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Tomorrow! Free Lunch. A Performance WorkFree Lunch. by artists m.o.i. (aka Minister of Information) and Sarah Star Wilkison

There is such a thing as a free lunch, just not for everyone. Free Lunch. is an exhibition of works by the artist duo Father-Daughter Confessional where food is the central thought. In this new performance work by m.o.i., aka Minister of Information, and Sarah Star Wilkison, the intricacies of food security in a paradoxical world are examined. The artists create simple sack lunches packed with nutrition, tasty tidbits and a few surprises. Only a few are available - will you get to eat today? Come to the exhibit and find out.

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

There is such a thing as a free lunch, just not for everyone. Free Lunch. is an exhibition of works by the artist duo Father-Daughter Confessional where food is the central thought. In this new performance work by m.o.i., aka Minister of Information, and Sarah Star Wilkison, the intricacies of food security in a paradoxical world are examined. The artists create simple sack lunches packed with nutrition, tasty tidbits and a few surprises. Only a few are available - will you get to eat today? Come to the exhibit and find out.

See all of our coming ... Continue »

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Gardner Library
Journal on tabletop with pens

Teen Bullet Journal Meetup

Bullet Journals are a way for people to stay organized in a forgiving manner. It is simply a journal that you use to create ways to keep yourself on task and balanced. This could be everything from a simple to-do list to a daily/weekly/monthly calendar to tracking what you do. Teen Bullet Journal Meetup is a way of keeping oneself organized and balanced and the meetup is a place to be creative and learn with and from other teens. There is no right or wrong way, one can do whatever works best for them. This is an opportunity to get together with other teens to bounce ideas off each other and learn how other manage their lives. This is a creative outlet for teens who love organization or need help being organized. See the full schedule of meetings here.

Bullet Journals are a way for people to stay organized in a forgiving manner. It is simply a journal that you use to create ways to keep yourself on task and balanced. This could be everything from a simple to-do list to a daily/weekly/monthly calendar to tracking what you do. Teen Bullet Journal Meetup is a way of keeping oneself organized and balanced and the meetup is a place to be creative and learn with and from other teens. There is no right or wrong way, one can do whatever works best for them. This is an opportunity to get together with other teens to bounce ideas off each other and learn how other manage their lives. This is a creative outlet for teens who love organization or need help being organized. See the full schedule of... Continue »

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Antioch Library
Science Cafe

Science Cafe - Making Everyday Choices for a Healthy Sustainable Diet

Our food choices affect health and pocket book, but also the health of our community and planet. Sustainable diets meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. This program discusses healthy, nutritious and affordable options for better health. You'll see examples of ways to buy local/regional foods and get tips on stretching food dollars. You'll also learn some strategies to help reduce food waste.

Presented by Crystal Futrell, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

 

Our food choices affect health and pocket book, but also the health of our community and planet. Sustainable diets meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. This program discusses healthy, nutritious and affordable options for better health. You'll see examples of ways to buy local/regional foods and get tips on stretching food dollars. You'll also learn some strategies to help reduce food waste.

Presented by Crystal Futrell, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

See all of our coming ... Continue »

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Leawood Pioneer Library
Park Street, Olathe 1890

Throwback Thursday. History repeats itself.

Ah yes! Back in the 1890s when snow was sepia toned. If you find yourself indoors today, do a search for "snow" and "winter" at jocohistory.org. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Ah yes! Back in the 1890s when snow was sepia toned. If you find yourself indoors today, do a search for "snow" and "winter" at jocohistory.org. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

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Now @ Leawood: Marcia StreepyMarcia Streepy

Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 to Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Influenced primarily by John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt, Kansas City-based painter Marcia Streepy enjoys the challenges of "plein air," or outdoor, painting. Her work depicts scenes of the natural world and city life painted on location. Whether she is applying oil paint, pastels, watercolors or pen and ink, the main hallmark of Streepy’s work is her use of vibrant color and light, which she says is motivated more by the “spirit of the object” than the realistic form of what she is trying to capture on the canvas. 

Please introduce yourself. How long have you been a painter?

I am a Modern American Impressionistic Painter, according to one client. I have been painting almost daily since 1965.  I painted and illustrated school papers, did posters for games, did a mural for extra money all before I went to college. Once in college, I took all the art classes I could while obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Painting is my passion. Nursing was my career.

I am married and have two daughters and two grandchildren. My mother was a fulltime artist who gave me inspiration. One significant factor in my life is that at age 12 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and then lupus at age 30, so I have had times in my life when painting was very therapeutic.

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

The two 60”x 60” paintings at Pioneer Library were done at the InterUrban Arthouse as memory paintings from the many plein-air paintings I have done in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The two smaller paintings are plein-air paintings done during the Brush Creek plein-air event and Kansas City Parks and Recreation event. The vertical painting of trees was done as an experiment in changing the horizon line to the top of the canvas. The backyard scene is so typical of the ordinary lonely back yards in winter. I hope the people who see my work at the library enjoy the color and vibrancy of the work and will able to relate to the beautiful Kansas sky.  Maybe they will recognize the pond at the discovery center and the utility mobile unit for the parks department.

If interested in seeing more of my work contact the artist or visit the InterUrban Arthouse.

Describe your creative process. How long does it typically take for you to complete a painting?

