and why are we talking about it? The Library has always been engaged in the community and we're committed to serving all of our patrons. If you weren't aware of the numerous community outreach services we offer, have a look! In this episode, Librarians Kate and Flannery represent our Incarcerated Services in this interview with Lauren Worley of KC Bail Fund