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City Center Live: The Wires

Join Johnson County Library and Lenexa Arts Council for City Center Live: The Wires. City Center Live is a performing art series partnership between the Johnson County Library and Lenexa Arts Council.

Saturday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Lenexa City Hall Community Forum
17101 West 87th St. Pkwy.
Lenexa, KS 66219

The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound, with music created, composed and performed by Laurel Morgan (violin) and Sascha Groschang (cello). Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, The Wires are not your typical strings group—they are inspired by a myriad of genres and eclectic sounds. The project encompasses a blend of wide-ranging styles, from tango and jazz to rock, and is infused with the precision of classical form.

Following their debut album in 2012, their second album “Wilder” (May 2019) is an imagined journey that includes depths of the oceanic world, the vast expanse of Celtic hills, the coldness of frozen tundra and a discovery of the cosmos. Their third album, “Winter” (December 2020) is a collection of reimagined holiday favorites with a cinematic, yet an intimate timbre. The album also includes an original song, “Campbell Street.”

The Wires are also the hosts and curators of “Sound Currents” on 91.9 Classical KC – a weekly radio program that explores and discovers a broad range of new music. Their online school, “Fiddle Life,” teaches adults traditional styles at beginner and intermediate levels. The duo performs at festivals, concert halls, and music venues across the country.

This performance will be indoors and admission is free.


TBT. There be turkey!

It's almost turkey time! Well, you will have to wait a few weeks. The countdown has begun. Until the big feast arrives, we suggest browsing through all of the great Thanksgiving photos at

We just had to share this 1966 photo from the Wasiner family Thanksgiving. One child keeps her eyes on the bird. Another child keeps her eye on the birdwatcher. The others? Eyes forward for this wonderful photograph. Everyone has their priorities.

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Discover Your Library: Events

We have arrived at part seven of our eight-part Discover your Library series. In this Did you hear? episode, we give you a behind the scenes look at our Events. Programs and Events Coordinator Joseph Keehn talks about what led him to Johnson County Library and how his job has changed over the years—including adapting to the challenge of programming during COVID. Several Librarians call in to share memories of their favorite Johnson County Library event. Author and panel presenter from our largest event, the annual Writers Conference, Nick Lopez, shares an original written work that won our 2020 Imagine Your Story Writing Contest. Dave’s a serpent and Charles is Mongoose. We get a new lead in the In Search of Paul Rudd segment. So, what are you waiting for?


Kansas Reads to Preschoolers this November

It's November again, which means time for Kansas Reads to Preschoolers!

The title for 2021 is “Grumpy Bird,” by Jeremy Tankard. This picture book story will appeal to young readers, with a focus on the 2-5 years old age group. 

This is a great opportunity to incorporate the 6 by 6: Ready to Read early literacy skills designed to be applicable and approachable for everyone. The 6 by 6 program focuses on six pre-reading skills by age six to help kids get ready for formal education. Here are some suggestions on how you can incorporate these 6 by 6 skills with “Grumpy Bird.”

Have Fun with Books

  • Have them repeat phrases in the book like “he was grumpy, he was too grumpy” and “I’m walking”
  • They can create a book about a feeling, instead of Grumpy Bird, it could be Happy Bird, Sad Bird, Mad Bird, Joyful Bird or even Happy ME, Sad ME, etc. and what he is doing with friends

Look for Letters Everywhere

  • Make a letter collage for the letter B, using magazine pictures
  • Make a shape collage

Notice Print All Around You

  • Make paper plate faces and cut them into puzzle pieces and have them match faces/emotions
  • Look for signs that make you happy, sad, etc.

Take Time to Rhyme

  • Talk about rhyming words such as “day” and “play”
  • Sing songs about walking, playing, following the leader

Talk, Talk, Talk

  • Feelings and Emotions dough mats, look at picture, then use play dough to make face of how they feel
  • Talk about how bird feels when his friends join him on the walk, then how he feels at the end of the book

Tell Stories About Everything

  • Sequencing—talk about the order of the animals who joined him
  • Retell the story, but instead of grumpy bird, pick another animal and who could join him

You’ll have a great time reading this book aloud while also helping your preschooler develop important early literacy skills. Place your hold on “Grumpy Bird” today and join others across Kansas reading to their preschoolers. For more information and additional resources, visit the State Library of Kansas website.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected month. The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas, and the title is selected by State Librarian Eric Norris, along with the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee.


Celebrate International Games Week with us!

This week focuses on libraries around the world connecting communities through the educational, recreational, and social value of games. We’ll be hosting our first ever Table Top Recommendation Party, discussing board games to try out with your family and friends just in time for the holiday season.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Online event

With so many different board game options, it can be difficult to choose. Hear recommendations from the local board game experts at TableTop Game & Hobby and from the Library’s game-loving staff members. We’ll talk about new and popular titles and offer suggestions for games you might want to play with your game group, whether it’s big or small, all ages or just adults. Everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for board game giveaways!

This event will take place virtually in our Library OnDemand event platform. Register online to attend. We’ll see you there!


This Week at the Library

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

Caregiver Workshop Series – Tuesday, Nov 2 , 7 – 8 p.m.  

Whether it's getting them to eat their vegetables or understanding what's going on inside their heads, being a caregiver of young children can be challenging. Each month's caregiver workshop explores a different topic to support and enrich relationships between kids age birth to 6 and their caregivers. The November presentation is Food Play with kids cookbook author and blogger Amy Palanjian.

