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Central Resource Library'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 Central Resource Library's winner!

Central Resource Library hosts many of our Library systems larger events, such as Career and Finance programs, Genealogy events, movie screenings and more »

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 Central Resource Library's winner!

Central Resource Library hosts many of our Library systems larger events, such as Career and Finance programs, Genealogy events, ... Continue »

Amy Marcus

Music Monday Featured Local ArtistAmy Marcus

Amy Marcus's music is based in classic roots and folk. While she only recently released her first collection of songs, Marcus has been writing music since the age of four. Marcus, who is also a photographer and mother of three children, uses music as a means to tell her own stories, and the songs on Brave are rich with their own snapshots of life and hard lessons. We are excited to share an interview with Amy Marcus about her new music and creative process, along with her book recommendations.

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Please introduce yourself.  Describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Amy Marcus.  I would describe my music as real, honest lyrics set to folk/roots inspired melodies.  

 

How long have you been a songwriter? How long have the songs on Brave been around?

I've been writing songs for as long as I can remember.  I would go sit at our piano starting at about the age of 3 or 4 and figure out melodies and put words to them.  My parents use to make my brother and sister sit and listen so that I could pretend like I was having a concert.  

Three of the songs on Brave I wrote the year before we released it.  The other two I had written a few years back.  Music is therapy for me, so the lyrics all revolve around things I was working through when I wrote them.

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Silent Book Group

Silent Book Group

In a silent book group, participants bring books of their choosing and spend time reading together. No assignments or discussions. It's book group fun without the pressure. A librarian will be present to recommend new titles. The Silent Book Group meets at Groundhouse Coffee, 103 S. Elm St., Gardner, KS 66030.

In a silent book group, participants bring books of their choosing and spend time reading together. No assignments or discussions. It's book group fun without the pressure. A librarian will be present to recommend new titles. The Silent Book Group meets at Groundhouse Coffee, 103 S. Elm St., Gardner, KS 66030.

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Gardner Library , Off-site
Love

A Library for Lovers

Atabong and Dada, February is a month about LOVE!!! And, the Library is for lovers.

Wait! Before reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library. Now, please, continue reading.

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. It's a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why? Because you have to love each other enough to get past those moments you don’t like each other!

That’s where we come in. Your Library Card can be more powerful than a box of chocolates and definitely better than a Dear John letter.

Our idea of a good date? Believe it or not, a Librarian is better than eHarmony. True! Trust us, the Library has what you need to create a summer of love:

  1. Do your research. There’s some good stuff in those steamy romance novels. Get some “informal” learning with eBooks and eAudiobooks from Axis 360.
  2. Get “scentual.” No, we didn’t misspell “sensual.” We’re talkin’ aromatherapy! Learn olfactory optimization with a Universal Class.
  3. Greet your partner with “Je t'aime,” “Te amo,” “Abdi bogoh ka anjeun” and a kiss! Where did you get so worldly? That’s right, Mango Languages.
  4. Croon. Lynda lessons will help you lyricize your love song.
  5. If they don’t get the hint, look for inspiration together from magazines like Cosmopolitan with eMagazines from RBdigital.
  6. In the end, entertainment. Stream independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. InstantFlix and chill.

Good luck! ;)   

 

Atabong and Dada, February is a month about LOVE!!! And, the Library is for lovers.

Wait! Before reading the rest of this post, let’s set the mood with some silky-smooth jazz from our Naxos Music Library. Now, please, continue reading.

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. It's a celebration of love. It’s recognizing and appreciating all the hard work that goes into achieving and maintaining a successful relationship. You love each other. You are committed to each other. Attraction? Oh yeah! Yet, that’s not enough is it? Some say you’ve got to work at a relationship. Why?... Continue »

Lenexa City Center

Lenexa City Center

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! Interior and exterior work progresses. When it opens in the second quarter of 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances – the Lenexa Commons (Garage level) providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Recreation Center and City Hall; and the Lower Commons (Market level) entrance right across from the Public Market.

Features will include:

  • Convenient Holds area right inside the Garage level entrance – patrons can also choose to pick up their holds during “extended holds hours”
  • A drive-through service point in the adjacent parking garage for convenient holds pick-up and material drop-off
  • Kids’ area on the Garage level, with convenient access from the adjacent parking garage
  • Adults and Teens sections on Market level, featuring a cultural commons area, tech bar, and public art
  • Study and conference rooms in a variety of sizes

In collaboration with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Hollis + Miller Architects designed the roughly 40,000 sq. ft. facility to seamlessly fit into the Lenexa City Center plaza and public market while still providing a distinct image for Johnson County Library.

