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Potato Sack Race

Throwback Potato Sack!

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Physical Fitness month. So, potato sack race anyone? We feel there just are not enough potato sack races anymore! Do you feel the same? Or, are you one of those snooty three-legged race fans? ;) Whatever is your bag, we support you in your physical fitness pursuit. Go! Fight! Win!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Physical Fitness month. So, potato sack race anyone? We feel there just are not enough potato sack races anymore! Do you feel the same? Or, are you one of those snooty three-legged race fans? ;) Whatever is your bag, we support you in your physical fitness pursuit. Go! Fight! Win!

See more local history at jocohistory.org ... Continue »

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Now at Blue Valley: Juniper TangpuzJuniper Tangpuz

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 at Blue Valley Library

Juniper Albert Tangpuz, a.k.a. T.J. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and currently works as a mild mannered studio assistant at Johnson County Community College. He is able to express his art in a range of materials, but considers paper to be his "native language". He is known for unlocking the secrets of the paper and cardboard sheet. He envisions universes where ideas compress, expand, and inspire. See more of his work on his website

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

It depends. There are two approaches when I make something. When I have a specific message I want to express then I try to keep focused and every decision is based on supporting that message. Other times, I just look at a piece of material and do some improvisational building. The work on view is a collection from different series of artworks . I picked pieces that had somehow affected the viewers in a special way.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

It has changed and continues to change as I get older. At first, it was trying to gain an understanding of my soul. Then I felt I should be a guide who helps people get to the artistic realm.

What influences your practice/works?

I love to make things that I think should exist in this world. Most of the time I’m inspired by looking at people, places and things. I believe that most artists can see connections that most people overlook. I’ve found that some connections are absolutely absurd.

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

I’ve always liked the artists that make art from a place in there soul when they were free to play. I can always tell when it is genuine because it often has no other intention but to bring someone to happiness. I appreciate the art when I can sense that it flowed out naturally.

What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process?

The Elements of Pop-up by David A. Carter

Between the Folds: A Film About Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places

Juniper Albert Tangpuz, a.k.a. T.J. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and currently works as a mild mannered studio assistant at Johnson County Community College. He is able to express his art in a range of materials, but considers paper to be his "native language". He is known for unlocking the secrets of the paper and cardboard sheet. He envisions universes where ideas compress, expand, and inspire. See more of his work on his website

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

It depends. There are two approaches when I make... Continue »

After School Book Club

Clubs for Kids

Kids! Love the American Girl Books? Want to have some fun with <b>coding</b>? Whatever you're interested in, we've got a club for you!

Kids! Love the American Girl Books? Want to have some fun with <b>coding</b>? Whatever you're interested in, we've got a club for you!

Kid playing with toys

Drop-In Programs for Kids

Summer is supposed to be about lazy days, but don't your days fill up quickly with all sorts of plans! We know Summer can get busy, which is why we have so many Drop-In programs for kids and families. Come anytime during the event, stay for however long you'd like, and get on with your Summer!

Table Top Games
Wednesday, May 2 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, June 6 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, July 11 2:30 - 4:30, Corinth Library
Wednesday, Aug 1 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library

Star Wars Takeover
Friday, June 8 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Cedar Roe Library

Library Rocks! Geology Drop-In
Tuesday, June 12 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library
Thursday, June 28 10 am - 12 pm, Blue Valley Library
Wednesday, July 11 10 am - 12 pm, Gardner Library
Friday, July 13 10 am - 12 pm, Blue Valley Library

Duplos® and Dinos 
Wednesday, June 13 10:30 am - 12 pm, De Soto Library
Tuesday, June 26 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library
Thursday, July 12 10 am - 12 pm, Antioch Library
Tuesday, Aug 14 10 - 11 am, Shawnee Library

Paws on Patrol​
Wednesday, June 13 10 - 11:30 am, Central Resource Library

Forts and Flashlights
Thursday, June 14 10 am - 12 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, June 20 10 am - 12 pm, Gardner Library
Wednesday, June 27 10:30 am - 12 pm, De Soto Library
Wednesday, July 11 10 - 11:30 am, Central Resource Library
Tuesday, Aug 21 10 - 11am, Shawnee Library

