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Healthcare Masks Wanted

Calling all crafters! Johnson County is now seeking donated face masks for our community’s healthcare workers, first responders, and other front-line staff working to combat the spread of COVID-19.

While the Library’s buildings have been closed, Makers Angelica and Nick from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several of our Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join us from home in assembling masks, our Makers recommend these resources for making masks.

In addition, the County gave this guidance about homemade masks:

  • Pleated masks are better, made with at least two layers of fabric and elastic rather than tied. However, they will take whatever you can make. Elastic may be in short supply.
  • Masks do not need to be pre-washed before being donated.

Completed masks should be dropped off at the Johnson County MED-ACT station, located at 205 E. Flaming Rd. in Olathe, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

 

 

Calling all crafters! Johnson County is now seeking donated face masks for our community’s healthcare workers, first responders, and other front-line staff working to combat the spread of COVID-19.

While the Library’s buildings have been closed, Makers Angelica and Nick from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several of our Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join us from home in assembling masks, our Makers recommend... Continue »

The Wires

Featured Artist Friday: The WiresThe Wires

The Wires are an original alternative classical music duo comprised of Sascha Groschang on cello and Laurel Parks on violin. Together they surpass expectations of what a string duo can be by incorporating innovative sounds and techniques into their pop song-length compositions and teaching other string players how to do the same. Their first album, The Wires, was released in 2013 and they are currently finishing a follow-up in addition to performing, teaching and other music-related projects. We honored to share an interview with the duo about their unique collaboration. Enjoy!

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Please introduce yourselves. Where do you live and work?

Sascha Groschang (SG): I live in Hyde Park, in midtown KC.  I teach at Missouri Western State University, and am principal cellist of the Saint Joseph Symphony.  I teach privately, and have a quartet that plays a variety of events with Laurel.  We also both do tons of recording sessions, improv work and freelance jobs all around the area.

Laurel Parks (LP): I live in midtown.  I am a freelance violinist and I also have a home studio. 

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Check out or eNewspaper collection

Explore Our eNewspapers

Looking for more ways to feed your local newspaper fix? 

Flip through full-page images of The Kansas City Star Image Edition. This online service looks just like the printed paper!

  • See today's issue.
  • Browse past issues from recent years.
  • Search within a page or issue.
  • Clip part of a page to download or print.
  • Save articles to your personal folder.
  • And more!

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If you need additional suggestions, we have a number of  eNewspaper options for you to peruse.

Looking for more ways to feed your local newspaper fix? 

Flip through full-page images of The Kansas City Star Image Edition. This online service looks just like the printed paper!

  • See today's issue.
  • Browse past issues from recent years.
  • Search within a page or issue.
  • Clip part of a page to download or print.
  • Save articles to your personal folder.
  • And more!

Start reading now »

If you need additional suggestions, we have a number of  ... Continue »

Cheerleaders

TBT: Go History!

As you very well know, it’s National Cheerleading Safety Month!

This group portrait of cheerleaders from Hickory Grove School has us wondering, are they cheering for the Library? We like to think they are!

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

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Cheerleading Safety Month!

This group portrait of cheerleaders from Hickory Grove School has us wondering, are they cheering for the Library? We like to think they are!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

Shawnee Mission Post

Shawnee Mission Post

Founded in 2010, Shawnee Mission Post covers local news inside the I-435 loop in Johnson County, Kansas including:

  • City government in Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Leawood, Prairie Village, Merriam, Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Mission Hills, Westwood, Lake Quivira, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods.
  • Boards of education for the Shawnee Mission School District and USD 232, as well as news out of individual schools.
  • Johnson County Government including the board of county commissioners, the water district, the community college and the library system.
  • State legislature for the area's delegation.
  • Local business openings and closings, development projects, and issues that impact the local economy.

Start reading now »​

Founded in 2010, Shawnee Mission Post covers local news inside the I-435 loop in Johnson County, Kansas including:

  • City government in Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Leawood, Prairie Village, Merriam, Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Mission Hills, Westwood, Lake Quivira, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods.
  • Boards of education for the Shawnee Mission School District and USD 232, as well as news out of individual schools.
  • Johnson County Government including the board of county commissioners, the water district, the community college and the library system.
  • State legislature
  • ... Continue »
British TV

Acorn TV! It's truly Brilliant.

