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This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Silent Book Group Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 pm @ Lenexa Public Market

Writers United Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

Read Under the Stars Thursday, Jan. 9, 3:30 pm @ Corinth Library

Celebrate Kansas: There’s No Place Like Home Thursday, Jan. 9, 4 pm @ Blue Valley Library

City Center Live: The Wires Alternative String Duo Friday, Jan. 10, 7 pm @ Lenexa Community Forum

Enjoy our book groups, storytimes, and much more »

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Silent Book Group Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 pm @ Lenexa Public Market

Writers United Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

Read Under the Stars Thursday, Jan. 9, 3:30 pm @ Corinth Library

Celebrate Kansas: There’s No Place Like Home Thursday,... Continue »

Seeds poster

Carlsen Center Writing Contest

Share a response to the prompt, “How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26. Submit your entry »

Enjoy others' responses »

Your response might win you two free tickets to Seeds, a show presented this Spring at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Seeds is a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes between farmers and the biotech industry.

Share a response to the prompt, “How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26. Submit your entry »

Enjoy others' responses »

Your response might win you two free tickets to Seeds, a show presented this Spring at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Seeds is a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes... Continue »

Bookmark art

We Want Your Art!

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the National Library Week Bookmark Design Contest, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

Tell Us your story about family, books and learning
Show Us what you love about your Library
Draw Us into your colorful Library world

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with their own winner. Entries are due Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Print out your entry form (PDF) and start creating! Or, join us at one of our Create Your Contest Bookmark events.

The winning illustrations will be unveiled during National Library Week in April. The winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed throughout the remainder of the year at all 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and three Friends Bookstores.

Co-sponsored with Friends of Johnson County Library.

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the National Library Week Bookmark Design Contest, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

Tell Us your story about family, books and learning
Show Us what you love about your Library
Draw Us into your colorful Library world

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with their own winner. Entries are due Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Print out ... Continue »

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Over this past year our Did you hear? podcast gained over 100 subscribers and our 32 episodes have been downloaded over 5,000 times! Thank You!!!

Have a look back—err—listen back, to the best reader's advisory episodes of 2019. So many of our Librarians dropped by this past year to share gems within genres. We hope their recommendations made your year richer!

Happy New Year! Over this past year our Did you hear? podcast gained over 100 subscribers and our 32 episodes have been downloaded over 5,000 times! Thank You!!!

Have a look back—err—listen back, to the best reader's advisory episodes of 2019. So many of our Librarians dropped by this past year to share gems within genres. We hope their recommendations made your year richer!

Heidi Lynne Gluck

Though Lawrence-based musician Heidi Lynne Gluck has served as a seasoned hand in a number of bands throughout her career (Juliana Hatfield’s Some Girls, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, The Only Children), her recent solo work shows that in addition to being a skilled multi-instrumentalist, her exceptional songwriting chops can steal the show. We caught up with Gluck to discuss some of her music career and what is on the horizon. Enjoy!

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Please introduce yourself. Where do you live and work? Describe your music for new listeners
I’m Heidi Lynne Gluck. I live in Lawrence, KS. I’m a singer-songwriter.

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2019 Books that Caught Our Attention

50 titles divided into 10 categories, all published in 2019, chosen by Library staff as excellent representations of the genre or of community interest.

Our readers advisory librarian Gregg Winsor makes another Did You Hear? appearance to discuss Notable Books! Gregg, Dave and Melissa reveal this list of great books from 2019. Biography/Memoir, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction, Sciences—it's all on the 2019 Notable Books list

50 titles divided into 10 categories, all published in 2019, chosen by Library staff as excellent representations of the genre or of community interest.

Our readers advisory librarian Gregg Winsor makes another Did You Hear? appearance to discuss Notable Books! Gregg, Dave and Melissa reveal this list of great books from 2019. Biography/Memoir, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction, Sciences—it's all on the 2019 Notable Books list

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Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 to Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 at Blue Valley Library

Steph Kates began her art career as a painter, creating otherworldly landscapes exploring mythology, fairytales and fables. When she transitioned from painting to ceramics, she combined her years of experience with image-making, illustration and pattern work to the practice of pottery. Kates creates her surface designs using a process called sgraffito: before the clay fully dries, she paints on layers of underglaze, then hand carves her unique designs. She fires the clay, applies glaze and fires again. Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind.

Steph Kates received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and works from her home studio in Kansas City.

Steph Kates began her art career as a painter, creating otherworldly landscapes exploring mythology, fairytales and fables. When she transitioned from painting to ceramics, she combined her years of experience with image-making, illustration and pattern work to the practice of pottery. Continue »

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