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This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library:

kids and teens can grab a breakfast or lunch at Catholic Charities Summer Food Program most weekdays throughout the summer 

caregivers and infants can enjoy yoga and massage together at Joyful and Gentle: Yoga for Mommy and Baby Tuesday, June 4, 9:30 am and 10:30 am @ Oak Park Library

kids can join our MakerSpace Passport Program and make & take awesome things throughout the summer

enjoy our space-themed summer programming with Stories and Songs from Space, a Space Party for astronauts, art with the Young Rembrandts, and an adventure through the Milky Way with Mr Stinky Feet

and more! Browse all of our events »

This week at the Library:

kids and teens can grab a breakfast or lunch at Catholic Charities Summer Food Program most weekdays throughout the summer 

caregivers and infants can enjoy yoga and massage together at Joyful and Gentle: Yoga for Mommy and Baby Tuesday, June 4, 9:30 am and 10:30 am @ Oak Park Library

kids... Continue »

  • Lisa Healey
    Lisa Healey Lisa Healey
  • Lisa Healey
    Lisa Healey Lisa Healey

Now at Oak Park: Lisa HealeyLisa Healey

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Friday, Jun 28, 2019 at Oak Park Library

Nature and our environment are all around us yet we often look right past them rather than right at them.  I love hiking in a National Parks or on the trails of the suburbs or the streets of a city. My eye sees literally our natural environment but also our man built environment, the forms created by man can also be enthralling. Exploring our natural and man built surroundings is a spiritual feeling for me. I come to see how small I may be to the universe and its creator yet how integral we each are to the whole of our world. This exhibit displays my photography of the world around us. You will view up close enough to see the hairs on a moth or rust on a drain pipe and pull out to see the curves of a large tree or the geometry of a city scape. But I’ll go even further and show you abstractions that while they come from our environment, you may have to be a detective to decipher what they are.

Enjoy this exhibition through June 28.

Nature and our environment are all around us yet we often look right past them rather than right at them.  I love hiking in a National Parks or on the trails of the suburbs or the streets of a city. My eye sees literally our natural environment but also our man built environment, the forms created by man can also be enthralling. Exploring our natural and man built surroundings is a spiritual feeling for me. I come to see how small I may be to the universe and its creator yet how integral we each are to the whole of our world. This exhibit displays my photography of the world around us. You will view up close enough to see the hairs on a moth or rust on a drain pipe and pull out to see the curves of a large tree or the geometry of a city... Continue »

  • 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
    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 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
  • 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

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 »

Knitted letters spelling "SUMMER"

Monday, June 3: A Universe of Knitting!A Universe of Knitting

Register online for this program or call 913.826.4600.

Teens! Come craft with us. We meet at the same time as the Monday Needlers, a group of experienced needle artists. They’re available to share stories and help teen beginners with advice about your projects. All materials are provided for teens registered with the program. You can bring a project and your own materials to work on. Best for ages 10 and up.

Register online for this program or call 913.826.4600.

Teens! Come craft with us. We meet at the same time as the Monday Needlers, a group of experienced needle artists. They’re available to share stories and help teen beginners with advice about your projects. All materials are provided for teens registered with the program. You can bring a project and your own materials to work on. Best for ages 10 and up.

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Shawnee Library
MakerSpace

MakerSpace Passport Program

The MakerSpace Passport Program is a great way to learn about Maker ideas, tools and skills. Each week a new project is presented by our Library Makers and Youth Services team. Participants can complete a series of different weekly projects using a variety of materials and methods. This is an open, walk-in program: you come in, make something with us, and take home something awesome. Pick up a Summer MakerSpace Passport your first time, and get it stamped after your workshops. Kids who complete one of each week’s activities will be entered in a Grand Prize drawing. Best for ages 6-12 who can read and comprehend instructions and can manipulate simple tools and materials with their hands. This is a kids-only space – no grown-ups allowed! Supplies provided.

Here is an outline of the full schedule:

Week 1 & 2 @ Monticello Library
Tuesdays, June 4, 11 • Noon-3 pm
Wednesdays, June 5, 12 • Noon-3 pm
Thursdays, June 6, 13 • 5-7pm

Week 3 & 4 @ Gardner Library
Tuesdays, June 18, 25 • Noon-3 pm
Wednesdays, June 19, 26 • Noon-3 pm
Thursdays, June 20, 27 • 5-7 pm

Week 5, NO PROJECT, 4th of July Week

Week 6 & 7 @ Shawnee Library
Tuesdays, July 9, 16 • Noon-3 pm
Wednesdays, July 10, 17 • Noon-3 pm
Thursdays, July 11, 18 • 5-7 pm

Week 8 & 9 @ Leawood Pioneer Library
Tuesdays, July 23, 30 • Noon-3 pm
Wednesdays, July 24, 31 • Noon-3 pm
Thursdays, July 25, Aug. 1 • 5-7 pm

Week 10 & 11 @ Central Resource Library
Tuesdays, Aug. 6, 13 • Noon-3 pm
Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14 • Noon-3 pm
Thursdays, Aug. 8, 15 • 5-7 pm

The MakerSpace Passport Program is a great way to learn about Maker ideas, tools and skills. Each week a new project is presented by our Library Makers and Youth Services team. Participants can complete a series of different weekly projects using a variety of materials and methods. This is an open, walk-in program: you come in, make something with us, and take home something awesome. Pick up a Summer MakerSpace Passport your first time, and get it stamped after your workshops. Kids who complete one of each week’s activities will be entered in a Grand Prize drawing. Best for ages 6-12 who can read and comprehend instructions and can manipulate simple tools and materials with their hands. This is a kids-only space – no grown-ups allowed!... Continue »

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Monticello Library

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, Meet the Illustrator, Teen Fiction for Adults, and Book Groups

In this episode of Did you hear?, The Johnson County Library Foundation drops by to promote our Stay Home and Read a book Ball. Then, Youth Services Librarian Christina Larkins pops by with children’s book illustrator Bob Kolar to talk about his latest book: Hey-Ho to Mars we Go! And if that wasn’t enough, Gregg Winsor and Allison Schwartz talk teen fiction for adults!

And, our host Dave Carson celebrates book groups!

 

In this episode of Did you hear?, The Johnson County Library Foundation drops by to promote our Stay Home and Read a book Ball. Then, Youth Services Librarian Christina Larkins pops by with children’s book illustrator Bob Kolar to talk about his latest book: Hey-Ho to Mars we Go! And if that wasn’t enough, Gregg Winsor and Allison Schwartz talk teen fiction for adults!

And, our host Dave Carson celebrates book groups!

 

This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

The Johnson County Library is closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. 

This week at the Library, you can join us for

Family Dance Party on the Terrace Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 pm @ Monticello Library

Meet the Illustrator: Hey-Ho to Mars We'll Go with Bob Kolar, Friday, May 31, 10 am @ Corinth Library

ELL Conversation Group / Conversando en inglés Saturday, June 1, 9 am @ Oak Park Library

& much more »

The Johnson County Library is closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. 

This week at the Library, you can join us for

Family Dance Party on the Terrace Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 pm @ Monticello Library

Meet the Illustrator: Hey-Ho to Mars We'll Go with Bob Kolar, Friday, May 31, 10 am @ Corinth Library

... Continue »

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