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Throwback Thursday: Deaf History Month

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

  • Sharon  Rodriguez, photographer
    Sharon Rodriguez, photographer Sharon Rodriguez, photographer
  • Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
    Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
  • Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
    Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
  • Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.
    Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County Sharon Rodriguez shines a light on the homeless population in Johnson County.

A Heart for the Homeless

Some Johnson Countians think the homeless don’t exist here. But Sharon Rodriguez’s exhibit, currently on display at the Central Resource Library, aims to show that the homeless exist even in the middle- to upper-income suburbs.

They live in parks, in woods, on streets and anywhere else a person without a home could camp or shelter from rain, snow and heat.

Sharon says suburbanites often have a “not in my backyard” attitude toward the homeless. But she tells them, “They’re already in your backyard. They’re everywhere.”

Many homeless people are either invisible or ignored. One day on a walking trail, Sharon saw a homeless man and woman she sensed were having a problem. She approached and asked if she could help. The woman began to cry. She said no one else had spoken with them in all the time they had been there.

“The homeless are human beings just like anyone else,” she said. “They have the same needs and emotions. I don’t give them money, but sometimes I give them food or clothing. I ask them to tell me their stories.”

Sharon records the stories in handwriting and makes black-and-white photographs of the storytellers. She has featured them in two books, “Homeless Not Invisible” in 2017 and “Homeless, With Honor” in 2018. You can also see her work on her website, https://sharonrodriguezphotography.com

Sharon feels passionate about her work and can get up in anyone’s face who talks disparagingly about poor or homeless people. At a civic club meeting, a man said he was renovating an apartment complex “to get rid of the unsavory.” She spoke to him so forcefully about his lack of respect that he ended up giving her a donation for her work. She used the money to buy digital cameras for homeless people to use to record their lives and plans to feature their photos in a future exhibition. 

The work Sharon does now is a world away from her previous jobs as an IT consultant. Her artistry evolved after 2007, when she was unable to find work in the crippled economy. A mother of three, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 10, she is happy to spend time with her family and to continue her heartfelt work with the homeless.

Through Sharon’s stories and photos, viewers have a window into the experiences of homeless people. Other people may shy away from the conversations Sharon has, but she feels no fear, only compassion and a desire to make visible the “invisible” homeless in all their humanity.

Some Johnson Countians think the homeless don’t exist here. But Sharon Rodriguez’s exhibit, currently on display at the Central Resource Library, aims to show that the homeless exist even in the middle- to upper-income suburbs.

They live in parks, in woods, on streets and anywhere else a person without a home could camp or shelter from rain, snow and heat.

Sharon says suburbanites often have a “not in my backyard” attitude toward the homeless. But she tells them, “They’re already in your backyard. They’re everywhere.”

Many homeless people are either invisible or ignored. One day on a walking trail, Sharon saw a homeless man and woman she sensed were having a problem. She approached and asked if she could help. The... Continue »

Our staff

National Library Workers Day

We're celebrating our amazing staff today on this #NationalLibraryWorkersDay! Follow along as we share throughout the day on Facebook or Twitter.

We're celebrating our amazing staff today on this #NationalLibraryWorkersDay! Follow along as we share throughout the day on Facebook or Twitter.

KSD

Throwback Thursday: Deaf History Month

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

 

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

 

  • Rick Astley
    Rick Astley Rick Astley
  • Goodbye Dewey
    Goodbye Dewey Goodbye Dewey
  • Happy Endings
    Happy Endings Happy Endings
  • 60 by 60
    60 by 60 60 by 60
  • Bad idea
    Bad idea Bad idea
  • One Genre Per Branch
    One Genre Per Branch One Genre Per Branch
  • 1. Just 1. Only 1.
    1. Just 1. Only 1. 1. Just 1. Only 1.

Best of April Fool's

Here on Johnson County Library website, we always have a great time on April Fool's Day. This past Monday we ran a whopping six April Fool's posts, and brought a little extra laughter to our coworkers, our followers on social media, and our community. 

Here are a few of our favorite comments from our posts this year on social media:

  • Today’s homepage at @jocolibrary does not disappoint, and now I’m sad I missed out on the Home Delivery Via Dragon Service!
  • ​I always look forward to what the @jocolibrary crew cooks up for today. They didn't disappoint this year!​
  • Battin' 1000 today, library folks! 
  • I died and then remembered it's April 1st!​
  • JoCo Librarians are killing it today!
  • NOW THAT IS REALLY FUNNY! Bravo, JCL! #AprilFools #NicelyPlayed
  • I hate this holiday... I believed for a hot second.
  • Love that my local library system has such a great sense of humor!
  • Got me! Good one, whew!

Browse through a few of our favorite April Fool's posts from this year and previous years »

Here on Johnson County Library website, we always have a great time on April Fool's Day. This past Monday we ran a whopping six April Fool's posts, and brought a little extra laughter to our coworkers, our followers on social media, and our community. 

Here are a few of our favorite comments from our posts this year on social media:

  • Today’s homepage at @jocolibrary does not disappoint, and now I’m sad I missed out on the Home Delivery Via Dragon Service!
  • ​I always look forward to what the @jocolibrary crew cooks up for today. They didn't disappoint this year!​
  • Battin' 1000 today, library
  • ... Continue »
Cedar Roe READ Winner

Cedar Roe's READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Cedar Roe Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Cedar Roe Library hosts some wonderful events including a Homeschool Meetup and the Great Books Discussion group. There's also a couple more weeks of Spring storytimes on Wednesdays! Check out their calendar »

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Cedar Roe Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Cedar Roe Library hosts some wonderful events including a Homeschool Meetup and the Great Books Discussion group. There's also a couple more weeks of Spring storytimes on Wednesdays! Check out their calendar »

Food and Food Insecurity

Food and Food Insecurity

Our Spring programming centered around food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related issues. We've still got several events left in this series: learn about healthy, sustainable diets, get tips and tricks for great side dishes, find out what a "victory garden" is and why you should have one, and experience community as we gather at the table »

Our Spring programming centered around food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related issues. We've still got several events left in this series: learn about healthy, sustainable diets, get tips and tricks for great side dishes, find out what a "victory garden" is and why you should have one, and experience community as we gather at the table »

Teen volunteer

Summer Teen Volunteers

We regret to say that we will not be accepting any new teen volunteers this summer. Please check back next year.

Thanks for thinking about volunteering with us!

We regret to say that we will not be accepting any new teen volunteers this summer. Please check back next year.

Thanks for thinking about volunteering with us!

KSD

Throwback Thursday: Deaf History Month

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

 

  

Join Johnson County Library in celebrating National Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15. Why the curious date-range? March 13, 1988 marks the date of the Deaf President Now protest. April 15, 1817 the first permanent public school for the deaf was established.

We invite you to explore the Kansas School for the Deaf photography collection at jocohistory.org. Sports, camping, campus, amazing aerial photos ... it's all there! Explore. Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

 

  

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