Save the date!

JPL Spring Fling will be April 28th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Crafts, music, food, fun! Reserve your free booth today! (Outdoor event)

To the citizens of Baxter Springs and the surrounding area:

Over the years, JPL has offered many services to this community and the surrounding area as well. Books, magazines, DVDs, and audio books are all available for checkout. Computers and wi-fi are available for public use. The annual summer program held in June and July is much anticipated by area children and their families. In addition, JPL has sponsored programs featuring regional and national performers and events such as the Spooky Library, Spring Fling, Harvest Fest, and Music in the Park. All of these activities are free of charge to everyone in the area with the library absorbing all costs.
Between November 28 and December 26, the basement of the library flooded at three different times. This basement had not been flooded in over 27 years. Fortunately, the extensive clean up and disinfecting were covered by insurance. Minor repairs in the basement have been made; a sump pump and larger drain were installed. Unfortunately, the elevator control panel and hydraulic pump operations were completely destroyed. The replacement cost of $65,000 is not covered by insurance.
Now it is time for you to offer your services to the library! Many of our patrons depend upon the elevator for access to the building. Without the elevator, JPL is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are asking you do donate whatever you can toward the replacement cost. If each person in the area served by this library donates just $10, we can meet our goal in a very short time! We want to bring back the elevator as quickly as possible. We thank you in advance for your support and financial help at this time.

PreK Story Time

PreK Story Time is back! Join us every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. (Ages 3-5).

Holiday closing

The library will be closed November 26-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Don’t miss PreK Story Time!

Our story time for ages 3-5 is every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Come join the fun!
Fall session will end on December 8, 2015.

Harvest Fest 2015

Get ready for the 4th Annual Harvest Fest at Johnston Public Library! There will be crafts, music, food, and fun! September 24, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Call, email, or FB message us to sign up for a free (outdoor) booth.2014 2

Warning–summer fun is coming!

Summers are busy at JPL and this year is no exception! We are looking forward to more Music in the Park, multiple book clubs, and our annual summer program for all ages (2015 theme: “Every Hero Has a Story!”). It all starts in less than a month! Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or sign up for our email newsletter at

Library Survey

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Save the date! April 23rd

Mark your calendars! Spring Fling at JPL is just around the corner! More info to come…

PreK Story Time

Story Time for ages 3-5 is every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. It will continue through April 28th.