100 Rabbits – Dick Daniels

In 100 Rabbits, Dick Daniels used the production of ceramics to create 100 different versions of the same rabbit. The work allowed Daniels, who received an ArtsKC Inspirational Grant for this work, a method of investigation into how we measure time. Each rabbit is unique yet there is a commonality to them, highlighting how time impacts our approach to work, influences our expertise and alters our perceptions. 

ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grants invest in human capital and provide direct support to individual artists and arts professionals to embark on projects and activities with the potential to advance their careers and build personal capacity for future work.

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The Weird and Wacky World of Online Sales

You know and love the great deals you find at the Friends of the Johnson County Library book sales, but did you know you can shop with them 24/7, online?

The Friends of Johnson County Library launched their successful summer used book sale about 30 years ago, and have since opened used bookstores at three Johnson County Library branches. The Friends started an internet sales presence in 2004 and sold 116 items that year, earning $3,888. Times have certainly changed. The Friends reported internet sales of 7,841 items grossing nearly $132,000 in 2016. Items sold have ranged from the prosaic: an out-of-print insurance book that is still in demand, to the profound: the collected works of Sigmund Freud. A recent top seller was The Lighting Handbook: Reference and Application which sold for $399.95. Books have been shipped to six continents, and orders arrive daily.

The Online Sales Division is managed by Friends Business Manager Matt Delaney and a corps of dedicated volunteers. We presently have 11 volunteers listing items for sale and 5 volunteers shipping items ordered. Materials deemed appropriate for online sale are manually listed on the three online auction sites where the Friends list: ABEBooks, Amazon and eBay. The sites are monitored daily by the Online Sales volunteers, who also fulfill completed auctions.

Shipments have made their way to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Macau and South Africa!

Funds raised by the Friends support a range of programs and services including the 6 by 6: Ready to Read early literacy program, the Meet the Author series and the annual teen literary magazine, elementia.

Support the Friends by browsing our online shops anytime »

-by Matt Delaney, Business Manager, Friends of Johnson County Library

Join us Next Time: Reception and Artist Talk

TIME is the only constant that continually changes. Depending on who you ask, there’s either too much TIME or never enough. Whether it’s reflecting on the past, looking to the future or exploring the here and now, we are investing in TIME this spring with a series of programs and exhibitions.

Join us for our next Meet the Artist events this Spring »

Throwback Thursday

Happy National Serpent Day! This slightly grisly Throwback Thursday picture comes to you via JoCoHistory, where the description reads: "Black and white informal photograph of two men standing outside with several snakeskins (likely rattlesnake)." 

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Storytimes @ Your Library

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 »

Coming Up in the MakerSpace

Our Maker-in-Residence, Laura Spencer, hosts StoryCorps Listening, meet your new tiny friend: micro:bit, bring your tlc-needed clothing to our Clothing Repair workshop, or if you're new to Making, join our Beginner's Night! See what's happening in the Black & Veatch MakerSpace »

Meet Your New Maker-in-Residence: Laura Spencer

Laura Spencer is an arts reporter at KCUR 89.3, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City. She learned the art of editing reel-to-reel tape as an intern and graduate assistant with the nationally syndicated literary program, New Letters on the Air. Since 2001, she’s focused her efforts on writing and producing feature stories as KCUR’s Arts Reporter. She’s also covered a wide range of topics from science to sports to business.

In 2011, Laura was one of 21 journalists selected for USC Annenberg’s seventh National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. She’s received awards from the Associated Press, Kansas City Art Institute (Excellence in Visual Art and Education,) Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Radio-Television News Directors Association (regional Edward R. Murrow Award) and Society for Professional Journalists.

Her recent national stories include following a traveling musician into the green room at Knuckleheads for NPR’s Morning Edition, and tracking down stolen Andy Warhols for APM’s Marketplace. During her Black & Veatch MakerSpace residency, Laura hopes to support the work of other audio enthusiasts.

Join Laura for some special programming this Spring in the MakerSpace »

Welcome Brandy Butcher!

Johnson County Library warmly welcomes Brandy Butcher as a new member of the Library’s Board of Directors. Members of our Board of Directors are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for a four-year term, and may be reappointed for an additional four-year term. Ms. Butcher has been appointed by Commissioner Jason Osterhaus.

From Ms Butcher’s letter of application to the Board:

I’ve had a lifelong love for my local libraries, and my children and I frequent the Johnson County library system often. I have volunteered in my children’s school library for the past 7 years. I believe a strong library system provides immense value to a community and I would love to be part of keeping our library system great and watching it continue to evolve meeting the needs of our community.

The Library Board meets the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. See the schedule here