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Margaret Owen

Meet the Author: Margaret Owen in Conversation with LL McKinney

Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. 

Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake - in The Merciful Crow.

Join us for a conversation with the author facilitated by L.L. McKinney, local author of the young adult novel A Blade So Black. Books by both authors will be available for purchase through Rainy Day Books at the event.

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle, WA, while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.

Registration is not required, but requested for this event. Register online or call 913.826.4600. 

Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake - in The Merciful Crow. Continue »

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Monticello Library
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Sean's Top Five for Fall

Our County Librarian Sean Casserley says:

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to get to the Library and learn something new! This fall, we’re “unlocking the mind” with programs, resources and reads that open up new possibilities.
Here are some of my favorites this season:

  1. Online Language Learning ¿Hablas español? Sprechen sie Deutsch? With your eLibrary Card, you can! I’ve been exploring Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone for more than 70 different languages ranging from Arabic to Yiddish!
  2. Mind Full or Mindful I’ve been dabbling in meditation, and this program is a great introduction for anyone interested in mindfulness.
  3. Creative Quest by Questlove Questlove’s curiosity is as well-known as his music, and this book brings together some of his stories and lessons on creativity.
  4. Unlock Your Creativity with Improv Improv is not just for comedians! We’ve used improv techniques in the workplace to deepen our listening skills, build trust and expand creativity. Kids can get a taste in this interactive workshop for grades K-5.
  5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of writing, Lamott’s book is a welcome guide.

Our County Librarian Sean Casserley says:

As the weather gets cooler, it’s a great time to get to the Library and learn something new! This fall, we’re “unlocking the mind” with programs, resources and reads that open up new possibilities.
Here are some of my favorites this season:

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Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this."

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish... Continue »

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Monticello Library
Game of Go

Gaming @ the Library

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome.

  • Antioch Library, first Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Blue Valley Library, second Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Central Resource Library, third Mondays, 6 pm »
  • Monticello Library, third Thursdays, 6 pm »
  • Gardner Library, fourth Saturdays, 12 pm »

This Fall you also have three chances to learn The Game of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game.

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome. See dates for our Table Top Games and our special series where you can learn The Game of Go.​ Continue »

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Unlocking the Mind

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work.

See all of our Unlocking the Mind programming »

Explore Brainfuse online to ignite your mind with live homework help, practice tests, Spanish language learning and online quizzes and games.

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work. Continue »

City Center Live

City Center Live: Scott Cox, "Shakespeare for Everyday Living"

This event is at Lenexa City Hall, Community Forum (indoors), 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

"And God Did Shake the Pear: Shakespeare for Everyday Living" is a one-man show with inspirational and humorous anecdotes by Scott Cox, the director of Living Shakespeare, a rehabilitative theatre program at Lansing Correctional Facility. 

Admission is free. To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170.

City Center Live is partnership between the City of Lenexa and Johnson County Library. 

This event is at Lenexa City Hall, Community Forum (indoors), 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

"And God Did Shake the Pear: Shakespeare for Everyday Living" is a one-man show with inspirational and humorous anecdotes by Scott Cox, the director of Living Shakespeare, a rehabilitative theatre program at Lansing Correctional Facility. 

Admission is free. To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170.

City Center Live is partnership between the City of Lenexa and Johnson County Library. 

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
School photo

Throwback Thursday

Back to school!

Ah yes, the good ol' class photo! It's a time-honored tradition. There's something special about a photo capturing classmates in a moment in time. That's true no matter if it's Lexington Township in 1899 (like the students photographed here) or one taken in modern day DeSoto.

Remember, those back to school clothes you're choosing right now are the same duds that might be donned for that class photo! 

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.     

Back to school!

Ah yes, the good ol' class photo! It's a time-honored tradition. There's something special about a photo capturing classmates in a moment in time. That's true no matter if it's Lexington Township in 1899 (like the students photographed here) or one taken in modern day DeSoto.

Remember, those back to school clothes you're choosing right now are the same duds that might be donned for that class photo! 

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.      Continue »

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Staff Picks

If you’ve haven’t checked out what our librarians are recommending, head on over to our Staff Picks Blog to find great stuff that we’ve been reading, watching, or listening to.

Josh N. is a HUGE fan of Doctor Who and recently traced the genealogy of the classic British Sci-Fi television show, looking at works of fiction that have influenced the adventures of our favorite Time Lord over the years – which is no small task, considering the show has been around for over fifty years and still has legions of fans across the globe.

We’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing all this summer, and Kari E. wrote about the effect that outer space has had on her passion for music. Here, she guides us through a list of concept albums all based on space or other planets, including artists like Janelle Monae and Radiohead.

Michael K. recently noted the recent 30th anniversary of the movie UHF, written by and starring “Weird Al” Yankovic. He wrote about his love for the film and what the movie’s delightful collection of oddballs working for a struggling local public-access television station meant for him as a teen.

Finally, librarian Gregg W. reports back from his trip to BookExpo, one of the year’s largest gathering of publishers and authors, and highlights some titles that will be hitting the shelves at your local branch - and, just maybe, the bestseller lists. We love hearing about the next big titles before everyone else does, and Gregg always has his ears to the ground.

Also in the Staff Picks Blog you’ll find recent posts about the blockbuster Where the Crawdads Sing as well as the latest in a beautiful and elegant graphic novel series, Flight.

If you’ve haven’t checked out what our librarians are recommending, head on over to our Staff Picks Blog to find great stuff that we’ve been reading, watching, or listening to.

Josh N. is a HUGE fan of Doctor Who and recently traced the genealogy of the classic British Sci-Fi television show, looking at works of fiction that have influenced the adventures of our favorite Time Lord over the years – which is no small task, considering the show has been around for over fifty years and still has legions of fans across the globe.

We’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of... Continue »

Leawood Pioneer READ winner

Leawood Pioneer READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Leawood Pioneer Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Leawood Pioneer hosts Read to a Dog, Creative Writing Workshops for teens, Book Groups, and more!

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Leawood Pioneer Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Leawood Pioneer hosts Read to a Dog, Creative Writing Workshops for teens, Book Groups, and more!

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