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Convenience Delivered by Couriers

You’re busy! We get it. You don’t have time to drive to De Soto for a book if you live in Leawood. You can’t easily get up to Corinth for that DVD if you live in Gardner. No worries! Our Library Couriers are on it Johnson County Library’s Courier drivers provide timely and reliable service. So much so that we may sometimes take for granted the measures needed to ensure that your holds are handled and bundles of bookmarks are delivered on time.

They are behind the wheel before the crack of dawn each day picking up magazines and newspapers from the post office. They’re transporting whatever you just put a hold on to your favorite location. They’re ensuring that the Youth Services librarian gets her storytime kit. The Library Couriers have at some point carried, transported and delivered – with a smile – items related to every single area of our functioning. JCL simply could not provide the very popular services we do without their timely and strenuous efforts.

During the past year, the Courier team has designed and conducted strategic experiments to analyze fleet efficiency and refine their services where necessary and appropriate. They have each rotated driving all of the daily routes, which total hundreds of miles to each of our 14 locations. The insights gleaned from their efforts will help keep our Library running smoothly.

Meanwhile the Couriers are on their appointed rounds, lifting tubs, carting books, hoisting mail bins and delivering the mail. Look for them in our colorful courier trucks, and give them a wave. They deserve your thanks!

 

You’re busy! We get it. You don’t have time to drive to De Soto for a book if you live in Leawood. You can’t easily get up to Corinth for that DVD if you live in Gardner. No worries! Our Library Couriers are on it Johnson County Library’s Courier drivers provide timely and reliable service. So much so that we may sometimes take for granted the measures needed to ensure that your holds are handled and bundles of bookmarks are delivered on time.

They are behind the wheel before the crack of dawn each day picking up magazines and newspapers from the post office. They’re transporting whatever you just put a hold on to your favorite location. They’re ensuring that the Youth Services librarian gets her storytime kit. The Library... Continue »

Art Views event

Art Views: Creativity and Culture in Kansas City

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity. No Divide KC presents a new documentary featuring local artists who represent multiple facets of our metro community. This feature-length film explores the motivations behind and the rewards gleaned from creating artistic work through the varied lenses of these artists.

The featured participants use their creative output for different reasons. Some are professionals in their field, some are politically motivated and others discover and preserve cultural connections via art. Three exhibitions, at different library branches, feature artwork from the participants while the video segments are on display. Each branch will host a reception with live performances and a screening of the full film.

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity. No Divide KC presents a new documentary featuring local artists who represent multiple facets of our metro community. This feature-length film explores the motivations behind and the rewards gleaned from creating artistic work through the varied lenses of these artists.

The featured participants use their creative output for different reasons. Some are professionals in their field, some are politically motivated and others discover and preserve cultural connections via art. Three exhibitions, at different library branches, feature artwork from... Continue »

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Gardner Library
Women in the Military

Women and the Military

This program presents women veterans sharing experiences from their careers in male-dominated military environments. You'll hear about deployments, opportunities for women in the military and the transition from military to civilian life. 

This program presents women veterans sharing experiences from their careers in male-dominated military environments. You'll hear about deployments, opportunities for women in the military and the transition from military to civilian life. 

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
Women in Politics

Women in Politics

Women make up half of the US population yet they remain a minority in elected office. Interestingly, more women than ever are political candidates in 2018. Our panel discussion features politicians who happen to be women and explores some of the professional and personal experiences of women who seek and hold elected office. Kansas News Service / KCUR reporter Celia Llopis-Jepson will moderate the discussion. We'll look at campaigning, getting elected and the daily work of governing. 

Confirmed panelists:

Senator Barbara Bollier

Representative Stephanie Clayton

Representative Cindy Holscher

This event is free to attend, but you can RSVP here »

This program is co-sponsored by The Kansas News Service and KCUR.

 

Women make up half of the US population yet they remain a minority in elected office. Interestingly, more women than ever are political candidates in 2018. Our panel discussion features politicians who happen to be women and explores some of the professional and personal experiences of women who seek and hold elected office. Kansas News Service / KCUR reporter Celia Llopis-Jepson will moderate the discussion. We'll look at campaigning, getting elected and the daily work of governing. 

Confirmed panelists:

Senator Barbara Bollier

Representative Stephanie Clayton

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Central Resource Library
  • John Kline
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  • Cheryl Eve Acosta "Mer De Verre Flora"
     Cheryl Eve Acosta "Mer De Verre Flora"
  • Stowers Institute
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  • Jessica Kincaid
    Jessica Kincaid Jessica Kincaid
  • Katrina Revenaugh "Heoric" from Girl Power Series
     Katrina Revenaugh "Heoric" from Girl Power Series
  • Fractured Fabrics
    Fractured Fabrics Fractured Fabrics

Art at Your Local Library

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are just a few of the exhibitions on display through December 21:

Central Resource: Coloring it Bold
Lackman: Stowers Institute: Scientific Microimaging
Corinth: Leslie Norman Hubble
Cedar Roe: Fractured Fabric Society
Leawood Pioneer: Alexandra Ames
Oak Park: Jessica Kincaid
Antioch: John Kline
 

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are just a few of the exhibitions on display through December 21:

Central Resource: Coloring it Bold
Lackman: Stowers Institute: Scientific Microimaging
Corinth:... Continue »

Mike Zakoura JCL Foundation supporter

Why I Give: Mike Zakoura

Growing up in the small town of Osawatomie, KS, Mike Zakoura was destined for a life filled with words, paper, books – and giving, above and beyond. His journey has included majoring in Journalism and Radio at the University of Kansas; being an editor at the Kansas City Star until 2000, and working in the Interlibrary Loan Department at Johnson County Library for 16 years, until he retired this summer.

