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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!

Resume Tips to Get You Noticed Monday, Aug. 8, 10 – 11 a.m.

If you are struggling with creating a resume for your first job, re-entering the workplace, or making a career change this session is for you!

Silencing Your Inner CriticTuesday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. – noon

This workshop focuses on using positive self-talk and affirmations to help create a positive self-image. We also dig into how self-care is not selfish.

Blood Pressure ClinicWednesday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Drop-in event at the Central Resource Library each month and a nurse from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will test your blood pressure.

Personal Budgeting Tips Thursday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – noon

Learn personal budgeting tips to help you create a budget. In budgeting what's most important is finding a way that works for you! This workshop will review several budgeting tools so you can be the boss of your money.

Friends of the Library Donation Drop-off Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 – 11 a.m.

Do you have gently used books to donate to the Friends? We hold Drive-up Donation Events every Saturday (except during inclement weather). Volunteers will be available to accept your donations on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Friends Headquarters - 8279 Melrose Dr., Lenexa, KS 66214.

And much more happening this week »

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Explore

"Explore" is the first section listed in our website's navigation. It's intentional. The reason we prioritize exploring is, to us, it is a synonym for learning. We're all about learning!

Click explore and see what you'll learn. It's your gateway to:

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Johnson County-specific Resources

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Patron Spotlight: Sasha Smith

Library patron Sasha Smith is the mother of a four-year-old son, Wren, and a one-year-old daughter, Juna. Without a vaccine for very young children during the COVID pandemic, Smith has had to be quite cautious about their activities.

Still, she has found Johnson County Library to be an incredible help in keeping her family engaged with fun books and enriching materials.

“The Library is an essential part of our family life,” Smith wrote in response to a recent Library patron survey on Facebook.  “We check out picture books, kids’ and adults’ novels and nonfiction, music CDs and audiobooks. We spend hours every day interacting with Library content.”

Before the pandemic, Smith frequently took Wren to read and play at the Cedar Roe and Antioch Libraries. They particularly enjoyed the Storytime at Antioch with “Miss Dorian,” (retired Antioch Youth Information Specialist Dorian Assenmacher).

Smith hopes to resume those in-person Library visits soon but says that even during the pandemic “the Library Is still a focal point of our lives and an incredible resource.”

Smith grew up in Ohio and fondly recalls going to Storytimes crowded with kids as a child. Whenever she moved, one of the first things she did was get a Library card.

She met her husband while attending a master’s program in Counseling Psychology. About six years ago, they moved to Johnson County. They use the Cedar Roe branch regularly to pick up Holds, and they are prolific readers.

“We usually have about 100 books at a time,” Smith said. Most of those are for the children but Smith and her husband are also avid Library users. She has too many personal favorite books to count, but particularly highlights Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson and Wise Child, by Monica Furlong.

Her daughter’s favorite books include Plinka Plinka Shake Shake, by Emma Garcia, all about musical sounds. Her son’s favorites include "The Boy Who Grew Dragons" series by Andy Shepherd.

She has signed the kids up to attend some virtual events being offered through the Library’s “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading program.

Smith finds out about Library events via the printed guides, website, email and Facebook. She learned a lot from Johnson County Library’s online parent education classes with author Julie Bogart.

While she is currently a stay-at-home mom, Smith is still keenly interested in community mental health, child development and education, and she appreciates Johnson County Library’s commitment to all those services.

She sees the Library branches as places that nurture community mental health and wellness just as much as counseling centers do.

“I think it’s been such a great resource for us as parents and people living through a global pandemic,” she said. “And such an amazing resource for the community: a place to hang out, charge your phone, enjoy heating or air conditioning, get resume help or job support. They offer so many amazing programs.”

She is eager for the day when it’s once again safe for her to visit Cedar Roe’s cozy children’s area with her kids, and when they can take advantage of other in-person opportunities.

“Probably as soon as the kids are vaccinated,” she said, “the Library is the first place I want to take them.”

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Museum Memories

It’s another grand Throwback Thursday where we encourage you to time travel through Johnson County's history. JoCoHistory is a collaborative presentation of the history from the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and many JoCoHistory partners. Explore historical photographs and documents about the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

Collection spotlight: Johnson County Museum

About this collection: The Johnson County Museum has a wide range of images dating from the late 19th century to the current day. A major focus of the collection centers on individuals and groups of people in domestic, recreational, scholarly and business settings.

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Blood Pressure Clinic

On the second Wednesday of each month, drop in to the Central Resource Library and a nurse from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will test your blood pressure.

