Search Stories

Grease

Tonight: Movie in the Park!Movie in the Park: Grease

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood. Live Local Music concerts kick off each showing. Music starts at 8 pm, movie starts at dusk. July 20th's Movie in the Park is showing at two locations: Electric Park in Lenexa and Santa Fe Commons Park in Overland Park.

Join us for all our Movie in the Park events this summer!

 

 

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood. Live Local Music concerts kick off each showing. Music starts at 8 pm, movie starts at dusk. July 20th's Movie in the Park is showing at two locations: Electric Park in Lenexa and Santa Fe Commons Park in Overland Park.

Join us for all our ... Continue »

- -
Central Resource Library , Off-site
Boys dressed like cows

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:

National Recreation and Parks Month

For even more local history visit jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

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:

National Recreation and Parks Month

For even more local history visit ... Continue »

  • Fally Afani
    Fally Afani Fally Afani
  • Fally Afani
    Fally Afani Fally Afani
  • Fally Afani
    Fally Afani Fally Afani
  • Fally Afani
    Fally Afani Fally Afani

Showing at Shawnee: Fally AfaniFally Afani

Monday, May 7, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Shawnee Library

Fally Afani’s music photography captures the electric energy and urgency of the Kansas City and Lawrence music scenes.  Her love of live music prompted her to focus her energy on working with local musicians and connecting them with the community. On any given night, you can find her covering concerts in Lawrence, Kansas City, or music festivals across the nation.

Her award-winning journalism, which now spans 15 years, has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and television stations across Kansas. She has received several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow award for her online work in journalism.

Meet her on June 20th at Shawnee »

*

What comes first – the medium or the message?

The Message.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

My art runs parallel with journalism, and journalism is a community service. I am here to show what the musicians around me are capable of as performers, and how it engages audiences here in Kansas and even beyond because of our online presence.

 
What influences your practice/works?

I grew up in a country where media was mostly censored. When I moved to the U.S., I was limited to living in a small, rural area of Kansas. My only access to explore the music scenes I so desired were magazines. So much happens in an entire concert, but only one second from it gets captured in a photo to show you the extent of the activity involved. These photos define the opposite of stagnant, presenting an entire world of opportunity to music lovers who desire to live within that moment.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?

Lately I’ve been enjoying concert photos from journalists who cover the East Coast hardcore music scene, such as Angela Ownes and Farrah Skeiky.

What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process?

Above all, you must follow women and people of color. White men have covered the music scene for far too long and have made it an absolute bore.

Fally Afani’s music photography captures the electric energy and urgency of the Kansas City and Lawrence music scenes.  Her love of live music prompted her to focus her energy on working with local musicians and connecting them with the community. On any given night, you can find her covering concerts in Lawrence, Kansas City, or music festivals across the nation.

Her award-winning journalism, which now spans 15 years, has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and television stations across Kansas. She has received several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow award for her online work in journalism.

Meet her on... Continue »

Sterling Witt

Tonight at Lackman: Meet Sterling WittMeet the Artist: Sterling Witt

Meet local artist and musician Sterling Witt and learn about his incredible paintings and music.

Meet local artist and musician Sterling Witt and learn about his incredible paintings and music.

- -
Lackman Building
P R Wreuster

The P.R. Wreuster Murder

Have you heard of the P.R. Wreuster Murder of 1911?  It is a legend that has faded with time, but was once the talk of the town. Read the thrilling tale at JoCoHistory »

Have you heard of the P.R. Wreuster Murder of 1911?  It is a legend that has faded with time, but was once the talk of the town. Read the thrilling tale at JoCoHistory »

Did you hear about our exhibitions?

We get so thrilled about our art exhibitions at many of our locations. But when one of those artists—especially one that is as interesting and talented as Sterling Witt—is coming for a Meet the Artist visit, we get downright elated! Listen to the latest episode of Did you hear? We talk exhibitions, Sterling, and ... Love? 

Meet the Artist: Sterling Witt
Wednesday, July 18
Lackman Library

We get so thrilled about our art exhibitions at many of our locations. But when one of those artists—especially one that is as interesting and talented as Sterling Witt—is coming for a Meet the Artist visit, we get downright elated! Listen to the latest episode of Did you hear? We talk exhibitions, Sterling, and ... Love? 

Meet the Artist: Sterling Witt
Wednesday, July 18
Lackman Library

Duncan Burnett

Did you catch Duncan Friday?Duncan Burnett

We were so happy to have Duncan perform this past Friday, July 13 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center! If you were not able to attend, we will be posting the live concert recording as an episode of our Did You hear? podcast.

