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Connecting Community and Resources

You  might think of the Library as a physical building but the Library also plays a critical outreach role in the community, connecting people with the right tools, resources and content. One example of this is our highly-successful Incarcerated Services programming. A dedicated team of Johnson County Librarians leads a series of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults who are serving an incarcerated sentence.

These connections feature author visits, a mobile MakerSpace, and a variety of writing, music-production and comics workshops. The group also works with Johnson County Corrections to share information about library services and resources. In 2017, the group connected with 1,055 kids and teens and 613 adults located throughout the county.  

Programs and Services

  • Read to Succeed – short story and book discussion groups
  • Great Stories Club – book discussion group
  • Courtroom Assisted Reading Encouragement (C.A.R.E.) – provision of free books in the Juvenile and Child In Need of Care courtrooms
  • Read to Me – instruction in read-aloud techniques to strengthen the connections between parent and child
  • Changing Lives through Literature - small-group discussions about short stories, poems and novels
  • Adult Residential Center Office Hours – provision of remote library services and resource fairs

Librarian Perspective
During the last three years, Incarcerated Services team member Jenny Reeves has focused on teens. She shares that while these teens have made mistakes and have experienced traumatic situations they still yearn to be like other teens. In her role, Reeves sees first-hand how receiving a book or interacting with an author like Jason Reynolds in a workshop can make a positive difference.

“When the Library brought Jason Reynolds to speak, I witnessed these teens connect with Reynolds in a truly inspiring way,” Reeves said. “He spoke their language, knew from his own experience, their experience, and was able to reach out to them and let them feel seen. It’s those experiences, where we are able to connect with these teens and hopefully make lasting impressions on their lives, which inspires me. When the Library visits incarcerated individuals, we create moments that allow them to feel seen, heard and valued again. In this way we are fulfilling our Library values to the fullest.”

2018 Outreach
This year, Incarcerated Services include an adult book group and orientation workshops, providing services to individuals re-entering the community. Teens also receive additional writing and Maker opportunities through the Library's Explore Tinker Connect program.

The Incarcerated Services team supports individuals in the Juvenile Detention Center, Adolescent Center for Treatment, Johnson County Courthouse, Evening Reporting Center, Adult Residential Center and Therapeutic Community.

You  might think of the Library as a physical building but the Library also plays a critical outreach role in the community, connecting people with the right tools, resources and content. One example of this is our highly-successful Incarcerated Services programming. A dedicated team of Johnson County Librarians leads a series of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults who are serving an incarcerated sentence.

These connections feature author visits, a mobile MakerSpace, and a variety of writing, music-production and comics workshops. The group also works with Johnson County Corrections to share information about library services and resources. In 2017, the group connected with 1,055 kids and teens and... Continue »

Duncan Burnett

Tonight at Johnson County Arts & HeritageLocal Music Live: Duncan Burnett

Local Music Live with Duncan Burnett!

Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind his music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

Local Music Live with Duncan Burnett!

Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind his music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

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Central Resource Library , Off-site
  • Evin Felix
    Evin Felix Evin Felix
  • Evin Felix
    Evin Felix Evin Felix
  • Evin Felix
    Evin Felix Evin Felix

Now on Exhibit at Leawood: Evin FelixEvin Felix

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Evin Felix finds inspiration everywhere. In a time when we are bombarded with images of ugliness, violence, and destruction, her goal as an artist is to depict the natural, understated beauty that still exists in our world. Many of her paintings are renderings of photos that she has taken at home and abroad. Whether it's a boat resting calmly on a glassy sea or a quiet expansive landscape, Evin strives to artfully depict feelings of peace and beauty in her work.  

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For me, I’d say that the medium comes first. I often paint from photos or life, in a more traditional style. So my biggest challenges are laying down the paint in a way that I accurately depict a scene or translate an emotion to the viewer. Even this abstract series was painted from medical pathology slides, so it is based in reality to a degree. I take some artistic liberties with colors, textures, and composition; but technically, it’s still representational. I usually don’t have a deeper message to my art, in hopes that the viewer sees it and it moves them to feel their own emotions. I feel like it's a successful piece if the viewer can connect with it emotionally.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?
I feel like my role as an artist is to find beauty in the world, and depict it in my art so that others may experience it as well.

