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Various book covers featured in the clever candy list.

Clever Candy Lit

From our librarian Stefanie: Recently I was trying to describe the joy that I felt while reading the sinfully fun novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan to a coworker. It was the most deliciously romantic family gossip trilogy and, with two young children in the house and my daytime work duties, I gobbled them up in a mere 3 weeks! I like to call juicy love stories with a side of wit and elegance like this Clever Candy Lit. They are a rare breed of well-written novel that manages to capture your attention like a great adventure story, grab your heart like the sweetest romance, poke at your intellect with subtle nods to societal issues, and still manage to conclude ... Continue »

From our librarian Stefanie: Recently I was trying to describe the joy that I felt while reading the sinfully fun novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan to a coworker. It was the most deliciously romantic family gossip trilogy and, with two young children in the house and my daytime work duties, I gobbled them up in a mere 3 weeks! I like to call juicy love stories with a side of wit and elegance like this Clever Candy Lit. They are a rare breed of well-written novel that manages to capture your attention like a great adventure story, grab your heart like the sweetest romance, poke at your intellect with subtle nods to societal issues, and still manage to conclude happily and make your soul feel lighter in the end. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is, perhaps, the original clever candy laced with class warfare. My first dip into the chocolate fondue fountain was Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. If you loved the film about Bridget and her misfit friends, you will adore the book, which is just different enough to make both treats to devour with gusto. 

Are you hungry yet? I'm starved (#sorrynotsorry). I've made a list with the titles mentioned here along with some other scrumptious options. Pick one up today for a pick me up!

Shawnee Indian Cemetery

JoCoHistory: the Shawnee Indian Cemetery

 

It might be hard to spot – plenty of local residents may not even realize it exists – but nestled in an unassuming Shawnee neighborhood is a significant piece of Johnson County history. The Shawnee Indian cemetery, located near 59th and Nieman, houses the remains of a few dozen members of the Shawnee Indian Tribe – some of Shawnee’s earliest founders. The cemetery is small, easily mistaken for a backyard or vacant lot, but its story tells us much about the county’s origins and the people who made it what it is today.

Head on over to JoCoHistory to read more »

 

 

It might be hard to spot – plenty of local residents may not even realize it exists – but nestled in an unassuming Shawnee neighborhood is a significant piece of Johnson County history. The Shawnee Indian cemetery, located near 59th and Nieman, houses the remains of a few dozen members of the Shawnee Indian Tribe – some of Shawnee’s earliest founders. The cemetery is small, easily mistaken for a backyard or vacant lot, but its story tells us much about the county’s origins and the people who made it what it is today.

Head on over to JoCoHistory to read more »

 

My Fellow Kansans

My Fellow Kansans LIVE!

RSVP here to this event!

My fellow Kansans, join us for an evening of politics and podcasts. Host Jim McLean and special guests will analyze the current political landscape in Kansas, and discuss what it all means for the upcoming election. You'll hear from members of the Kansas News Service, and producers of the podcast, to learn more about the making of My Fellow Kansans. 

If you haven't already, subscribe to My Fellow Kansans here.

This event will feature never-before-heard podcast footage to bring you inside the interviews. We'll take audience questions throughout, so don't be shy — join the discussion!

The event begins promptly at 6:30. Doors open at 6:00. 

RSVP here to this event!

My fellow Kansans, join us for an evening of politics and podcasts. Host Jim McLean and special guests will analyze the current political landscape in Kansas, and discuss what it all means for the upcoming election. You'll hear from members of the Kansas News Service, and producers of the podcast, to learn more about the making of My Fellow Kansans. 

If you haven't already, subscribe to My Fellow Kansans here.

This event will feature never-before-heard... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
Writers Conference

At the Writers Conference

At the Writers Conference Nov 1-4, there's a whole lot going on for authors and aspiring authors (some of the events are geared toward teens and kids, too!) Here are a couple of unique opportunities:

Submit your work for live editing!

Lisa Bankoff, of Bankoff Collaborative, LLC; Jessica Conolly, local writer and former editor of KC Voices; and jd tulloch, 39 West Press editor, will provide public feedback on anonymously submitted first pages at First Page Reads. Find out whether each would continue reading and why on Friday, November 2 from 3:00 - 3:50 and Saturday from 4:00 - 4:50.

