Building Our Future

Cedar Roe Library Turns 50!

Join the celebration!

Happy 50th Birthday!

Read about the history of this well-aged Library!

Plan out your next visit to Cedar Roe Library!

Be sure to listen to a few memories of this branch in our podcast!

Join the celebration!

Happy 50th Birthday!

Read about the history of this well-aged Library!

Plan out your next visit to Cedar Roe Library!

Be sure to listen to a few memories of this branch in our podcast!

Lenexa City Center Library is Now Open!

Welcome to Lenexa City Center Library! Our newest branch is now open. We could go on and on about all of its great features, but go see for yourself!

Welcome to Lenexa City Center Library! Our newest branch is now open. We could go on and on about all of its great features, but go see for yourself!

  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
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  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
    Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
    Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
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  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
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  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
    Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
  • Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
    Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library
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Art Work at Lenexa City Center Library

Interconnections by Stephen T. Johnson

Stephen T. Johnson is a Caldecott Honor children’s book author/illustrator who lives and works in Lawrence, KS. He has exhibited his artwork both regionally and nationally. He has created works of art for Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX and subway stations in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

Interconnections is a set of three mosaics, each 23-1/2 feet tall x 5-1/2 feet wide. This work is installed and on public display at the new Lenexa City Center Library.

Words from the Artist

"We rearrange the notes of a scale to generate musical compositions, we mix the colors of a rainbow to create visual works of art, and we reorder the letters of an alphabet to form words and texts.

As with a triplet of stained glass windows or three lines of a Haiku, Interconnections is a triptych that celebrates the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet through a profusion of typographic fonts, both uppercase and lowercase, intermixed with images from my books — Alphabet City, Alphabet School, and A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet.

Reading from left to right, the first panel celebrates the letters A to I, the second panel J to Q, and the third panel R to Z. The goal of Interconnections is to inspire visitors to the library to view our world in a fresh and playful way, and in so doing, discover for themselves juxtapositions of scale, color harmonies, rhythms in surface textures, and joy in what may seem unremarkable or ordinary, by transcending the mundane and unearthing its hidden beauty."

Technical notes

Artist Stephen T. Johnson worked with the German company Franz Mayer of Munich to fabricate these works. This company works with artists from all over the world to interpret their designs from the original medium into architectural glass and mosaics. Johnson created digital designs for these artworks and emailed them to the fabricators. The company used Johnson’s designs as guides for how to arrange the many individual glass pieces used to compose the mosaic.

In this mosaic there are 4 different kinds of tesserae:

•          Flat marbles/glass gems – small round glass pieces that have an entirely smooth surface

•          Glass cake – large flat pieces of mosaic glass that can be cut or broken into regular or irregular shapes, used to make both kinds of smaller pieces listed below

•          Italian Smalti – small, regularly-sized, machine cut and broken mosaic glass pieces that has an identical surface quality on all facets

•          Mexican glass – small, irregularly-sized hand-cut and broken mosaic glass pieces that can have different surface qualities and colors on different facets

This work of art is part of the Johnson County, KS Public Art Collection. Learn more at jocogov/dept/facilities/public-art-commission.

Interconnections by Stephen T. Johnson

Stephen T. Johnson is a Caldecott Honor children’s book author/illustrator who lives and works in Lawrence, KS. He has exhibited his artwork both regionally and nationally. He has created works of art for Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX and subway stations in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

Interconnections is a set of three mosaics, each 23-1/2 feet tall x 5-1/2 feet wide. This work is installed and on public display at the new Lenexa City Center... Continue »

Lenexa interior

Lenexa City Center Library Opening June 2

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, when we'll introduce you to your new Library and its amenities. A ribbon cutting will open the doors promptly at 1 pm. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion from the emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley.

Activities on June 2 will include tours of the new building and an opportunity to see award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art at the site.

The new 40,000 square foot building occupies two floors at the Lenexa City Center campus. In addition to high-quality Library services, the new space features public meeting rooms, public computers and a robust children’s programming area.

Special features                  
•   Kids area with dedicated storytime room 
•  Exterior Drive-Thru  
•   Holds Lobby  
•  Balcony with seating and device power 

Collection size                     
•    71,000 on Opening Day

Technology features          
•   Wi-Fi access 
•  20 public computer workstations
•  Comfy seating and tables equipped with device power stations 
•  Wireless AV in Study Rooms  
•  Collaboration Tables

 

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, when we'll introduce you to your new Library and its amenities. A ribbon cutting will open the doors promptly at 1 pm. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion from the emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley.

Activities on June 2 will include tours of the new building and an opportunity to see award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art at the site.

The new 40,000 square foot building occupies two floors at the Lenexa City Center campus. In addition to high-quality Library services, the new space features public meeting rooms,... Continue »

Throwback Thursday: Lackman Library

To begin the history of the Lackman Library, one must delve back into the very early history of the Johnson County Library. Shortly after its 1953 founding, the Library opened the Lenexa Branch on November 2, 1954 in the Lenexa Grade School at 13400 W. 94th Street. It offered about 3,000 books for checkout and was open for only two hours a week--2:00 to 4:00 on Saturdays. Like all the others it was staffed by volunteers and offered donated materials. The most recent US Census in 1950 had indicated a Lenexa population of 803. That population soon began to burgeon. When the Library’s budget allowed, the branch’s hours were increased and it was moved into a rented storefront in downtown Lenexa.

