Homebound & Outreach Services
The Library's Outreach Services aim to create programs and services geared towards specific groups.
Homebound Services (HomeConnect)
HomeConnect is our free books-by-mail delivery service for residents of Johnson County Library service areas who qualify as permanently or temporarily homebound and are unable to come to the Library.
We can mail library materials to people who are homebound and live in individual residences, senior living sites or nursing centers. For more information, please call (913) 826-4384.
Enroll in HomeConnect
Print Application Form (PDF)
Mail or fax completed form to:
Johnson County Library
P.O. Box 2933
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-1333
FAX: (913) 826-4471
Are you currently enrolled? Request additional materials online
Print out a request form and complete it and return it with your blue HomeConnect bag.
Kansas Talking Books
The Kansas State Library offers digital books and digital players at no-cost. Kansas residents who are unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical impairment or reading disability due to organic dysfunction are eligible. Learn more»
Our Incarcerated Services are centered at the Gardner Library are supported by the Johnson County Library Foundation in partnership with granting agencies. The Johnson County Library Foundation is proud to work with H&R Block Foundation and Johnson County Bar Association to make these programs possible.
- Read to Me: incarcerated parents are recorded reading a book, the Library then provides a copy of the recording and the book to the child.
- Read to Succeed: Literature-based discussion inside the Juvenile Detention Center facilitated by Johnson County Library staff and volunteers.
- Court Assisted Reading Encouragement (C.A.R.E.): Books are provided by the JCL Foundation, given as a gift from the judge, to children from birth to teen who are caught up in the court system. These books serve as a beacon to encourage these youth in the midst of life challenges.
- Changing Lives Through Literature: 7-week-long literature workshop consisting of weekly two-hour sessions of small groups of offenders with a librarian, a judge and a probation officer. Provides the opportunity for all involved to discuss issues and ideas on a level playing field.
The Latino population is one of the fastest growing populations in Johnson County. We strive to meet the needs of this population through programs including:
- English as a Second Language classes and conversational practice time at Oak Park Library - taught entirely by volunteers
- 6 by 6 en Espanol – The Library provides early literacy programs delivered in Espanol and 6 by 6 Ready to Read Instructional Cards in Espanol with funding from the Johnson County Foundation.
- Bi-Lingual storytimes
- Library Help in Spanish at (913) 826-4648.
For a complete listing of our services please visit En Español.
Services for Seniors
We're big fans of our community seniors. Many seniors find our large print books helpful.