Diana Goetsch, poet and teacher, will examine the work of a few local poets on Saturday, from 2:00 - 2:50 pm in Craft and Vision: a Live Editing Session.

Submit your work for live critique and editing at readlocal.submittable.com.

Get an author photo taken!

And ... need a professional photograph for a blog, website, or book jacket? Don’t pay big bucks. Jacob Meyer, of New Friends Photography, will be at our Writers Conference on Friday, November 2 from 10:00 - 1:00 and Saturday, November 3rd from 1:00 - 3:00 taking author photos free of charge. Reserve your spot here: http://signup.com/go/AqaVRms.

At the Writers Conference Nov 1-4, there's a whole lot going on for authors and aspiring authors (some of the events are geared toward teens and kids, too!) Here are a couple of unique opportunities:

Submit your work for live editing!

Lisa Bankoff, of Bankoff Collaborative, LLC; Jessica Conolly, local writer and former editor of KC Voices; and jd tulloch, 39 West Press editor, will provide public feedback on anonymously submitted first pages at First Page Reads. Find out whether each would continue reading and why on Friday, November 2 from 3:00 - 3:50 and Saturday from 4:00 - 4:50.

Diana Goetsch, poet and teacher, will... Continue »

The Remember Balloons

The Remember Balloons: Meet Author Jessie Oliveros

Jessie Oliveros returns to Kansas for the book launch of her debut children's book The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wolfekotte. "What’s Happening to Grandpa" meets "Up" in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Join us for a reading and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of The Friends of Johnson County Library. 

"James and Grandpa's shared heritage and stories of their loving family shine. What is clear is that their memories matter—to them and ultimately to readers. A moving and meaningful way to talk about a situation many families will face." 
— Kirkus, starred review

Jessie Oliveros returns to Kansas for the book launch of her debut children's book The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wolfekotte. "What’s Happening to Grandpa" meets "Up" in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Join us for a reading and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of The Friends of Johnson County Library. 

"James and Grandpa's shared heritage and stories of their loving family shine. What is clear is that their memories matter—to them and ultimately to readers. A moving and meaningful way to talk about a situation many families will face." 
— Kirkus, starred review

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Monticello Library
Art Views event

Art Views: Creativity and Culture in Kansas City

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity. No Divide KC presents a new documentary featuring local artists who represent multiple facets of our metro community. This feature-length film explores the motivations behind and the rewards gleaned from creating artistic work through the varied lenses of these artists.

The featured participants use their creative output for different reasons. Some are professionals in their field, some are politically motivated and others discover and preserve cultural connections via art. Three exhibitions, at different library branches, feature artwork from the participants while the video segments are on display. Each branch will host a reception with live performances and a screening of the full film.

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity. No Divide KC presents a new documentary featuring local artists who represent multiple facets of our metro community. This feature-length film explores the motivations behind and the rewards gleaned from creating artistic work through the varied lenses of these artists.

The featured participants use their creative output for different reasons. Some are professionals in their field, some are politically motivated and others discover and preserve cultural connections via art. Three exhibitions, at different library branches, feature artwork from... Continue »

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Corinth Library
  • Alexandra Ames
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Now Showing at Leawood: Alexandra AmesAlexandra Ames

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Alexandra Ames describes herself as an artistic “jack of all trades.” Her art draws upon elements of art nouveau, science fiction/fantasy art, music and the natural world. Much of her work offers vibrant depictions of various animals in their natural states. While she is a gifted painter, sculptor, graphic designer, animator, and a creator of video game art and assets, her real passion is for writing and illustrating.

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

My name is Alexandra Ames. I have been creating, writing and drawing for my entire life. I am a writer, illustrator, sculptor, animator and graphic designer. I write fantasy children's stories and Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. The majority of my paintings and illustrations are acrylic on canvas or India ink and gouache on paper. I create sculptures out of Super Sculpey and other mediums. I am always trying to learn new or more efficient ways to create things.

 

 

Talk about the work that will be on view. What would you like people to know about it?

The work that is on view is all acrylic on canvas. They are all stylized animal or nature paintings. This collection is a compilation of a lot of experimentation, frustration, deep thoughts, intuition and fun.

 

 

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

The most challenging thing about my creative process is knowing when I'm finished and not pushing things so far that I ruin it.

 

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their work do you like?