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Back to School: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Minutes!

Are the kids headed back to school? We have resource for them, for the little ones who aren't quite old enough yet, for you and for anyone who just wants to learn something new! We bring in the experts with the super Librarian knowledge and skills to give you and yours an advantage. Our lineup?

eResources:

  • Hope Harms, Collections – eResources Librarian. Special power? She CAN judge a book by its cover!

Kids:

  • Emily DeVore, Youth Services. Special power? She can read four books at a time turning pages with both hands AND both feet!
  • Carrie Worth, Youth Services. Special power? Book teleportation. She makes an art of hands-free shelving.

Teens:

  • Kate McNair, Teens. Special power? Makes a mean vegan chocolate cake! 

It's the Back to school episode. It's everything you need to know in 20 minutes!

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It's the Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown!

Please print out and complete by Friday, 8/26. You can submit your entry for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Just drop your completed puzzle off at any Questions desk at your favorite Johnson County Library location. Winners will be drawn from correct entries and announced during the next Did you hear? Podcast episode: “The Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown.” Be sure to put your name on your entry!

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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!

Personal Branding and NetworkingTuesday, Aug 2, 11 a.m. – noon

How do you present yourself? Join an ICG Professional Certified Coach as she talks about personal development, networking strategies, and ways to best highlight the qualities that make you an excellent employee and coworker.

How to Make LinkedIn Work for YouWednesday, Aug 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Does yours need an update? Learn how to set up a profile and get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of LinkedIn. Stay connected to career opportunities and attract employers with a stellar profile.

Managing Conflict in the WorkplaceThursday, Aug 4, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

It's inevitable that we will run into conflict in the workplace - how can you best handle it? 

Friends of the Library Donation Drop-off Saturday, Aug 6, 9 – 11 a.m.

Do you have gently used books to donate to the Friends? We hold Drive-up Donation Events every Saturday (except during inclement weather). Volunteers will be available to accept your donations on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Friends Headquarters - 8279 Melrose Dr., Lenexa, KS 66214.

And much more happening this week »

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Primary Election 2022

Several Johnson County Library branches are polling places in the 2022 Elections due to their central locations within the county. Whether you are a seasoned voter or voting for the first time, we have all the latest information for you! Read on for the wheres, whens and hows of voting!

Who can register?
You must be a resident of the state in which you are registering, and you must be a U. S. Citizen.  If you are 17, but will turn 18 before the election date, you can register!

When and where do I register to vote?
Register by July 12 to vote in the August 2 primary election.
Register online through the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office

How do I receive an advanced ballot in the mail?
You can apply for advanced ballots from your County Election Office, or through KSVotes. Each election requires a new application. In other words, if you requested a mail in ballot for the primary, you will need to make a new request for the general election. Voters with permanent disabilities are eligible to apply for Permanent Advanced Voting, and return to their County Election Office. Ballots begin mailing July 13, 2022. Completed ballots must be returned by 5:00 PM on July 26, 2022 for the primary election.

I don’t want to mail my ballot, how else can I return it?
There are several ways to return your completed advanced ballot:

  • If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than Aug 2, 2022 and received by the election office by Aug 5, 2022.
  • You may return your completed ballot at any of the advanced polling locations (see section on advanced voting below) between July 16 - Aug 1
  • You may return your completed ballot at your designated polling location on Election Day, during polling hours.
  • Johnson County Election Office has installed several ballot drop off boxes around the county. Ballots may be returned in a box beginning July 16.

  • Blue Valley Library - 9000 W 151st St, Overland Park
  • Central Resource Library - 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park
  • De Soto Library - 33145 W 83rd St, De Soto
  • Gardner Library - 137 E Shawnee St, Gardner
  • Shawnee Library - 13811 Johnson Dr, Shawnee
  • Spring Hill Library - 109 S Webster St, Spring Hill
  • Northeast Offices - 6000 Lamar Ave, Mission

The 24-hour, drive-thru ballot boxes at the Election Office (2101 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe) will also continue to be available for voters.

