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Hyer Boot Shop 1910

Made in Johnson County

It's another Throwback Thursday! The Hyer Boot Shop is a fascinating story! Read about how Olathe's Charles Hyer started a small cobbling shop in 1875 and turned it into a successful custom-designed cowboy boot shop and many other stories of early Johnson County industry.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's another Throwback Thursday! The Hyer Boot Shop is a fascinating story! Read about how Olathe's Charles Hyer started a small cobbling shop in 1875 and turned it into a successful custom-designed cowboy boot shop and many other stories of early Johnson County industry.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Julie Steiner, Anne Blessing, and Stephanie Stollsteimer

Friends and Foundation Confab

There’s a lot of new leadership in our organization, and they’re all getting to know each other. Julie Steiner, new president of the Friends board, recently coffee’ed with Anne Blessing, the new president of the Johnson County Library Foundation. They discussed strategic priorities for the Library and how their two groups can best coordinate to support Library programs and initiatives. Steiner also began productive conversations with Stephanie Stollsteimer, new director of the Foundation. They’re shown here at the February 2018 Friends Board meeting.

In the picture: Front: Julie Steiner, Friends President. Back: Anne Blessing, Foundation President, and Stephanie Stollsteimer, Foundation Director

There’s a lot of new leadership in our organization, and they’re all getting to know each other. Julie Steiner, new president of the Friends board, recently coffee’ed with Anne Blessing, the new president of the Johnson County Library Foundation. They discussed strategic priorities for the Library and how their two groups can best coordinate to support Library programs and initiatives. Steiner also began productive conversations with Stephanie Stollsteimer, new director of the Foundation. They’re shown here at the February 2018 Friends Board meeting.

In the picture: Front: Julie Steiner, Friends President. Back: Anne Blessing, Foundation President, and Stephanie Stollsteimer, Foundation Director

Movie in the park

Movies and Music Make a Summer!

Johnson County Library is rocking out on Fridays this summer with live performances, interactive programs and musicals in the Parks, collaborating with several community groups to present a summer series of family friendly movies and concerts.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood on Friday evenings throughout the summer! Local Music live concerts kick off some showings. Movie starts at dusk but join us earlier in the evening for the music and fun.

The remaining shows for Summer 2018 are:

Sept. 14, Mary Poppins
Electric Park
Festivities start at 5:30 pm
Cornerstone Park
Festivities start at 6 pm

More details about each night in our calendar of events. 

In the event of inclement weather, please check here for cancellation notices.

This Library series is presented in partnership with Downtown Overland Park, City of Lenexa Parks & Recreation and City of Gardner Parks & Recreation. Support for these fun-filled experiences comes from the Friends of the Library and their volunteer core.

Johnson County Library is rocking out on Fridays this summer with live performances, interactive programs and musicals in the Parks, collaborating with several community groups to present a summer series of family friendly movies and concerts.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood on Friday evenings throughout the summer! Local Music live concerts kick off some showings. Movie starts at dusk but join us earlier in the evening for the music and fun.

The remaining shows for Summer 2018 are: ... Continue »

Emmaline Twist

Music Monday: ET named to Middle of the Map LineupEmmaline Twist

While Emmaline Twist is technically a new band, each of its four members is in some way a veteran of Kansas City music. Their combined powers are on full display in Emmaline Twist, a sonic amalgam of so many right elements: shoegaze, post-punk and atmospheric dance rock, for starters. While the band began only a year ago, 2016 saw the release of two songs, "Vega" and "Moon Eyes", that will make anyone eager for a full-length. We are thrilled to share an interview with Emmaline Twist's baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth.

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Please introduce yourselves. Where do you live and work?

Meredith McGrade - Vocals & Guitar - KCMO
Kristin Thompson Conkright - Bass - KCMO
Jonathan Knecht - Drums - KCMO
Krysztof Nemeth - Baritone Guitar - KCMO

Emmaline Twist was formed in 2016. What brought you all together?

At the end of 2015, each of us found ourselves “between projects”, and having conversations amongst each other individually about what to do next. Krysztof and Meredith had been talking for years about their shared love for “Dark 80’s” bands like The Cure, Joy Division / New Order, etc, and “Shoegaze 90’s” bands like Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain, etc. The idea was born to try our hand at writing that kind of music, ourselves, because simply, it’s what we wanted to hear.

Jon was asked to come play drums, and Kristin soon after joined on bass. The vibe was immediately positive between all of us, finding a focus in our vision of what we wanted to become, and gelling perfectly as a unit. All four of us took this sound that heavily recalls the music of the fore mentioned eras and styles, but updates it with a contemporary rock groove that makes it sound very fresh and new.

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Summer Family Fun

Summer Family FunSummer Family Fun

Staycation? We have so many things for families to do this summer! Have fun with these local events and save yourself from hearing, "Are we there yet?"

Family fun? Find it here!

Staycation? We have so many things for families to do this summer! Have fun with these local events and save yourself from hearing, "Are we there yet?"

  • When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.
    When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior. When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.
  • Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library.
    Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library. Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library.
  • The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces.
    The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces. The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces.

Multicolor Monticello

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.

The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north and east facades. The handsome external textures and shadowy tones offer a tease and surprising contrast to the bright interior visual adventure.

The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces. Brilliant ‘high test’ carpeting is installed on both levels, in complementary and contrasting color compositions. Some walls in the roomy Kids areas feature woven acoustical wallcoverings. This makes them especially durable for the many Kids programs we’ll be offering, and useful for the easy display of drawings and posters often seen in our branches.

