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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 »

Monticello Time Capsule Ceremony Sunday, Aug. 4, 1 pm @ Monticello Library

Writers United Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

City Center Live: Scott Cox, "Shakespeare for Everyday Living Friday, Aug. 9, 7 pm @ Lenexa City Hall

Enjoy our book groups, storytimes, and much more »

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

Monticello Time Capsule Ceremony Sunday, Aug. 4, 1 pm @ Monticello Library

Writers United Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

City Center Live: Scott Cox, "Shakespeare for Everyday Living Friday, Aug. 9, 7 pm @ Lenexa City Hall

Enjoy our book... Continue »

Monticello Library

Monticello Time Capsule Ceremony

Monticello Library is turning one year old. Celebrate with us as we bury our Monticello Time Capsule. We’ll convene for the ceremony on the plaza just outside our front doors, and enjoy some light refreshments afterward. All ages welcome. 

Monticello Library is turning one year old. Celebrate with us as we bury our Monticello Time Capsule. We’ll convene for the ceremony on the plaza just outside our front doors, and enjoy some light refreshments afterward. All ages welcome. 

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Monticello Library
Clubs for Kids

Clubs for Kids & Teens

Kids can join one of our clubs to read, have fun (and snacks!) and learn.

American Girl Book Club - at Shawnee Library and Monticello Library. American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girll!

Tween Book Club - at Lenexa City Center, Monticello Library, Central Resource Library, and Blue Valley Library. Let's read for fun! Club kids get together to talk about a new book, make new friends, enjoy snacks and explore fresh ideas. Bonus fun: build your own home library. We provide a free book while supplies last. 

Check out our events for teens, too »

Kids can join one of our clubs to read, have fun (and snacks!) and learn.

American Girl Book Club - at Shawnee Library and Monticello Library. American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girll!

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  • Kris Schmolze
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Now @ Oak Park: Kris SchmolzeKris Schmolze

Monday, Jul 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Oak Park Library

Artist statement: I want to make a non-destructive and positive impact in the world through sustainable art and sustainable living. I pull items out of the waste stream giving them a different purpose than initially intended to use them in a new ways, collaging images, sounds and materials into artworks, environments and experiences.

Visual collages layer images combining old ideas into curiosities of today. By layering recorded sounds an audible collage unfolds combining recognizable notes and undistinguished noises. Constructing sustainable buildings from natural and manufactured materials integrates naturally into the environment. All of these are forms of collage are combining pre-existing materials into something new.

My previous work with interactive noise machines ties into the layering of my current soundscapes. This work is an extension of William Burroughs’s cutups both in sound and vision. John Cage, Bernie Kraus and Christian Marclay have influenced my approach to art and sound. Michael Reynolds has influenced my way of making sustainable homes. I draw inspiration from science and technology and how they both reform human understanding of all things while disintegrating world views.

https://www.krisschmolze.com/

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

Hello! My name is Kris Schmolze. I am an artist and a musician exploring the bounds of both, simultaneously and independently,  riding the line between each on their own, while intersecting them together and trying to find what defines or denies them.

Talk about the works currently on display at the Oak Park Library. What would you like people to know about them?

The thirty or so collage works on display at the Oak Park Library embody concepts involving science and spirituality. As knowledge expands our understanding of the world we inhabit, the comprehension of this universe grows. By playing with themes of belief, fantasy, myth, prophecy and technology, a furthered narrative of science fiction develops.

Describe your creative process.

There’s a lot that goes into designing collages around concepts. Researching current events, stories and theories becomes the building blocks to hunt for images to work with. Pulling from previous events gives concrete references to facts or fibs from the past, granting validation to an addition of established ideas. Collecting pictures that have a history allows expansion upon its possibilities, much like fake news and conspiracy theories.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

My role as an artist is to think about ideas and then to explore them—research, develop a concept, search for materials, construct these ideas, reflect and repeat. It is important to share these skills with everyone. I will be leading a collage workshop where we will be using old books from the Library to make artwork in late August. Please attend and bring your friends!