What influences your practice/works?
It is simple: my artwork is influenced by my observations. My practice of art was intensely influenced by my mentor and father Mark Schuler. He was an illustrator and painter, and taught me a lot about observing, techniques, etc. On a day to day basis, I think my peers at the InterUrban ArtHouse inspire me and challenge me to push harder.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?
I love so many artists. From classical painters to contemporary painters, and everything in between. I’m currently loving Mark English, Rich Bowman, Carla Bosch, and Carol Marine just to name a few. Of course, I also find inspiration from my mentors and teachers Mark Schuler and Amy Trachtenberg. With all of these talented artists, I find myself drawn to their use of color, their
brushstrokes and their interpretation of value.

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Learn more about Evin Felix's work here: http://www.evinschuleroils.com/

 

Evin Felix finds inspiration everywhere. In a time when we are bombarded with images of ugliness, violence, and destruction, her goal as an artist is to depict the natural, understated beauty that still exists in our world. Many of her paintings are renderings of photos that she has taken at home and abroad. Whether it's a boat resting calmly on a glassy sea or a quiet expansive landscape, Evin strives to artfully depict feelings of peace and beauty in her work.  

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For me, I’d say that the medium comes first. I often paint from photos or life, in a more traditional style. So my biggest challenges are... Continue »

Table Top Games

Today: Table Top GamesTable Top Games

A special Table Top Games edition for kids ages 7-14. Table board games have been played for more than 4,000 years, and they never stop being fun. Join us for a special afternoon of playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples. 

Check out our other Table Top Games »

A special Table Top Games edition for kids ages 7-14. Table board games have been played for more than 4,000 years, and they never stop being fun. Join us for a special afternoon of playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples. 

Check out our other Table Top Games »

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Corinth Library
  • Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall
    Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall allow a better view into the site. Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall
  • Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library
    Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library
  • North exterior stairs under construction
    North exterior stairs will allow access to the Library on two levels. North exterior stairs under construction
  • Structural steel framing
    Structural steel framing is in place Structural steel framing
  • Topping Out
    A "topping out" ceremony was held in early June, marking the last piece of structural steel to be set in place. Topping Out
  • South precast wall erected
    South precast wall has been erected. South precast wall erected
Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall

A Wall with a View

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! In recent weeks structural steel, the elevator shaft, stairwells and pre-cast concrete wall panels have emerged on the site. And now, you can get a better glimpse as construction progresses on our next Johnson County Library.

“Portholes” have been installed in the construction barrier wall around the Library site. These windows allow for safe viewing of the progress going on behind those walls -- the new home for Lackman Library patrons.

When it opens in late 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library, and will feature:

  • Kids’ area and Holds on the upper level, with convenient access from the adjacent parking garage and Lenexa Commons area
  • An “extended hours” Holds pick-up lobby for picking up your items after hours
  • Adults and Teens sections on lower level, featuring a cultural commons area, tech bar, and public art
  • A drive-through kiosk in the adjacent parking garage for convenient holds pick-up and material drop off
  • Study and conference rooms in a variety of sizes

In collaboration with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Hollis + Miller Architects designed the roughly 40,000 sq. ft. facility to seamlessly fit into the Lenexa City Center plaza and public market while still providing a distinct image for the Johnson County Library.

The exterior of the Library will feature textured walls with deep stone ledges that will engage patrons and the community by allowing for seating within the public plaza. The large roof is designed with an overhang that caps the building – to not only provide shade but also visual prominence. Limestone terrace seating will also be built into the exterior landscaping.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances- the upper level providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Rec Center, and City Hall; and the lower level entrance is right across from the Public Market.

And while you eagerly “watch” our progress at Lenexa City Center, continue to check back here for more updates!

 

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! In recent weeks structural steel, the elevator shaft, stairwells and pre-cast concrete wall panels have emerged on the site. And now, you can get a better glimpse as construction progresses on our next Johnson County Library.

“Portholes” have been installed in the construction barrier wall around the Library site. These windows allow for safe viewing of the progress going on behind those walls -- the new home for Lackman Library patrons.