In 1967, a bond issue was approved by voters to build the Oak Park Library, among other improvements. This branch at 9500 Bluejacket was intended to serve the library needs of the “southwest” portion Johnson County’s developing suburban region, including Lenexa. In preparation for the new branch, the Lenexa Library was closed in 1967. The city of Lenexa was promised that someday there would again be a library within its city limits. The Oak Park Library opened in 1970, after being housed in temporary space near 95th and Antioch. The population continued to grow and soon the need for a new library west of I-35 was apparent and was included in the 1979 facilities plan.

Ground was broken for the Lackman Library on March 5, 1986. The building was dedicated on November 14, 1986 and opened to the public on November 17. It opened with a collection of 22,000 items and was the first Johnson County Library location without a card catalog, as the Library made a leap into the computer age. During its first full year open—1987—the Lackman Library circulated 99,220 items.

An expansion of Lackman was never far from the minds of staff during the planning and opening of the Shawnee Library in 1992, the Leawood Pioneer Library in 1994, the Central Resource Library in 1995, and the renovated Antioch Library in 1996. By August 10, 1996 when the Lackman Library closed for expansion, it barely fit its building. The new facility, three times as large as its previous incarnation with almost 18,000 square feet, re-opened on August 12, 1997. 

To begin the history of the Lackman Library, one must delve back into the very early history of the Johnson County Library. Shortly after its 1953 founding, the Library opened the Lenexa Branch on November 2, 1954 in the Lenexa Grade School at 13400 W. 94th Street. It offered about 3,000 books for checkout and was open for only two hours a week--2:00 to 4:00 on Saturdays. Like all the others it was staffed by volunteers and offered donated materials. The most recent US Census in 1950 had indicated a Lenexa population of 803. That population soon began to burgeon. When the Library’s budget allowed, the branch’s hours were increased and it was moved into a rented storefront in downtown Lenexa.

In 1967, a bond issue was approved by... Continue »

Lenexa City Center

Lenexa City Center Library Opens Sunday, June 2!

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their February 14 board meeting. 

The June 2 event will be focused on the building and its amenities, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “This is a really striking and beautiful facility,” she says, “and we are eager to invite our patrons in so people can start using their new Library right away.”

A ribbon cutting will open the doors promptly at 1 pm. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion from the emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley. Activities will include tours conducted by Library staff of the new building and an opportunity to meet Stephen T. Johnson, award-winning children’s book illustrator who is installing a new work of public art at the site. 

The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, confirming that Lenexa City Center joins 4 other branches which are open on Sundays.

The new 40,000 square foot building occupies two floors at the Lenexa City Center campus. In addition to high-quality library services, the new space features public meeting rooms, public computers and a robust children’s programming area. Construction cost is $21.1 million.

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their February 14 board meeting. 

The June 2 event will be focused on the building and its amenities, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “This is a really striking and beautiful facility,” she says, “and we are eager to invite our patrons in so people can start using their new Library right away.”

A ribbon cutting will open the doors promptly at 1 pm. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a... Continue »

Wow! Lenexa City Center Library time-lapse

We placed a camera in a window of the Lenexa City Hall Communications office. It overlooks the site of the Lenexa City Center Library construction. For over 8 months we have captured the progress of our newest Library from an empty lot to what you see today. Take 5 minutes and watch this building take shape before your eyes. We're sure you'll say: "Wow!"

We placed a camera in a window of the Lenexa City Hall Communications office. It overlooks the site of the Lenexa City Center Library construction. For over 8 months we have captured the progress of our newest Library from an empty lot to what you see today. Take 5 minutes and watch this building take shape before your eyes. We're sure you'll say: "Wow!"

Look Around Lenexa

Get a glimpse into the future of your new Library at Lenexa City Center. Click the images to interact with a 360 degree panorama!

Get a glimpse into the future of your new Library at Lenexa City Center. Click the images to interact with a 360 degree panorama!

Right Under Your Feet

Our newest location, Monticello Library, is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time, so we’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs. 

For those of you who have visited our newest branch, you’ll notice there are few permanent interior walls. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and allow quick reconfiguration of service areas within the library.

Enjoy this time-lapse video of the raised floor installation earlier this year. And if you feel taller when you go to Monticello Library, just think: you are!

Our newest location, Monticello Library, is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time, so we’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs. 

For those of you who have visited our newest branch, you’ll notice there are few permanent interior walls. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and allow quick reconfiguration of service areas within the library.

Enjoy this time-lapse video of the... Continue »

Monticello Library

Monticello Library Opens!

A brand new Library has opened in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out!

The Monticello Library stands elegantly at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee, KS and is the first new library location in the County since 1994. Design for Monticello Library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for Library services in the 21st century. Scott Sime, project coordinator for the library system, said comments from residents have consistently centered around needs for meeting space, a robust children’s area and availability of diverse technology for public use.

“We haven’t built a brand-new library building since the 1990s, so it’s been a good opportunity for us to really think through what a library of the 21st century can be,” said Sime.

The Clark Enersen Partners of Lincoln, NE are the project architects, and local firm McCownGordon Construction helped bring the building to life. The two-story, 30,000+ square foot building features floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed to let in lots of natural light and to be stylishly visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Total project cost is $18.1 million.

The Library and County identified a site in 2010, and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System made a generous donation of adjoining land to provide adequate parking.

The building’s interior incorporates flexible spaces and design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs without requiring physical expansion. 

The first floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. There is lots of cozy seating available along the windows, study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people. View a PDF of the floor plan tour here.

The second floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Mac workstations, one conference room and several additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating. 

A brand new Library is opening in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out. Continue »

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