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.”

Special board meeting.

The Johnston Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall meeting room.

Visit the Spooky Library….if you dare!!!

The Spooky Library will return on October 26th! Are you brave enough for a haunted tour?
Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. This is a family-friendly event.

Fall Building Club

Fall Building Club for grades Kindergarten-5th will begin Thursday, October 12th. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

JPL Book Club

Join us for a fun and relaxed discussion about “Goodnight June” by Sarah Jio. The club will meet on Monday, November 6th at 10:00 a.m. For a free, loaned copy of the book, call 620-856-5591 or email

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Bring us your decorated pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns and we will display them in the main room all month long! Contest runs from October 2-25th. One prize will be awarded for each category: adult, teen, and child.

Fall Story Time Returns!

Story Time for ages 3-5 is held every Tuesday from 10:00-10:40 a.m. The fall session begins September 19 and ends December 5th.

“Build a Better World!” Summer 2017 Programs

Summer 2017 Closings

May 29th-Closed for Memorial Day.
June 2nd-Closed for the Southeast KS Library System Annual Meeting.
July 4th-Closed for the 4th of July.

Let JPL serve you dinner!

Library fundraiser night at Pizza Hut! Tuesday, April 5th, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. There will also be cookbooks and baked goods for sale! All proceeds will benefit the JPL elevator repair fund.