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King of Throwback Thursday!

The Arts & Heritage Center’s 1st Anniversary is on Sunday, June 10th. Come and celebrate anytime in the month of June! The Johnson County Museum, located inside the Arts & Heritage Center, is open Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Read the latest jocohistory blog post: Fun with Family at King Louie West.

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

The Arts & Heritage Center’s 1st Anniversary is on Sunday, June 10th. Come and celebrate anytime in the month of June! The Johnson County Museum, located inside the Arts & Heritage Center, is open Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Read the latest jocohistory blog post: Fun with Family at King Louie West.

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  • Amanda Burkhart paintings at Antioch Library
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    Amanda Burkhart painting Amanda Burkhart painting

Now at Antioch: Amanda BurkhartAmanda Burkhart

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Antioch Library

Whether Amanda Burkhart is painting an image of a single star or the deepest corner of the knowable universe, the end result inspires awe. Burkhart is “fascinated with the humbling vastness of the earth and skies, eternally painted by light and atmosphere.” Her work combines brilliant washes of natural color with meticulous renderings of star-studded skies.

Whether Amanda Burkhart is painting an image of a single star or the deepest corner of the knowable universe, the end result inspires awe. Burkhart is “fascinated with the humbling vastness of the earth and skies, eternally painted by light and atmosphere.” Her work combines brilliant washes of natural color with meticulous renderings of star-studded skies.

Kids create

Kids Create

Kids and parents will interact with Library staff and learn about Library resources while working on a summer craft. Create a gift or make something just for you!  Ages 4-8. Younger children will require the help of caregivers to make crafts.

This program is at several locations, see the full schedule »

Kids and parents will interact with Library staff and learn about Library resources while working on a summer craft. Create a gift or make something just for you!  Ages 4-8. Younger children will require the help of caregivers to make crafts.

This program is at several locations, see the full schedule »

Read Local

Writing Contests

We love local authors here at the Library. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the Library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

We love local authors here at the Library. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the Library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

Teen volunteer

Teen Volunteers

Johnson County Library provides summer volunteering opportunities for students throughout the county. This includes not only a chance to work within the Library and helping with the summer reading program but also an opportunity to gain real work experience and leadership skills. With more than 210 teens volunteers providing over 4,500 hours of service at our thirteen locations, it may seem like an enormous challenge to provide volunteer placement for so many.

Using Technology to Improve Efficiency

Peggy Hendershot, one of Johnson County Library’s teen volunteer coordinators, created a tier system to help manage and standardize the experience of our teen volunteers. The system ranks teens from tier one -- new volunteers learning the ropes -- through tier three -- experienced volunteers ready for more autonomy and leadership. Tier-three volunteers become mentors to other teens and use their problem-solving skills to improve the program.

When faced with rising numbers of teen volunteer applications and limited space in the program, Syed H., currently a high school senior, developed a waiting list using Google forms and a flyer with a link code. He then taught staff how to access and use the waiting list. This digital waiting list is instrumental for placing additional teen volunteers throughout the summer and school year.

Teens Driving Change

This year, Evanna D., a middle school volunteer worked with Mrs. Hendershot to learn interview and placement evaluation skills. She and two other students applied these skills to interview new volunteer applicants in preparation for the summer program. Evanna didn’t stop there. After interviewing, she identified the need for a better form and criteria for the interview process. Mrs. Hendershot encouraged her to create a new form, which proved to be easier and faster than the previous methods.

“We’re always looking for ways to empower our teens,” Mrs. Hendershot said, “By putting together this form, Evanna learned that her feedback counts and that she’s capable of driving change in an adult environment.”

The teen volunteer program at Johnson County Library is a very popular program and fills up fast.  Learn more about 2019 teen volunteer opportunities »

Johnson County Library provides summer volunteering opportunities for students throughout the county. This includes not only a chance to work within the Library and helping with the summer reading program but also an opportunity to gain real work experience and leadership skills. With more than 210 teens volunteers providing over 4,500 hours of service at our thirteen locations, it may seem like an enormous challenge to provide volunteer placement for so many.

Using Technology to Improve Efficiency

Peggy Hendershot, one of Johnson County Library’s teen volunteer coordinators, created a tier system to help manage and standardize the experience of our teen volunteers. The system ranks teens from tier one --... Continue »

Adelante

Adelante! Read!

Programa para niños de 4 a 12 años. Lectura, matemáticas, manualidades, cuentos y presentadores.

