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Vicki Denk Friends member

A Conversation with Friends Member Vicki Denk

How long have you been a Friends member?

I’m a new Friends member this year, but prior to that, I was a volunteer for two years.

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

I’m learning how valuable and fulfilling an experience it is to volunteer with the other talented and committed members of the Friends Board and the dedicated library staff.

Your Elevator Speech: Why You should join the Friends of Johnson County Library

Part of Friends mission is to help make books available to everyone in our community.  It’s so important that we have access to multiple sources of information and points of view, especially today.   Books educate us, inform us, and bring us enjoyment.  By supporting Friends, you also help support many valuable library programs such as the 6 x 6 literacy program and the incarcerated services program.  Friends is dedicated to promoting the Library and its valuable programs and services for all ages and interests in our community. 

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.  I’m hooked on biographies.

How long have you been a Friends member?

I’m a new Friends member this year, but prior to that, I was a volunteer for two years.

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

I’m learning how valuable and fulfilling an experience it is to volunteer with the other talented and committed members of the Friends Board and the dedicated library staff.

Your Elevator Speech: Why You should join the Friends of Johnson County Library

Part of Friends mission is to help make books available to everyone in our community.  It’s so important that we have access to multiple sources of information and points of view, especially today.   Books educate us, inform us, and bring us... Continue »

Bullet Journaling

Teen Bullet Journaling Meetup

Does opening a fresh pack of multi-colored sharpies make your heart go aflutter? Do post-it note arrows inside a book put a smile on your face? Do you write tasks that "just come up" on your to-do list just to feel the satisfaction of crossing them off? Do you love to write, take notes, doodle, or schedule your time? If you love all-things organization, join fellow teens at our bullet journaling meetup. We meet today at Lackman, 4 - 5:30 pm, and each month. Check out our schedule » 

Does opening a fresh pack of multi-colored sharpies make your heart go aflutter? Do post-it note arrows inside a book put a smile on your face? Do you write tasks that "just come up" on your to-do list just to feel the satisfaction of crossing them off? Do you love to write, take notes, doodle, or schedule your time? If you love all-things organization, join fellow teens at our bullet journaling meetup. We meet today at Lackman, 4 - 5:30 pm, and each month. Check out our schedule » 

Halloween mask

Ready for Halloween?

Don't chicken out - build a Halloween costume you'll be proud of (and friends will tell tales of) for years to come. Whether you want to make a mask or a whole costume, we got you »

Don't chicken out - build a Halloween costume you'll be proud of (and friends will tell tales of) for years to come. Whether you want to make a mask or a whole costume, we got you »

Women In YA: Kansas Voices

Women in YA: Kansas Voices

Kansas is home to a robust community of authors of all kinds. We celebrate women Kansas writers with a panel of authors who have Summer and Fall 2018 releases for teens. Participating authors:

Panel moderated by Bethany Hagen, author of Landry Park. Refreshments are served. Books available for purchase/signing from Rainy Day Books.

Space is limited for this popular program. Register online or call (913) 826-4600.

Kansas is home to a robust community of authors of all kinds. We celebrate women Kansas writers with a panel of authors who have Summer and Fall 2018 releases for teens. Participating authors:

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
  • Hugo Ximello-Salido
    Hugo Ximello-Salido Hugo Ximello-Salido
  • Hugo Ximello-Salido
    Hugo Ximello-Salido Hugo Ximello-Salido
  • Hugo Ximello-Salido
    Hugo Ximello-Salido Hugo Ximello-Salido
  • Hugo Ximello-Salido
    Hugo Ximello-Salido Hugo Ximello-Salido
  • Hugo Ximello-Salido
    Hugo Ximello-Salido Hugo Ximello-Salido

Now at Blue Valley: Hugo Ximello-SalidoHugo Ximello-Salido

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Blue Valley Library

What comes first - the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that is on view.

Definitely the message that I'm trying to convey and express. The medium comes second but plays an important process when achieving the point of view. Artwork: well, there are many paintings that are from my first facet as an artist, for instance: "De donde viene el color" was one of the pieces that made me realize the importance of color in a painting and how empowering that can be when expressing myself. From there it goes to my second facet like "Ojos de Rubi." This is a perfect and pure example of expressionism, linking two time periods and cultures. I have dared to bring Mexican colonial culture into a modern era by using golden medium as a royal background contrasting the beauty of La Catrina.