The richly hued floors lend their palette to feature walls in public areas and meeting rooms throughout the building. These occasionally are framed by subtle wood and brushed laminate textures. Restrooms upstairs and down feature entries and interior walls of shiny, generously proportioned primary-colored tiles set in white or grey mortar. Their vivid grids boldly contrast the planes of walls, ceilings and windows across the Library.

We are eager to welcome you to the new Monticello Library when we open, so you can experience this rewarding aesthetic tour de force yourself!

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.

The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north and east facades. The handsome external textures and shadowy tones offer a tease and surprising contrast to the bright interior visual adventure... Continue »

Library's gone to the dogs

Dog Gone Library for Pets

Bandit and Mr. Pickles, something tells us you know May is National Pet month! 

Who's a good boy! No seriously. Which one of you is the good boy who knows to go outside to take care of business and which one of you "made" on the carpet. No, the Library will not clean this up for your owner! But, with a Library Card anybody can access Consumer Reports and get the (poop) scoop on carpet stain removers.

But Bandit and Mr. Pickles, we don't blame you. You've had to learn so much. You've had to learn that shoes are not chew toys. You've learned that while it's OK for humans to yap nonstop, barking nonstop isn't considered "cool." And that even though you NOW there is something pretty amazing to be discovered just a few feet under the back yard, no digging. No, no, no! Well why can't your human learn how to tell you what the "rules" are up front?! Why not have them take our Pet and Animal Care course via Universal Class? Or why not checkout a Dog Training DVD? You could watch it together! In fact, why not make it a double feature? Better yet, a triple feature? Is there such thing as a quadruple feature? BenjiMarley & Me? The Adventures of Milo and Otis101 Dalmatians?

Bandit and Mr. Pickles, just remember these words of wisdom:

  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
  • If you want the best seat in the house…you’ll have to move the dog. 
  • Every dog will have its day! 

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Bandit and Mr. Pickles, something tells us you know May is National Pet month! 

Who's a good boy! No seriously. Which one of you is the good boy who knows to go outside to take care of business and which one of you "made" on the carpet. No, the Library will not clean this up for your owner! But, with a Library Card anybody can access Consumer Reports and get the (poop) scoop on carpet stain removers.

But Bandit and Mr. Pickles, we don't blame you. You've had to learn so much. You've had to learn that shoes are not chew toys.... Continue »

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National Public Service Recognition Week

This week is National Public Service Recognition Week. Here are just a few of our amazing employees and their reasons for devoting their time to a career in public service. We thank all of our staff, as well as everyone else who works in public service! See all the photos here »

This week is National Public Service Recognition Week. Here are just a few of our amazing employees and their reasons for devoting their time to a career in public service. We thank all of our staff, as well as everyone else who works in public service! See all the photos here »

Buddy the deaf dog

May is National Pet Month

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Pet month! The Kansas School for the Deaf introduced Johnson County to Buddy the deaf dog! Sure he wears a hat, eyeglasses and smokes a pipe - he's a working class dog!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Pet month! The Kansas School for the Deaf introduced Johnson County to Buddy the deaf dog! Sure he wears a hat, eyeglasses and smokes a pipe - he's a working class dog!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag... Continue »

Jeanie and Zachary Botkin

A Visit with Jeanie and Zachary Botkin New Board member and Teen Representative

How long have you been Friends members?

We’ve been Friends members since going to our first summer book sale after moving to Kansas City. We had so much fun digging through the piles at the Metcalf Mall finding treasures to take home.

What do you want to learn by serving on the Friends Board?

I [Jeanie] thought it would be a great way for Zachary and me to share our passion for the Library and a valuable opportunity for Zachary to learn about the inner workings of a board. We are both focused on increasing the community’s awareness of the great services and look forward to helping the Library connect with youth.

Why should someone join the Friends of Johnson County Library?

Our elevator speech: Since Benjamin Franklin opened the first library in America, we all know how important libraries have become to our education and way of life. We go there to explore our most-challenging questions with unlimited freedom. But our Library is so much more than that . . . bringing the community together to a place where people can cut CDs, use a 3D printer, practice being a newscaster, design and cut out chess pieces, get help with homework, and learn a new language. And, the best part . . . our Library is open to anyone!

What are you reading right now?

Zachary is reading Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, written by Douglas Hofstadter who won a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1979. The book explores common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Jeanie is focusing on books that show how companies are using design thinking to innovate their products and services such as Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too) by David Butler and Linda Tischler.

About Jeanie Botkin: After spending 20+ years as an attorney at Polsinelli, Jeanie now heads up the firm’s Professional Development Department. She especially loves working with new attorneys who are transitioning from backpacks to briefcases. She spends every spare second with her family and loves to play Munchkin Legends with her son Zachary.

About Zachary Botkin: Zachary is a freshman at Mill Valley High School. After finishing a rigorous semester of debate, he is now figuring out his signature events in forensics. When not studying, he relaxes with video games, loves to program computers and reads up on the latest scientific discoveries.

How long have you been Friends members?

We’ve been Friends members since going to our first summer book sale after moving to Kansas City. We had so much fun digging through the piles at the Metcalf Mall finding treasures to take home.

What do you want to learn by serving on the Friends Board?

I [Jeanie] thought it would be a great way for Zachary and me to share our passion for the Library and a valuable opportunity for Zachary to learn about the inner workings of a board. We are both focused on increasing the community’s awareness of the great services and look forward to helping the Library connect with youth.

Why should someone join the Friends of Johnson County... Continue »

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