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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 »

True Lions

True Lions

True Lions is something of a Kansas City supergroup comprised of some of Kansas City's most talented songwriters and musicians. Spearheaded by founding members Alison Hawkins and Mikala Petillo and recently expanded to include Elizabeth Kosko on drums and Claire Adams on guitar/bass, True Lions recalls 90s classic lo-fi indie pop with songs that are full of hooks, harmonies and other sonic surprises. While their future beyond a bunch of live performances and an excellent EP, "Cute at Best", remains unclear, Kansas City is lucky to have them while they're here. Enjoy our interview with Alison Hawkins about the band and check out her book, music and movie recommendations from the Johnson County Library catalog.

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Throwback Thursday

No matter what you consider fun—even if it's dressing up like cows like these Shawnee Mission Rural High School kids in 1938—we hope you are making the most out of your summer. Happy throwback Thursday?

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No matter what you consider fun—even if it's dressing up like cows like these Shawnee Mission Rural High School kids in 1938—we hope you are making the most out of your summer. Happy throwback Thursday?

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Family Bike Safety

Family Confident City Cycling & Earn-a-Bike Program

Registration required for this event. Please register here.

Want to be more comfortable riding your bike in the city? Do you know someone who could use a bike for getting around town? BikeWalkKC‘s Confident City Cycling Class and Earn-a-Bike Program is coming back to Johnson County Library! Learn cycling skills – all levels welcome. Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

  • When: July 23 (in the Learning Lab), 25 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library), 30 (In the Learning Lab) and August 1 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library),. All sessions are 6 - 8 pm (Adults must attend all 4 sessions to earn a free bike. Kids must attend July 25 & 30th, Aug 1 to earn a bike)
  • Who: Adults and kids 14+ who want to learn how to ride on trails, bike paths, and/or city streets. This is also a valuable course for group ride leaders, urban planners and engineers, city staff, and others who wish to learn more about biking for transportation and recreation. (All minors must have signed permission form)
  • What: Confident City Cycling is a course that teaches you how to navigate city streets safely and confidently. The course contains both discussion and on-bike components. Participants also have an opportunity to earn a bike of their own.

Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

Registration required for this event. Please register here.

Want to be more comfortable riding your bike in the city? Do you know someone who could use a bike for getting around town? BikeWalkKC‘s Confident City Cycling Class and Earn-a-Bike Program is coming back to Johnson County Library! Learn cycling skills – all levels welcome. Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

  • When: July 23 (in the Learning Lab), 25 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library), 30 (In the Learning Lab) and August 1 (in the parking lot East of Central Resource Library),. All sessions are 6 - 8 pm (Adults must attend all 4 sessions to earn a free bike. Kids must attend July 25 & 30th, Aug 1 to earn a bike)
  • Who: Adults and kids 14+ who want to learn how to ride on trails, bike paths, and/or city streets. This is also a valuable course for group ride leaders, urban planners and engineers, city staff, and others who wish to learn more about biking for transportation and recreation. (All minors must have signed permission form)
  • What: Confident City Cycling is a course that teaches you how to navigate city streets safely and confidently. The course contains both discussion and on-bike components. Participants also have an opportunity to earn a bike of their own.

Hosted in partnership with LiveWell Johnson County and BikeWalkKC.

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Astronaut Mike Massimino Interview

Are you ready to launch into Did you hear? There’s an ASTRONAUT in this episode! Host Dave Carson and Youth Services Librarian Diana Spencer interview astronaut Mike Massimino in support of our “Meet the Astronaut” event as we continue to celebrate our summer reading theme: A Universe of Stories!

Are you ready to launch into Did you hear? There’s an ASTRONAUT in this episode! Host Dave Carson and Youth Services Librarian Diana Spencer interview astronaut Mike Massimino in support of our “Meet the Astronaut” event as we continue to celebrate our summer reading theme: A Universe of Stories!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Art is fun—even when Life isn’t.  I like to make things. I enjoy life and believe in art that entertains, delights the eye and engages the mind.  My work involves nature, family or a sense of place that is infused with a playful spirit.  I try to produce my impressions of  life that I find entertaining and worthy of a closer look and appreciation. I enjoy painting in oil on canvas as well as working in mixed media using  fabrics and other items I have saved or discovered.

 

I work to capture moments in everyday life.  My work frequently shines  a light on unsung heroes whose work—whether raising offspring,  farming, doing chores inside or outside—has dignity and is deserving of respect. Their work may have been a meditation while creating,  done to serve a purpose, practice a skill, or just something to fill  time productively.

 

I seek to recall the memory of those who came before us while also adding my own interpretation…and remembering not to take things  too seriously.  Often items I use are either from my own childhood or culled from shopping flea markets, antique stores or garage sales.

I hope you enjoy viewing my art. I  certainly enjoyed making it.

 

Enjoy this exhibition through August 21.

http://www.cynthiachandlerart.com/

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Introduce yourself.  How long have you been a painter?

 

I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember.  I grew up taking art classes at The Mulvane Center for Art at Washburn  University in Topeka.  In school I always enrolled in art classes when they were offered as electives. At The University of Kansas I earned a Bachelor of  Art Education, which allowed me to take a wide variety of art classes from silversmithing​ to textile printing and of course, drawing and painting. 

