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My Fellow Kansans

My Fellow Kansans LIVE!

RSVP here to this event!

My fellow Kansans, join us for an evening of politics and podcasts. Host Jim McLean and special guests will analyze the current political landscape in Kansas, and discuss what it all means for the upcoming election. You'll hear from members of the Kansas News Service, and producers of the podcast, to learn more about the making of My Fellow Kansans. 

If you haven't already, subscribe to My Fellow Kansans here.

This event will feature never-before-heard podcast footage to bring you inside the interviews. We'll take audience questions throughout, so don't be shy — join the discussion!

The event begins promptly at 6:30. Doors open at 6:00. 

RSVP here to this event!

My fellow Kansans, join us for an evening of politics and podcasts. Host Jim McLean and special guests will analyze the current political landscape in Kansas, and discuss what it all means for the upcoming election. You'll hear from members of the Kansas News Service, and producers of the podcast, to learn more about the making of My Fellow Kansans. 

If you haven't already, subscribe to My Fellow Kansans here.

This event will feature never-before-heard... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
The Remember Balloons

The Remember Balloons: Meet Author Jessie Oliveros

Jessie Oliveros returns to Kansas for the book launch of her debut children's book The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wolfekotte. "What’s Happening to Grandpa" meets "Up" in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Join us for a reading and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of The Friends of Johnson County Library. 

"James and Grandpa's shared heritage and stories of their loving family shine. What is clear is that their memories matter—to them and ultimately to readers. A moving and meaningful way to talk about a situation many families will face." 
— Kirkus, starred review

Jessie Oliveros returns to Kansas for the book launch of her debut children's book The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wolfekotte. "What’s Happening to Grandpa" meets "Up" in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Join us for a reading and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of The Friends of Johnson County Library. 

"James and Grandpa's shared heritage and stories of their loving family shine. What is clear is that their memories matter—to them and ultimately to readers. A moving and meaningful way to talk about a situation many families will face." 
— Kirkus, starred review

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Monticello Library
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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Corinth Library
  • Alexandra Ames
    Alexandra Ames Alexandra Ames
  • Alexandra Ames
    Alexandra Ames Alexandra Ames
  • Alexandra Ames
    Alexandra Ames Alexandra Ames

Now Showing at Leawood: Alexandra AmesAlexandra Ames

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Alexandra Ames describes herself as an artistic “jack of all trades.” Her art draws upon elements of art nouveau, science fiction/fantasy art, music and the natural world. Much of her work offers vibrant depictions of various animals in their natural states. While she is a gifted painter, sculptor, graphic designer, animator, and a creator of video game art and assets, her real passion is for writing and illustrating.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

My name is Alexandra Ames. I have been creating, writing and drawing for my entire life. I am a writer, illustrator, sculptor, animator and graphic designer. I write fantasy children's stories and Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. The majority of my paintings and illustrations are acrylic on canvas or India ink and gouache on paper. I create sculptures out of Super Sculpey and other mediums. I am always trying to learn new or more efficient ways to create things.

 

 

Talk about the work that will be on view. What would you like people to know about it?

The work that is on view is all acrylic on canvas. They are all stylized animal or nature paintings. This collection is a compilation of a lot of experimentation, frustration, deep thoughts, intuition and fun.

 

 

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

The most challenging thing about my creative process is knowing when I'm finished and not pushing things so far that I ruin it.

 

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

I find inspiration everywhere with other artists in all mediums and genres, but the artist that I have been inspired by my whole life are Alphonse Mucha and Frank Frazetta.

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Alexandra's book and music recommendations:

 

Books:

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey

Music:

Two Steps from Hell

Nightwish

Alexandra Ames describes herself as an artistic “jack of all trades.” Her art draws upon elements of art nouveau, science fiction/fantasy art, music and the natural world. Much of her work offers vibrant depictions of various animals in their natural states. While she is a gifted painter, sculptor, graphic designer, animator, and a creator of video game art and assets, her real passion is for writing and illustrating.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

My name is Alexandra Ames. I have been creating, writing and drawing for my entire life. I am a writer, illustrator, sculptor, animator and graphic designer. I write fantasy children's stories and Science... Continue »

Mantis

Have a look at this Homeschool Meetup!Homeschool Meetup

Homeschool kids and teens will love this educational session that features a different theme each month. You'll hear expert presentations and demonstrations and learn about related activities. Librarians will provide subject resources for you to further explore each topic. Ages 8-18 only please. Parents are invited to explore the rest of the Library during this independent learning experience. Register online or call (913) 826-4600. 

September: Coding, presented by Johnson County Library staff (This session is limited to 10 participants, so register early!)
October: Bullet Journaling, presented by a Johnson County Library Teen Volunteer and fellow homeschooler
November: Art Workshop, presented by Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery staff

Homeschool kids and teens will love this educational session that features a different theme each month. You'll hear expert presentations and demonstrations and learn about related activities. Librarians will provide subject resources for you to further explore each topic. Ages 8-18 only please. Parents are invited to explore the rest of the Library during this independent learning experience. Register online or call (913) 826-4600. 