Where can I find advanced voting in person?
Early in person voting can be done at several locations between July 16 and Aug 1, 2022. In Johnson County, check the list of advance voting locations for places, dates and times. Wyandotte County residents may check here

Where and when do I vote on Election Day?
Each registered voter has a designated polling place. Polling places can change, so even if you have voted in the past, it’s a good idea to check your polling place for each election. Please visit the Election Office website to find your polling location. Polls are open between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

What do I bring with me for any in person voting?
Kansas state law requires you to bring a photo ID when voting in person. Acceptable forms include:

    • A driver’s license or identification card issued by Kansas, another state.
    • ID card issued by a Native American tribe
    • A concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state.
    • A United States passport.
    • An employee badge or ID issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office.
    • A U.S. military ID.
    • A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas.
    • A public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office.

Wyandotte County residents with questions or needing assistance with registration or voting may call the Wyandotte County Election Office at (913) 573-8500 or visit https://www.wycovotes.org/.

Where do I find more information about candidates?
You can view a sample ballot from the Johnson County Election Office, Ballotpedia, and Vote 411

For information about candidates or issues, the eNewspapers section of our eLibrary is a great resource. Kansas City Star, Blue Valley Post, and Shawnee Mission Post include coverage of local candidates and issues on upcoming ballots. You will need your Johnson County Library card or ecard + PIN to access those titles.

Ballotpedia provides biographical, current and past work of elected officials, campaign themes and more.

Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit site covering many topics of current interest related to campaign topics.

Politifact, a non-profit news organization, offers fact checking on current topics, candidate statements and claims, media personalities and campaigns. Users may also submit claims to have them fact checked.

Where can I find more information about the proposed Kansas Constitutional Amendment regarding abortion on the August 2nd ballot?

 

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At 53 years old, Cedar Roe Remains Treasured Neighborhood Branch

The Cedar Roe branch of Johnson County Library opened June 2, 1969, so it marks its 53rd year in 2022. It remains a cherished branch serving northeast Johnson County residents, plus patrons who come from Wyandotte County and even Kansas City.

“What’s special about Cedar Roe is it’s so integrated into the neighborhood,” said Assistant Branch Manager Megan Clark. “A lot of our locations are more visible off the street. This one, it’s kind of like a secret.”

Located at 5120 Cedar St. in Roeland Park, it’s tucked behind a Walmart shopping center. Patrons drive and even walk from close-in neighborhoods. The branch caters to long-time residents, young families, and home schoolers.

“We get a lot of regulars here,” Clark said. “In the smaller branches you get to know some of your patrons. You see them more frequently and it’s just a smaller setting so that’s kind of a fun thing.”

In recent years, the building has had important capital improvements, including a new roof, new HVAC system, and all new shelving.

“It’s amazing how much more natural light comes in. It brightened the place up,” Clark said. “Patrons have responded really positively to those upgrades.”

The Library was closed for several months in 2021 for those improvements. New curbside pickup service allowed patrons to retrieve holds during that time and has remained a popular convenience.

The Library also recently purchased new furniture for the 6 by 6 Ready to Read children’s area, thanks to a generous legacy donation from James Deberry, a lawyer and long-time Library patron who died in June 2020 at age 87.

Youth Services Librarian Mary Beth Ricks said the bequest was much appreciated and really helped spruce up the children’s area.

“It’s comfy seating, but it’s very stable for kids climbing on,” she observed. “We had mis-matched tables and chairs before. Now everything is colorful and matches.”

A painting of Cedar Roe that staff found in an upstairs storage area has been framed and is now prominently displayed, to celebrate the Library’s reopening and the Deberry bequest.

Cedar Roe was part of a 1960s system-wide expansion. Johnson County Library had started in 1952 and by 1965 consisted of the Antioch headquarters, Corinth, Mission, Lenexa and Gardner. As the population grew, those branches became over-crowded. In February 1967, voters approved an expansion plan with 69% in support.

That $1.5 million plan called for expanding Antioch and Corinth, while a new “Northeast” branch would replace Mission and a “Southwest” branch would replace Lenexa.

The “Northeast” branch site was selected just west of Roe Avenue on Cedar Street. A naming contest was held, and “Cedar Roe” was chosen.

Total cost of the land and construction on the 17,000-square-foot building was $470,950. It opened in June 1969 and the official dedication took place Nov. 16, 1969. In 1970, Cedar Roe received the Excellence in Design Medal from the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture. With a pleasing mixture of wood, brick and large banks of windows, its interior remains one of the most attractive Library facilities.

The building will close for a few weeks this summer for some ADA-compliant improvements to the front walkway, new LED lighting and other cosmetic changes.

Staff hopes to see some programming resume later this year.

“We’re kind of getting back into what might be the new normal,” Clark said. “We’re discussing bringing back some programming. That will help us bring foot traffic in a new and different way.”