I sat down with Mike shortly before he left JCL to learn more about his dedication to literacy and his loyal giving to the JCL Foundation through Johnson County’s Employee Payroll Deduction Program. I found out that for him, giving back to the community is a life-long priority. When asked why it was meaningful to give to the Library in addition to working here, he replied, “It is important for County employees to know about the Employee Payroll Deduction Program that benefits the Johnson County Library Foundation. We tend to focus on necessities versus charities. Sometimes charities take a back seat. Giving is a commitment.”

Children’s literacy holds a special place in Zakoura’s heart.  He has been married for 43 years, raised daughters, and has grandchildren. “I think it is important to give to kids’ literacy and help provide opportunity. I see a life wider than my own. People need to consider children.”  Another example of Zakoura’s giving: his volunteering for literacy. He gives time to his granddaughter’s school reading to the students. “It is important to help influence young people to read. For kids, you can’t dictate a road, but you can help influence their path.”

Reflecting on his decade and a half working in a library Mike says, “Libraries are on the short list of places people can be comfortable asking questions. Libraries are safe places. The Library is a place where you can be free and read a book, be it sci-fi, history, children’s literature—there is something for everyone.”  A big reason he enjoyed the Interlibrary Loan Department is the ability to connect materials to libraries in smaller communities, similar to where he grew up. Mike says he’ll miss the people the most- the relationships he’s built here.

What does Mike see as the future of libraries?  “More tech!” he declared. “The Library will continue to metamorphose to stay relevant in the community. Libraries will always have an important role and just take different forms as they evolve.”

“Why do I give to the JCL Foundation?  I believe people should choose an organization to give to because it’s the right thing to do. You don’t have to save the world, but you do have to save a small part of it. It doesn’t have to be much, but it does have to be something. Find your passion – be it children’s literacy or whatever is meaningful to you – and give to it.”

- Steph Neu, Johnson County Library Foundation

 

Growing up in the small town of Osawatomie, KS, Mike Zakoura was destined for a life filled with words, paper, books – and giving, above and beyond. His journey has included majoring in Journalism and Radio at the University of Kansas; being an editor at the Kansas City Star until 2000, and working in the Interlibrary Loan Department at Johnson County Library for 16 years, until he retired this summer.

I sat down with Mike shortly before he left JCL to learn more about his dedication to literacy and his loyal giving to the JCL Foundation through Johnson County’s Employee Payroll Deduction Program. I found out that for him, giving back to the community is a life-long priority. When asked why it was meaningful to give to the... Continue »

Best of elementia

Best of elementia Release Party

Since its inception, Johnson County Library’s teen literary magazine, elementia, has published 15 issues that have included more than 700 young writers and artists from the metro area. We are releasing our first ever “best of” issue to celebrate. This compilation will launch with a special after-hours party following the Writers Conference Friday sessions. Refreshments and free copies of elementia will accompany readings and performances. All ages are welcome.

Since its inception, Johnson County Library’s teen literary magazine, elementia, has published 15 issues that have included more than 700 young writers and artists from the metro area. We are releasing our first ever “best of” issue to celebrate. This compilation will launch with a special after-hours party following the Writers Conference Friday sessions. Refreshments and free copies of elementia will accompany readings and performances. All ages are welcome.

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Central Resource Library , Meeting Room
Writers Conference

Writers Conference Kickoff: Authors in Conversation

Our Writers Conference kickoff event!  Featured panelists Rachel Howzell Hall, Kim Addonizio, and Diana Goetsch will be in conversation about all things writing. Facilitated by Anne Gatschet of The Writers Place. Read more about Friday, Saturday and Sunday's Writers Conference events »

 

Our Writers Conference kickoff event!  Featured panelists Rachel Howzell Hall, Kim Addonizio, and Diana Goetsch will be in conversation about all things writing. Facilitated by Anne Gatschet of The Writers Place. Read more about Friday, Saturday and Sunday's Writers Conference events »

 

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room

A Special Jocohistory Halloween Slideshow!

Halloween costumes are always so much fun! The creativity, the jokes, the craft of it all. Year after year, Johnson County folks have dressed up for Halloween. See over 60 years of costumes! Which is your favorite? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Halloween costumes are always so much fun! The creativity, the jokes, the craft of it all. Year after year, Johnson County folks have dressed up for Halloween. See over 60 years of costumes! Which is your favorite? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Danielle Hennerberg

Music Monday: Danielle HennerbergDanielle Hennerberg

Overland Park, Kansas, resident Danielle Hennerberg is a musician, composer and sound engineer whose love for jazz runs deep. Her music turns elements of jazz, rock and R&B into a musical expression that's entirely her own. In this interview, Hennerberg describes how jazz continues to inform her work, especially the works of Herbie Hancock and Clifford Brown, as well as how she's learned to overcome creative blocks by listening. Enjoy!

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Introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Danielle Hennerberg and I am an Overland Park-based jazz musician. I seek to blend modern rock and R&B motifs with the history and roots of Kansas City jazz. I love my city, and I love the history of jazz in Kansas City. I want to bring that history to modern audiences in a way that is easily accessible and enjoyable.

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