2022 Did you hear? Podcast

Quite simply, the Did you hear? Podcast is your Library insider. It's a fun way to share our passion for what we do. It pulls back the curtain to reveal how we do it. It shines a light on services, events and our collection to illuminate how the Library can help you be your best.


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Or, wherever you regularly listen to podcasts, you can find us by entering "jocolibrary" into the search bar. You'll find "Did you hear?" Then click subscribe.

Too complicated? No worries. You can find all of our podcast episodes below. Click and listen. It's that easy!



September - Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown Part I
We love radio programs like “Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!” We also live for getting to know everything there is to know about Johnson County Library! What do you know? What do we know? Get ready for a variety of Library games.

We are no longer accepting entries for our puzzle contest, but you can still print the puzzles out, complete them, have a lot of fun and if you're not too careful, you might just learn something!


October - Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown Part II
We continue our games as a fun way to learn about the Library! We play Library Jeopardy and Wheel of Fiction!


November - JoCo on the Go
Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Johnson County Government, Theresa Freed, drops by to share her experiences as host of the JoCo on the Go Podcast.

December - Kaleidoscope of Sound
Get ready for an auditory exploration of sounds from the Library!


August - Back to school
With educational resources like those we offer, your child has a real advantage. We explore everything you maybe didn't know the Library had to offer to prepare your child for the coming school year. 

April - Silver and Gold
We asked the same 10 questions of an employee who just began her career at Johnson County Library and of an employee counting down the days until retirement. Their answers may surprise you!

May - Mesmerizing Memes and More
These days you can't just put up a website and call it good. You have to have a "web presence." Go to where the people are online instead of expecting them to come to you. What's the behind-the-scenes story when it comes to philosophy, strategy and creating social media content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube?    

June - Summer Reading
Summer Reading 2022: Oceans of Possibilities, runs Saturday, June 4-Friday, July 29. Grab a reading log for your favorite kiddo! We dive deep (see what we did there?) into this Aquatic episode.

July - Make-along
Our friends from the MakerSpace lead us through a hands-on activity. Charles and Dave will make something great and you the listener can make-along as well!

This Week at the Library

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

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Walk and Read at Gezer Park  Saturday, Sept. 24 – Oct. 2, Anytime

Johnson County Library and the City of Leawood Parks and Recreation Department invite you to visit the Walk and Read program at Gezer Park. I Am the Storm and Toasty will be posted.

Online Bilingual Storytime/ Hora De Cuentos  – Monday, Sept. 26, 10 – 11 a.m.   

Tune in to our flexible online Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays and movement activities on Facebook Live. Fun for the whole family! Visit JoCoLibrary on Facebook and be sure to ‘follow’ us to get notifications when we go Live. You do not need a Facebook account to watch our Storytimes. Due to copyright laws, live Storytimes will not be available to watch after they conclude.

Craft Talk: Writing the Arts with Anne-Marie Oomen, Part IWednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

In this craft talk, Anne-Marie Oomen will discuss ekphrasis as a literary method to shift away from navel-gazing and think about how to launch greater compassion in our writing. Using three contrasting ekphrastic poems (“Musee des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden, “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Liesel Mueller, and “Aubade with Burning City” by Ocean Vuong) we will track options for “entering” the process, and how perspectives on art might help us explore experiences that we would otherwise fear to enter.

Beginning Genealogy ClassesThursday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Interested in learning your family’s story? This class will focus on the basics of effective searching, recording, and organizing what you find. Free and open to the public. Assignments will be given for applying class information. The trip to Midwest Genealogy Center will be on October 13. For more information and to register email:

MANHATTAN Short Film Festival  – Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy short films from around the world at the only film festival of its kind at the Lenexa City Hall Community Forum. MANHATTAN SHORT final selections screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, where attendees vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue. Every short film selected will automatically become qualified for the Oscars in 2023!

And much more happening this week »

e is for enjoyment

When you have an eLibrary this good, the "e" stands for enjoyment! Checkout these eResources.

The latest from The New York Times, The Kansas City Star, Shawnee Mission Post and more.

Newsstand favorites and hard-to-find publications with something for everybody.

Teens Thrive in Library's Summer Volunteer Program

Johnson County Library resumed its in-person teen volunteer program this summer, and 90 young people took advantage of that opportunity in June and July.

They provided over 1,300 hours of invaluable service at six branches: Antioch, Blue Valley, Corinth, Leawood, Lenexa and Monticello. They helped with book distributions, shelved materials, and even created book displays and colorful window art.

Students volunteering at the busy Blue Valley branch said it was an intellectually-engaging experience.

“I wanted to do it for the benefit of the community itself,” said Arham Chundrigar, 15, who attends Blue Valley West High School. “If you enjoy the Library itself, it’s a great way to get involved within it.”

Chundrigar gave out free books to families who visited the branch.  

“I would familiarize myself with each book and provide recommendations for people’s age levels,” he said.