My creative process is first observing, looking at the world and selecting what interests me. Sometimes I see light on an object or the atmosphere of a scene that inspires me to try to courageously paint not knowing if the painting will be what I hope it will be.  Second, practice and more practice which helps me develop the skill to paint on paper or canvas.  Changing mediums helps me be more creative. I like to use watercolors, pastels, oils and acrylics. If someone asks me about starting a career as an artist, I tell them to buy a sketch book and continually draw. Inspiration comes from doing. 

How long does it take to finish a painting? I think all my paintings help develop the next painting, so to be truthful, each painting has taken me about 55 years and four weeks to complete.

What books, movies and/or music have inspired you recently? 

The books about other artists such as the impressionist or post-modern American, French or Swedish artists are inspiring. I enjoy studying individual artists work more than the step by step art books. I am in three book clubs and read every evening. I enjoy novels, historical or biographical and children’s literature.  The most recent art book that I purchased is “Fishing For Elephants” by Larry Moore.

The most recent movie I saw was “Mary Poppins Returns”. I thought the opening scenes were so artistic and I loved the scenes taken from the special bowl because the illustrated clothing was so fun on the actors. 

 

 

 

 

 

Influenced primarily by John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt, Kansas City-based painter Marcia Streepy enjoys the challenges of "plein air," or outdoor, painting. Her work depicts scenes of the natural world and city life painted on location. Whether she is applying oil paint, pastels, watercolors or pen and ink, the main hallmark of Streepy’s work is her use of vibrant color and light, which she says is motivated more by the “spirit of the object” than the realistic form of what she is trying to capture on the canvas. 

Please introduce yourself. How long have you been a painter?

I am a Modern American Impressionistic Painter, according to one client. I have been... Continue »

Dreamgirl

Dreamy Music Monday Local MusicDreamgirl

With a sound inspired by 80s synthpop, surf and dreampop, Dreamgirl's self-titled debut album is an affirmation of the potential shown on their previous two EPs. Led by singer Lacey Hopkins, the band's music is the product of a true collaboration between the members. We are lucky to bring you an interview with Hopkins about their debut album, songwriting process and what inspires them about music in Kansas City.

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Introduce the band and describe your music for new listeners.

Dreamgirl is Skylar Smith, Sam Stephan, Ian Dobyns, Austin Marks and Lacey Hopkins. We are from Kansas City, MO.

Our music is dreamy synth rock & roll; landlocked surf rock / dreampop / indie, female-fronted, with fun vocal harmonies. We've been compared to Tennis, TOPS, Shannon & the Clams and Cyndi Lauper. 
 

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Mark your calendar!

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can

get familiar with our Black and Veatch MakerSpace at Beginners Night, Monday, Feb 18, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

join the Overland Park Police for a community get-together at Coffee With Cops Tuesday, Feb 19, 10:30am @ Central Resource Library

learn about healthy and budget-friendly diet choices at Science Cafe Tuesday, Feb 19 and Thursday, Feb 21

And more! Browse all of our events »

This week at the Library, you can

get familiar with our Black and Veatch MakerSpace at Beginners Night, Monday, Feb 18, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

join the Overland Park Police for a community get-together at Coffee With Cops Tuesday, Feb 19, 10:30am @ Central Resource Library

learn about healthy and budget-friendly diet choices at ... Continue »

Bookmark art

We Want Your Art!

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the National Library Week Bookmark Design Contest, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with their own winner. Entries are due Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Print out your entry form (PDF) and start creating!

The winning illustrations will be unveiled during National Library Week in April. The winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed throughout the remainder of the year at all 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and three Friends Bookstores.

Co-sponsored with Friends of Johnson County Library.

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the National Library Week Bookmark Design Contest, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with their own winner. Entries are due Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Print out your entry form (PDF) and start creating!

The winning illustrations will be unveiled during National Library Week in April. The... Continue »

City Center Live: Opera 180

Canceled - City Center Live: Opera 180

This even has been canceled.

This even has been canceled.

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Lackman Library , Off-site
Dubhán, Annika, and Jonathan

Your Boss is Awesome!

Dubhán, Annika, & Jonathan … you did it! You made the leap. Now you’re enterprising entrepreneurs. You’ve launched a startup to build a better bagel, or move freight faster, or design cutting-edge computer systems in some revolutionary new way. Now you’re your own boss(es)! But where do you turn when little problems threaten to deflate your big dream?

 

Don’t worry. Your Library Card connects you to ReferenceUSA where you can:

  • see sales and expenditures of nearby competitors (just by drawing on a map)

  • generate a mailing list of potential customers (based on their consumer snapshot)

  • welcome residents who just moved into town with a coupon (from the database of new movers)

 

Want more? You can’t beat The Kansas City Business Journal online. From there you can access the coveted Book of Lists!

Still want more? That’s why you’re going to beat the odds and make it. How about access to over 20 business databases and resources?

 

Master your accounting with a Lynda.com tutorial on QuickBooks. Learn about forecasting profits and losses with the Small Business Reference Center. We can even help you cut costs with printable and customizable legal forms for Kansas and Missouri.

 

You know what? Consider us your “silent” partner. We’ll help you find it here!

 

Dubhán, Annika, & Jonathan … you did it! You made the leap. Now you’re enterprising entrepreneurs. You’ve launched a startup to build a better bagel, or move freight faster, or design cutting-edge computer systems in some revolutionary new way. Now you’re your own boss(es)! But where do you turn when little problems threaten to deflate your big dream?

 

Don’t worry. Your Library Card connects you to ReferenceUSA where you can:

  • see sales and expenditures of nearby competitors (just by drawing on a map)

  • generate

  • ... Continue »

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