Table Top Games – Wednesday, Nov 3, 6 – 8 p.m.  

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us online to enjoy virtual games, meet new friends and have new adventures. You can compete for the attention of the princess in Love Letter, race to escape the floodwaters in Forbidden Island or try your hand at mixing magic ingredients in Potion Explosion. All ages welcome.

Writers’ Conference – Thursday, Nov 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.  

Our seventh annual Writers Conference kicks off on Thursday November 4 with a discussion on hope and inspiration featuring conference faculty members Alyssa Cole and Michelle Tea. Friday and Saturday include lectures and workshops on building a DIY writing career, writing through problems in your community, crafting pleasure narratives, and bending genre. Though we'll be online, we'll feature opportunities to connect like morning coffees and lunch hours with creativity coach Phillip Denver and afterhours book discussions with Jessica Conoley; you'll be bumping into old friends while making new ones and leave with new energy and inspiration for your next literary project.

Writers’ Conference Kids Day – Sunday, Nov 7, 12:30 – 5 p.m.  

 This year’s Writers Conference Kids Day is bigger than ever! The day begins with a keynote presentation by Aisha Saeed, author of Amal Unbound and co-founder of the “We Need Diverse Books” initiative. Ms. Saeed will share the power of telling our own stories--especially creators whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented and under-supported--and the importance of persevering even when the odds seem stacked against us. Afterwards, we’ll have three tracks of fun and inspiring programs for young writers. Whether they're a future novelist or great storyteller, our kids day is perfect for all interested students, with a focus on grades 4-8.

And much more ….

These events are always available OnDemand.




Stream Spooky Films with Kanopy and IndieFlix

Looking for the perfect spooky movie to cuddle up with? Log in to Kanopy with your Library card and PIN and enjoy award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and much more. Start watching on Kanopy now »

You can also use IndieFlix to stream films to get you in the Halloween spirit! Access these spooky movies on IndieFlix »




TBT: Throwback Bewildering Terror

It's Halloween once again! Jocohistory is a great place to time travel through local history. If you dare, celebrate this Throwback Thursday by searching through the Halloween photos. We found this gem titled: "Halloween display at home of Mary Ann Walters circa 2000." When we make our rounds for trick or treats this Sunday night, we think we'll be skipping this scary stop!

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We realize this photo might be too scary for some. So, we offer these Halloween jokes to lighten the mood:

The skeleton couldn’t help being afraid of the storm—he just didn’t have any guts.

What’s a zombie’s favorite cereal? Rice Creepies.

Where do fashionable ghosts shop? Bootiques.

What is a witch’s favorite class? Spelling!

Who are the werewolf’s cousins? The what-wolf and then when-wolf.

Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep? Because of his coffin.

Why didn’t the mummy have any friends? He was too wrapped up in himself.

What kind of monster is the best dancer? The boogieman.


Voting 2021

Important Voting Dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Advance voting by mail begins
Saturday, Oct. 23: Advance voting in person begins
Tuesday, Oct. 26: Advance ballot application (vote by mail) deadline at 5 p.m.

  • Applications can be found on the Johnson County Election Office website and returned via:

    • Email:
    • Text: 913-953-9539
    • Fax: 913-791-8931
    • Mail: 2101 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061
  • KS Votes also has an online application option that is submitted via a form.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2: General Election. Polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Advance Vote by Mail Info:

Voters can return their voted mail-in ballot one of four ways:

  1. By mail: Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Friday after Election Day. Postage is required.
  2. To any advance voting location: Ballots can be returned to any advance voting location during voting hours. Election workers will direct you to the ballot bag inside the location. Postage is NOT required.
  3. To any Election Day polling location: Ballots can be returned to any Election Day polling location during voting hours. Election workers will direct you to the ballot bag inside the location. Postage is NOT required.
  4. To any ballot drop box: Ballot drop boxes are available 24/7 beginning 20 days before an election. The boxes close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postage is NOT required. Drop boxes are located at:

Advance Vote in Person

Advance Voting for the November local election will be available at eight locations beginning on Saturday, October 23. Voters can go to the Advance Voting location of their choice. A full list of advance voting locations and hours is available via the Johnson County Election Office.

Voting In Person on Election Day

Voters must vote at their assigned polling place on Election Day - find it with the sample ballot and polling place locator.

Information for Voters Guide


Central Resource Library Remodel Progress

Have you been wondering how construction is going at Central? Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new and improved features you’ll find when the Central Resource Library reopens this spring.

Our drive-up exterior book drop will reopen with the addition of a new drive-thru holds pickup window. You’ll be able to return your materials and pick up your available holds in one spot without leaving your vehicle! Check out the slideshow to see how this addition has progressed over the last few months.

Crews have also been hard at work creating a brand-new Kids area, in the southeast corner of the building. In the slideshow photos, you can see the progress as the new storytime room (at the back of the area pictured) is framed, drywalled, and painted. You can also see the large new windows allowing for increased natural light and cheerful spots to page through a book or two with your little ones. Finally, catch a glimpse at the colorful tile in the new Kids restroom.

You’ll find answers to many common questions about this project in our Construction FAQ, which also features a Fly-Through video rendering of the project. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to a fully open Central!

Photos provided by Construction Manager, Titan Built, LLC.