Let's Lego®
Tuesday, June 19 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library
Wednesday, July 25 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Corinth

Snap Circuits and Stixplosions
Wednesday, July 11 1 - 3pm, Shawnee Library
Monday, July 23 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library

Weather Science Drop-In
Tuesday, July 17 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library

Duplos® and Dinos and Legos®
Wednesday, Jul 25 10 am - 12 pm, Gardner Library

Tinkering Tots
Tuesday, Aug 7 10 - 11 am, Shawnee Library
Thursday, Aug 16 9:30 - 11:30 am, Cedar Roe Library

Tracks and Treasures
Tuesday, Aug 14 9:30 - 11:30 am, Corinth Library

 

Summer is supposed to be about lazy days, but don't your days fill up quickly with all sorts of plans! We know Summer can get busy, which is why we have so many Drop-In programs for kids and families. Come anytime during the event, stay for however long you'd like, and get on with your Summer!

Table Top Games
Wednesday, May 2 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, June 6 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, July 11 2:30 - 4:30, Corinth Library
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Hyer Boot Shop 1910

Made in Johnson County

It's another Throwback Thursday! The Hyer Boot Shop is a fascinating story! Read about how Olathe's Charles Hyer started a small cobbling shop in 1875 and turned it into a successful custom-designed cowboy boot shop and many other stories of early Johnson County industry.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's another Throwback Thursday! The Hyer Boot Shop is a fascinating story! Read about how Olathe's Charles Hyer started a small cobbling shop in 1875 and turned it into a successful custom-designed cowboy boot shop and many other stories of early Johnson County industry.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Movie in the park

Movies and Music Make a Summer!

Johnson County Library is rocking out on Fridays this summer with live performances, interactive programs and musicals in the Parks, collaborating with several community groups to present a summer series of family friendly movies and concerts.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood on Friday evenings throughout the summer! Local Music live concerts kick off some showings. Movie starts at dusk but join us earlier in the evening for the music and fun.

The remaining shows for Summer 2018 are:

Sept. 14, Mary Poppins
Electric Park
Festivities start at 5:30 pm
Cornerstone Park
Festivities start at 6 pm

More details about each night in our calendar of events. 

In the event of inclement weather, please check here for cancellation notices.

This Library series is presented in partnership with Downtown Overland Park, City of Lenexa Parks & Recreation and City of Gardner Parks & Recreation. Support for these fun-filled experiences comes from the Friends of the Library and their volunteer core.

Johnson County Library is rocking out on Fridays this summer with live performances, interactive programs and musicals in the Parks, collaborating with several community groups to present a summer series of family friendly movies and concerts.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood on Friday evenings throughout the summer! Local Music live concerts kick off some showings. Movie starts at dusk but join us earlier in the evening for the music and fun.

The remaining shows for Summer 2018 are: ... Continue »

Summer Family Fun

Summer Family FunSummer Family Fun

Staycation? We have so many things for families to do this summer! Have fun with these local events and save yourself from hearing, "Are we there yet?"

Family fun? Find it here!

Staycation? We have so many things for families to do this summer! Have fun with these local events and save yourself from hearing, "Are we there yet?"

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National Public Service Recognition Week

This week is National Public Service Recognition Week. Here are just a few of our amazing employees and their reasons for devoting their time to a career in public service. We thank all of our staff, as well as everyone else who works in public service! See all the photos here »

This week is National Public Service Recognition Week. Here are just a few of our amazing employees and their reasons for devoting their time to a career in public service. We thank all of our staff, as well as everyone else who works in public service! See all the photos here »

Buddy the deaf dog

May is National Pet Month

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Pet month! The Kansas School for the Deaf introduced Johnson County to Buddy the deaf dog! Sure he wears a hat, eyeglasses and smokes a pipe - he's a working class dog!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Pet month! The Kansas School for the Deaf introduced Johnson County to Buddy the deaf dog! Sure he wears a hat, eyeglasses and smokes a pipe - he's a working class dog!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag... Continue »

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