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2022 Did you hear? Podcast

Quite simply, the Did you hear? Podcast is your Library insider. It's a fun way to share our passion for what we do. It pulls back the curtain to reveal how we do it. It shines a light on services, events and our collection to illuminate how the Library can help you be your best.

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2022 SEASON

THIS MONTH:

November - Thanksgiving, Hygge & Turkey Talk
We are thankful for you our listening audience and for the many good people, ideas and things that make our lives filled with coziness and "comfortable conviviality" with feelings of wellness and contentment. We dedicate the episode to warmth and thankfulness. We explore the concept of Hygge, interview two chefs to help you stretch yourself as a home cook and create delicious dishes that will make your Thanksgiving feast more flavorful, and we even interview a turkey.

A big shout out to Chef Brett Dehart who is co-owner/operator of two kitchens at a very popular food hall in downtown Overland Park. Much appreciation to Chef Kolika Simmons who is a chef and food blogger. Many thanks to them for adding their expertise to this episode! And finally, our gobs of gratitude to our gobbling thespian, Brian Berrens who played Larry the Turkey!

NEXT MONTH:

December - Kaleidoscope of Sound
Get ready for an auditory exploration of sounds from the Library!

UPCOMING:

We are excited to announce the 2023 season will present serial episodes to tell a single story. We tell a year-long tale of a book and its Library journey from beginning to end.

PREVIOUS MONTHS:

October - Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown Part II
We continue our games as a fun way to learn about the Library! We play Library Jeopardy and Wheel of Fiction!

We are no longer accepting entries for our puzzle contest, but you can still print the puzzles out, complete them, have a lot of fun and if you're not too careful, you might just learn something!

April - Silver and Gold
We asked the same 10 questions of an employee who just began her career at Johnson County Library and of an employee counting down the days until retirement. Their answers may surprise you!

May - Mesmerizing Memes and More
These days you can't just put up a website and call it good. You have to have a "web presence." Go to where the people are online instead of expecting them to come to you. What's the behind-the-scenes story when it comes to philosophy, strategy and creating social media content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube?    

June - Summer Reading
Summer Reading 2022: Oceans of Possibilities, runs Saturday, June 4-Friday, July 29. Grab a reading log for your favorite kiddo! We dive deep (see what we did there?) into this Aquatic episode.

July - Make-along
Our friends from the MakerSpace lead us through a hands-on activity. Charles and Dave will make something great and you the listener can make-along as well!

August - Back to school
With educational resources like those we offer, your child has a real advantage. We explore everything you maybe didn't know the Library had to offer to prepare your child for the coming school year. 

September - Library Lowdown Quiz Showdown Part I
We love radio programs like “Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!” We also live for getting to know everything there is to know about Johnson County Library! What do you know? What do we know? Get ready for a variety of Library games.

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us at:

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Friends of the Library Pop-Up Book Sale Saturday, Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop gently used books and items at the Friends of the Library headquarters!
20% Friends members discount all day!

Storytimes Many of our locations offer a variety of Storytimes ranging from family, baby, toddler, and preschool- focused programs. Check your preferred location for dates and times to make a choice that best fits your child.

Last Chance to see our Fall Exhibitions Now through Dec. 21.

Johnson County Library is proud to share the work of Kansas City metro area visual artists in our library art galleries. We have some locations with dedicated art gallery spaces to inspire people of all ages and beautify our libraries. We seek a diverse selection of artwork that inspires, educates and promotes community connection. If you're a local artist interested in submitting your artwork for consideration, learn more here.

And much more happening this week »

Jeanne Savage at Sounds Easy video store in 1984

Jeanne Savage at Sounds Easy video rental store in 1984. The store was known later as Savage Video.

Do you remember video stores?

There's no better time than Throwback Thursday to look back into Johnson County history. Before streaming video, we had DVDs. Before DVDs, we had VHS tapes. When Hollywood movies were first put onto tape and we were able to rent them to view them in our own living rooms, well, it was a big deal. 