Volunteering gave Raghu Penugonda, 16, of Blue Valley Southwest High, an appreciation for the diversity of Library patrons. “So many people were willing to come in and try to get a book to read over the summer,” he said. “So it really taught me a lot about what the community looks like here.”

Chelsea McCollam, 17, of Blue Valley West High, enjoyed the Library atmosphere.

“When I started shelving Holds,” she said, “I remembered why I like the Library, and then I checked out my own books. It renewed the love of trying to explore books.”

The pandemic halted in-person teen volunteer efforts in 2020 and 2021. But this summer it was once again safe to invite young people ages 13-18 to participate. Nearly everyone who applied was placed at a branch, working as many hours as they wished.

Summer is the ideal time, because teens are available and Library staff can really use the help. That was especially true with Blue Valley’s book distribution, where teens greeted families and provided excellent patron service.

“They just made it really fun and welcoming,” said Kate McNair, Johnson County Library’s Teen Services Coordinating Librarian. “We definitely had a lot of teens who wanted to contribute their creativity and their passion to the Library, which I think is really cool.”

While the teens get volunteer service credits, the Library is also a great first-job experience. Students have to apply and interview. They sign up for shifts and have to show up on time.

“So these are all great skills that they can be building in a pretty judgment-free, safe environment,” McNair said.

Christina Larkins, youth information specialist at Corinth, was thrilled to have about 30 teens volunteer at her branch.

“The teens were incredibly kind and smart and many of them had a lot of self initiative and drive,” she said. They pitched in wherever needed, including watering the Corinth garden and decorating the windows.

an image of painted windows in the children's section of Corinth library

Summer is a really busy time at Corinth. “So it really helps having extra hands,” Larkins said. “Those little small tasks add up and really help us focus on moving literal mountains of books.”

Johnson County Library has other innovative youth activities. Teens can sign up to review books, with their insightful critiques posted at They can also join the Young Adult Literary Councils, sharing favorite books and participating in fun activities such as author visits and game days.

McNair eagerly anticipates Summer 2023, building on a mutually beneficial program for staff and youth in 2022.

“You get a chance to build a relationship,” McNair said. “You see them build skills and help them grow, and that I think is something that’s really fulfilling for our staff. I know it’s really fulfilling for me.”

TBT: It's Hip to be Square

As you very well know, September is National Square Dance Month. 'Do si do' and 'swing your partner' over to Jocohistory, where you can enter the search term "square dancing." It's a fun glimpse into a different time as we celebrate this Throwback Thursday.

Remember, Jocohistory is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Some call TBT the best day of the week.

What do you know about the Library?

It's the Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown Part I
We love quiz podcasts and radio programs like “Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!” We also live for getting to know everything there is to know about Johnson County Library! What do you know? What do we know? Get ready for a variety of Library games! In this fantastically fun episode, we play Bluff the Librarian with Local Arts Librarian Bryan and Library Password with Matt, Patti and Courtney.

Be sure to stay until the end when we announce the winners of our at-home Crossword and Word Search!

Cast Your Vote for Best Library

Voting for the Pitch's Best of KC 2022 is open through Sept. 30, and three of our locations are on the ballot for Best Library Branch on the Kansas side!

We think all our branches are pretty great, but if your favorite is Central Resource, Corinth, or Lenexa City Center, head on over to the ballot to spread the word. There's no category for Best Library Patrons but if there were, we're sure ours would win!

This Week at the Library

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

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Walk and Read at Listowel Park Saturday, Sept. 17 - Sept. 25, Anytime

Johnson County Library, Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department and De Soto Parents as Teachers invite you to visit the Walk and Read program at Listowel Park. “Imagine” and “Lucky Leaf” will be posted.

Young Adult Literary Council In-Person event Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 - 3 p.m.

Teens are invited to join the Young Adult Literary Council to share favorite books, pick up advanced reader copies of teen books to read and review, and participate in other fun activities such as author visits, game days, event planning and more. You can meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.

The Art of InterviewingWednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Your resume got you noticed and invited for an interview. Now it’s game time! Professional development consultant Efren Mojica of All About You Consulting will outline the entire interview life cycle: pre-interview, interview, and post-interview, as well as how to adapt to the increasingly-common virtual interview.

Writers Conference PregameThursday, Sept. 22, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Excited for the November Writers Conference? Us too! We’re so excited, in fact, that we can’t wait until November to start! Get a head start with our first-ever Writers Conference Pregame at the Central Resource Library. Meet fellow writers and conference planners, review session descriptions, register and pick up a free copy of our conference book, Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways by Sarah Stein Greenberg (as supplies last). Faculty will join, both in-person and virtually.

And much more happening this week »

Search our Web Catalog using lists!

When you search our catalog, you can search by 'lists,' Librarian and user-created ways to browse for something new to read! Looking for readalikes for a favorite book, or maybe a subject your young reader is obsessed with? Try searching for lists today!