When it opens in late 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the... Continue »

Read to a Dog program

Benefits of Reading to a Dog

The cultivation of early literacy skills and lifelong learning are an important backbone of Library services. We provide everything from databases and movies to books, magazines and e-zines, making it a place for patrons of all ages to learn and explore!  In order to find enjoyment in such services, it helps to have a comfort level with the basics of reading and reading comprehension.

For our youngest patrons, discovering a level of enjoyment with reading also creates a critical foundation of early literacy skills that determine future educational success.

Reading, like other skills, improve with practice and learning within a friendly environment can further boost the desire to build advanced reading skills. The Library’s READ to a Dog joins regular reading practice with a friendly animal friend -- a trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.). For more than 15 years, the Read to a Dog program has been a popular way to join children learning important reading comprehension skills with certified and well-behaved therapy dogs in a friendly, relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Loyal Companions
Registered therapy dogs in the program volunteer with their dedicated handlers as a team. These duos visit libraries, schools, hospitals, detention facilities, care programs and many other settings as reading companions for children in our community. In addition to building critical reading skills and fluency, participation in Read to a Dog programming builds self-esteem, confidence and improved emotional and social skills. Today, there are thousands of registered R.E.A.D. teams working throughout the United States and internationally.

Offered Year-round
​Throughout the year, Johnson County Library hosts opportunities for young readers to participate in the Read to a Dog programs, building upon a 15-year partnership with Pets for Life, founded in 1984, and Intermountain Therapy Animals, founded in 1999. Patrons looking to instill reading confidence in young readers can find reading opportunities at the Leawood Pioneer, Central Resource and Antioch Library locations.

Our local R.E.A.D. teams are fabulous, and we could not provide this program for the children in our community without their tremendous dedication. To learn more about R.E.A.D., visit here.

The cultivation of early literacy skills and lifelong learning are an important backbone of Library services. We provide everything from databases and movies to books, magazines and e-zines, making it a place for patrons of all ages to learn and explore!  In order to find enjoyment in such services, it helps to have a comfort level with the basics of reading and reading comprehension.

For our youngest patrons, discovering a level of enjoyment with reading also creates a critical foundation of early literacy skills that determine future educational success.

Reading, like other skills, improve with practice and learning within a friendly environment can further boost the desire to build advanced reading skills. The Library’... Continue »

MakerSpace

Summer Fun at the MakerSpace

Your Community – Summer Fun in the MakerSpace

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at the Johnson County Central Resource Library is an environment for discovering creativity and emerging technologies. Visitors of all ages can enjoy access to 3D printing, audiovisual production space/equipment, sewing materials, laser, CNC and vinyl cutting, and a selection of computers with industry-standard software.

Creative Discovery

Depending on the time of day or day of the week, you never know who might be working alongside you in the MakerSpace. The popular destination welcomes hundreds of visitors throughout the day. The gathering spot is popular among engineers, artists, BFA students as well as retired craftspeople and artists who are curious about the newest technologies. What might surprise you though is use of resources within the MakerSpace is free. Generous funding from Black & Veatch makes this possible.

Summer Destination

This summer, the Makers will again offer the popular MakerSpace Passport Program. Much like a staycation, the Passport Program is a great way to find a close-to-home adventure, learning about Maker ideas, tools and skills.

Each week, the Makers will present a new project. Participants will complete a series of different weekly projects using a variety of materials and methods. This is an open, walk-in program. Keep track of your adventure by picking up a Summer MakerSpace Passport and having it stamped after each workshop in June and July. Kids who complete one of each week’s activities will be entered in a Grand Prize drawing. The Passport Program is best for ages 6-12, no grown-ups allowed! The Maker Space provides the supplies.

July Summer Passport Program

Monday, July 9, 10 am-1 pm

Tuesday, July 10, 10 am-1 pm

Thursday, July 12, 5 pm-7 pm

Monday, July 16, 10 am-1 pm

Tuesday, July 17, 10 am-1 pm

Thursday, July 19, 5 pm-7 pm

Monday, July 23, 10 am-1 pm

Tuesday, July 24, 10 am-1 pm

Your Community – Summer Fun in the MakerSpace

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at the Johnson County Central Resource Library is an environment for discovering creativity and emerging technologies. Visitors of all ages can enjoy access to 3D printing, audiovisual production space/equipment, sewing materials, laser, CNC and vinyl cutting, and a selection of computers with industry-standard software.

