Looking for a place to cool off during the Kansas heat wave? Head over to the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County located at the corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch in Merriam. Created by volunteers in 1953, the Antioch library (the first public library in the county), was initially open just five hours a week. Today, the Johnson County Library system serves more than 566,933 residents from thirteen public facilities and a well-developed website. Antioch Library in Merriam serves an area of about 40,000 people as well as anyone from outside this area visiting Merriam. Membership is not exclusive only to residents–everyone is welcome to apply for a Library card.
The Library offers strong WiFi connections and free public computers with printing capability. If arriving in Kansas for a meeting or interview, study rooms can be reserved at many of our locations. If arriving with children, the Library offers story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and at Antioch specifically, we maintain a creative and educational play area that features early childhood literacy hand-on activities. We host other events and programs year round, each of which is described in our seasonal guide available at the Merriam Visitors Bureau.
After leaving Merriam, our magazines, newspapers and databases will continue to be available. Everything from consumer information to personal finance tools to learning a language, among many other recreational and educational topics, can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection and a current Library card.
The mission of the Johnson County Library is to provide access to ideas, information, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives. The Library is supported by ad valorem taxes, by the Friends of Johnson County Library book sales, and by the philanthropic efforts of the Johnson County Library Foundation. Please visit our website at www.jocolibrary.org to learn more or come see us at Antioch and Shawnee Mission Parkway!
Guest blog by Michelle Holden, Information Specialist – Antioch Library