September: Coding, presented by Johnson County Library staff (This session is limited to 10 participants, so register early!)
October: Bullet Journaling, presented by a Johnson County Library Teen Volunteer and fellow homeschooler
November: Art Workshop, presented by Kansas City Kansas... Continue »

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Lackman Building , Meeting Room
Halloween mask

Tonight! Halloween Mask Making with Brad ShawHalloween Mask Making with Brad Shaw

This workshop is a great way to get ready for Halloween. Teaching artist Brad Shaw helps kids each create their own unique mask using papier-mache and paints. Your kids will work with Brad to create characters with their masks and put them together in a mini-play. There are two sessions, one at 1 pm and one at 2 pm. Arrive 15 minutes early to get a free ticket. Best for ages K-2. 

Get some help on Oct. 18 with your Halloween Costume, too »

This workshop is a great way to get ready for Halloween. Teaching artist Brad Shaw helps kids each create their own unique mask using papier-mache and paints. Your kids will work with Brad to create characters with their masks and put them together in a mini-play. There are two sessions, one at 1 pm and one at 2 pm. Arrive 15 minutes early to get a free ticket. Best for ages K-2. 

Get some help on Oct. 18 with your Halloween Costume, too »

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Oak Park Library , Meeting Room
Wilma Yeo

Author Wilma Yeo and her legacy

You may have seen a statue we have at Corinth of a young girl reading to a young boy. The girl in the statue is author Wilma Yeo. Over the past weekend we had a special visit - Wilma's great-granddaughters came for a visit, and we snapped this photo of them by the statue of Wilma!

You may have seen a statue we have at Corinth of a young girl reading to a young boy. The girl in the statue is author Wilma Yeo. Over the past weekend we had a special visit - Wilma's great-granddaughters came for a visit, and we snapped this photo of them by the statue of Wilma!

  • Glyneisha Johnson
    Glyneisha Johnson Glyneisha Johnson
  • Glyneisha Johnson
    Glyneisha Johnson Glyneisha Johnson
  • Glyneisha Johnson
    Glyneisha Johnson Glyneisha Johnson

Now Showing at Shawnee: Glyneisha JohnsonGlyneisha Johnson

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Shawnee Library

Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting department. She is also a recipient of Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2017-2018 studio residency program in Kansas City, Missouri. She has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, including Undergrads Underground at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and The Writer's Place.  Through collage, painting, and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson’s work echoes nodes of black culture and her experience of being raised in the South. The work also acknowledges the importance of Black domestic spaces within a society that often overlooks these spaces and the people who inhabit them. She uses the language of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of black history due to colonialism. 

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Talk about the work that will be on view. What would you like people to know about it?

The work on view is a photoshoot of a black couple that follows the chronology of a breakup in relation to a personal breakup of mine. The positions of the figures, the curation of the home and the couple’s expression outline one emotion before, during, or following a separation.

 

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

The most challenging thing about my creative process is finishing work to meet the demand of exhibiting or selling. My artistic practice has really turned into meticulous mark making. The process for me is very ritualistic and sometimes removing myself from that process can be hard.

 

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

I have always admired artists Romare Bearden and Kerry James Marshall. In a lot of ways, I actually look toward them as father figures. Bearden’s use of colorful collage that is set during the Harlem Renaissance really speaks to the use of collage as a metaphor to describe black culture. My collages actually started by recreating and looking really closely at Bearden’s work through different materials. Marshalls black and white interiors with figures really helped me think about representation through the abstract in my work.

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5-10 books, music and/or movies that have inspired you:

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill Collins

Everything is Love by the Carters

Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash

Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting department. She is also a recipient of Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2017-2018 studio residency program in Kansas City, Missouri. She has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, including Undergrads Underground at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and The Writer's Place.  Through collage, painting, and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson’s work echoes nodes of black culture and her experience of being raised in the South. The work also acknowledges the importance of Black domestic spaces within a society that often overlooks these spaces and the people who inhabit them. She uses the language of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated,... Continue »

In Their Shoes

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In observation of National Domestic Awareness Month, the Library is offering two programs presented in partnership with SAFEHOME, the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Kansas and the only domestic violence shelter in Johnson County.

In Their Shoes is an interactive tool that uses real life scenarios to educate everyone about teen dating violence. Through a diverse set of teen stories, participants will make choices for their character as if they were in the unhealthy relationship themselves. Through this choose-your-own adventure activity, participants will learn about different forms of abuse, barriers to receiving help, helpful responses, and warning signs of violence. Guided discussion will follow the activity to process the stories and their impact. 

In Her Shoes is an activity designed for learning about domestic violence. You will move, do, think and experience the lives of people who've been abused. Become one of seven characters based on the experiences of real victims of domestic violence.  You'll make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their partner, friends, police, clergy, and more. The activity helps answers the question, "Why do people stay in abusive relationships?" and "How can I help someone who is being abused?" Discuss with an expert in the field, what we all can do to help victims of domestic violence.

Go here to learn more.

 

In observation of National Domestic Awareness Month, the Library is offering two programs presented in partnership with SAFEHOME, the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Kansas and the only domestic violence shelter in Johnson County.

In Their Shoes is an interactive tool that uses real life scenarios to educate everyone about teen dating violence. Through a diverse set of teen stories, participants will make choices for their character as if they were in the unhealthy relationship themselves. Through this choose-your-own adventure activity, participants will learn about different forms of abuse, barriers to receiving help, helpful responses, and warning signs of violence. Guided discussion... Continue »

Monticello

Monticello's Opening Month

Western Shawnee is loving their new library, and here's proof!

Western Shawnee is loving their new library, and here's proof!

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