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TBT: Poetry

As you just might know

April is poetry month

Check out this photo.

OK, that might have been the worst Haiku ever. 

When searching for "poetry" at, we found this portrait photo of Edwin A. Legler, son of Martha Jane and Fred Legler, grandson of Adam Legler, builder of the Legler Barn. Edwin was Lenexa Postmaster, a politician, a writer, a general store keeper, musician, and often referred to as the "Country Philosopher." The tie-in to poetry month? He wrote "The Diary of a Country Lad", travel articles and poetry.

You never know what you will find when you search! It's 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.


Live Family Trivia

Grab the kids and join us for Live Family Trivia! Test your trivia mettle against other families and vie for top honors and bragging rights in themed games sure to keep the whole family engaged!

Players will need a device to display Zoom as well as a separate device (computer, mobile device) for launching the Kahoot webpage for game play.

This program will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact registrants via the email you registered with the day of the program with instructions on how to access the Zoom meeting. You do not need to download any software or create an account.


Community Developmental Disabilities Organization Resource Fair

The JoCo Community Developmental Disabilities Organization Resource Fair is returning April 5-8, 2021 with virtual sessions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, providers, and jobseekers! Learn about accessing IDD services, employing people with disabilities, IDD service eligibility, the waitlist, how to become an affiliate provider, employment opportunities for direct care staff, and more!

Hosted in conjunction with the Johnson County Library, this four-day event aims to connect individuals with IDD, service providers and local businesses with critical resources. This annual fair is an opportunity to learn more about the IDD system in Kansas that may be hard to navigate.

As always, the sessions are free and open to the public.

If you have any questions about the resource fair, please contact Sheri Kendall or call 913-826-2507.

Visit us online to see a schedule of events »


Poetry Walk


Take a walk in the park while reading poems written by local poets and enjoy artwork featured in the Library’s teen literary magazine, elementia. Our Poetry Walk will be at Franklin Park through April 11.


This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for:

Ask-a-Maker Session  - Monday, April 5, 10 – 11 AM

If you're a Maker working on a current project, register for one-on-one help with a MakerSpace Facilitator, hosted live via Zoom. Whether you need help using hand tools, software or specific equipment, our Makers can answer your questions.

Book Party  - Wednesday, April 7,  2 – 2:30 PM

Get some fresh reading and listening recommendations from one of our Librarians! Join us for a Book Party where a librarian will "booktalk" a short list of titles centering around a certain genre or theme.

Poetry Walk  -  April 1 - 11 , All Day

Take a walk through Franklin Park in Prairie Village, while reading poems written by local poets and enjoy artwork featured in the Library’s teen literary magazine, elementia.

Intro to 3D Modeling – TinkerCAD -  Friday, April 9,  Noon - 1 PM

TinkerCAD is a free web-based 3D modeling program that is geared towards beginners of all ages. Register for this online workshop and we will send you tutorials with instructions on getting started with TinkerCAD. After you’ve had time to do some basic 3D modeling with TinkerCAD, we will meet online to share what we’ve made and allow plenty of time for any questions you may have about the software or your project specifically.

Legislative Coffee – Saturday, April 10 , 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representative Stephanie Clayton, District 19, Representative Jerry Stogsdill, District 21, and Representative Jennifer Day, District 48 will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q and A. You bring the questions! This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters. 

And much more …


Library Hours and Services Returning Soon

Johnson County Library is excited to announce we will be adding more open hours and resuming several popular services in the coming weeks.*

  • Monday, April 19

    • The Edgerton and De Soto branches return to their regular hours of operation.
  • Friday, April 23
    • Branches will resume their regular Friday hours
  • Monday, May 3
    • Regular hours resume at all locations except Cedar Roe
    • Meeting, conference and study rooms open (bookable after April 28)
    • Newspapers and magazines return
    • Laptop lending at Lenexa Library available
    • Soft seating, chairs and tables available

Services that will return at a later date:

  • In-person programs and events
  • In-person genealogy help
  • In-person equipment usage at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace
  • Children’s toys

Check our Reopening FAQ for more information about available services and to see a list of each branch’s regular hours of operation.

*Please note: Cedar Roe branch will be closed for renovations April 19 through June 20 and Central Resource Library has limited services during the Central Building Upgrade. Check the Cedar Roe and Central location pages for details.



TBT: Baseball is Back!

What a beautiful day for a ballgame! Hey, let's play 2!

It's April 1st, and—no foolin'—it's opening day for baseball. For more than one hundred years America has played what has been affectionately called "Our National Pastime." That makes us want to head to to look at old-timey baseball pictures like this one: the 1931 Hickory Grove School girls' baseball team. So many more are waiting for you to discover.

Remember, is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter! Have a Happy Throwback Thursday! 


New Podcast: Parents as Teachers

What do we mean by "Parents as Teachers"?

Well, parents as teachers can mean being involved in your child's K-12 education--COVID distance learning or not. But, COVID has maybe forced many of us to be a bit more involved. Whether it's homeschooling or home learning that complements traditional school, Library resources available to help. Parents as Teachers describes the role, relationship and resource of you as a critical educator.

We pursue stories loosely-related to this broad theme and have some fun as well. Be sure to stick around until the end for another edition of In Search of Paul Rudd.


Virtual Book Display: In Memory of Six Million

In 1933, there were Jews in every European country. Approximately nine million Jews lived in the countries that would be occupied by Germany during World War II. By the end of the war, two out of every three of these Jews were dead. Join us in remembering. 

We present this virtual book display and have prepared a reading list In Memory of Six Million.