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Convenience Delivered by Couriers

You’re busy! We get it. You don’t have time to drive to De Soto for a book if you live in Leawood. You can’t easily get up to Corinth for that DVD if you live in Gardner. No worries! Our Library Couriers are on it Johnson County Library’s Courier drivers provide timely and reliable service. So much so that we may sometimes take for granted the measures needed to ensure that your holds are handled and bundles of bookmarks are delivered on time.

They are behind the wheel before the crack of dawn each day picking up magazines and newspapers from the post office. They’re transporting whatever you just put a hold on to your favorite location. They’re ensuring that the Youth Services librarian gets her storytime kit. The Library Couriers have at some point carried, transported and delivered – with a smile – items related to every single area of our functioning. JCL simply could not provide the very popular services we do without their timely and strenuous efforts.

During the past year, the Courier team has designed and conducted strategic experiments to analyze fleet efficiency and refine their services where necessary and appropriate. They have each rotated driving all of the daily routes, which total hundreds of miles to each of our 14 locations. The insights gleaned from their efforts will help keep our Library running smoothly.

Meanwhile the Couriers are on their appointed rounds, lifting tubs, carting books, hoisting mail bins and delivering the mail. Look for them in our colorful courier trucks, and give them a wave. They deserve your thanks!

 

You’re busy! We get it. You don’t have time to drive to De Soto for a book if you live in Leawood. You can’t easily get up to Corinth for that DVD if you live in Gardner. No worries! Our Library Couriers are on it Johnson County Library’s Courier drivers provide timely and reliable service. So much so that we may sometimes take for granted the measures needed to ensure that your holds are handled and bundles of bookmarks are delivered on time.

They are behind the wheel before the crack of dawn each day picking up magazines and newspapers from the post office. They’re transporting whatever you just put a hold on to your favorite location. They’re ensuring that the Youth Services librarian gets her storytime kit. The Library... Continue »

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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Gardner Library
Women in the Military

Women and the Military

This program presents women veterans sharing experiences from their careers in male-dominated military environments. You'll hear about deployments, opportunities for women in the military and the transition from military to civilian life. 

This program presents women veterans sharing experiences from their careers in male-dominated military environments. You'll hear about deployments, opportunities for women in the military and the transition from military to civilian life. 

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
Big Fall Kids Book Sale

Big Fall Kids Book Sale

Join the Friends of Johnson County Library for the Big Fall Kids Book Sale, where we'll have thousands of gently-used children's books, DVDs & audiobooks at bargain prices! Ranging from board books to YA/teen titles. Most items will be priced $2 or less. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX accepted with valid I.D. This sale will take place at the Central Resource Library at 9875 W. 87th St in Overland Park.

Thursday, Nov 15: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday, Nov 16: 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday, Nov 17: 9am - 3pm

Join the Friends of Johnson County Library for the Big Fall Kids Book Sale, where we'll have thousands of gently-used children's books, DVDs & audiobooks at bargain prices! Ranging from board books to YA/teen titles. Most items will be priced $2 or less. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX accepted with valid I.D. This sale will take place at the Central Resource Library at 9875 W. 87th St in Overland Park.

Thursday, Nov 15: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday, Nov 16: 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday, Nov 17: 9am - 3pm

Women in Politics

Women in Politics

Women make up half of the US population yet they remain a minority in elected office. Interestingly, more women than ever are political candidates in 2018. Our panel discussion features politicians who happen to be women and explores some of the professional and personal experiences of women who seek and hold elected office. Kansas News Service / KCUR reporter Celia Llopis-Jepson will moderate the discussion. We'll look at campaigning, getting elected and the daily work of governing. 

Confirmed panelists:

Senator Barbara Bollier

Representative Stephanie Clayton

Representative Cindy Holscher

This event is free to attend, but you can RSVP here »

This program is co-sponsored by The Kansas News Service and KCUR.

 

Women make up half of the US population yet they remain a minority in elected office. Interestingly, more women than ever are political candidates in 2018. Our panel discussion features politicians who happen to be women and explores some of the professional and personal experiences of women who seek and hold elected office. Kansas News Service / KCUR reporter Celia Llopis-Jepson will moderate the discussion. We'll look at campaigning, getting elected and the daily work of governing. 