 

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

As an artist I think that it is my responsibility to inspire others and at the same time bring awareness of a better understanding of Mexican culture and tradition, by doing this I'm hoping to channel cultural bias, racism and negative energy into a positive point of view of a multicultural community.  

 

What influences your practice/works?

Many things inspired my artwork, for example: Mexican culture past and rapidly changing present; Mexican traditions; personal experiences past and present; and my own struggle as a gay/Hispanic man.

 

Who are other artists you look to for inspiration?

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Gauguin and many others.   

 

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

Although, my artwork mostly reflects personal and intimate expressions of art, here are some books that in some way have inspired me as the artist that I am now.

 

El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/376844036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1600806036

 

Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1350975036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1335575036

 

H.P Lovecraft

 

La Espia by Paulo Coelho

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1500282036#overlay103

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1493432036

 

El Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1466289036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/69683036

 

Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1080318036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1592943036

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Ficciones Alianza Emece by Jorge Luis Borges

 

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

 

 

 

 

 

What comes first - the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that is on view.

Definitely the message that I'm trying to convey and express. The medium comes second but plays an important process when achieving the point of view. Artwork: well, there are many paintings that are from my first facet as an artist, for instance: "De donde viene el color" was one of the pieces that made me realize the importance of color in a painting and how empowering that can be when expressing myself. From there it goes to my second facet like "Ojos de Rubi." This is a perfect and pure example of expressionism, linking two time periods and cultures. I have dared to bring Mexican colonial culture into a modern era... Continue »

Science Cafe

Tonight! Science Cafe - Parenting in a Tech-Saturated WorldScience Cafe - Parenting in a Tech-Saturated World

This is a must-see presentation on the latest research about the effects of technology on kids and teens. Neurotherapist Susan Dunaway shares her research into social media, texting and gaming in relation to young people. She'll provide practical tips on how to help manage technology and how to address it if it becomes problematic. 

This is a must-see presentation on the latest research about the effects of technology on kids and teens. Neurotherapist Susan Dunaway shares her research into social media, texting and gaming in relation to young people. She'll provide practical tips on how to help manage technology and how to address it if it becomes problematic. 

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Blue Valley Library

Throwback Thursday! Johnson County Dogs: 1900 - 1980

Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Art Views event

Tonight @ Blue Valley: Art ViewsArt Views: Creativity and Culture in Kansas City Minority Communities

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... Continue »

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Blue Valley Library
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed
  • MacKenzie Reed
    MacKenzie Reed MacKenzie Reed

Look and Listen! MacKenzie Reed

Here are some great photos of MacKenzie Reed performing live at the Leawood Pioneer Library.

Her magnificent performance can be heard on our podcast: Did you hear? Ep. 11: MACKENZIE REED 

Here are some great photos of MacKenzie Reed performing live at the Leawood Pioneer Library.

Her magnificent performance can be heard on our podcast: Did you hear? Ep. 11: MACKENZIE REED 

Did you hear about our American Girl Book Club?

Youth Services Librarian Michelle Ranney talks about our American Girls Book Club!

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mondays on these dates:
Sept 17 - The Jazzman's Trumpet – A Kit Mystery
October 15 - Danger in Paris – A Samantha Mystery
November 19 - The Lady's Slipper - A Melody Mystery
Shawnee Library Meeting Room

 

American girls love to read, and this Book Club helps American girls read more. American Girl offers many character stories exploring historical perspectives from a girl's point of view. Join this group to read and craft with your American Girl. Borrow a special copy of the book from the Youth Services desk. Ages 8-12.

Youth Services Librarian Michelle Ranney talks about our American Girls Book Club!

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mondays on these dates:
Sept 17 - The Jazzman's Trumpet – A Kit Mystery
October 15 - Danger in Paris – A Samantha Mystery
November 19 - The Lady's Slipper - A Melody Mystery
Shawnee Library Meeting Room

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