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Book Sale

Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale

 

Join us for the Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale! Over 75,000 books & audiovisual items at bargain prices. 
Most items 50¢ - $2.00; some items specially priced.

NEW LOCATION!
Johnson County Library - Lackman Building
15345 W 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66219

MEMBERS-ONLY PREVIEW
Wednesday, June 26, 3 - 9 pm
Current Friends membership required for this special event! 
Join or renew now or at the door.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29, 9 am - 9 pm

Questions? Call 913.492.4791.

 

Join us for the Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale! Over 75,000 books & audiovisual items at bargain prices. 
Most items 50¢ - $2.00; some items specially priced.

NEW LOCATION!
Johnson County Library - Lackman Building
15345 W 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66219

MEMBERS-ONLY PREVIEW
Wednesday, June 26, 3 - 9 pm
Current Friends membership required for this special event! 
Join or renew now or at the door.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29, 9 am - 9 pm

Questions? Call 913.492.4791.

Teen Theater

Let’s Improv!

This Improvisation workshop will help teens feel the strength and possibility of their creative ideas in everyday life. This introduction to improv is a chance to try out its three fundamentals: 1. Yes, And . . .; 2. Ensemble; 3. Risk to Fail. Combining and practicing these rules allows students to find a natural creative voice in a safe space. 

Presented by Paige Nelson of Creative Expressions, the Performing Arts Creative Learning Studio. 

Nelson combines her extensive education and 15+ years professional experience to create these fun classes that help us all befriend our inner creator.

This Improvisation workshop will help teens feel the strength and possibility of their creative ideas in everyday life. This introduction to improv is a chance to try out its three fundamentals: 1. Yes, And . . .; 2. Ensemble; 3. Risk to Fail. Combining and practicing these rules allows students to find a natural creative voice in a safe space. 

Presented by Paige Nelson of Creative Expressions, the Performing Arts Creative Learning Studio. 

Nelson combines her extensive education and 15+ years professional experience to create these fun classes that help us all befriend our inner creator.

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Central Resource Library
This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can join us for

Let's Improv! multiple dates and times

Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale, Wednesday, June 26 - Saturday, June 29, @ Lackman Building

Interviewing Savvy (register here) Wednesday, June 26, 6 pm @ Cedar Roe Library

The Art of Interviewing register here) Thursday, June 27, 6 pm @ Blue Valley Library

& much more »

This week at the Library, you can join us for

Let's Improv! multiple dates and times

Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale, Wednesday, June 26 - Saturday, June 29, @ Lackman Building

Interviewing Savvy (register here)... Continue »

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MakerSpace and Recycling

What happens to your failed 3D prints? Well, here are a few ways we've given that plastic a second life. Enjoy the video of us blending up the scraps and scroll through the slideshow to see how we've made a prototype for swag for your baseball cap and USB tags!

 

What happens to your failed 3D prints? Well, here are a few ways we've given that plastic a second life. Enjoy the video of us blending up the scraps and scroll through the slideshow to see how we've made a prototype for swag for your baseball cap and USB tags!

 

Star Wars Takeover

Star Wars Teen Takeover

Register for this program online or call 913.826.4600.

It’s teens-only for this after-hours program. Calling all Jedi, Star Wars is coming to the Library. Join us and we can hone our Jedi skills together, through games, crafts and Star Wars-themed treats. You’ll use your wits to solve riddles, crack codes and race the clock to see which team can defeat the Empire. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be served. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters. The resistance needs you! 

Register for this program online or call 913.826.4600.

It’s teens-only for this after-hours program. Calling all Jedi, Star Wars is coming to the Library. Join us and we can hone our Jedi skills together, through games, crafts and Star Wars-themed treats. You’ll use your wits to solve riddles, crack codes and race the clock to see which team can defeat the Empire. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be served. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters. The resistance needs you! 

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Shawnee Library
Summer reading

Throwback Thursday!

As you continue to explore our Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we encourage you to navigate your rocket ship to the nearest wormhole or crack in the space/time continuum and trek back to 1956!  

There you'll find our then temporary headquarters on Merriam Drive. We're talking way before Monticello and long before Lenexa City Center Library! Does history repeat itself? That poster those children are gathered around sure seems to say so! The Summer Reading theme in 1956? Your Ticket to the Moon!

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.     

As you continue to explore our Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we encourage you to navigate your rocket ship to the nearest wormhole or crack in the space/time continuum and trek back to 1956!  

There you'll find our then temporary headquarters on Merriam Drive. We're talking way before Monticello and long before Lenexa City Center Library! Does history repeat itself? That poster those children are gathered around sure seems to say so!... Continue »

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Gardner Library

I think of my drawings as specimens that have not yet been identified, as in they are abstract organic forms based on textures found in nature with an emphasis on mark making and mapping out larger spaces to find potential areas for detail and elaboration.

My paintings, on the other hand, are inspired from still lifes built from fabrics, toilet paper, foliage, dried flowers and other found objects. Using observational skills to capture every tiny shift in color and temperature, I create an “alien” environment. Scale and color transform the small still life reference to something abstract yet believable, with the resulting space suggesting a home for an organism or life force that is imagined or undiscovered.

Paige Davis is a multimedia artist currently living in Lenexa, KS. She earned her BFA in Visual Art from Clemson University, South Carolina. 

Enjoy this exhibition through August 21.

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 What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.

