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2019 Writers Conference

The 2019 Writers Conference is Thursday, November 14 - Sunday, November 17. Check the full conference schedule here to see events with Sly James, Ron Currie Jr, contest winner readings, and more.

The 2019 Writers Conference is Thursday, November 14 - Sunday, November 17. Check the full conference schedule here to see events with Sly James, Ron Currie Jr, contest winner readings, and more.

Cedar Roe Carrie

Cedar Roe: Where'd They Go?

While Cedar Roe Library is having work done on its roof, Cedar Roe staff are helping out at various other locations.

Here's Carrie, who normally works as a Youth Information Specialist. You can find her temporarily helping out over at Shawnee Library, where she's leading some Baby Storytime on Tuesday mornings with some of our tiniest patrons!

Stay up to date with Cedar Roe!

While Cedar Roe Library is having work done on its roof, Cedar Roe staff are helping out at various other locations.

Here's Carrie, who normally works as a Youth Information Specialist. You can find her temporarily helping out over at Shawnee Library, where she's leading some Baby Storytime on Tuesday mornings with some of our tiniest patrons!

Stay up to date with Cedar Roe!

This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Healthcare Workforce Industry Day Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1 pm @ Central Resource Library

Everybody Read – All Ages Book Group Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

The Game of Go Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 pm @ Antioch Library

Writers Conference featuring Sly James, Ron Currie Jr. and more Thursday, Nov. 14 - Sunday, Nov. 17

Mind Full or Mindful Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:30 am @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Unlocking Em-PAW-thy Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 pm @ Gardner Library

See all of our events »

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Healthcare Workforce Industry Day Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1 pm @ Central Resource Library

Everybody Read – All Ages Book Group Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

The Game of Go Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 pm @ Antioch Library

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Did you hear about the MakerSpace?

This week on Did you hear, our hosts Melissa and Dave chat with Nick Ward-Bopp, one of our MakerSpace Facilitators, about the great resources we have in the Black and Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library. But the MakerSpace isn’t just at Central - we host Maker programming at various other locations, too!

This week on Did you hear, our hosts Melissa and Dave chat with Nick Ward-Bopp, one of our MakerSpace Facilitators, about the great resources we have in the Black and Veatch MakerSpace at Central Resource Library. But the MakerSpace isn’t just at Central - we host Maker programming at various other locations, too!

Fly brain

Fruit Flies and Brain Disease

This session presents current research about “Neuronal-Glial Interactions in a Drosophila Model of Tauopathy.” Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Dr. Kenneth Colodner is a neuroscientist researching how communication between cell types in the human brain is disrupted in neuro-degenerative diseases. His lab is particularly focused on “tau protein toxicity in the context of tauopathies.” Colodner and his colleagues are genetically altering common fruit flies – drosophila melanogaster – to overexpress the human tau protein in their brains. This talk will highlight Colodner’s current studies utilizing genetic, pharmacological and behavioral approaches to understand how tau disrupts cell signaling in the fly brain. Such studies may help identify novel, therapeutic targets for these disorders.

Presented by the Mount Holyoke Kansas City Alumnae Club, Mount Holyoke College and Johnson County Library Foundation.

This session presents current research about “Neuronal-Glial Interactions in a Drosophila Model of Tauopathy.” Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Dr. Kenneth Colodner is a neuroscientist researching how communication between cell types in the human brain is disrupted in neuro-degenerative diseases. His lab is particularly focused on “tau protein toxicity in the context of tauopathies.” Colodner and his colleagues are genetically altering common fruit flies – drosophila melanogaster – to overexpress the human tau protein in their brains. This talk will highlight Colodner’s current studies utilizing genetic, pharmacological and behavioral approaches to understand how tau disrupts cell signaling in the fly brain. Such studies may help... Continue »

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Now at Leawood: Melanie NolkerMelanie Nolker

Monday, Aug 26, 2019 to Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

Hi, my name is Melanie Nolker and I am a full time oil painter here in the Kansas City area. I paint with the colors of Monet, and with a palette knife (a small trowel) instead of a brush. Using the knife forces my work to be freer and more textural than in the years when I painted with watercolor, and the oil paint used generously makes my art very colorful.

Talk about the works currently on display. What would you like people to know about them?

