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July 1, 2022

Do you make? We at the Library encourage you embrace the creative process in some way by making something. What? Well, anything you want! Need ideas? You can always visit our MakerSpace. Online, we have In-depth tutorials and Circulating Maker Kits. In-person, you can make something as simple or complicated as you want with equipment available to you to make your project come to life. Try 3D PrintingCNC CuttingComputers & SoftwareElectronicsLaser CuttingSewing and Vinyl Cutting.

Do you want to start small? Then grab some supplies and join us as our friends from the MakerSpace guide you  through an exciting hands-on Make-along activity! Adults or adults with children will have fun with this activity.


  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin or dowel rods
  • A couple popsicle sticks (or two pieces of something flat and about 1/4" thick
  • Textures–you can come into the MakerSpace to create textured dowel rods or patterned plates, but you can also just look around your house! See what you already have. Heavily textured fabrics, cookie or mint molds, plant leaves or pasta would all work. Be creative. 
  • Small cookie cutters 

Listen and Make!

Oceans of Possibilities!

Oceans of Possibilities!

June 7, 2022

This kid-friendly family episode explores Summer Reading 2022 in the most fun way possible. We interviewed snow cone-loving Narwhals, a dolphin with an infectious laugh, a starfish who knows he’s a star, a euphoric crab who’s not crabby at all, a jellyfish who loves peanut butter, a very deep tuna and many more aquatic creatures to get book recommendations and hear about their favorite parts of summer reading. If you’re not careful, you might just learn something about these citizens of the sea! We hope you enjoy these aquatic antics!  

Check out all of the book recommendations mentioned in this episode.

Music by: 
Moonlight Beach by Kevin MacLeod 
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6671-moonlight-beach 
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 

Chee Zee Beach by Kevin MacLeod 
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3490-chee-zee-beach 
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 

Beach Party by Kevin MacLeod 
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3429-beach-party 
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 

Mesmerizing Memes and More

Mesmerizing Memes and More

May 1, 2022

Today on the Did you hear? podcast, we explore MESMERIZING MEMES AND MORE (supply your own echo effect) We give you some history, the behind-the-scenes philosophy, strategy and everything else when it comes to creating social media content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold

April 1, 2022

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!

The Collection

The Collection

November 30, 2021

Well, we've done it! We've reached the last episode in our seven-part series we've called "Discover Your Library." We saved the best for last! In this episode, we explore the collection. What better way to begin than with a reading from an author in our collection, Sierra Simone? We follow that with interviews with every member of the collection development team to reveal some things you probably didn't realize about how and why the Library chooses what to include in our collection. If that weren't enough, we hear from musical guest Alisa Jefferson



November 2, 2021
We have arrived at part seven of our eight-part Discover your Library series. In this Did you hear? episode, we give you a behind the scenes look at our Events. Programs and Events Coordinator Joseph Keehn talks about what led him to Johnson County Library and how his job has changed over the years—including adapting to the challenge of programming during COVID. Several Librarians call in to share memories of their favorite Johnson County Library event. Author and panel presenter from our largest event, the annual Writers Conference, Nick Lopez, shares an original written work that won our 2020 Imagine Your Story Writing Contest. Dave’s a serpent and Charles is Mongoose. We get a new lead in the In Search of Paul Rudd segment. So, what are you waiting for?
Community Matters

Community Matters

October 5, 2021

Some call it Civic Engagement. We call it Community Matters! The Library has a plethora of programs, events, services and resources for you, yes you, to be a more informed citizen.  Ashley Fick drops by to share her journey to becoming our Civic Engagement Librarian. We get the inside scoop on the "how," "what" and "why" behind Legislative Coffees, Civics 101, Gather at the table, the News and Views group, Librarian Research Guides and Elections.  

Members of the Civic Engagement committee phone in to share why they participate on this important team and explain why community matters. 

Charles talks to Community Matters book club coordinator Melanie Fuemmeler. Our music guest is Jill Westra & Them KC Boys sharing the track "Speedin' Again" and an essay from author Virginia Brackett.

Come spend an entertaining hour with us. Who knows, this might just be the episode where we finally find Paul Rudd! (Spoiler alert ... it's not.)

Discover Your Library: The Arts

Discover Your Library: The Arts

August 30, 2021

We're back again for your monthly Library Insider. it's the Did you hear? podcast and we are on part 4 of our Discover Your Library special. This month? The Arts! 

Music, art exhibitions, writing ... we have so much to offer artists and you!

In this episode:

  • Musical guest The Wires
  • Local Writer Martha Gershun reads her short story: "The Hatch"
  • Local Arts Librarian Bryan Voell chats about exhibitions, our new Artists in Sight on demand offerings, and the local music blog 
  • We sample an interview with Artist Sol Anzorena
  • A talk with artist Dianna Bartel
  • and so much more!

Art is transformative and transcendent. Let us take you away for the next hour or so.




August 4, 2021

We wanted to hear our Librarians' journeys. 

We were especially interested in stories from Librarians who’ve:

    • had multiple positions at Johnson County Library
    • held the same position for many years
    • had interesting career paths leading them to us

Now, we used the label "Librarian" loosely. We wanted to include the stories public-facing staff as well.

This is the third episode in our Discover Your Library series of the Did you hear? podcast. 

Join us for these often funny, sometimes touching and always compelling stories!

Discover your Library: Patrons

Discover your Library: Patrons

July 8, 2021

"Our Patrons" is the second in a series of seven episodes we're devoting to the theme: Discover You Library! here on the Did you hear? podcast.

Our Librarians chime in to share their favorite stories about our patrons. It's sometimes funny, often heart-warming and always interesting. Join Charles and Dave as we attempt to answer the question, "just who are our patrons?"

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