 

Both! I ​tend ​to focus on the medium and, when all goes well, it should enhance the message. I appreciate how oil paints behave and provide so much range in color. For my newer paintings on view, I did a lot of testing with still lifes that involved submerging mundane household objects in milk which added a different layer of depth and created new opportunities with color for me to then play with on canvas to create believable yet abstract environments. 

 

With my multimedia works, I choose my materials with more intent and consideration. A few of my more graphic pieces on view include fly fishing thread which is a nod to my interest in camping and newer hobbies since moving to Kansas - hunting, fishing, and all the skills that you hone while outdoors. When I use graphite and ink, I’m kind of recalling that idea of field notes and studies. I start with an abstract splash of ink, study it and enhance areas of interest. There’s no particular result in mind when I start these pieces, so it’s a bit freeing compared to my oil painting. 

 

 

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

 

Recently, I try to focus on how making art enhances my life, personal growth, and critical thinking. In the grander scheme, I hope people that do view my art spend a few moments lost in observation and are able to just be present with the work. Furthermore, I hope it encourages people to make that connection beyond the art - to appreciate the beauty and complexity of their own surroundings. 

 

 

What influences your practice/works?

 

I’m inspired by the idea of “place” and observation. Nature continues to be a large influence in my work; moving from SC to TN - and to KS in 2013- has exposed me to a variety of landscapes. In learning about habitats, I was fascinated with the knowledge that there is all this activity at the “edge” of a habitat and its importance. I try to recall that concept when working on a piece.

 

 

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

 

I’m inspired by a lot of portrait painters because I simply love flesh tones and the variety of colors that are actually used to define the figure. From early on, I’ve always enjoyed Jenny Saville’s works and how she places the figure in space and her brush strokes. I’m very much inspired by ceramic artist Sam Davis (he’s also my husband)! He often finds a way to insert humor into his work and is a good reminder not to take myself too seriously or overthink my ideas; he also challenges me to consider context and concept with my work. 

 

 

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.

 

Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 by Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel- My painting professor at Clemson introduced us to an excerpt (Chapter 3 in particular regarding “Place”) and it blew my mind. 

 

I also encourage reading any outdoor books that help you identify nature, plants, tracks etc. native to KS (but then go outside and identify stuff and enjoy the feeling of curiosity and discovery)!

 

This won’t help you understand my work necessarily, but I read a million romance novels. I also find that oil painting in general can be kind of dramatic and romanticized so getting in the studio after reading some angsty love stories makes for good results (especially when paired with an equally dramatic and angsty playlist). Mariana Zapata has been my go-to romance author :) 

 

I think of my drawings as specimens that have not yet been identified, as in they are abstract organic forms based on textures found in nature with an emphasis on mark making and mapping out larger spaces to find potential areas for detail and elaboration.

My paintings, on the other hand, are inspired from still lifes built from fabrics, toilet paper, foliage, dried flowers and other found objects. Using observational skills to capture every tiny shift in color and temperature, I create an “alien” environment. Scale and color transform the small still life reference to something abstract yet believable, with the resulting space suggesting a home for an organism or life force that is imagined or undiscovered. ... Continue »

The West African Talking Drum

The West African Talking Drum

Join us for The West African Talking Drum, June 18 at 1 and 2 pm.

Teens, it’s time to play some drums! Participants will learn about Ghana in West Africa and explore a drumming tradition that dates back 800 years. Experience how music is an integral part of all societies of this region. Through a hands-on workshop we will see how music speaks to a community, and how it can make a village dance. Ages 12-18.

Register online for this program or call 913.826.4600

Join us for The West African Talking Drum, June 18 at 1 and 2 pm.

Teens, it’s time to play some drums! Participants will learn about Ghana in West Africa and explore a drumming tradition that dates back 800 years. Experience how music is an integral part of all societies of this region. Through a hands-on workshop we will see how music speaks to a community, and how it can make a village dance. Ages 12-18.

Register online for this program or call 913.826.4600 Continue »

This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

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

Beginners Night in the MakerSpace, Monday June 17, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

The West African Talking Drum (register here) Tuesday, June 18, 1 pm and 2 pm @ Central Resource Library

Now Presenting: Poetry for the Everyday Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

Imaginary Trip to Space: A Musical Journey with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 pm @ Oak Park Library

Star Wars Teen Takeover (register here) Friday, June 21, 5:30 pm @ Shawnee Library

Be sure to check out our space-themed Summer Reading programming »

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

Beginners Night in the MakerSpace, Monday June 17, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

The West African Talking Drum (register here) Tuesday, June 18, 1 pm and 2 pm @ Central Resource Library

Now Presenting: Poetry for the Everyday Tuesday, June 18,... Continue »

Clubs for Kids

Clubs for Kids & Teens

Kids can join one of our clubs to read, have fun (and snacks!) and learn.

American Girl Book Club - at Shawnee Library and Monticello Library. American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girll!

Tween Book Club - at Lenexa City Center, Monticello Library, Central Resource Library, and Blue Valley Library. Let's read for fun! Club kids get together to talk about a new book, make new friends, enjoy snacks and explore fresh ideas. Bonus fun: build your own home library. We provide a free book while supplies last. 

Check out our events for teens, too »

Kids can join one of our clubs to read, have fun (and snacks!) and learn.

American Girl Book Club - at Shawnee Library and Monticello Library. American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girll!

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