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Friday Featured Artist: Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow is an amazingly multifaceted artist whose creative drive seemingly has no end. Describing him as an "emcee, trombonist and producer" only scratches the surface. He not only has performed in support for artists such as Janelle Monae, Dave East, The Revivalists and Tech N9ne, he is an avid reader and member of the NPC (Nerdy People of Color) Collective, a "community for underrepresented nerd enthusiasts." Enjoy our interview with Kadesh Flow about these subjects, how gaming and anime have influenced his music, and much more.


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TBT: Ice Cream

As you very well know, it’s National Ice Cream Month!

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. But time and time again, the screaming is ineffective. Most times, you simply must go to the store to buy some. 

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.


Summer Reading Recommendations for Little Ones

Did you miss our exciting Summer Reading-themed show last week? Our Librarians called in with several recommendations for your little ones. We also asked you on facebook to submit your favorite childhood titles. We mention a number of your suggestions! From those, we created a really great booklist. Before we launch into all that, Melissa Horak-Hern and Dave Carson share memories of their top-five childhood books!


Meet the Author: Miranda Asebedo

Teens are invited to join the YA Literary Council every weekend to share favorite books, review titles for the Library website and participate in fun activities. This Sunday, July 19, join us online to meet Miranda Asebedo, local author of The Deepest Roots and A Constellation of Roses, as she talks about her writing process and answers your questions!

This event will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. Be sure to Register online for this program. 


Friends Bookstores Reopening

The Friends of Johnson County Library Bookstores are re-opening to help meet your gently-used books and A/V needs! The bookstores at Antioch, Blue Valley and Central Resource Libraries are now open for appointment-only shopping.

Store hours at all three locations are Mondays from 9am-4:30pm and Thursdays from Noon-7:30pm. Bookstore pricing has been standardized to make it easier to shop and to perform contact-less sales. Some items like display books, and sets, are specially priced.

The Friends are extending their member discount all Summer. Members get 20% off prices as marked, until Labor Day!

The Friends look forward to welcoming you back to the Bookstores. To shop at Antioch or Central Resource Library Bookstores, contact Becky Epperson. To shop at Blue Valley Library Bookstore, contact Karin Dembinski.

Some appointment-only shopping details:

  • 24 hours advance appointment
  • 30 minutes for browsing
  • 4 customers limit for low-contact book shopping
  • Face coverings are required in public places in Johnson County, Kansas. Wear yours to the Bookstore!
  • No membership necessary! 

The Stores have been deep-cleaned, along with the Libraries. The generous-hearted Bookstore volunteers are being trained on new physical distancing and daily store hygiene measures. Plexiglas partitions have been placed at cash register stations in each bookstore, and six foot “distancing” floor markings have been deployed. Face coverings are required in public places in Johnson County, Kansas. Wear yours to the Bookstore!

The Friends do not currently accept book donations at the branches. If you have donations, give a call to the Friends Operations Manager, Shanta Dickerson, to arrange drop off at our headquarters. 913 492 4791


Virtual Book Display: Fantasy!

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 Featured Artist: Modern Day Fitzgerald

Modern Day Fitzgerald are an amazingly talented and hard-working band who describe themselves as "gentlemen who perform music with proper etiquette." If by proper etiquette they mean energetic live performances, an inspiring work ethic, great videos and a sound that encompasses everything from The Beach Boys to The White Stripes, they are spot-on. Led by guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Mica-Elgin Vi, the band are currently plotting various music, video and advocacy projects. We catch up with Mica-Elgin about these and other topics in this exclusive interview. 


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TBT: Johnson County’s Hospitals and Healthcare Systems


Johnson County’s Hospitals and Healthcare Systems have a fascinating history!

Johnson County is fortunate today to be home to many outstanding hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and other medical facilities. But this was not always the case. In thinking about how much health has been in the news with the COVID-19 pandemic, this three-part blog series will explore the history of healthcare in Johnson County. It's the latest jocohistory blog entry!  



Our Mask Requirement

Face masks or cloth face coverings are now required to be worn inside all Johnson County Library branches, in accordance with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's statewide order and the Board of County Commissioners’ Thursday, July 2 vote to uphold the order. The mask requirement applies to all patrons, volunteers and Library staff unless otherwise exempted.

Johnson County Library has ordered a stock of single-use masks that will be available to our patrons as supplies allow. We anticipate these will be available in branches later this week. We also ask that all visitors to our buildings continue to follow recommended preventative measures, such as physical distancing of at least six feet, frequent hand-washing or sanitizing, and staying home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Governor Kelly’s order can be read online as a PDF. Some frequently asked questions are below, and can also be found in our Reopening FAQ.

  • What counts as a mask or face covering?
    According to the executive order, “a ‘mask or other face covering’ means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A mask or other face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fibers, including cotton, silk, or linen… A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.”
  • Will the Library be providing masks to patrons, staff and volunteers?
    We will have disposable masks available in our branches for patron use. Cloth masks have been provided to all staff and volunteers.
  • How are we letting visitors know about the mask requirement in our buildings?
    In addition to email and notifications on our website and social media channels, we will have signs at our entry points and throughout our buildings stating that masks are required per the governor’s executive order. 
  • Who is exempt from wearing a mask?
    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.

When possible, we encourage all patrons to utilize one of our three drive-thru locations at the Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center or Monticello branches for contactless holds pickup.

Thank you for your patience as we work through what this new directive means for Johnson County Library!