 

When I was unable to find a teaching job when I graduated, I submitted my portfolio to Hallmark Cards International here in Kansas City.  I was lucky enough to be hired and went to work for Hallmark eventually advancing to the  Book and Calendar department.

 

What would you like people to know about the work on display at the Leawood Library?

 

I enjoy painting in oils and especially like to paint animals or people with eyes looking back at me.  Painting can be  lonely at times and I think having your subject gazing back at you helps keep you engaged.  There are so many  amazing animals in the world. I continue to explore animals we here in the midwest may not see outside of a zoo. There are four animal paintings at the Leawood Library (an elephant, pigs, fish and sloths), although only the sloth painting of the mother holding her baby is in oil.  The other three are archival prints of the original paintings which I 

have sold. 

 

I love reading and am so grateful to have some of my work on display at the library. Naturally, I had to do a painting of children reading a book (“The New Book”) hiding out under a table. The two panel painting of the family with the  piggy bank (“Saving $ = Family Fun”) was an experiment combining acrylic paint and vintage fabric from the 40’s and 50’s in keeping with this particular style of illustration. “Julia Cooks” represents Julia Child and her joyful attitude to creating in the kitchen. “Packing Nightmare” is a feeling everyone who travels has had at some time or other—either  when getting ready to go somewhere and not knowing what to pack, or when having to come back from a vacation  and not really wanting to!

More of my art can be seen at my studio at The Interurban Arthouse in Old Overland Park.

 

 

Describe your creative process.  How long does it typically take you to complete a painting?

I think my creative process goes on even when I’m not aware of it.  As an artist I think we are constantly looking and observing the world and people around us, thinking “Would that make a good painting? Should I take a quick photo for future reference?” I take photos a lot, as well as make a quick sketches just to serve as a reminder for later. I tear out of magazines for reference material and visit museums and galleries to see what others have done or are doing. When I finally start a painting I know in my mind what I want the finished work to look like.  I don’t think  I have a typical amount of time I spend on a painting—everyone of them is different. Some happen easily and others can take much longer than I think they should, but in the end it's always worth the time invested in it. I continue to take drawing classes, as drawing is the basic building block that everything else depends on. And it’s fun to draw!

 

 

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

Mary Poppins Returns is my most favorite movie I have seen recently. The combination of live action and animation, as well as the amazing color palette, were delicious to see. The colors, music and story just made me happy. Where  the Crawdads Sing is the book I read most recently that I am hoping is made into a movie because of the descriptions of all the illustrations of nature the heroine created. I loved reading about her cataloging of various plant species  once she learned how to read and had books available to her. Reading is the key to everything.  I always am reading art magazines and new books about creativity and finding joy, because I think for me I want my art to create joy for the  viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

Art is fun—even when Life isn’t.  I like to make things. I enjoy life and believe in art that entertains, delights the eye and engages the mind.  My work involves nature, family or a sense of place that is infused with a playful spirit.  I try to produce my impressions of  life that I find entertaining and worthy of a closer look and appreciation. I enjoy painting in oil on canvas as well as working in mixed media using  fabrics and other items I have saved or discovered.

 

I work to capture moments in everyday life.  My work frequently shines  a light on unsung heroes whose work—whether raising offspring,  farming, doing chores inside or outside—has dignity and is deserving of respect. Their work may have been a... Continue »

Apollo 13 movie

Movie and Music in the Park

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with great local music and box office hits. Movies start at dusk - join us earlier for music and fun.

Apollo 13 will be shown at Buffalo Meadows Park, Lenexa. Festivities start at 8 pm with lawn games and musical guest Sara Morgan. Movie begins at dusk.

Apollo 13 – Rated PG, 1995: The story of the 1970 lunar mission, which suffered an explosion in space that disabled the ship, leaving the astronauts and Mission Control to work frenetically on devising a plan to get the men home safely. Based on actual events.

Presented in partnership with City of Lenexa's Parks & Recreation Department and City of Gardner's Parks & Recreation Department.

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Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with great local music and box office hits. Movies start at dusk - join us earlier for music and fun.

Apollo 13 will be shown at Buffalo Meadows Park, Lenexa. Festivities start at 8 pm with lawn games and musical guest Sara Morgan. Movie begins at dusk.

Apollo 13 – Rated PG, 1995: The story of the 1970 lunar mission, which suffered an explosion in space that disabled the ship, leaving the astronauts and Mission... Continue »

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Mike Massimino climbing

Hello Throwback Thursday!

It's an out-of-this-world Throwback Thursday! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched, and it returned to Earth 8 days later on July 24, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon while Michael Collins orbited the moon in solitude.

 

We're celebrating our Summer Reading theme A Universe of Stories with an astronaut visit of our own: Mike Massimino! In 2002 and 2009, he took part in four space walks over the course of two missions to service the Hubble Telescope. Listen to our interview with him on our Did you hear? podcast episode on Monday, July 22, and then come meet him in person:

It's an out-of-this-world Throwback Thursday! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched, and it returned to Earth 8 days later on July 24, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon while Michael Collins orbited the moon in solitude.

 

We're celebrating our Summer Reading theme A Universe of Stories with an astronaut visit of our own: Mike Massimino! In 2002 and 2009, he took part in four space walks over the course of two missions to service the Hubble Telescope. Listen to our interview with him on our... Continue »

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