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Science Cafe

Science Café: Astronomy in Kansas City

Our skies are filled with vistas of planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about these and other astronomical wonders in the Kansas City skies in a riveting visual lecture.

Presented by Dan Johnson, founder of Astronomy Night & Day.

Mr. Johnson volunteers at the Powell Observatory, one of the largest public telescopes in the Midwest. He is a lifelong amateur astronomer and member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City.

Our skies are filled with vistas of planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about these and other astronomical wonders in the Kansas City skies in a riveting visual lecture.

Presented by Dan Johnson, founder of Astronomy Night & Day.

Mr. Johnson volunteers at the Powell Observatory, one of the largest public telescopes in the Midwest. He is a lifelong amateur astronomer and member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City.

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Central Resource Library
Tamicka Monson

Friday's Featured ArtistTamicka Monson

Tamicka Monson describes herself as a "storyteller who uses her own life experiences to bring healing to others." A rapper whose latest song "Miry Clay" is a gospel-rap collaboration with singer Christa, Monson is also an inspirational speaker and accomplished songwriter. Enjoy our interview with this multitalented Kansas City artist.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Tamicka Monson. I am from Chicago, IL, but currently live in Kansas City. I describe my music as “Music for those who know they are far from perfect, who desire change.” My music is real and raw, edgy, yet classy. I touch topics and go places others are afraid to.

 

Talk about your newest release, “The Wrestling Match Reloaded”. How did this recording come together? What did you learn from the recording process that you’ll take to future projects?

A sequel to the freshman EP The Wrestling Match, this album includes new songs and new struggles. The music, versatile in sound and style, captures the essence of faith, hope, and love. I learned a lot while creating this EP, specifically about professional recording and processes.

 

How long have you been a songwriter and rapper? Who were some of your earliest musical influences?

I have been a songwriter and rapper for 18 years. I started off when I was 12, just re-making songs out of fun and later would freestyle and battle rap. I then started to actually write songs and melodies. My earliest musical influences were Eve, Eminem, Twista, and Lauren Hill.

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Casi Joy

City Center Live: Casi Joy

Join up-and-coming pop singer, YouTube sensation and The Voice contestant Casi Joy for an energizing solo performance at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council.

Join up-and-coming pop singer, YouTube sensation and The Voice contestant Casi Joy for an energizing solo performance at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council.

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
Space ... the final frontier

Throwback Thursday

The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is this month! 

Our summer reading theme is A Universe of Stories

It's almost like these two things were somehow related.

Got a little astronaut? Listen to our latest podcast episode!

The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is this month! 

Our summer reading theme is A Universe of Stories

It's almost like these two things were somehow related.

Got a little astronaut? Listen to our latest podcast episode!

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Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

A child’s reading improves with practice. This relaxed, friendly session allows your kids to practice their reading-out-loud skills with a certified and well-behaved therapy dog as an audience. See the schedule »

Presented in partnership with Pets for Life, Inc.​ and Wayside Waifs​.

A child’s reading improves with practice. This relaxed, friendly session allows your kids to practice their reading-out-loud skills with a certified and well-behaved therapy dog as an audience. See the schedule »

Presented in partnership with Pets for Life, Inc.​ and Wayside Waifs​.

Red Cross

Red Cross Blood Donations

As of July 9th, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible donors to give now to stop an emergency blood shortage this summer. Based on current inventory levels, the Red Cross now has less than a two to a three-day supply of most blood types available – and in some cases, less than a day’s supply of type O blood. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Can you help? Search by zip code to find a location to donate »

Or swing by one of our locations to give:

  • July 23rd - Blue Valley Library - 10am-3pm
  • July 29th - Central Resource Library - 2pm-6pm
  • July 29th - Gardner Library - 1:30pm-5:30pm - This drive also has Free Worlds of Fun Tickets!
  • July 30th - Leawood Pioneer Library - 10am-3pm

As of July 9th, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible donors to give now to stop an emergency blood shortage this summer. Based on current inventory levels, the Red Cross now has less than a two to a three-day supply of most blood types available – and in some cases, less than a day’s supply of type O blood. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Can you help? Search by zip code to find a location to donate »

Or swing by one of our locations to give:

  • July 23rd - Blue Valley Library - 10am-3pm
  • July 29th - Central Resource Library - 2pm-6pm
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WRITERS UNITED

Writers United

Writers, unite. You might be seeking critique, a great prompt or just shared space to focus on your work-in-progress. Find inspiration and other local writers here at the Library. Connect with the Johnson County writing community and hone your craft. Light refreshments will be served.

