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Historic Hats Throwback Thursday

How many hats can you find in the collections at Discover the story behind these images and get all the details. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.


Now at Oak Park: Fred Trease

Monday, August 26 to Friday, November 1, 2019

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

I’m primarily a photographer. It’s my first love. The last couple of years I’ve been exploring digital means for making art. These drawings are done on a tablet.

What would you like people to know most about your art?

Most of my work revolves around the observational skills I developed as a scientist. It’s all biology, geology and cosmology.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

I think it’s to hold a mirror up to the world and let people see it through my eyes.

How has your practice changed over time?

It evolves as technology evolved, but at its heart it remains constant.

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

I’m currently reading Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking. I’ve recently discovered The Black Creatures, a Kansas City based darkpop hip hop duo. They’re fabulous! The Here Now Film Festival offered many inspiring short films. I don’t know how I’d survive without Turner Classic Movies and the Johnson County Library.


Did you miss our latest podcast episode?

In this episode of Did you hear?, our librarians Scott and Bryan talk with Melissa and Dave about the questions we receive most often from patrons. When Google stumps you, we’re here to help you search for those tricky answers. Also, cookies!

***PLEASE BE ADVISED*** Warning: culinary content. Cookies are mentioned numerous times in this podcast. Listener discretion is advised.


Table Top Games

Learn the Game of Go or join us for one of our regularly scheduled Table Top Games events!


Shawnee Library's 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 are Shawnee Library's winners from 2018! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Shawnee Library hosts Monday Needlers, storytimes, an American Girl Book Club and more »


Anthologies Episode

We have a new podcast episode! Need something to read? Do you want to try something different? We encourage you to try anthologies! What are they? Why are they so amazingly good? You must listen to discover. Guest Librarians Helen and Lisa join Dave Carson as we investigate anthologies.  

***PLEASE BE ADVISED*** Warning: adult content. One of the book titles mentioned in this podcast contains a swear word.