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New Podcast Episode: Census 2020

Did you hear about the United States Census 2020? It's kind of a big deal! In fact, it's a requirement of our Constitution that every individual in the country be counted. Even if you are not a citizen, you are legally obligated to answer all Census questions. 


We dive into the what, why, and how. We discuss the importance of the Census and the Library's role as a trusted partner in helping you to participate. History, geology, geography, it's all here. We even help you spot fraud: 


  • No one should be asking for your social security number
  • Census forms do not ask for bank information
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This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can learn how to tend and nurture your very own book group, learn more about pit bulls, and even meet the new love of your life at our Pet Adoptions!


The Care and Feeding of Your Book Group Thursday, Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm, Shawnee Library


Pet a Bull Saturday, Feb 10 @ 11 am, Leawood Pioneer Library


Pet Adoptions Saturday, Feb 10 @ 12:30 pm, Leawood Pioneer Library


Take Better Photos Saturday, Feb 10 @ 3 pm, Leawood Pioneer Library


Teens! Join our Young Adult Advisory Club at Blue Valley Library and Leawood Pioneer Library this week to earn volunteer

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can learn how to tend and nurture your very own book group, learn more about pit bulls, and even meet the new love of your life at our Pet Adoptions!


The Care and Feeding of Your Book Group Thursday, Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm, Shawnee Library


Pet a Bull Saturday, Feb 10 @ 11 am, Leawood Pioneer Library


Pet Adoptions Saturday, Feb 10 @ 12:30 pm, Leawood Pioneer Library


Take Better Photos Saturday, Feb 10 @ 3 pm, Leawood Pioneer Library


Teens! Join our Young Adult Advisory Club at Blue Valley Library and Leawood Pioneer Library this week to earn volunteer

Friday Featured Artist

True Lions is something of a Kansas City supergroup comprised of some of Kansas City's most talented songwriters and musicians. Spearheaded by founding members Alison Hawkins and Mikala Petillo and recently expanded to include Elizabeth Kosko on drums and Claire Adams on guitar/bass, True Lions recalls 90s classic lo-fi indie pop with songs that are full of hooks, harmonies and other sonic surprises. While their future beyond a bunch of live performances and an excellent EP, "Cute at Best", remains unclear, Kansas City is lucky to have them while they're here. Enjoy our 2019 interview with

Kiss Throwback Thursday Hello!

With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, we've got love on the brain. How about you? Are you looking for love? Other than our extensive collection filled with romance novelsself-help books and more, we can't really help you there. You can, however, travel through local history at jocohistory.org and try to find love ... or at least really old pictures of lovers. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Makers: Erika and Warren

Erika and Warren have found that the MakerSpace can be so much more of a rewarding date night than just dinner and a movie. Check out some of their projects. Oh, and be sure to listen to them tell their story on our podcast.

Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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When working on his art, Francisco Gabuardy  draws from a lexicon of personal symbols. Many symbols allude to family ties, but also to larger concepts such as freedom and survival. He considers himself a mixed media artist who can create something out of anything he can get my hands on. However, he likes to re-explore the plethora of information and techniques that he’s confident with. This is why his work carries a playful knowledge of color, material, composition and attention to detail, which is infused with symbolism and narrative.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

My name is Francisco Gabuardy. I consider myself a mixed media artist that can create something out of anything I can get my hands on. When working on my art I draw from a lexicon of personal symbols. Many symbols allude to family ties, but also to larger concepts such as freedom and survival. In my work I like to re-explore the plethora of information and techniques that I’m confident with. This is why my work carries a playful knowledge of color, material and composition. I pay attention to detail, which is often infused with symbolism and narrative.

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

I have noticed that whenever I build a hand made frame for a piece or any sculptural component, my process slows down. This is because I’m confronted with the dilemma of finding a space to chop down materials such as raw wood. However, I always find a way to overcome this obstacle.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

I believe that true creative artists are born to show their best skills and to move forward. This is why I’m always asking myself how I can push myself further and create new refreshing things? I want my pieces to exude beauty, mystery and meaning. I invest clear curiosity, time and energy, which beckons the viewer to do so as well.

How has your practice changed over time?

As long as I can remember I have always been lucky in the sense that I’ve always had a constant stream of creative ideas. This consistent flow of ideas eventually led me to a point in which I felt that I was missing out on capturing all of those thoughts. I started working on multiple sketchbooks during a year and it was a game changer. This has helped me to maintain a steady circulation and record of ideas. As a result of this practice I’m left with drawings that can be considered finished art pieces or blueprints for future exploration. This way of operating allows my natural creativity to function in a planned way or in an impromptu way. Ultimately, this enables me the time and realm to play with concepts with complete freedom which is a major motivator in my studio.

What books, movies and/or music have inspired you recently?

Currently I’m listening to music by Ricardo Arjona, K'pop and soundtracks from games like Stardew Valley. I just finished playing Luigi’s Mansion and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Right now I’m playing Outlast 2 and Far Cry Primal.

 

 

Throwback watch party?

Do your San Francisco relatives think you live in the "wild west?" We say, just play along. Please feel free to share this photo with them from jocohistory.org and tell them this was the spot for the watch party you attended last Sunday.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

 

 

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