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2022 Fall Guide is Here!

The cover of the Fall 2022 Guide features portraits from artist Patti Streeper, whose work will be featured at the Central Resource Library this fall and who will detail the process for choosing her subjects at an event on November 3

You'll find articles about:

  • De Soto Library: Past, Present and Future
  • Library Citizenship Classes
  • Library Master Plan Update

Event listings for:

  • Birth to Six Programs
  • Kids & Family Programs
  • Teen Programs
  • Book Discussions 
  • Exhibitions 
  • Arts & Culture
  • Career & Finance  
  • Community Matters  
  • History
  • Language Learners
  • Writers & Writers Conference       
  • Genealogy                                   

Catch up on:

  • Volunteer News
  • Friends News 
  • Foundation News

The Guide is produced three times a year and released before each January, May and September. It features Library articles, event listings, updates and news. Pick one up at a Library location near you!

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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:

Reading Ideas

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.

See the schedule »

 

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

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In September we are so excited to bring you the Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown! We have a couple puzzles for you so you can play along:

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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. We focus on eResources, and Kids and Teens resources.

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

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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 »