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A is for Astronaut

This year’s Summer Reading art is from a series of illustrations by artists Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell. Enjoy their artwork, including their series called "Space Alphabet," on our website and in the Guide this summer. The Howdeshells have actually graced our Guide cover before – the Summer 2016 issue borrowed images from their book, The Night the World Turned Royal Blue. The Howdeshells are a wife and husband illustration team in Kansas City. Their collaboration was launched some 10 years ago in college. They have started a studio and taken on the freelance world of illustration for a broad range of products such as magazines, packaging, T-shirts, music albums and their “absolute love,” children’s books. The Howdeshells love telling stories, at work and especially at home. A nightly routine of bedtime stories for their three kids is a time of bonding, sharing and family affection. They share this family and community journey through well-crafted imagery, products geared for families and with authors who have meaningful stories to tell. For more on the Howdeshells’ creations, check out their website.

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This year’s Summer Reading art is from a series of illustrations by artists Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell. Enjoy their artwork, including their series called "Space Alphabet," on our website and in the Guide this summer. The Howdeshells have actually graced our Guide cover before – the Summer 2016 issue borrowed images from their book, The Night the World Turned Royal Blue. The Howdeshells are a wife and husband illustration team in Kansas City. Their collaboration was launched some 10 years ago in college. They have started a studio and taken on the freelance world of illustration for a broad range of products such as magazines, packaging, T-shirts, music albums... Continue »

Lenexa building proposal

Throwback Thursday: All Business

National Small Business Week is coming up, May 5 - 11!

While we focus on putting the finishing touches on the new Lenexa City Center Library, we're fascinated by this image. These planning proposals for business development circa 1980 remind us that all buildings first live on as paper before they exist as steel and brick.

Discover the details behind this image and find more photographs of Johnson County business and industry through the ages at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

National Small Business Week is coming up, May 5 - 11!

While we focus on putting the finishing touches on the new Lenexa City Center Library, we're fascinated by this image. These planning proposals for business development circa 1980 remind us that all buildings first live on as paper before they exist as steel and brick.

Discover the details behind this image and find more photographs of Johnson County business and industry through the ages at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on... Continue »

Caroline McKnight

Why I Give: Caroline McKnight

Growing up in Port Arthur, TX, I remember my mom had a friend who was a school librarian. She was my first exposure to that career path. Over time, my interest in pursuing that same path blossomed and she became my mentor. Being a librarian always resonated with me through school. I always had a strong curiosity and reflecting now, I am a lifetime learner.

After graduating college, my first job was… a school librarian! I decided to embark on my library career in the city at the origin of the Kansas City Southern Railway line in Kansas City, as Port Arthur was the terminus. My first job was with the Shawnee Mission School District. Being a school librarian brought me much joy, as I loved fostering literacy, learning and education with the students.

Flash forward, after taking time off to raise my family, I was appointed to the Johnson County Library Board and was back in the library world. I also subsequently worked with the Johnson County Library Foundation Board for many years, focusing on fundraising to support the Library’s collection and programming.

Now, in retirement, one of my greatest pleasures is reading to my granddaughters. I also volunteer in a school library and my career has come full circle.

Why do I give?
I believe the future of the library is to continue to foster communication. Access to information is vital and facts are the drivers. Some institution has to be in charge of the facts, and I believe that institution is the library.

I feel strongly that our library is important, not just to me, but to all who use it, and even those who don’t. Even if unused, a library stands for something important. I greatly want this institution to endure and prosper.

I continue to volunteer with the Library Foundation, specifically with the “1952 Society: Writing the Library’s Next Chapter”, the planned giving initiative kicking-off this year. Ensuring the future of our Library through planned gifts is vital to me. I would not feel comfortable asking others to make this commitment without first making it myself and have chosen to make a gift to the Library in my will.

To be good stewards of this place we love, we must consider the future. Yes, legacy gifts to the library have always been an option. But today we are making a promise to ourselves, and to our library, that we will work to build the 1952 Society. We will identify and encourage those who care as much as we do to leave a legacy. The name we chose, The 1952 Society, references the past. But, without a doubt, it will be those who look to the future that will insure our library brings value to other lives well beyond our own.

  • Caroline McKnight

Growing up in Port Arthur, TX, I remember my mom had a friend who was a school librarian. She was my first exposure to that career path. Over time, my interest in pursuing that same path blossomed and she became my mentor. Being a librarian always resonated with me through school. I always had a strong curiosity and reflecting now, I am a lifetime learner.