Creative Discovery

Depending on the time of day or day of the week, you never know who might be working alongside you in the MakerSpace. The popular destination welcomes hundreds of visitors throughout the day. The gathering spot is popular among engineers, artists, BFA students as well... Continue »

Whizzo the Clown

Clowning Around this Throwback Thursday!

Do you remember Whizzo? “Whizzo’s Wonderland?” "Whizzolark?" This clown was a serious entertainer!

"He had one goal: entertain children and make them laugh."

Read the latest jocohistory blog entry: Frank Wiziarde: Entertainer, Artist, Whizzo the Clown

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Do you remember Whizzo? “Whizzo’s Wonderland?” "Whizzolark?" This clown was a serious entertainer!

"He had one goal: entertain children and make them laugh."

Read the latest jocohistory blog entry: Frank Wiziarde: Entertainer, Artist, Whizzo the Clown

For even more local history visit ... Continue »

  • Sterling Witt
    Sterling Witt Sterling Witt
  • Sterling Witt
    Sterling Witt Sterling Witt

Now at Lackman: Sterling WittSterling Witt

Monday, May 7, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Lackman Building

Melodic and aggressive, abrasive and pretty, political and universal, the music and visual art of Sterling Witt has many starting points. In addition to writing catchy, rocking and thought-provoking tunes, Witt is an accomplished painter whose visual work is as vibrant as his music. Encompassing everything from dazzlingly abstract portraits to 3D works that confound, entertain and inspire, Witt brings high-voltage energy to whatever he creates.

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

I started painting the word Love in an effort to bring more love into my life. I figured if I painted the word, then I would be thinking about it and by thinking about it I would manifest more love in my life. I also think the Love Paintings series have a positive effect on the surroundings of where they are displayed. I chose the watercolor medium because I wanted it to be a challenge for myself to control the paint. Using watercolors with enough water will create a spontaneous result that forces me to act fast and often deal with whatever happens. Being slightly out of control of the painting creates the qualities I'm looking for in the end.

 

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

To express myself and make quality art. I am not one of those people who think anything is art because someone says it is. Composition ought to strike you from across the room. You shouldn't have to think about it, although you might want to think about it after you've enjoyed it thoroughly.  Making art is a personal exploration for me. Often what I appreciate in art is unattractive to others. That old adage: One man’s trash is another mans treasure, is so true for me.

 

What influences your practice/works?

I'm always in search of understanding the world I live in. Discovering the truth--whatever that is--seems to be my personal mission and I assume this has an influence over my creations. Some people think everything is figured out and understood and the world is no longer a place of mystery. Yet a person can spend their entire life studying one subject and never know everything about it. If you think the world is boring and just dirt, rocks, air and water, then the world tends to show you only the mundane because that’s what you believe and what you are open to seeing. For me, it seems the more I understand the less I am certain I know. The world is a mysterious place. Just think: every few years science disproves what was once believed to be fact.

 

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

The Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo never ceases to amaze me. He created some of the greatest illusions and fantasy works. Artists like Arcimboldo make me wonder if art is progressing or digressing as time goes on. He was making his art in the 1500s, and that's incredible to me. The Renaissance Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch is another amazing artist and creates some of the most interesting depictions of historical events, both fantasy and illusion. He was painting in the 1400s--that’s 600 years ago! This is a strong reminder to me that we are not on the cutting edge as much as we often think we are. These guys were making their art in a time when there were no phones, no Internet, no cars, and no electricity. Go have a look at their art and tell me that it's not astonishing.

 

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.

The Magic of Believing by Claude M Bristol is a great book and was one of the first books I ever read about creating what you want in your life. I have read and reread this book. I would recommend it to anyone. No matter who you are or what you believe, this is a powerful book.  https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/161746036?active_tab=sum...

 

 

Melodic and aggressive, abrasive and pretty, political and universal, the music and visual art of Sterling Witt has many starting points. In addition to writing catchy, rocking and thought-provoking tunes, Witt is an accomplished painter whose visual work is as vibrant as his music. Encompassing everything from dazzlingly abstract portraits to 3D works that confound, entertain and inspire, Witt brings high-voltage energy to whatever he creates.

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

I started painting the word Love in an effort to bring more love into my life. I figured if I painted the word, then I would be thinking about it and by... Continue »

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