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

The catalog from the 1939 World's Fair with all its promise of a better future rings true today. The Kronos Quartet’s Music of the Spheres features a live track that plays throughout the performance, which is a recording of outer space from Voyager that was sped up to be audible and sounds like the deepest densest jungle. Visits to the Greater World Earthship Community in New Mexico and Biosphere 2 in Arizona both explore adapting to an Earthly and Martian environment.

 

Artist statement: I want to make a non-destructive and positive impact in the world through sustainable art and sustainable living. I pull items out of the waste stream giving them a different purpose than initially intended to use them in a new ways, collaging images, sounds and materials into artworks, environments and experiences.

Visual collages layer images combining old ideas into curiosities of today. By layering recorded sounds an audible collage unfolds combining recognizable notes and undistinguished noises. Constructing sustainable buildings from natural and manufactured materials integrates naturally into the environment. All of these are forms of collage are combining pre-existing... Continue »

Summer reading

Throwback Thursday!

As you continue to explore our Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we encourage you to navigate your rocket ship to the nearest wormhole or crack in the space/time continuum and trek back to 1956!  

There you'll find our then temporary headquarters on Merriam Drive. We're talking way before Monticello and long before Lenexa City Center Library! Does history repeat itself? That poster those children are gathered around sure seems to say so! The Summer Reading theme in 1956? Your Ticket to the Moon!

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.     

As you continue to explore our Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we encourage you to navigate your rocket ship to the nearest wormhole or crack in the space/time continuum and trek back to 1956!  

There you'll find our then temporary headquarters on Merriam Drive. We're talking way before Monticello and long before Lenexa City Center Library! Does history repeat itself? That poster those children are gathered around sure seems to say so!... Continue »

Mike Massimino

Meet the Astronaut: Mike Massimino

He’s an astronaut, the first person to tweet from space, a recurring character on the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” and now a New York Times bestselling author.

You can meet Mike Massimino and hear all about the adventures detailed in his book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

Massimino grew up a working class kid who realized the dream of becoming an astronaut and flying in space. He made two action-packed missions to the Hubble Telescope and four space walks. He and his crews traveled faster and higher than any other astronauts in our century. He faced life threatening challenges while performing intricate repairs to the Hubble. Massimino currently serves as Senior Space Adviser to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and on the faculty of Columbia University.

Join us to hear unique perspectives on teamwork, innovation and leadership from a down-to-earth spaceman.

Presented with the Museum at Prairiefire.

Bring your kids before the program to attend Hands-on: Outer Space!

He’s an astronaut, the first person to tweet from space, a recurring character on the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” and now a New York Times bestselling author.

You can meet Mike Massimino and hear all about the adventures detailed in his book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

Massimino grew up a working class kid who realized the dream of becoming an astronaut and flying in space. He made two action-packed missions to the Hubble Telescope and four space walks. He and his crews traveled faster and higher than any other astronauts in our century. He faced life threatening challenges while performing intricate repairs to the Hubble. Massimino currently serves as Senior Space Adviser to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and on the faculty of Columbia University.

Join us to hear unique perspectives on teamwork, innovation and leadership from a down-to-earth spaceman.

Presented with the Museum at Prairiefire.

Bring your kids before the program to attend Hands-on: Outer Space!

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Central Resource Library
Library Night at the K

Library Night at the K 2019

The Kansas City Royals will hold Library Night at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 30. The club will team up with eight Greater Kansas City library systems to encourage reading all year round. Activities include several community readings of "Raised Royal", recognition in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, the 8 participating Library systems will be featured in an on field presentation, visits from local mobile libraries and guests can learn more about their local library system in the outfield experience.

Discounted tickets available; portion of sales benefit the Library when purchased through this link »

The Kansas City Royals will hold Library Night at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 30. The club will team up with eight Greater Kansas City library systems to encourage reading all year round. Activities include several community readings of "Raised Royal", recognition in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, the 8 participating Library systems will be featured in an on field presentation, visits from local mobile libraries and guests can learn more about their local library system in the outfield experience.

