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Kansas Day Series: Hidden History of Kansas

Author Adrian Zink will tell the story of Kentucky Derby winning horse Lawrin and his Prairie Village roots.

Check out the other Kansas Day Series events!

Author Adrian Zink will tell the story of Kentucky Derby winning horse Lawrin and his Prairie Village roots.

Check out the other Kansas Day Series events!

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Corinth Library
Red, white and blue steam rises from a coffee cup bearing a design with two conversation bubbles

Legislative Coffee

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. See the full schedule »

Presented with the League of Women Voters.

 

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. See the full schedule »

Presented with the League of Women Voters.

 

  • Joseph Jurkiewicz
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  • Joseph Jurkiewicz
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Now at Oak Park: Joseph JurkiewiczJoseph Jurkiewicz

Monday, Jan 7, 2019 to Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at Oak Park Library

Joe Jurkiewicz is a visual artist whose paintings explore themes of desire, loneliness, anxiety and exaltation. Pulling influences from street art and fashion illustration, he creates perplexing surreal imagery developed in sketchbooks, where he explores new ideas, mark making and surrounding influences. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute of May 2016 with a major in Illustration.

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What would you like people to know most about your art? 

That my work comes from my imagination. I find joy and catharsis while creating art and I want people to feel that in some way.

 

What is your creative process, and what is the most challenging part?  The most rewarding?

My creative process mainly comes from the element of play. I tend to have fun while creating art-not holding to any standards or having any fear of the end result. I simply allow my work to become what it is intended.

 

From where do you gain inspiration?  

Almost anything and everything. Talking to people, listening to music, playing video games, watching movies and drawing what I see.

 

What wisdom/insight would you share with your past self if you could?

Haha I would tell myself to draw more and work harder. I was young, lazy and didn’t know that hard work would pay off.

 

If you could recommend a book, musical artist/track/album, and movie what would they be?

Book I would recommend “start with why” by Simon Sinek. Japanese DJ producer Nujabes. Movie to watch is “Requiem for a Dream”. A must!

Joe Jurkiewicz is a visual artist whose paintings explore themes of desire, loneliness, anxiety and exaltation. Pulling influences from street art and fashion illustration, he creates perplexing surreal imagery developed in sketchbooks, where he explores new ideas, mark making and surrounding influences. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute of May 2016 with a major in Illustration.

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What would you like people to know most about your art? 

That my work comes from my imagination. I find joy and catharsis while creating art and I want people to feel that in some way.

 

What is your creative process, and what is the most challenging part?  The most rewarding?... Continue »

Storytimes

Spring Storytimes

Our new storytime schedule is here!

Need a morning storytime, or one after work? Got an infant, a preschooler or a toddler? Whatever your situation, we've got a storytime for you »

Our new storytime schedule is here!

Need a morning storytime, or one after work? Got an infant, a preschooler or a toddler? Whatever your situation, we've got a storytime for you »

Now presenting creative writing contest winners

Now Presenting: Creative Writing Contest Winners

Now Presenting features local writers reading their work. Sarah Donohoe, Kaleah Peterson, Michael Harty, and Rebecca Schier-Akamelu​ are winners of the Library's monthly creative writing contest and will share their entries.

Now Presenting and Writing Contests are presented with The Writers Place.

See all of the events in our Now Presenting series.

Now Presenting features local writers reading their work. Sarah Donohoe, Kaleah Peterson, Michael Harty, and Rebecca Schier-Akamelu​ are winners of the Library's monthly creative writing contest and will share their entries.

Now Presenting and Writing Contests are presented with The Writers Place.

See all of the events in our Now Presenting series.

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
Brian Scarborough

Local Music Monday SpotlightBrian Scarborough

It is a pleasure to share an exclusive interview with celebrated Kansas City jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator Brian Scarborough. In addition to leading his own group, Scarborough is member of several noteworthy jazz ensembles, including The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, the Boulevard Big Band, and the Brandon Draper Group. As if that weren't enough, he not only has extensive experience with numerous musical theater companies, he is also a respected educator who has taught in Kansas City as well as in Northern Germany. In this interview, Scarborough discusses his musical background, creative vision and shares his book, music and movie recommendations.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

 

My name is Brian Scarborough and I am a Kansas City based trombonist, composer, improviser, and educator.  I have been playing trombone since 2001 and hold a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Kansas (2013) and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University (2015).  I began performing in the greater Kansas City area in high school and moved back from Chicago in 2015 to begin my life as a full time musician.  