Writers, unite. You might be seeking critique, a great prompt or just shared space to focus on your work-in-progress. Find inspiration and other local writers here at the Library. Connect with the Johnson County writing community and hone your craft. Light refreshments will be served.

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Central Resource Library
Help

What the Tech!?

There is a lot of technology in our daily lives. Our librarians can help with your internet, email, eBook, smartphone and tablet questions. Book a 30 minute, one-on-one help session with a techie librarian to find answers to your tech issues.

Right now, we have appointments available at Antioch Library and Gardner Library on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, and Tuesday evenings. Appointments are also available at Central Resource Library on Thursday mornings.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment at (913) 826-4600.

There is a lot of technology in our daily lives. Our librarians can help with your internet, email, eBook, smartphone and tablet questions. Book a 30 minute, one-on-one help session with a techie librarian to find answers to your tech issues.

Right now, we have appointments available at Antioch Library and Gardner Library on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, and Tuesday evenings. Appointments are also available at Central Resource Library on Thursday mornings.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment at (913) 826-4600.

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Now @ Shawnee: Larissa UrediLarissa Uredi

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Shawnee Library

Larissa Uredi is an award-winning and internationally recognized fiber and mixed media artist. She has exhibited regionally and internationally and has won several artist residencies in Spain, Estonia, Italy and beyond.

When she's not out mountain biking or exploring this wide world, you can find her in her studio making a mess with paint, dyes and a myriad of other mediums. She writes about her adventures (locally and abroad) and is always up for swapping stories.

 

Tell us about the works on exhibit. What’s the medium? What has inspired their creation?

The works are on silk and use a variety of dyes, paints and found objects to create the marks and colorations. These pieces were inspired by two things: An artist residency I did in El Bruc, Spain and a solo show that I built around the concept of attrition, heat death and entropy.

What comes first – the medium or the message?

Silk belongs on the wall and in the home. It is not just a medium for clothing or bedsheets. It's a beautiful, sustainable and expressive medium. I feel it is essential for silk pieces to be able to move in their environment—having pieces that continue to retain some motion and character is a big part of my creative decision making. While it may not always happen, I keep the playfulness of the material in mind.

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

I go through really wild swings in my productivity and creativity. I feel as though I am either completely inspired and in the pursuit of something or I'm focused on other endeavors— my job, my hobbies, etc. While it is all one big web that feeds itself, it can be really hard to keep the momentum going and remind myself to take care of my inner artist. The work I make also has a variety of processes, requirements and tools to really be successful—I love the challenge of working with those processes, but it often means keeping an open mind as I work. 

Who do you consider your main artistic influences?

I LOVE Alphonse Mucha, Monet and Bocklin, as well as modern-day artists such as James Jean.

Please list 5-10 books, movies and/or music that currently inspire you.

I listen to a lot of The Decemberists, Of Monsters and Men, Deva Premal and World Rock. As far as books go, This Idea Must Die and Critical Mass both were major sources of inspiration and knowledge when I was building my body of work on entropy. The movie La La Land really shook me to my creative core, because of how accurately and cleanly it described the artistic approach and lifestyle.

Larissa Uredi is an award-winning and internationally recognized fiber and mixed media artist. She has exhibited regionally and internationally and has won several artist residencies in Spain, Estonia, Italy and beyond.

When she's not out mountain biking or exploring this wide world, you can find her in her studio making a mess with paint, dyes and a myriad of other mediums. She writes about her adventures (locally and abroad) and is always up for swapping stories.

 

Tell us about the works on exhibit. What’s the medium? What has inspired their creation?

The works are on silk and use a variety of dyes, paints and found objects to create the marks and colorations. These pieces were inspired by... Continue »

Happy Independence Day!

Here at the Library we celebrate Independence Day by honoring all Americans and salute the freedom of information. Like you, we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Johnson County Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, July 3, and be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. Holidays are a great time to check out our eLibrary!

Here at the Library we celebrate Independence Day by honoring all Americans and salute the freedom of information. Like you, we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Johnson County Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, July 3, and be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. Holidays are a great time to check out our eLibrary!

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