The works currently on display represent a cross section of my interest as an artist. My love of nature and travel shows itself in the depiction of trees. My desire to capture people has grown as my skills improved, thus I have included some portraits in this exhibit. And the large-scale paintings all represent change in our world in the past few years. You will find paintings that speak to forest fires in California, the hurricane in Puerto Rico, global warming that affects our cities and gun violence in our schools.

Who are other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?

Artist that I am most influenced by are Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and Wayne Thiebaud. Their bright colors, graphic quality and playfulness appeal to me and make me feel at home in their presence.

Describe your creative process. How often are you painting and where is your studio?

My creative process is most often simple. It flows from me like eating or breathing. That is not to say that I don’t hit blocks and struggle through them. I paint with many artists who have become friends over the years and the days in shared studios are a joy in my life. I paint at Buena Vista Studios in Roeland Park, with Jean Cook at Sheryl Levene’s Studio and I have my own studio at The InterUrban ArtHouse in Downtown OP. I paint four days a week and because I paint so often, my biggest issue is finding fresh inspiration. I give palette knife workshops several times throughout the year and that keeps me grounded in the basics of how to paint simply and intuitively. 

What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process? Please look through our on-line catalog and provide any links to resources that you would recommend.

One book that I really enjoyed several months ago was Lynn Whipple’s Expressive Flower Painting. It’s a paint-along book with steps and instruction that took me out of my comfort zone, and helped me feel loose and free as I played with new and old media and tools.

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

Hi, my name is Melanie Nolker and I am a full time oil painter here in the Kansas City area. I paint with the colors of Monet, and with a palette knife (a small trowel) instead of a brush. Using the knife forces my work to be freer and more textural than in the years when I painted with watercolor, and the oil paint used generously makes my art very colorful.

Talk about the works currently on display. What would you like people to know about them?

The works currently on display represent a cross section of my interest as an artist. My love of nature and travel shows itself in the depiction of... Continue »

City Center Live

City Center Live: Anne Frank and Mirabai, Women’s Spiritual Legacy in Opera

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

This interfaith opera recital is a musical and spiritual journey featuring two women who changed the world. Anne Frank was a 15-year-old Jewish girl whose poignant and insightful diaries survived the European Holocaust. Mirabai was a Hindu in 16thcentury India who, as legend has it, refused to throw herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. She left her family and devoted herself to writing ecstatic poetry to Krishna.

City Center Live is a partnership between Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

This interfaith opera recital is a musical and spiritual journey featuring two women who changed the world. Anne Frank was a 15-year-old Jewish girl whose poignant and insightful diaries survived the European Holocaust. Mirabai was a Hindu in 16thcentury India who, as legend has it, refused to throw herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. She left her family and devoted herself to writing ecstatic poetry to Krishna.

City Center Live is a partnership between Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council.

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Soldier at a trench

Throwback Thursday

This Throwback Thursday we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We remind you the Library will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veteran's Day.

November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I. Look no further than jocohistory.org to find images like this black and white photograph of a World War I soldier sitting on the edge of a trench.

For even more history be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter.

This Throwback Thursday we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We remind you the Library will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veteran's Day.

November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I. Look no further than jocohistory.org to find images like this black and white photograph of a World War I soldier sitting on the edge of a trench.

For even more history be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Big Fall Kids Book Sale

Big Fall Kids Book Sale

Grab deals on thousands of gently-used children's books, DVDs & audiobooks at bargain prices! We'll have items ranging from board books to YA/teen titles. Most items will be priced $2 or less.

Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX accepted with valid I.D.

See the schedule »

Grab deals on thousands of gently-used children's books, DVDs & audiobooks at bargain prices! We'll have items ranging from board books to YA/teen titles. Most items will be priced $2 or less.

Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX accepted with valid I.D.

See the schedule »

Helping our LGBTQ Youth

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Survive and Thrive

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff for 6 years. In 1998, Kim joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and has been with KCPD for 21 years.  While on KCPD, Kim has worked in the East Patrol Division, Central Patrol Division, North Patrol Division and as a Detective in Violent Crimes Division (both Domestic Violence and Homicide).  She is currently assigned to the Regional Training Academy as a Basic Training Instructor as well as the Diversity Officer and the LGBTQ Liaison Officer for KCPD.  Kim has presented throughout the region and at an international level on topics to include Diversity & Inclusion, Overcoming Implicit Bias, Crisis Intervention, Tactical Communication/De-escalation Skills, Domestic Violence, and LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention/Awareness.  

Part of our Teach the Teachers series.

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff for... Continue »

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