 

It is my ultimate goal that both my playing and composing/arranging feel and sound organic.  My music stems from the jazz tradition, but I have also been influenced over the years by folk music, world music, classical music, and rock and roll, among others.  I like to try and explore non-traditional forms and phrase lengths, aiming to find melodies, bass lines, grooves etc. that make them feel organic. 

 

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Mark your calendar!

This Week at the Library

This week at Johnson County Library, you can

view a screening of Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Sunday, Jan 13, 3pm @ Central Resource Library

get tips about cooking for large groups and hear from a chef from local shelter Safehome at An Edible Discussion Monday Jan 14, 6:30pm @ Corinth Library

enjoy readings from our most recent writing contest winners at Now Presenting Tuesday, Jan 15, 6:30pm @ Central Resource Library

hear from author Adrian Zink at Kansas Day Series: Hidden History of Kansas Thursday, Jan 17, 6:30pm @ Corinth Library

Enjoy our book groups, storytimes, and much more »

This week at Johnson County Library, you can

view a screening of Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Sunday, Jan 13, 3pm @ Central Resource Library

get tips about cooking for large groups and hear from a chef from local shelter Safehome at An Edible Discussion Monday Jan 14, 6:30pm @ Corinth Library

enjoy readings from our most recent writing contest winners at Now Presenting Tuesday, Jan... Continue »

Wasted

Tomorrow! Wasted: The Story of Food WasteWasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually, valued at approximately $7 million. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity. 

Join Johnson County Library to examine the issues of hunger. We'll be screening two documentaries, Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, and A Place at the Table on several dates in two locations. Plenty of seating will be available. For an extra-comfy viewing experience, bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Refreshments will be provided. See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming » 

Presented with the Food Policy Council of Johnson County. Licensing provided by After the Harvest.

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually, valued at approximately $7 million. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity. 

Join Johnson County Library to examine the issues of hunger. We'll be screening two documentaries, Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, and A Place at the Table ... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
Living Coral: THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2019

Color Your Year!

Have you heard? Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year!

The folks at Pantone say Living Coral is "vibrant, yet mellow" and it "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."

So how can your Library Card bring more color to your life? 

Art. Did you know there are a number of prints of paintings you can check out from the Central Resource Library? Find all of them that have used Living Coral. You'll be the envy of all your friends.

Films. IndieFlix brings over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Make it a game—watch every single one and count the number of times you see the color of the year!

Fashion. Learn Fashion Design 101 online through Universal Class. We're almost certain they will approve of using Living Coral for everything from your hat, to your hoodie, to your high waisted pants, to your hiking boots!

Graphic design. An all Living Coral website? We like the way you think! Lynda.com courses are at no cost to you! Let their in-depth videos be your gateway to "Coralizing" the world (is that a word?)

Home improvement. Ready for a change? Make the leap. Go for it. Do it! We've got the right eMagazine for you like The Family Handyman. Living Coral drapes, Living Coral wall paint, Living Coral sofa, Living Coral EVERYTHING! 

Travel. Have you ever visited a coral reef? It's time! That's some real living coral! We've got shelves and shelves of travel books! We even have your favorite downloadable audiobooks for the journey to your destination.

Or simply use "Coral" as a search term as a way to browse our catalog. Who knows what you'll find. Explore! After all, "Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity." 

Living Coral, the Library salutes you!

Have you heard? Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year!

The folks at Pantone say Living Coral is "vibrant, yet mellow" and it "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."

So how can your Library Card bring more color to your life? 

Art. Did you know there are a number of prints of paintings you can check out from the Central Resource Library? Find all... Continue »

Sisters and Strings

Tonight! City Center Live with Sisters and Strings InfusionCity Center Live: Sisters and Strings Infusion

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

Kansas City band Sisters and Strings Infusion perform at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council

See more events in our City Center Live series.

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

Kansas City band Sisters and Strings Infusion perform at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council

See more events in our City Center Live... Continue »

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Lackman Library , Off-site

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