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One of our best shows ever! No lie. After listening, your life may change forever. Our eLibrary is just that big of a deal. The "e" is for electronic. We explore our digital Library collection with special guests Hope Harms and Amy Field. If you look at our physical collection at any of our locations, think about this: we just might have that book, audiobook, magazine, newspaper, DVD in a digital format to access on your computer, tablet, phone, and maybe even your smart TV. In fact, you'll find titles in our amazing digital collection you simply won't find anywhere else! So, Did you hear about our eLibrary? 

 

One of our best shows ever! No lie. After listening, your life may change forever. Our eLibrary is just that big of a deal. The "e" is for electronic. We explore our digital Library collection with special guests Hope Harms and Amy Field. If you look at our physical collection at any of our locations, think about this: we just might have that book, audiobook, magazine, newspaper, DVD in a digital format to access on your computer, tablet, phone, and maybe even your smart TV. In fact, you'll find titles in our amazing digital collection you simply won't find anywhere else! So, Did you hear about our eLibrary?  Continue »

Seeds poster

Carlsen Center Writing Contest

Share a response to the prompt, “How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26. Submit your entry »

Enjoy others' responses »

Your response might win you two free tickets to Seeds, a show presented this Spring at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Seeds is a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes between farmers and the biotech industry.

Share a response to the prompt, “How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26. Submit your entry »

Enjoy others' responses »

Your response might win you two free tickets to Seeds, a show presented this Spring at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Seeds is a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes... Continue »

Leawood Pioneer Display Case

Leawood Pioneer Library Display

Fifth graders from Leawood Elementary School and Brookwood Elementary School submitted Arbor Day-inspired drawings until 6 finalists were chosen. The winning entry was sent on to Topeka to compete against other Kansas schools until a final winner will be chosen. A historic lithograph titled "Tree Planting Group," dated 1937, is showcased in our Leawood Pioneer display case. It is signed by the artist, Grant Wood. 

There will be a ceremony held on March 2nd at Leawood City Hall for all 6 finalists. This exhibit will be available for viewing here at Leawood through the second week in March. 

If any young patrons are interested in displaying their collections in our brand new display case, they are encouraged to ask Leawood Youth Services staff for a Youth Display Case Application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and patrons across Johnson County are welcome to apply! 

Fifth graders from Leawood Elementary School and Brookwood Elementary School submitted Arbor Day-inspired drawings until 6 finalists were chosen. The winning entry was sent on to Topeka to compete against other Kansas schools until a final winner will be chosen. A historic lithograph titled "Tree Planting Group," dated 1937, is showcased in our Leawood Pioneer display case. It is signed by the artist, Grant Wood. 

There will be a ceremony held on March 2nd at Leawood City Hall for all 6 finalists. This exhibit will be available for viewing here at Leawood through the second week in March. 

If any young patrons are interested in displaying their collections in our brand new display case, they are encouraged to ask Leawood... Continue »

Denise Mills (center) along with then- County Librarian Mona Carmack (left),  with First Lady Laura Bush in 2005.

Why I Give: Denise Mills

As I reflect back, the Library has been an ongoing integral part of all stages of my life.

As a young child, my first trip to a library was a bookshelf in our local bank that my own mother and one of her friends started for other mothers to swap books with one another. Those books fed my curiosity of a world that I couldn’t have imagined without stories of adventuresome heroes. As an Iowa farm girl, books and newspapers at our local library kept me up to date on world news when I was living in a relatively isolated area. Oh how we looked forward to these trips into town to explore what was new on these bookshelves!

As a young single mother, the Library gave me a respite – a quiet place from a hectic lifestyle that created hours of self guided entertainment for my children, that was educational, free of charge, and most importantly, quiet and safe. My kids loved exploring the shelves and escaping into great books and children’s magazines – I could not have afforded these books or magazines otherwise.

As an entrepreneur, the meeting rooms at the Library became an office and the librarians were great market researchers. Their vast knowledge of business, based on experience, and the questions from thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs with questions before me, provided me with in-library resources that answered questions that I hadn’t even thought to ask. The result was a multi-million-dollar business venture that made headline news in The Wall Street Journal.

As an aspiring business leader, I attracted the attention of the business community when The Kansas City Star published a front page photo of me with First Lady Laura Bush and then- County Librarian Mona Carmack, when I was asked as a patron to accept an award honoring Johnson County Library as one of our country’s Best Libraries. We had a delightful morning, including brunch, with the First Lady in the State Dining Room where international leaders and celebrities are typically wined and dined. Priceless!

As a business leader today, various community conversations the Library has hosted on climate change, race relations, literacy in our community and root causes of poverty have been insightful. Inviting community leaders to come together to discuss current events in an open forum to educate one another and to share different viewpoints has been eye opening and insightful.

As a curious continuous learner, the Black and Veatch MakerSpace green room and video production center has given me the opportunity to experiment with producing promotional videos and voice-overs. Renting a professional recording studio would have been cost-prohibitive and yet the Library offers it for free and when the early tapings were less than perfect, I didn’t feel like I wasted a lot of money on studio costs. Glass etching is next on my “to-do” list in the MakerSpace. I want to personalize wine glasses for a wedding gift for my niece. I can’t wait to try it.

