Library closing: October 12-13

We will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Decades of Wheels opening weekend.

Access JPL on the go and at home!

Have you heard the big news? There are new ways to check your library account, search the collection, or reserve items! Just click on Library Catalog on the right side of this page or download the Librista app on your device. Choose Johnston Public Library. Don’t have your username and password yet? Email johnstonpubliclibrarybsks@gmail.com

Libraries Rock! Summer 2018

Movie Mondays: 2:00 p.m. All ages. (Adults must be accompanied by a child)
Building Club: Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. 5 & up.
Family Day Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. All ages. (With the exceptions of June 21, 11:00 a.m. & July 20th, Friday, 10:00 a.m.)
July 3: JPL Book Club, 10:00 a.m. 18 & up.
July 10: Dog Days of Summer, 2:00 p.m. (Independent readers, sign-up required)
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Complete paper schedules available at JPL.

Jazz on the Library Lawn!


Join us for a free, outdoor concert featuring the BHS Jazz Ensemble.
Thursday, April 26th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!

JPL April Programs

Building Club: Join us for some Lego fun! This club meets every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Story Time: Stories and more for ages 3 & up. Every Tuesday from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

JPL Book Club: Join us for a discussion of “The Child” by Fiona Barton on Tuesday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. Call 856-5591 or email johnstonpubliclibrarybsks@gmail.com to request a loaned copy of the book. Title for May 1 discussion: “Dollbaby” by Laura Lane McNeal.

JPL March Programs

Building Club: Join us for some Lego fun! This club meets every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Story Time: Stories and more for ages 3 & up. Every Tuesday from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

JPL Book Club: Join us for a discussion of “The Child” by Fiona Barton on Tuesday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. Call 856-5591 or email johnstonpubliclibrarybsks@gmail.com to request a loaned copy of the book.

Easter Egg Hunt! This is a come-and-go activity for children age 0-5th grade. Visit our children’s department between March 19th & March 31st to see what you can find!

JPL January Programs

Building Club: Join us for some Lego fun! This club meets every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

PreK Story Time: Winter session begins January 16th. Every Tuesday from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

JPL Book Club: Join us for a casual and fun discussion of “The Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah on Monday, February 5, at 10:00 a.m. Call 856-5591 or email johnstonpubliclibrarybsks@gmail.com to request a loaned copy of the book.

Join us for Family Reading Night!

Enjoy sharing Christmas books from our collection with a family member while awaiting a very special guest (Hint: ho!ho!ho!)!
Thursday, December 14th
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Open to any child accompanied by an adult.

Retirement Reception for Library Director Betty Burrows

Please join us as we honor Betty Burrows upon her retirement after 28 1/2 years of service to the Johnston Public Library.
Thursday, November 30th
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Johnston Public Library
210 W. 10th
Baxter Springs, KS 66713

JPL Elevator Now Open

Johnston Public Library has announced that the elevator has been repaired and it is now under a maintenance contract. The elevator electrical and computerized equipment was damaged by flooding in November and December, 2015.
Although the building was insured, it was not covered by flood insurance. The cost to repair was given as $36,000. A fundraising campaign that begin in February, 2016, a USDA rural development grant, and the library’s capital development fund paid for the repairs.
“We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign,” Library Director Betty Burrows commented. “We are happy to be able to offer this service to the people of Baxter Springs.”