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Right Under Your Feet

Our newest location, Monticello Library, is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time, so we’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs. 

For those of you who have visited our newest branch, you’ll notice there are few permanent interior walls. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and allow quick reconfiguration of service areas within the library.

Enjoy this time-lapse video of the raised floor installation earlier this year. And if you feel taller when you go to Monticello Library, just think: you are!


Did you hear? Ep. 11: MACKENZIE REED

Enjoy the classical piano compositions of MacKenzie Reed. They're dazzling, adventurous, narrative-driven, melodic and 100% enjoyable! 


This Week at the Library

This week at Johnson County Library, kids can get practice reading out loud with Read to a Dog, you can enjoy Poetry and Prose with local writers, and teens and adults can join a book group! See you there!


Turn O’ The Century Kansas City Amusement

Nowadays, if you want entertainment, you don’t even have to leave your couch — seasons of “Friends” are just a Netflix log-in away. The more adventurous types can head to First Fridays or take a ride on the Mamba roller coaster at Worlds of Fun.

But what about a hundred years ago? What did people do for fun? Read about it here » 



Time Travel to 1953: The Library’s History Runs Deep in Shawnee

If you want to know how the Shawnee library got its start, you’ll have to travel back 65 years to a charming little school house. It was there, on June 3, 1953, that the Shawnee Volunteer Library opened in the Dunbar School at 57th Street and Reeder Road. Although the library only stayed in that location for a few years, there is something about its start in a sweet little school house that adds a layer of historical richness to the Shawnee branch. Read more at JoCoHistory »


Books to Go!

We've got Books to Go kits on a lot of topics, so when you're in a hurry to grab some fun reading and activities for your little ones, we've got your back! Books to Go kits include audiobooks, books, activity suggestions and more all in one. Whether your little one's current obsessions is weather, opposites, or bugs, we've got those fun topics and many more!  


Did you hear that Libraries rock?

We partnered with the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center and all summer we've brought you some pretty impressive free concerts! In case you missed Local Music Live: Rewound this past Friday, fear not! We will post the full concert a month from now. In the meantime, here is the full concert from last month: Local Music Live: Duncan Burnett! Enjoy!


This Week at The Library

This week at the Library, you can get some tips about using heirloom tomatoes, join us for writing contest readings, read to a dog, and enjoy a movie in the park!

An Edible Discussion Monday, August 13, 6:30 pm @ Corinth Library

Writing Contest Readings Wednesday, August 15, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Read to a Dog Thursday, August 16, 5:30 pm @ Oak Park Library

Movie in the Park: Cabaret Friday, August 17, 8 pm @ Santa Fe Commons Park

There's much more happening this week at the Library, so check our full schedule »


Did you hear about Movie in the Park?

Library event coordinator Joseph Keehn talks about Movie in the Park. He gets quizzed on his knowledge about Mary Poppins, Cabaret and just how many movies star Kevin Bacon!  

Be sure to get all of the Movie in the Park dates into your calendar!

"Did you hear?" is where you'll find all things audio that we produce here at the Library. That might be Librarians talking about upcoming events, guest speakers, interviews with your favorite authors, or live local music recorded at one of our branches.


National Book Lovers Day

Fall in love with your favorite book all over again! Or, discover a new book that you just won’t be able to put down. Johnson County Library has the collection and the experts to help you find whatever you’re looking for. 

There's something for everyone. Make National Book Lovers Day a holiday!