Discounted tickets available; portion of sales benefit the Library when purchased through this link »

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Central Resource Library , Off-site

New Podcast Episode!

Bike to the Library!

In this episode of Did you hear?, host Dave Carson welcomes MakerSpaceFacilitator Nick Ward-Bopp as he brings Megan Foreman from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Laura Steele from Bike Walk KC to discuss some exciting developments regarding biking to the Johnson County Library. We go in-depth into biking and our new FixIt! station!

Bike to the Library!

In this episode of Did you hear?, host Dave Carson welcomes MakerSpaceFacilitator Nick Ward-Bopp as he brings Megan Foreman from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Laura Steele from Bike Walk KC to discuss some exciting developments regarding biking to the ... Continue »

This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library:

Library Night at the K 2019, Tuesday, July 30, 7:15 pm @ The K

Meet the Astronaut: Mike Massimino, Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

enjoy the last few weeks of our space-themed summer programming »

and more! Browse all of our events »

This week at the Library:

Library Night at the K 2019, Tuesday, July 30, 7:15 pm @ The K

Meet the Astronaut: Mike Massimino, Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

enjoy the last few weeks of our space-themed summer programming »

and more! Browse ... Continue »

Vickie Trott

Why I Give: Vickie Trott

My connection to the library began early in life. My mother, a voracious reader, early-on introduced my sisters and me to reading. She took us to “the Library” where volunteers ran makeshift libraries in stores and local businesses around the County. I specifically remember a one-room office Library at Johnson Drive and Nall in Mission. We also checked out books from the bookmobile. We’d go to the Westport Library and Southwest High School library in Kansas City because they had summer children’s programming, and a much larger selection of books.

I remember library cards that were similar to dog tags: a metal plate embossed with patron information. A special machine embossed a checkout slip that was filed until the books were returned. In high school I volunteered at the Mission branch located in the lower level of a shopping area. My family was “library people” mostly because we couldn’t afford to buy as many books as we read!  

I am an active library patron so often at the library the staff know my name! My husband and I live in Lenexa and frequent the Rec Center and the Public Market. Now we will be spending a lot more time at the new Lenexa City Center Library. Our grandson especially loves the balcony and the kid-sized chair where he can read outside.

I’m astonished by how the Library has changed during the past 60+ years. The Library offers so many more services and programs than ever before. I wish more county residents were aware of or took advantage of Library programming such as our book stores, programs for kids, teens and adults, online resources.

12 years ago I connected with the Library as a volunteer. I served on the Board and as President of the Friends of Johnson County Library. In that role I learned so much about how the Library works. I was Chair of the County Librarian Search Committee and thus had opportunity to help formulate the next chapters of Library growth. Three years ago I joined the Foundation Board to help raise funds for the endowment that supports Library programs for the benefit of citizens of our county.

So, the big question – Why do I give?

I give my time because I enjoy knowing Foundation the work I do helps provide supplemental funds for core programming. Volunteers who work in the libraries supplement our paid staff. Did you know that 25 full-time staff positions’ worth of time are provided annually by volunteers? That’s amazing!

I support the Library financially through my Lifetime Friends membership and donations to the Foundation. Donor support supplements programming such as Summer Reading, the 6x6 program, Teen services, Homework Help and so many more.

The Library has given me so much throughout my life and I’m happy that I can now give back as a volunteer and through financial support.  I think it is so important that we all give something back to our community. People in generations before us did that so that we could have access to an award-winning Library. We citizens need to carry on that tradition for future generations!

  • Vickie Trott, Board Member, Johnson County Library Foundation 

My connection to the library began early in life. My mother, a voracious reader, early-on introduced my sisters and me to reading. She took us to “the Library” where volunteers ran makeshift libraries in stores and local businesses around the County. I specifically remember a one-room office Library at Johnson Drive and Nall in Mission. We also checked out books from the bookmobile. We’d go to the Westport Library and Southwest High School library in Kansas City because they had summer children’s programming, and a much larger selection of books.

I remember library cards that were similar to dog tags: a metal plate embossed with patron information. A special machine embossed a checkout slip that was filed until the books were... Continue »

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