Our friends at the jocohistory blog have offered up a new story that details Johnson County's video store phenomenon: Hollywood at Home: A History of Johnson County Video Stores

Last Chance to See Our Fall Exhibitions

Johnson County Library is proud to share the work of Kansas City metro area visual artists in our library art galleries. We have some locations with dedicated art gallery spaces to inspire people of all ages and beautify our libraries. We seek a diverse selection of artwork that inspires, educates and promotes community connection. If you're a local artist interested in submitting your artwork for consideration, learn more here.

Our Fall Exhibitions will be removed December 21, so take this opportunity to enjoy art at your favorite library location.

Read on to see what each branch has on display, and check out our full interviews with each artist »

Antioch Library - Drawing
Anita Easterwood is a portrait artist and illustrator from Kansas City, KS with over 13 years of experience. She received her Bachelors in Art from Kansas State University, and Masters in African American Studies from The University of Kansas. Specializing in traditional drawing, digital art and oil painting, her work celebrates Blackness through Black culture, fashion, history, and sisterhood. Her artwork will be on display at the Antioch Library branch until December 21, 2022.

Cedar Roe Library - Photography
Becky Brinkley is a native Kansan and Kansas City Art Institute alumna living and working in the KC area. Becky has worked with ceramics, fiber arts and photography. Her most recent work has been experimenting with alternative photographic processes, using plants and direct contact processes exposed by sunlight.

Lenexa City Center Library - Painting
Black Space Black Art is an artists collective started by Natasha Ria El-Scari, owner of the Natasha Ria Art Gallery. The collective matches African American artists to local businesses, in order to broaden the exposure of the artists and the artwork and introduce it within the community. 

Corinth Library - Painting
Educator and painter Eiman Yousif draws artistic inspiration from her cultural experiences in Africa and UAE. Her work is colorful and abstract with a focus on feminism. 

Shawnee Library - Painting
Jean Hershey developed as a painter through her years working as a commercial artist. She allows emotions and the subconscious mind to guide her in the creation of abstract pieces with bold color and movement. 

Central Resource Library - Painting
Former Hallmark executive and trained printmaker Patti Streeper has turned her creative energy toward painting. With a focus on portraits, Patti uses art to tell the stories of women who have made significant contributions to society. 

Oak Park Library - Painting
Originally from the Philippines, Kansas City based artist Raffaela Malazarte has been experimenting with oil painting since 2000. Her style is greatly influenced by fauvism and impressionism.Raffaela’s choice of colors and brush strokes are very bold, thick and vibrant. 

Blue Valley Library - Mixed Media
Artist Susan Ferguson creates pieces made to give viewers an opportunity for reflection on their connections and experiences related to the environment and environmental sustainability. Experimenting with materials, techniques and mediums, Susan produces artwork that is colorful, textured and layered.

Leawood Pioneer Library - Textile
Artist Weifang Gong’s work is inspired by the environmental impact and pollution she witnessed in her years as a textile designer. Her painterly textiles reflect her practice of no waste/reusing and the influence of traditional Chinese paintings. 

Meet Brian Hanni, Author of "Banner Year"

Meet Brian Hanni, author of Banner Year: The Championship Season of the 2021-22 Kansas Jayhawks.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
6-8 p.m.
Central Resource Library
no registration necessary

Join us for an evening with Brian Hanni, Voice of the Jayhawks, for a talk on Banner Year, the official commemorative championship book of the 2021-2022 season of the University of Kansas. Nonfiction Award. Hanni will discuss the book and conclude with an audience Q&A. Book purchase and signing will follow.

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us at:

Library OnDemand Available anytime you like.

Your doorway into live and archived programs. Arts & Culture, Career & Finance, Community Matters, Writers and more!

Teen Takeout Sign up starting Thursday, Dec. 1 

Sign up for the Teen Takeout book and get a free new-release teen book each month! Every month features a different theme, and the book is yours to keep. Registration runs from 1st to the 15th of every month (until full) at jocolibrary.org/teen-takeout.