And, as a grandparent, hearing the squeal of delight from my granddaughter when she learned that she could take Library books home with her still brings a smile to my face. The joy of the Library keeps on giving. So, as you can see, the Library has been an integral resource all throughout my life. And continues to be.

Why do I give? Because I’m so grateful for the many services and resources the Library has provided me and how invaluable it is to our community. The legacy of the Library is one I hope to pass on to other young children exploring places and connecting with characters that books create in their imagination; to other young parents who have great aspirations for their children and want them to have access to books they can’t afford; to other aspiring business owners who will benefit from Johnson County librarians’ experience and vast knowledge of business research; to DIY crafters who want to experiment in the MakerSpace and perhaps discover a newfound hobby; and for grandparents like myself who love to see the joy on our grandchildren’s faces when they learn they get to take the books home with them. That’s why I give! To give back for all that I’ve received.

 

- Denise Mills

As I reflect back, the Library has been an ongoing integral part of all stages of my life.

As a young child, my first trip to a library was a bookshelf in our local bank that my own mother and one of her friends started for other mothers to swap books with one another. Those books fed my curiosity of a world that I couldn’t have imagined without stories of adventuresome heroes. As an Iowa farm girl, books and newspapers at our local library kept me up to date on world news when I was living in a relatively isolated area. Oh how we looked forward to these trips into town to explore what was new on these bookshelves!

As a young single mother, the Library gave me a respite – a quiet place... Continue »

Heads or Heads

Friday Featured Artist: Heads or HeadsHeads or Heads

Heads or Heads is the musical brainchild of 22 year-old Alex Harbolt, who describes his project as "simultaneously avant-garde and easy-listening." Harbolt is also an actor, filmmaker and writer, seeing the intersection of these practices as something "to be ingested as nothing more than a part of the story that is being told; I don't want anything to feel out of place or not within the vision." His new album, Low Angles, due in April, was inspired by his first-ever trip to Los Angeles. Read more about its inception below in our exclusive interview with the artist.  

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Describe the making of your sophomore effort, Low Angles. What inspired it? How does it build on your first album? 

 

This album was inspired by a trip I took to Los Angeles in December 2018 with my girlfriend. It was the first time in LA for both of us and I remember being there and so many crazy things kept happening that in my head I was going "I can make an album out of this." I grew up in rural Missouri and always wondered what places like LA would be like - it's sort of been a dream to live there for a while now. And being there in person was a very surreal experience.

 

One of the differences separating this album from my first one is that I've become much more meticulous in the craft. I made Am Enigma in about 2 months time, completely by myself in my apartment. I really had no idea what I was doing, I had never extensively used music making software or had any formal musical training, it was very much a run n' gun process. Low Angles is almost exactly the opposite of that - I've worked on it for almost 18 months now. I listen back to the first album and I cringe at it because I've learned so much more since then. Not to say I think my music is bad - just that I think this album will show a natural progression.

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Football Throwback Thursday (again)

Happy Throwback Thursday! We posted this video the Thursday before the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs ... and the Chiefs won. We re-posted this video the Thursday before the Conference Championship ... and the Chiefs won. We're not superstitious, but re-posting this week can't hurt!

Here's a nod to those who came long before. Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

Happy Throwback Thursday! We posted this video the Thursday before the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs ... and the Chiefs won. We re-posted this video the Thursday before the Conference Championship ... and the Chiefs won. We're not superstitious, but re-posting this week can't hurt!

Here's a nod to those who came long before. Leather helmets? How about no helmets at all? Football has long been a favorite tradition in our area. Discover the story behind these images and details at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History!

In case you missed it

It's an encore presentation of our Branch Manager episode! If you've never listened to our podcast, this is a good one to sample. You'll hear about what makes our locations unique and how we tailor our services to you. Give Did you hear? a try and please consider subscribing.

A new episode debuts next week. And, it's a great topic: Everything eLibrary!

It's an encore presentation of our Branch Manager episode! If you've never listened to our podcast, this is a good one to sample. You'll hear about what makes our locations unique and how we tailor our services to you. Give Did you hear? a try and please consider subscribing.

A new episode debuts next week. And, it's a great topic: Everything eLibrary!

Bookmark art

We Want Your Art!

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the National Library Week Bookmark Design Contest, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

Tell Us your story about family, books and learning
Show Us what you love about your Library
Draw Us into your colorful Library world

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with their own winner. Entries are due Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Print out your entry form (PDF) and start creating! Or, join us at one of our Create Your Contest Bookmark events.

The winning illustrations will be unveiled during National Library Week in April. The winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed throughout the remainder of the year at all 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and three Friends Bookstores.

Co-sponsored with Friends of Johnson County Library.

Post-it note? Your napping kitty's tail? Folded corner (gasp!)? None of those are nearly as cool as having a bookmark with your very own artwork on it. Enter your bookmark art in the National Library Week Bookmark Design Contest, and you could see your lovely design on bookmarks available at all of our Library locations.

Tell Us your story about family, books and learning
Show Us what you love about your Library
Draw Us into your colorful Library world

From preschoolers to adults, there are different age categories each with their own winner. Entries are due Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Print out ... Continue »

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