Confirmed panelists:

Senator Barbara Bollier

Representative Stephanie Clayton

Representative... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
Kelly Hunt

Kelly Hunt

Kelly Hunt makes the kind of music that will strike you as instantly familiar yet strangely new and vital. Her voice and banjo are perfectly suited for her stunning brand of Americana/roots music. She recorded her first album, Even the Sparrow, over the course of two years, a period of time she describes requiring "a great deal of patience and perseverance and growth" and that she is "proud of the grit it has taken to make this album a reality." We are honored to share an interview with Kelly Hunt, along with her book, music and movie recommendations.

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Tell us about your new upcoming debut album, Even the Sparrow. What have you learned from this process that you’ll take to future recordings?

This album has been over two years in the making, but it’s finally complete and available exclusively on my website, www.kellyhuntmusic.com, until its official release in December 2018! This being my first album, I have had so much to learn. Along with my duo partner/co-producer, Staś Heaney, I’ve immersed myself in every phase of album production—from writing and producing to recording, mixing, and mastering. It took me months just to figure out how to effectively be in the studio. It requires a very different kind of focus and skillset than live performance. And I had to develop an ear for mixing and mastering, which are a science and art unto themselves. It is such a nuanced process, but being a part of it every step of the way has given me a lot of confidence moving forward.

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Natalie Bates Quartet

Natalie Bates Quartet

Arising out of UMKC's Conservatory Jazz Studies Program, all four members of the Natalie Bates Quartet (Aryana Nemati, Alyssa Murray, Carly Atwood and Natalie Bates) are masters of their craft. Led by drummer, artist and entrepreneur Bates, the group continues to hone their skills at regular gigs at Kansas City's Green Lady Lounge and Tom's Town Distillery, where you can hear them perform original compositions. We're fortunate to share with you an interview with Natalie Bates about the Quartet's origins, how they write and how playing to different audiences challenges them. Enjoy!

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Introduce the quartet. How did everyone come together?

Aryana Nemati on Bari Sax, Carly Atwood on Bass and Alyssa Murray on Piano/Keyboard. The four of us met while attending the UMKC Conservatory Jazz Studies Program under Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. After graduating, John Scott (owner of Green Lady Lounge) called me and asked if I would be interested in putting together an all girl jazz group. He gave us his full support, offering his club as a place to rehearse on Sunday mornings and play weekly on Wednesdays. We began as a trip in June of last year and added Alyssa in January of 2017. We've grown from there as a group, writing original music and expanding on our sound as a quartet.

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Did you hear about the Women in the Military event?

Did you hear about our Women in the Military event? Librarian Amanda talks about the stories a panel of women who have served will share.

Did you hear about our Women in the Military event? Librarian Amanda talks about the stories a panel of women who have served will share.

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  • Cheryl Eve Acosta "Mer De Verre Flora"
     Cheryl Eve Acosta "Mer De Verre Flora"
  • Stowers Institute
    Stowers Institute Stowers Institute
  • Jessica Kincaid
    Jessica Kincaid Jessica Kincaid
  • Katrina Revenaugh "Heoric" from Girl Power Series
     Katrina Revenaugh "Heoric" from Girl Power Series
  • Fractured Fabrics
    Fractured Fabrics Fractured Fabrics

Art at Your Local Library

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are just a few of the exhibitions on display through December 21:

Central Resource: Coloring it Bold
Lackman: Stowers Institute: Scientific Microimaging
Corinth: Leslie Norman Hubble
Cedar Roe: Fractured Fabric Society
Leawood Pioneer: Alexandra Ames
Oak Park: Jessica Kincaid
Antioch: John Kline
 

Enjoy art at your Library with our Exhibitions. At many of our locations, you can see art by local artists and groups on display year-round. Be sure to check out the exhibitions at your local branch.

Here are just a few of the exhibitions on display through December 21:

Central Resource: Coloring it Bold
Lackman: Stowers Institute: Scientific Microimaging
Corinth:... Continue »

Did you hear about Coding Club?

Did you hear about Coding Club?! If you haven't, listen up! Spread the word. There's a kid you might know who could be the next Bill Gates. Gardner Youth Services Librarian Samatha Chong talks about Coding Club!

Did you hear about Coding Club?! If you haven't, listen up! Spread the word. There's a kid you might know who could be the next Bill Gates. Gardner Youth Services Librarian Samatha Chong talks about Coding Club!

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