The exterior of the Library will feature textured walls with deep stone ledges that will engage patrons and the community by allowing for seating within the public plaza. The large roof is designed with an overhang that caps the building – to not only provide shade but also visual prominence. Limestone terrace seating will also be built into the exterior landscaping.

For updates on the progress of Lenexa City Center Library, visit jocolibrary.org/lenexa.

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! Interior and exterior work progresses. When it opens in the second quarter of 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances – the Lenexa Commons (Garage level) providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Recreation Center and City Hall; and the Lower Commons (Market level) entrance right across from the Public Market.

Features will include:

  • Convenient Holds area right inside the Garage level entrance – patrons can also choose to pick up their holds during “extended holds hours”
  • A drive-through service point in the
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Ad Astra per Aspera!

Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars." It's on our state flag and, perhaps, a feeling deeply ingrained in each of us who call Kansas home. January 29 is when we celebrate Kansas Day each year. Today commemorates our state's admission into the Union in 1861. Originally it was Native American land, then a territory created by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and finally statehood. Kansas has surely seen hardships. Perhaps it is the optimism and aspiration to rise above during tough times that makes us unique as Kansans. On this day, we salute our state and all who chose a home on the range.

Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars." It's on our state flag and, perhaps, a feeling deeply ingrained in each of us who call Kansas home. January 29 is when we celebrate Kansas Day each year. Today commemorates our state's admission into the Union in 1861. Originally it was Native American land, then a territory created by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and finally statehood. Kansas has surely seen hardships. Perhaps it is the optimism and aspiration to rise above during tough times that makes us unique as Kansans. On this day, we salute our state and all who chose a home on the range.

Victory Gardens

Modern Day Victory Gardens

Calling all gardeners, locavores and history buffs. "Victory gardens" were home gardens used to grow fruits and vegetables when rations for the public tended to be scarce while America was involved in a war. In this session, learn why victory gardens were so important during the world wars of the 20th century, and why they are a good idea today. Presented by Loretta Craig, of Prairie Garden Farm in Basehor, KS. 

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

Calling all gardeners, locavores and history buffs. "Victory gardens" were home gardens used to grow fruits and vegetables when rations for the public tended to be scarce while America was involved in a war. In this session, learn why victory gardens were so important during the world wars of the 20th century, and why they are a good idea today. Presented by Loretta Craig, of Prairie Garden Farm in Basehor, KS. 

See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming »

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Cedar Roe Library
Lazy Projector

Projecting Some Laziness Into Your Music MondayLazy Projector

Lazy Projector's lead singer and songwriter Aaron Shinn describes the band's music as indie rock "with an affinity for folk." While listeners may find their tunes more danceable and hooky than folk-based, Shinn's description isn't too far off the map. After all, the songs for the band's upcoming debut album evoco began as "acoustic-based folk songs". Descriptors aside, Lazy Projector small handful of recent singles point toward an album that promises to be your higher caliber indie pop. We are thrilled to share an interview Shinn about how these songs evolved and what else is ahead for the band in 2019. Enjoy!

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Please introduce yourself and your bandmates.

Lazy Projector currently consists of Aaron Shinn, Tell Pryor, Matthew Schorr, and Samuel Marconett. We are a Kansas City based, indie rock project with an affinity for folk.

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Red, white and blue steam rises from a coffee cup bearing a design with two conversation bubbles

Today at Corinth: Legislative CoffeeLegislative Coffee Series

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. Presented with the League of Women Voters.

Panelists will include:

  • Senator Pat Pettey, District 6
  • Senator Barbara Bollier, District 7
  • Senator John Skubal, District 11
  • Representative Jerry Stogsdill, District 21
  • Representative Rui Xu, District 25

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. Presented with the League of Women Voters.

Panelists will include:

  • Senator Pat Pettey, District 6
  • Senator Barbara Bollier, District 7
  • Senator John Skubal, District 11
  • Representative Jerry Stogsdill, District 21
  • Representative Rui Xu, District 25
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Corinth Library

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