To get the best sense of what Kansas City rapper, drummer and producer Duncan Burnett is about, watch his self-directed video for "Anthem" (embedded below), or any of his other videos for that matter. Burnett's skills as a vocalist, rapper, performer and video director are on full display, and it's captivating. His upcoming debut, EP, Black Boy Joy, features production and instrumental work by KC's Anthony Saunders and Dominique Sanders, AKA The Xtraordinairs. We are excited to share an interview with Burnett about this EP and other topics. Enjoy.

*

Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

Hey. My name is Duncan Burnett and I'm a rapper/artist, musician (drums) and producer. I hail from the great city of Olathe, KS. 913rd. Ya dig! Haha 

My music is clean, soulful, positive, passion filled, hip hop music. Drawing inspiration from rock, R&B, soul, funk, jazz and pop to create a familiar but unique sound that everyone can enjoy.

Continue »
The Library offers many community resources

Connecting Community and Resources

You  might think of the Library as a physical building but the Library also plays a critical outreach role in the community, connecting people with the right tools, resources and content. One example of this is our highly-successful Incarcerated Services programming. A dedicated team of Johnson County Librarians leads a series of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults who are serving an incarcerated sentence.

These connections feature author visits, a mobile MakerSpace, and a variety of writing, music-production and comics workshops. The group also works with Johnson County Corrections to share information about library services and resources. In 2017, the group connected with 1,055 kids and teens and 613 adults located throughout the county.  

Programs and Services

  • Read to Succeed – short story and book discussion groups
  • Great Stories Club – book discussion group
  • Courtroom Assisted Reading Encouragement (C.A.R.E.) – provision of free books in the Juvenile and Child In Need of Care courtrooms
  • Read to Me – instruction in read-aloud techniques to strengthen the connections between parent and child
  • Changing Lives through Literature - small-group discussions about short stories, poems and novels
  • Adult Residential Center Office Hours – provision of remote library services and resource fairs

Librarian Perspective
During the last three years, Incarcerated Services team member Jenny Reeves has focused on teens. She shares that while these teens have made mistakes and have experienced traumatic situations they still yearn to be like other teens. In her role, Reeves sees first-hand how receiving a book or interacting with an author like Jason Reynolds in a workshop can make a positive difference.

“When the Library brought Jason Reynolds to speak, I witnessed these teens connect with Reynolds in a truly inspiring way,” Reeves said. “He spoke their language, knew from his own experience, their experience, and was able to reach out to them and let them feel seen. It’s those experiences, where we are able to connect with these teens and hopefully make lasting impressions on their lives, which inspires me. When the Library visits incarcerated individuals, we create moments that allow them to feel seen, heard and valued again. In this way we are fulfilling our Library values to the fullest.”

2018 Outreach
This year, Incarcerated Services include an adult book group and orientation workshops, providing services to individuals re-entering the community. Teens also receive additional writing and Maker opportunities through the Library's Explore Tinker Connect program.

The Incarcerated Services team supports individuals in the Juvenile Detention Center, Adolescent Center for Treatment, Johnson County Courthouse, Evening Reporting Center, Adult Residential Center and Therapeutic Community.

You  might think of the Library as a physical building but the Library also plays a critical outreach role in the community, connecting people with the right tools, resources and content. One example of this is our highly-successful Incarcerated Services programming. A dedicated team of Johnson County Librarians leads a series of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults who are serving an incarcerated sentence.

These connections feature author visits, a mobile MakerSpace, and a variety of writing, music-production and comics workshops. The group also works with Johnson County Corrections to share information about library services and resources. In 2017, the group connected with 1,055 kids and teens and... Continue »

Did you hear that storyteller Priscilla Howe is coming?

In this episode of Did you hear?, Youth Services Librarian Dennis Ross talks about his favorite storyteller, Priscilla Howe who will be visiting Wednesday, July 18 at two of our locations!

In this episode of Did you hear?, Youth Services Librarian Dennis Ross talks about his favorite storyteller, Priscilla Howe who will be visiting Wednesday, July 18 at two of our locations!

Duncan Burnett

Tonight at Johnson County Arts & HeritageLocal Music Live: Duncan Burnett

Local Music Live with Duncan Burnett!

Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind his music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

Local Music Live with Duncan Burnett!

Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind his music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

- -
Central Resource Library , Off-site

Pages