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A Special Jocohistory Halloween Slideshow!

Halloween costumes are always so much fun! The creativity, the jokes, the craft of it all. Year after year, Johnson County folks have dressed up for Halloween. See over 60 years of costumes! Which is your favorite? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Halloween costumes are always so much fun! The creativity, the jokes, the craft of it all. Year after year, Johnson County folks have dressed up for Halloween. See over 60 years of costumes! Which is your favorite? Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Danielle Hennerberg

Music Monday: Danielle HennerbergDanielle Hennerberg

Overland Park, Kansas, resident Danielle Hennerberg is a musician, composer and sound engineer whose love for jazz runs deep. Her music turns elements of jazz, rock and R&B into a musical expression that's entirely her own. In this interview, Hennerberg describes how jazz continues to inform her work, especially the works of Herbie Hancock and Clifford Brown, as well as how she's learned to overcome creative blocks by listening. Enjoy!

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Introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Danielle Hennerberg and I am an Overland Park-based jazz musician. I seek to blend modern rock and R&B motifs with the history and roots of Kansas City jazz. I love my city, and I love the history of jazz in Kansas City. I want to bring that history to modern audiences in a way that is easily accessible and enjoyable.

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Acoustical panels

MakerSpace Closed Tuesday, Oct. 30

 

rack  et 1

  1. a loud noise or clamor, esp. of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar.
  2. social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.

 

If you've been in the MakerSpace, you know that all that machinery - and human enthusiasm! - can create quite a racket (we prefer definition #2). On Oct 30, we'll be installing new acoustical panels similar to those pictured to dampen sound waves bouncing around the MakerSpace. The MakerSpace will be closed all day, Oct 30, for this installation.

 

rack  et 1

  1. a loud noise or clamor, esp. of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar.
  2. social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.

 

If you've been in the MakerSpace, you know that all that machinery - and human enthusiasm! - can create quite a racket (we prefer definition #2). On Oct 30, we'll be installing new acoustical panels similar to those pictured to dampen sound waves bouncing around the MakerSpace. The MakerSpace will be closed all day, Oct 30, for this installation.

Did you hear? Ep. 19: Scary Reads!

In this fantastic episode of Did You Hear? It's members of our Reader's Advisory committee Gregg and Tyler talking SCARY READS just in the nick of time for Halloween!

Why do we read what we read? Find out why Tyler prefers spooky comics and graphic novels. Hear what he recommends.

In this fantastic episode of Did You Hear? It's members of our Reader's Advisory committee Gregg and Tyler talking SCARY READS just in the nick of time for Halloween!

Why do we read what we read? Find out why Tyler prefers spooky comics and graphic novels. Hear what he recommends.

Various book covers featured in the clever candy list.

Clever Candy Lit

From our librarian Stefanie: Recently I was trying to describe the joy that I felt while reading the sinfully fun novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan to a coworker. It was the most deliciously romantic family gossip trilogy and, with two young children in the house and my daytime work duties, I gobbled them up in a mere 3 weeks! I like to call juicy love stories with a side of wit and elegance like this Clever Candy Lit. They are a rare breed of well-written novel that manages to capture your attention like a great adventure story, grab your heart like the sweetest romance, poke at your intellect with subtle nods to societal issues, and still manage to conclude ... Continue »

From our librarian Stefanie: Recently I was trying to describe the joy that I felt while reading the sinfully fun novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan to a coworker. It was the most deliciously romantic family gossip trilogy and, with two young children in the house and my daytime work duties, I gobbled them up in a mere 3 weeks! I like to call juicy love stories with a side of wit and elegance like this Clever Candy Lit. They are a rare breed of well-written novel that manages to capture your attention like a great adventure story, grab your heart like the sweetest romance, poke at your intellect with subtle nods to societal issues, and still manage to conclude happily and make your soul feel lighter in the end. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is, perhaps, the original clever candy laced with class warfare. My first dip into the chocolate fondue fountain was Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. If you loved the film about Bridget and her misfit friends, you will adore the book, which is just different enough to make both treats to devour with gusto. 

Are you hungry yet? I'm starved (#sorrynotsorry). I've made a list with the titles mentioned here along with some other scrumptious options. Pick one up today for a pick me up!

Shawnee Indian Cemetery

JoCoHistory: the Shawnee Indian Cemetery

 

It might be hard to spot – plenty of local residents may not even realize it exists – but nestled in an unassuming Shawnee neighborhood is a significant piece of Johnson County history. The Shawnee Indian cemetery, located near 59th and Nieman, houses the remains of a few dozen members of the Shawnee Indian Tribe – some of Shawnee’s earliest founders. The cemetery is small, easily mistaken for a backyard or vacant lot, but its story tells us much about the county’s origins and the people who made it what it is today.