One-on-One DNA & Genetic Genealogy Help Friday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – noon

Visit the Johnson County Genealogical Society at www.jcgsks.org to schedule an appointment. A volunteer will contact you by email to set up an in-person or a Zoom session link for you prior to the scheduled date.

Storytimes Many of our locations offer a variety of Storytimes ranging from family, baby, toddler, and preschool- focused programs. Check your preferred location for dates and times to make a choice that best fits your child.

And much more happening this week »

branch manager Amy Barclay poses in front of the Corinth library

Branch Manager Amy Barclay in front of the Corinth Library

Corinth Looks Ahead to 60th Anniversary and the Future

Johnson County Library’s Corinth branch, at 8100 Mission Road, is popular with patrons from Prairie Village and beyond. It opened Feb. 24, 1963, so 2023 will mark its 60th anniversary milestone.  

In 1967 Corinth expanded on both the north and south sides to reach its current size of 20,475 square feet. In 1988 it had an interior renovation, with the addition of an elevator and east side windows.  

The building has had some major maintenance in recent years, including a new roof and updated electrical and heating/cooling work. It has a well-stocked children’s section and a spacious computer area and remains a favorite Library destination for young families and adults.  

“We are quite busy. We are well loved,” says Amy Barclay, who has been branch manager since January 2019. “Corinth is known for being a place for families to come and meet and connect. We have tutors here all the time. We often rank quite high on customer service.” 

But there’s also a recognition that the community could use a more modern facility. The current land-locked location is not conducive to expansion. The 2015 Comprehensive Library Master Plan identified the need to replace Corinth with a new building, but no timeframe was specified.  

A more immediate branch task is the Merriam Plaza Library project, a replacement for the current Antioch branch. The final design has just been completed for the new branch, with construction planned in 2023 and a grand opening in 2024.   

The Library Board has been weighing how to prioritize the timing of new construction for Corinth and the best way to work with Prairie Village city officials. 

Very preliminary talks began in 2019 between the Library and Prairie Village leaders over possibly collaborating on a civic campus that could include a new community center and Library, in proximity to Harmon Park. Survey results in December 2019 showed strong support for the Library in Prairie Village overall, and support for the Library being included in a shared campus. Talks were then put on hold due to COVID-19. 

Stakeholders from the Library and city of Prairie Village resumed conversations earlier this year and indicated a willingness to keep working together.  

Barclay and other Library leaders would love to see a new Corinth branch with a convenient drive-thru, larger meeting rooms, better accessibility for people with disabilities, and other amenities found in the newest branches — Monticello and Lenexa City Center — and in the renovated Central Resource Library.  

The Prairie Village City Council is beginning to explore the feasibility of building the community/civic center, but this remains very tentative. On Oct. 3, the City Council debated whether to conduct a survey to gauge citizen support for the project, but postponed a decision. At their November meeting, the City's ad hoc civic center committee elected to send an updated version of the survey to residents. If citizen support exists, the city would still need to figure out a location, conceptual design and how to pay for it.   

The Library, which has its own dedicated funding source, will also pursue its own areas of inquiry, including programming and how much space will be needed; site feasibility including traffic flow, parking and potential phasing; and cost estimating. 

In the meantime, Barclay says Corinth is doing well and enjoying the return to in-person programming, with its popular Storytimes, book groups and Legislative coffees. 

“It is really refreshing to be in a branch where the community is so invested in this building,” Barclay said. “I do still think the community pretty much loves this branch. We’re not losing patrons to the prettier branches. There’s a lot of loyalty to Corinth and to Prairie Village.” 

TBT. There be turkey!

It's turkey time! Well, for some. If you prefer tofurkey or some other vegan alternative, that's great too. Whatever you choose to overeat, you probably will be sitting in a chair uncomfortably full and perhaps unable to move. That is an excellent time to browse through all of the great Thanksgiving photos at jocohistory.org

We just had to share this 1966 photo from the Wasiner family Thanksgiving. One child keeps her eyes on the bird. Another keeps her eye on the birdwatcher. The others? Eyes forward for this wonderful photograph. Everyone has their priorities.

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