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Friends of the Johnson County Library Bookstore

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

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. Continue »

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!

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!

Modern Day Fitzgerald

Friday Featured Artist: Modern Day FitzgeraldModern 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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Please introduce yourselves. Describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Mica-Elgin Vi, and I am the lead singer, Lead guitar player and songwriter in the group.  We are gentleman who perform music with proper etiquette.  Our sound is a mixture of beach rock from the late 50s and early 60s, with a sophisticated approach to jazzy blues chord progressions and true lyrical content.  We are a combination of the Beach Boys and The Ronettes mixed in with Weezer and The White Stripes.  

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Career and Finance

Career and Finance

Join us for upcoming Career and Finance programming including "Resumes - It's All About You," "Common Sense Budgeting," and "Career Design! Career Management Strategies." See the schedule »

Join us for upcoming Career and Finance programming including "Resumes - It's All About You," "Common Sense Budgeting," and "Career Design! Career Management Strategies." See the schedule »

Children's Mercy

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!  

 

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!   Continue »

Masks are now required

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!

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... Continue »

Garrulousness

We have an exciting Summer Reading-themed show! 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!

We have an exciting Summer Reading-themed show! 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! Continue »

In Memory of Six Million

Six Million Reasons to Remember

Join us for In Memory of Six Million as we welcome survivor Judy Jacobs. She will share her experiences of being a child in Hungary and in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during WWII. The generation of survivors is rapidly shrinking. Learn this tragic history from someone who lived it.

Wednesday, July 8
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Online - Register here »

Join us for In Memory of Six Million as we welcome survivor Judy Jacobs. She will share her experiences of being a child in Hungary and in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during WWII. The generation of survivors is rapidly shrinking. Learn this tragic history from someone who lived it.

Wednesday, July 8
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Online - Register here »

Summer Reading

Enter to Win Our Writing and Poster Contests

We have two contests that close on July 10, one for kids and one for all ages!

Kids! Enter to win our Fantasy Writing Contest for 3rd-8th Graders. Writers going into 3rd-8th grade are invited to share their fantasy stories with us through July 10 as part of our summer reading activities.

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All ages! Enter our Imagine Your Story Fandom Poster Contest! If you have a fandom, we want to see it! Make a poster and share it with us this summer through July 10!

Submit your entries here » 

We have two contests that close on July 10, one for kids and one for all ages!

Kids! Enter to win our Fantasy Writing Contest for 3rd-8th Graders. Writers going into 3rd-8th grade are invited to share their fantasy stories with us through July 10 as part of our summer reading activities.

and...

All ages! Enter our Imagine Your Story Fandom Poster Contest! If you have a fandom, we want to see it! Make a poster and share it with us this summer through July 10!

Submit your entries here » 

Happy Independence Day!

Here at the Library we celebrate Independence Day by honoring all Americans and salute the freedom of information. Like you, we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Library will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. Holidays are a great time to check out our eLibrary!

 

 

Here at the Library we celebrate Independence Day by honoring all Americans and salute the freedom of information. Like you, we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Library will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. Holidays are a great time to check out our eLibrary!

 

 

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