Head on over to JoCoHistory to read more »

 

 

It might be hard to spot – plenty of local residents may not even realize it exists – but nestled in an unassuming Shawnee neighborhood is a significant piece of Johnson County history. The Shawnee Indian cemetery, located near 59th and Nieman, houses the remains of a few dozen members of the Shawnee Indian Tribe – some of Shawnee’s earliest founders. The cemetery is small, easily mistaken for a backyard or vacant lot, but its story tells us much about the county’s origins and the people who made it what it is today.

Head on over to JoCoHistory to read more »

 

My Fellow Kansans

My Fellow Kansans LIVE!

RSVP here to this event!

My fellow Kansans, join us for an evening of politics and podcasts. Host Jim McLean and special guests will analyze the current political landscape in Kansas, and discuss what it all means for the upcoming election. You'll hear from members of the Kansas News Service, and producers of the podcast, to learn more about the making of My Fellow Kansans. 

If you haven't already, subscribe to My Fellow Kansans here.

This event will feature never-before-heard podcast footage to bring you inside the interviews. We'll take audience questions throughout, so don't be shy — join the discussion!

The event begins promptly at 6:30. Doors open at 6:00. 

RSVP here to this event!

My fellow Kansans, join us for an evening of politics and podcasts. Host Jim McLean and special guests will analyze the current political landscape in Kansas, and discuss what it all means for the upcoming election. You'll hear from members of the Kansas News Service, and producers of the podcast, to learn more about the making of My Fellow Kansans. 

If you haven't already, subscribe to My Fellow Kansans here.

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Central Resource Library
The Remember Balloons

The Remember Balloons: Meet Author Jessie Oliveros

Jessie Oliveros returns to Kansas for the book launch of her debut children's book The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wolfekotte. "What’s Happening to Grandpa" meets "Up" in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Join us for a reading and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of The Friends of Johnson County Library. 

"James and Grandpa's shared heritage and stories of their loving family shine. What is clear is that their memories matter—to them and ultimately to readers. A moving and meaningful way to talk about a situation many families will face." 
— Kirkus, starred review

Jessie Oliveros returns to Kansas for the book launch of her debut children's book The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wolfekotte. "What’s Happening to Grandpa" meets "Up" in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Join us for a reading and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of The Friends of Johnson County Library. 

"James and Grandpa's shared heritage and stories of their loving family shine. What is clear is that their memories matter—to them and ultimately to readers. A moving and meaningful way to talk about a situation many families will face." 
— Kirkus, starred review

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Monticello Library
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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Corinth Library
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Now Showing at Leawood: Alexandra AmesAlexandra Ames

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Alexandra Ames describes herself as an artistic “jack of all trades.” Her art draws upon elements of art nouveau, science fiction/fantasy art, music and the natural world. Much of her work offers vibrant depictions of various animals in their natural states. While she is a gifted painter, sculptor, graphic designer, animator, and a creator of video game art and assets, her real passion is for writing and illustrating.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

My name is Alexandra Ames. I have been creating, writing and drawing for my entire life. I am a writer, illustrator, sculptor, animator and graphic designer. I write fantasy children's stories and Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. The majority of my paintings and illustrations are acrylic on canvas or India ink and gouache on paper. I create sculptures out of Super Sculpey and other mediums. I am always trying to learn new or more efficient ways to create things.

 

 

Talk about the work that will be on view. What would you like people to know about it?

The work that is on view is all acrylic on canvas. They are all stylized animal or nature paintings. This collection is a compilation of a lot of experimentation, frustration, deep thoughts, intuition and fun.

 

 

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

The most challenging thing about my creative process is knowing when I'm finished and not pushing things so far that I ruin it.

 

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their work do you like?

I find inspiration everywhere with other artists in all mediums and genres, but the artist that I have been inspired by my whole life are Alphonse Mucha and Frank Frazetta.

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Alexandra's book and music recommendations:

 

Books:

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey

Music:

Two Steps from Hell

Nightwish

Alexandra Ames describes herself as an artistic “jack of all trades.” Her art draws upon elements of art nouveau, science fiction/fantasy art, music and the natural world. Much of her work offers vibrant depictions of various animals in their natural states. While she is a gifted painter, sculptor, graphic designer, animator, and a creator of video game art and assets, her real passion is for writing and illustrating.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

My name is Alexandra Ames. I have been creating, writing and drawing for my entire life. I am a writer, illustrator, sculptor, animator and graphic designer. I write fantasy children's stories and Science... Continue »

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