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Genealogy Desk Reopens

Great news, genealogy fans. The Genealogy Desk at the Central Resource Library has reopened in a limited capacity for your research needs. 

Some of the changes you'll see include:

  • Volunteers are not available for one-on-one assistance; however one-on-one help is available via Zoom:

    Basic Genealogy Research is offered on most Tuesday mornings. It’s for help in getting started with your genealogy. Schedule a one-on-one online session.

    DNA & Genetic Genealogy help is offered on most Friday mornings. This one is great for people who are interested in taking a genetic DNA test or for people struggling to read the results of a DNA test. Schedule a one-on-one online session (new sessions opening up soon).

  • Patrons can use the computer or microfilm for up to 70 minutes in one day
  • Books and microfilm items will  be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the shelf
  • A sneeze guard has been installed in front of the desk
  • Face masks are required to enter the Library and must be worn at all times while in the Library
  • The Genealogy Desk hours are the same as Central Resource Library hours; except the desk will close at 5 p.m. each day

Please contact us with any questions.


Brainfuse now offers FAFSA assistance

Brainfuse HelpNow has launched two special services:

FAFSA Live Help – Just like online tutoring, students and parents can chat with a live tutor to assist at any stage of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Available Mon-Thurs, 1 – 10 p.m. CDT.

Summer Camp – Elementary through High School students can overcome the “summer slide” to keep key skills fresh in their minds with short lessons, activities, and games. Available 24/7.

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Another virtual book display! Yay!!!

As you know, the theme for Summer Reading 2020 is Imagine Your Story! With fairytales, mythology, and fantasy, we hope you're having a magical summer. Want suggestions about what to read next? Check out this virtual display!


Friday's Featured Artist: Jo MacKenzie

Jo MacKenzie is an immensely talented fifteen-year-old singer-songwriter whose musical accomplishments already belie her age. The past twelve months have shown the fruits of her serious "take time to write everyday" work ethic, with the release of seven ready-friendly pop songs that demonstrate MacKenzie is ready to take on the world with her music. In this interview, MacKenzie describes her approach to songwriting, what she's learned after such a productive and creative year, and how she balances school work with her art, among other topics. We are very fortunate to share an exclusive


Throwback Thursday! Johnson County Dogs: 1900 - 1980

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


Dungeons and Dragons Episode

We have a number of online events including gaming! What kind of gaming? Well, after watching the epic 80’s-set Sci-Fi series Stranger Things, have you become intrigued about the role-playing game: Dungeons and Dragons? In this episode, we talk a bit about online programs and invite three staffers to show Dave the ropes as they play a round of D&D!

The following music clips were used as the soundtrack to our epic adventure:

The Descent by Kevin MacLeod

Strength Of The Titans by Kevin MacLeod

Hidden Agenda by Kevin MacLeod


Sparkle the Unicorn Reminds You ...

Sparkle the Unicorn reminds you Summer Reading is coming to an end! 

We have an End of Summer Celebration!

Join us for a virtual day of celebrating Summer Reading! Throughout the day we will offer:

We can't wait to connect one last time this Summer to celebrate the work and creativity of our patrons, and Imagine Our Story together one last time!

Check out Sparkle's End of Summer Reading super-special videos!


Face Masks Now Required in Library

A reminder to patrons, Johnson County Library will start enforcing Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order requiring masks or face coverings in public.  Beginning Tuesday, July 21masks will now be required in all Johnson County Library buildings. Patrons wearing any kind of face covering, including a face shield, is acceptable. Disposable masks will be available if you do not have one.

Library policy requires that patrons comply with all regulations and laws, including the executive orders issued by the governor. Our Suspension, Denial, or Restriction of Library Use policy states, “The County Librarian or his/her designee is authorized to suspend, deny, or restrict an individual's library privileges for (1) violation of federal or state law, local codes, or library regulations.”

This means if you do not wear a mask in the Library, you will be asked to leave for the day. You are welcome back the following day if you wear a mask, or you can choose to use our drive-thrus or online services instead.

The governor’s order lists several exemptions to the mask order, including:

  • Persons age five years or under
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering
  • Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing

If you cannot wear a mask, we ask that you maintain six feet of distance between staff and other patrons. Thanks to everyone who is wearing a mask that is able to; it is our intent to help keep everyone safe.



Saturday is a Good Summer Reading Day

As you know, the theme for Summer Reading 2020 is Imagine Your Story! With fairytales, mythology, and fantasy, we hope you're having a magical summer. Want suggestions about what to read next? Check out another of our great virtual book  displays!