¡Todo gratis! No hay inscripción. 

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Programa para niños de 4 a 12 años. Lectura, matemáticas, manualidades, cuentos y presentadores.

¡Todo gratis! No hay inscripción. 

Ver mas Adelante! Read! programas »

Howard Iceberg

Music Monday: Howard IcebergHoward Iceberg

Howard Iceberg is an icon of Kansas City roots music. A singer-songwriter whose legacy of 1000-plus songs goes back forty years, Iceberg's recorded output in the past few years has been staggering. It's music that cross-pollinates stripped-down midwestern blues with a ragged and sardonic voice reminiscent of Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. We are honored to share an illuminating interview with this Kansas City music legend.

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Please introduce yourself and describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Howard Iceberg.  Over the past 40 years, I've written more than 1000 songs, played out live with Howard Iceberg & the Titanics scores or maybe hundreds of times, and released two or three hundred of my songs, first on cassette, then on CD, and more recently by digital download.  Many local musicians have covered songs of mine in their own shows, and at least a half dozen of my songs have been recorded by other artists.  My main body of work could be called American or roots music, with a strong rock and roll basis; but I've wandered into folk, country, blues, jazz, and elsewhere.  I consider myself a serious amateur and a serious student-- not a professional.  Obvious influences include Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Buddy Holly; but I've also stolen from Miles Davis, Beethoven, Bach, Tom Petty, John Coltrane, The Minutemen, Hank Williams, Smokey Robinson, Chuck Berry, and dozens of others for my music side----and from many writers, including Hemingway, Celine, Henry Miller, Durrell, Shakespeare, Donne, and Jim Thompson for ideas, not to mention my friends and neighbors.  When I remember to keep my eyes and ears open and my mouth shut, songs come to me pretty easily.  (I also was a lawyer for more than 40 years.)

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About our Summer Guide Cover

The cover of our Summer Guide features art by local Gavin Snider. He depicted both Kansas City music legends and current musicians in our Listen Local collection. Grab a Guide at any Johnson County Library location and enjoy illustrations of:

  1. Kianna Alarid: Lead singer and songwriter of pop band Yes You Are
  2. Lester Young,  American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Helped forge the bebop style in the 1930s and 40s.
  3. Larry Garrett, folk singer-songwriter, guitarist.
  4. Ada Brown: Blue Singer. Brown was both a pioneer of Kansas City jazz and a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America in 1936.
  5. Marty Hillard, hip-hop artist, Ebony Tusks. Ebony Tusks is one of Kansas City's most hard-hitting hip-hop acts. 
  6. Julia Lee, blues singer and musician. Lee had a string of R&B hits in the 1940s.
  7. Lupe Gonzalez, musician, bandleader and civic leader.
  8. Qizhen Liu, cellist.  Performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.
  9. Count Basie: Jazz composer, pianist and bandleader. An unparalleled musical innovator, Basie's music helped define 20th Century jazz and popular music.
  10. Amado Espinoza, composer, collaborator, maker of custom-made native instruments. Originally from Bolivia, Epinoza's instruments are being played by clients in places as far-flung as France, Spain, Netherlands and South America   
  11. Charlie Parker: Jazz musician and composer. Along with Dizzy Gillespie, this Kansas City-born jazz artist invented bebop.
  12. Chico Sierra: Singer-songwriter, visual artist, poet. 
  13. Chloe Jacobson: Singer-songwriter. Chloe Jacobson will release her first album of melodic and personal indie-pop this summer.
  14. Unknown mandolin player, Fishers Gibson Orchestra
  15. Melba Liston: Jazz instrumentalist and arranger. First noted female jazz trombonist
  16. Joyce DiDonato, Opera singer and recording artist.  A Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo
  17. Calvin Arsenia, harpist, singer, songwriter, collaborator. 
  18. Sara Teasley, drummer of garage rockers Cave Girls

 

The cover of our Summer Guide features art by local Gavin Snider. He depicted both Kansas City music legends and current musicians in our Listen Local collection. Grab a Guide at any Johnson County Library location and enjoy illustrations of:

  1. Kianna Alarid: Lead singer and songwriter of pop band Yes You Are
  2. Lester Young,  American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Helped forge the bebop style in the 1930s and 40s.
  3. Larry Garrett, folk
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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!

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  • Juniper Tangpuz
    Juniper Tangpuz Juniper Tangpuz
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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 »

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