After graduating college, my first job was… a school librarian! I decided to embark on my library career in the city at the origin of the Kansas City Southern Railway line in Kansas City, as Port Arthur was the terminus. My first job was with the Shawnee Mission School District. Being a school librarian brought me much joy, as I loved fostering literacy, learning and education... Continue »

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Refugees in our Community, Dark Psychological Fiction, and Baby Storytime

We dedicated this episode of Did you hear? To Baby Storytime. Stories read by babies? No. Baby Storytime is for babies!

In today’s episode, Ashley Fick, Diane Haner, and Amanda Wahlmeier visit with Dave Carson about our Refugees in our Community event. Then, Meghan and Gregg recommend Dark Psychological Fiction!  

We dedicated this episode of Did you hear? To Baby Storytime. Stories read by babies? No. Baby Storytime is for babies!

In today’s episode, Ashley Fick, Diane Haner, and Amanda Wahlmeier visit with Dave Carson about our Refugees in our Community event. Then, Meghan and Gregg recommend Dark Psychological Fiction!  

Bill Abernathy

Friday Featured ArtistBill Abernathy

Bill Abernathy is a Kansas City-based country and folk artist from whose earnest style has been compared to Joe Cocker and Bob Seger. Abernathy's new album, Crossing Willow Creek, has garnered rave reviews. In this interview, Abernathy discusses his new album, his creative process and what's ahead for him in 2019.

Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

I guess you could say I have approached music a little backward in my life. Though I have always played and written, I chose to put other life priorities in front of music. My family, friends and business career have always taken precedence over playing live music. Though a bit different than most, I think this was the best decision for me. I really enjoy writing and playing acoustic based music, and to grind out a living doing so would have meant that I would have had to miss so many important elements of my family’s life. Also, the reality of making a living playing coffee shops would be challenging to say the least. It’s funny the turns life can throw at you. The element of music that I didn’t enjoy in my youth was the constant travel. Now as I am older, I travel quite a bit in my business and for music as well, so I guess there is some karma involved.

My music has been described in many genres. Rock, country, folk, blues, and on occasion a little jazz thrown in for effect. I was influenced very early in life with folk music. I really enjoy how each song tends to tell a story that has a life lesson embedded in it. I really enjoy telling stories through song and tossing in a few of the lessons I have learned along the way helps me better understand how to implement each of those lessons in my daily life.

 

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Throwback Thursday

Thursday, April 25, is National Telephone Day! 

Where would we be without the telephone? Enjoy these photos of switchboard operators, business people, technicians and regular folks. Which photo is your favorite? 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.   

Thursday, April 25, is National Telephone Day! 

Where would we be without the telephone? Enjoy these photos of switchboard operators, business people, technicians and regular folks. Which photo is your favorite? 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.   

Lackman Library Through the Years

Today is the last day Lackman Library will be open to the public. Our new location, Lenexa City Center Library, will open its doors for the first time on June 2, from 1 -5 pm.

In 2018, Lackman patrons' favorite sections were:

  • Travel Books
  • CD Audio
  • Picture Books
  • Juvenile Chapter Books
  • Adult Fiction- with a high number of Mystery readers

Today is the last day Lackman Library will be open to the public. Our new location, Lenexa City Center Library, will open its doors for the first time on June 2, from 1 -5 pm.

In 2018, Lackman patrons' favorite sections were:

  • Travel Books
  • CD Audio
  • Picture Books
  • Juvenile Chapter Books
  • Adult Fiction- with a high number of Mystery readers

Subscribe to the Did you hear? podcast to keep up on what our Librarians recommend and what’s happening at Johnson County Library! Subscribing is free and ensures the newest episode will be delivered to you the way you want:

Or search for “Did you hear?” on Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts!

Elementia, Book Burnout, Table Top Games, and Award Winners

We dedicated this episode of Did you hear? to Award Winners (12:36). From Bram Stoker to William Allen White award winners, you’ll find it all at jocolibrary.org/explore

Today we recommend cures to book burnout (13:04), discuss table top game nights (24:23) and offer board game suggestions as well. 

But first, Kate McNair brings teen writers and artists to talk with Dave Carson about elementia! (:28)

We dedicated this episode of Did you hear? to Award Winners (12:36). From Bram Stoker to William Allen White award winners, you’ll find it all at jocolibrary.org/explore

Today we recommend cures to book burnout (13:04), discuss table top game nights (24:23) and offer board game suggestions as well. 

But first, Kate McNair brings teen writers and artists to talk with Dave Carson about elementia! (:28)

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