Do fancy a spot of tea? If that is to your liking, we think we have a brilliant idea that may leave you gobsmacked. Blimey! If you haven't taken a gander at Acorn TV, what are you waiting for? A proper invitation? Does the idea of online streaming give you the collywobbles? Don't worry. It's easy! We help you get set up with step-by-step instructions.

Acorn TV is the bee's knees. It's where you'll stream mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain, Ireland, Australia and beyond. 

Do fancy a spot of tea? If that is to your liking, we think we have a brilliant idea that may leave you gobsmacked. Blimey! If you haven't taken a gander at Acorn TV, what are you waiting for? A proper invitation? Does the idea of online streaming give you the collywobbles? Don't worry. It's easy! We help you get set up with step-by-step instructions.

Acorn TV is the bee's knees. It's where you'll stream mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain, Ireland, Australia and beyond. 

Bakers

TBT: On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

As you very well know, it’s National Flour Month!

Check out this 1900 photo of students from a baking class at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe.

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

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Flour Month!

Check out this 1900 photo of students from a baking class at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter... Continue »

Orchestra

TBT: Are You First Chair?

As you very well know, it’s National Music in Our Schools Month!

Look at that backdrop setting the mood for the Shawnee Grade School Orchestra back in 1935!

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

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Music in Our Schools Month!

Look at that backdrop setting the mood for the Shawnee Grade School Orchestra back in 1935!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter... Continue »

covid-19 virus

Get informed about COVID-19: Coronavirus

The global spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly-evolving situation. Johnson County Library wants to keep our patrons informed about the virus, as well as preventative measures the Library is taking in response. Check this page for the latest updates from trusted resources, as well as any potential changes to Library programs and services. See our FAQ for patrons »

March 23, 2020

Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social distancing, all Johnson County Library branch locations will be closed at 5 pm Saturday, March 14 through Thursday, April 23 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The Library serves and employs a number of at-risk populations, with an average of 35,000 patrons per week entering our facilities. The health and safety of our patrons, staff and the community at-large is the highest priority during this uncertain time.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. In conjunction with local, state and Federal government authorities/organizations, the Library is carefully and continuously monitoring information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to post updates on jocolibrary.org and social media channels regarding the operating status of Library facilities, resumption of affected Library services and the rescheduling of canceled events.

There will be no interruptions in access to the Library’s wide variety of online resources while branch locations are closed, including local and national eNewspapers, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, as well as on-demand video platforms and educational services. Our eLibrary is available for remote access 24/7. Log in with your Library card or eCard.

jocogov.org/coronavirus is where you can find a general FAQ and more information about Johnson County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Resources

Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed its first presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 in Johnson County on March 7.   At the Library, the safety and welfare of our patrons, volunteers and staff is a high priority. The Library’s administration is monitoring the situation and following precautionary recommendations from JCDHE, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Watch the County’s press conference.

Below is a list of websites and library resources assembled by Library staff to help patrons stay informed on the latest news and developments about the virus:

County: The Johnson County Health and Environment has a resource page that includes a FAQ, notices on travel, information about preventing the spread of the virus, and even a “JoCo on the Go” podcast episode by local health experts.

State: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a page dedicated to COVID-19, including Frequently Asked Questions, a fact sheet, and guidance for schools, day care facilities, and public health professionals.

Federal: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides daily situational reports, a FAQ, and tracks new cases in the United States.

The United States National Library of Medicine, one of the world’s largest medical libraries and part of the National Institutes of Health, tracks clinical studies of the virus and is a rich resource on current scientific writings:

Global: Be sure to visit the World Health Organization, where you can access a daily situation report that tracks the outbreak.

The Johnson County Library also has access to medical databases, accessible with a library card and PIN, including MedLinePlus and Consumer Health Complete, which gives user access to medical journals and magazine articles, in addition to other useful and timely information.

 

 

The global spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly-evolving situation. Johnson County Library wants to keep our patrons informed about the virus, as well as preventative measures the Library is taking in response. Check this page for the latest updates from trusted resources, as well as any potential changes to Library programs and services. See our FAQ for patrons »

March 23, 2020

Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social distancing, all Johnson County Library branch locations will be closed at 5 pm Saturday, March 14 through Thursday, April 23 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The Library serves and employs a number of at-risk populations, with an average of 35,000 patrons per week entering our facilities. The health and safety of our patrons, staff and the community at-large is the highest priority during this uncertain time. Continue »

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