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Sisters and Strings

Tonight! City Center Live with Sisters and Strings InfusionCity Center Live: Sisters and Strings Infusion

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center, City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

Kansas City band Sisters and Strings Infusion perform at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council

See more events in our City Center Live series.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center, City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

Kansas City band Sisters and Strings Infusion perform at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council

See more events in our City Center Live... Continue »

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Lackman Building , Off-site

Fueling your Throwback Thursday

Do you remember petrol in glass gas pumps? How about "Full Service?" Do you recognize any of these old gas stations? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Do you remember petrol in glass gas pumps? How about "Full Service?" Do you recognize any of these old gas stations? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Blue Valley READ winner

Blue Valley'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 is Blue Valley's winner!

Blue Valley Library hosts a huge variety of storytimes, as well as lots of other great events, like Table Top Games. Check out all their events here »

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Blue Valley's winner!

Blue Valley Library hosts a huge variety of storytimes, as well as lots of other great events, like Table Top Games. Check out all their events here »

Moonflower

Music Monday Local Music SpotlightLily B Moonflower

Lily B Moonflower has been a performer and songwriter since the age of ten and her music has strong Kansas roots. She recorded and self-produced her upcoming debut album, Moonflower, at a coffee house in her hometown of De Soto while also working as a kitchen cabinet refinisher. Moonflower describes her creative journey as: "I do all my work through my own visions and I follow my own creative compass." We are excited to share an interview with the artist about her music and new album.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

I'm Lily B Moonflower, a songwriter and performing artist from Kansas City! I call my style of music Folk 'n Roll With a Twang. My lyrics are about life experiences, stories I've learned from others, and relatable concepts I've came up with, to share with the world! I aim to relate and connect with my audience with humor and things we all experience. My original songs are colorful and uplifting.

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eBundle of Joy

Baby New Year is only a few days old. That new gadget you got for the holidays? It's an infant too! 

You've got plenty on your mind: keeping it charged, protecting it from the elements, avoiding accidentally dropping it in the toilet, adorning it with bling-tastic cases. But remember, it's never too early to start thinking about a lifelong partner. (Did we mention we moonlight as matchmakers?) May we introduce your gadget to the eLibrary?

  • eBooks are easy to check out, download and read wherever you go
  • eAudiobooks feature studio recorded narration without the fuss of tapes and CDs
  • eMagazines offer current and back issues that you can download and keep forever
  • eMusic lets you stream an array of tunes to jazz up your day
  • Catalog mobile app keeps track of your regular checkouts, holds and more

These services and more could be part of your new gadget's bright future. No dowry or prenup required, just your Library card and PIN. Check it out!

Baby New Year is only a few days old. That new gadget you got for the holidays? It's an infant too! 

You've got plenty on your mind: keeping it charged, protecting it from the elements, avoiding accidentally dropping it in the toilet, adorning it with bling-tastic cases. But remember, it's never too early to start thinking about a lifelong partner. (Did we mention we moonlight as matchmakers?) May we introduce your gadget to the eLibrary?

  • eBooks are easy to check out, download and read wherever you go
  • eAudiobooks feature studio recorded narration without the fuss of
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Books

Best of 2018 from Your Librarians

Our Johnson County librarians read a lot. Seriously: A LOT. One of our staff emailed around to find out what books that have been released in 2018 that our staff think that our adult patrons absolutely need to know about. We compiled this list, divided them into ten different categories, with five titles for each list. No matter if you’re looking for a selection for your book club, ideas for a gift for the winter holidays, or just for something good to read, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Staff Picks for other great suggestions and the NoveList database for readalikes for your favorite novels.

Our Johnson County librarians read a lot. Seriously: A LOT. One of our staff emailed around to find out what books that have been released in 2018 that our staff think that our adult patrons absolutely need to know about. We compiled this list, divided them into ten different categories, with five titles for each list. No matter if you’re looking for a selection for your book club, ideas for a gift for the winter holidays, or just for something good to read, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Staff Picks for other great suggestions and the... Continue »

Maker Booklist

Our Makers' Top Books of 2018

Whether you're interested in getting into the Maker movement or just like to read fascinating nonfiction, you'll find something in our Makers' list of favorite books of 2018 »

Whether you're interested in getting into the Maker movement or just like to read fascinating nonfiction, you'll find something in our Makers' list of favorite books of 2018 »

Theatre

Theatre from Head to Toe with Brad Shaw

Actors don’t just speak their lines, they move around a lot, too. Some are known as “triple threats”: they can sing, dance and act. This could be the beginning of your kid becoming a triple threat or . . . a triple superpower. In this session, little ones can learn to command voice and body on stage through a series of fun games and exercises. The workshop is taught by well-known performer Brad Shaw. Arrive 15 minutes early to get a free ticket. Best for grades K-5.

Actors don’t just speak their lines, they move around a lot, too. Some are known as “triple threats”: they can sing, dance and act. This could be the beginning of your kid becoming a triple threat or . . . a triple superpower. In this session, little ones can learn to command voice and body on stage through a series of fun games and exercises. The workshop is taught by well-known performer Brad Shaw. Arrive 15 minutes early to get a free ticket. Best for grades K-5.

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Oak Park Library , Meeting Room
Josephine Foote

Why I Give: Josephine Foote

Where to begin? Companionship is a good place. The characters in books were my earliest friends, as our neighborhood was short on children. Some of these literary friends were animals, which was fun. Books brought adventure and magic like houses made of candy and carpets that flew. You could time-travel back to ancient Egypt or China. You could learn to draw, to make things, to read a foreign language. The library was a Treasure House!

When I was a child we didn’t yet have television, and Johnson County didn’t yet have a public library. If my mother couldn’t drive me, I thought nothing about walking from Old Mission Hills to the Kansas City public library in Southwest High School. I have always had a love of libraries.

Books provided such joy and education that it was an easy decision to choose librarianship as an occupation. I got a Master of Library Science from Simmons College in Boston and later spent many happy years as the reference librarian at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. I loved learning something new every day. A reference librarian doesn’t necessarily know the answers but sure knows where to find them.

Today I live in Cambridge, MA, and most of my family still lives in Kansas City, so I’m back to visit three times a year. I always visit the library and am grateful for all the cookbooks I’ve borrowed and for the online databases I use like ValueLine. It’s impressive how many wonderful community outreach programs the Library provides. It’s amazing all the new ideas that come through libraries!

Why do I give to the Johnson County Library Foundation?

As libraries evolve and grow, I believe it’s more important now than ever that the community gives back to support these services. One of my favorite quotes is on the Boston Public Library building: “The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty.”  A strong democracy is dependent on an educated citizenry.

Where to begin? Companionship is a good place. The characters in books were my earliest friends, as our neighborhood was short on children. Some of these literary friends were animals, which was fun. Books brought adventure and magic like houses made of candy and carpets that flew. You could time-travel back to ancient Egypt or China. You could learn to draw, to make things, to read a foreign language. The library was a Treasure House!

When I was a child we didn’t yet have television, and Johnson County didn’t yet have a public library. If my mother couldn’t drive me, I thought nothing about walking from Old Mission Hills to the Kansas City public library in Southwest High School. I have always had a love of libraries.

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eBook

eBook Anthologies

Need a quick break? Get away from holiday craziness and sit down with an eBook full of essays, poems, or stories just the right length » 
 

Need a quick break? Get away from holiday craziness and sit down with an eBook full of essays, poems, or stories just the right length » 
 

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