I find inspiration everywhere with other artists in all mediums and genres, but the artist that I have been inspired by my whole life are Alphonse Mucha and Frank Frazetta.

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Alexandra's book and music recommendations:

 

Books:

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey

Music:

Two Steps from Hell

Nightwish

Alexandra Ames describes herself as an artistic “jack of all trades.” Her art draws upon elements of art nouveau, science fiction/fantasy art, music and the natural world. Much of her work offers vibrant depictions of various animals in their natural states. While she is a gifted painter, sculptor, graphic designer, animator, and a creator of video game art and assets, her real passion is for writing and illustrating.

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

My name is Alexandra Ames. I have been creating, writing and drawing for my entire life. I am a writer, illustrator, sculptor, animator and graphic designer. I write fantasy children's stories and Science... Continue »

Mantis

Have a look at this Homeschool Meetup!Homeschool Meetup

Homeschool kids and teens will love this educational session that features a different theme each month. You'll hear expert presentations and demonstrations and learn about related activities. Librarians will provide subject resources for you to further explore each topic. Ages 8-18 only please. Parents are invited to explore the rest of the Library during this independent learning experience. Register online or call (913) 826-4600. 

September: Coding, presented by Johnson County Library staff (This session is limited to 10 participants, so register early!)
October: Bullet Journaling, presented by a Johnson County Library Teen Volunteer and fellow homeschooler
November: Art Workshop, presented by Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery staff

Homeschool kids and teens will love this educational session that features a different theme each month. You'll hear expert presentations and demonstrations and learn about related activities. Librarians will provide subject resources for you to further explore each topic. Ages 8-18 only please. Parents are invited to explore the rest of the Library during this independent learning experience. Register online or call (913) 826-4600. 

September: Coding, presented by Johnson County Library staff (This session is limited to 10 participants, so register early!)
October: Bullet Journaling, presented by a Johnson County Library Teen Volunteer and fellow homeschooler
November: Art Workshop, presented by Kansas City Kansas... Continue »

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Lackman Building , Meeting Room
Homework Her

Homework Hero!

Sophia, that's the look of success! Your face tells the story.

You are a homework hero! Your secret weapon: your Library Card. In a single bound, you leap directly into Biography in Context! Why? Because you know that when you want the stories of famous people, it's the place to go! 

  • Actors
  • Famous African Americans
  • Athletes and coaches
  • Notable women
  • Politicians and dignitaries
  • Scientists
  • Social reformers
  • Young adult writers 

For a recent homework assignment, you chose to report on Thurgood Marshall. You found videos, radio stories, audio clips, 133 newspaper articles, 160 magazine articles and more!

But you went the extra mile! You visited Homework Help Kids where you found Encyclopedia Britannica School, the Kids Reference eBook Collection, and more magazine and newspaper articles from TOPICsearch.

You're kind of an expert now, Sophia. You wrote a report your teacher called "remarkable!" So take a selfie to capture that look: the look of accomplishment!         

Sophia, that's the look of success! Your face tells the story.

You are a homework hero! Your secret weapon: your Library Card. In a single bound, you leap directly into Biography in Context! Why? Because you know that when you want the stories of famous people, it's the place to go! 

  • Actors
  • Famous African Americans
  • Athletes and coaches
  • Notable women
  • Politicians and dignitaries
  • Scientists
  • Social reformers
  • Young adult writers 

For a recent homework... Continue »

Halloween mask

Tonight! Halloween Mask Making with Brad ShawHalloween Mask Making with Brad Shaw

This workshop is a great way to get ready for Halloween. Teaching artist Brad Shaw helps kids each create their own unique mask using papier-mache and paints. Your kids will work with Brad to create characters with their masks and put them together in a mini-play. There are two sessions, one at 1 pm and one at 2 pm. Arrive 15 minutes early to get a free ticket. Best for ages K-2. 

Get some help on Oct. 18 with your Halloween Costume, too »

This workshop is a great way to get ready for Halloween. Teaching artist Brad Shaw helps kids each create their own unique mask using papier-mache and paints. Your kids will work with Brad to create characters with their masks and put them together in a mini-play. There are two sessions, one at 1 pm and one at 2 pm. Arrive 15 minutes early to get a free ticket. Best for ages K-2. 

Get some help on Oct. 18 with your Halloween Costume, too »

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Oak Park Library , Meeting Room

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