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Laura Fotovich

Friday Featured Artist: Laura FotovichLaura Fotovich

Laura Fotovich is an aspiring singer-songwriter and musician from Olathe, Kansas. Citing Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles as her strongest influences, Fotovich began writing her own music while attending the Johnson County Community College in 2017. She is currently finishing her final semester at City College of New York where she's studying music and journalism. Enjoy our interview with Fotovich about her music, influences and life as a young artist under quarantine.

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Introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

Hi, my name is Laura Fotovich, but you can call me “Laurafofora.”  I’m a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Olathe, Kansas with a passion for playing the piano and guitar.  I’ve been playing piano for 13 years and guitar for 6 years.  I currently attend the City College of New York where I’m studying music and journalism, and this is my final semester.  Due to COVID-19 I had to come home and finish my classes online but I’ve gotten to spend more time with my family.  I would describe my music as pop, indie-pop or perhaps indie-folk.

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Dentist

TBT: Smile

As you very well know, it’s National Dental Care Awareness Month!

Honestly, it's never a bad idea to visit your dentist! Remember to tend to your teeth.

Also remember that jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Dental Care Awareness Month!

Honestly, it's never a bad idea to visit your dentist! Remember to tend to your teeth.

Also remember that jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on... Continue »

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Friends Re-Launch Online Sales

The Friends of Johnson County Library are pleased to announce that their online sales are back in business, as part of their phased re-opening strategy. The thriving division was temporarily shuttered in adherence with COVID-19 transmission control protocols.

The Friends inventory comprises donated books and materials as well as some weeded items from the Library. They use a multi-listing service that immediately posts their items on 5 top-performing internet sales platforms including eBay, Amazon and AbeBooks. 

The Friends’ online sales are a success for the nonprofit group that supports Johnson County Library. “We’ll normally gross about $125,000 from online alone, and send books to countries around the world,” says Friends Operations Manager Shanta Dickerson. “We’re eager to get back to work providing high-quality, low-cost reading material to our customers and members.”

Friends Bookstores and donation acceptance will be phased back into service later this year.

The Friends of Johnson County Library are pleased to announce that their online sales are back in business, as part of their phased re-opening strategy. The thriving division was temporarily shuttered in adherence with COVID-19 transmission control protocols.

The Friends inventory comprises donated books and materials as well as some weeded items from the Library. They use a multi-listing service that immediately posts their items on 5 top-performing internet sales platforms including eBay, Amazon and AbeBooks. 

The Friends’... Continue »

The Creepy Jingles

The Creepy Jingles

The Creepy Jingles is the garage rock band of your dreams. With song titles like "Prodigal Sun Tsu", " Circadian Rhythm Guitar" and "Metagene Jacket", the band's sense of humor and melody are contagious. Led by Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, the band's recent album is filled with back-to-back classics. We are excited to share an interview with Nixon about the band's creative process and what she's reading and listening to these days, among other topics. Enjoy.

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Introduce yourself and the band. Describe your music for new listeners. 

Hi readers! My name is Jocelyn Olivia Nixon. I’m the lead singer and songwriter for The Creepy Jingles. I also play rhythm guitar and keys in group. Nick Robertson plays drums and percussion. Travis McKenzie is our lead guitarist. Ingrid Ingram rounds out the band as our bass player. I’d describe our sound as an eclectic blend of Garage Rock, Brit Pop, Psych, Surf, and Punk. 

 

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Photography

TBT: Picture this!

As you very well know, it’s National Photography Month!

They say art is subjective. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, if you like history and you like photography, we know just the place for you.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Photography Month!

They say art is subjective. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, if you like history and you like photography, we know just the place for you.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

Sam Arjes

Friday's Featured Artist: Sam ArjesSam Arjes

A student of classic pop songwriting in the vein of Brian Wilson and Simon and Garfunkel, Kansas City-based songwriter and performer Sam Arjes is motivated by the realization at a young age that "powerful songwriting can be as a form of expression and art." In this interview, Arjes, whose most recent single is an indelible piece of chamber pop called "Maryanne", explains his approach to songwriting, his earliest influences and what music has recently inspired him. 

Describe your earliest experience as a songwriter. What got you started? Who were your earliest influences?

 

            Music has always felt very important to me personally, even at a really young age. I have tons of great memories as a kid, listening to music with my parents—running around the house singing along to the Beatles with my mom, or riding in the car with my dad and listening to artists like The Temptations and Elvis Presley. 

 

            I love all kinds of music, but I really got hooked on pop, rock and folk music of the 60s and 70s. The fact that my parents loved it probably had a lot to do with that, but also because so much of the songwriting of that time period really resonates with me. For instance, I remember first hearing “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel and being totally drawn into the song’s story and the feelings it evokes—the ache of being alone and displaced in a big city, struggling to survive the harshness of winter.…the emotions are conveyed so clearly in that song and in such a powerful way that, even at such a young age, I was impacted by it. 

 

            Through similar experiences, listening to other classic songs of that period, it became clear to me how powerful songwriting can be as a form of expression and art. Eventually, I decided I wanted to become a musician and write songs of my own that would (hopefully) create that kind of lasting impact as well.

 

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BBQ

TBT: Q!

As you very well know, it’s National Barbecue Month!

Let's face it, BBQ is in the DNA of Johnson County! It's May. It's spring. Do you really need any further reason to indulge in some succulent barbecue?

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Barbecue Month!

Let's face it, BBQ is in the DNA of Johnson County! It's May. It's spring. Do you really need any further reason to indulge in some succulent barbecue?

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

In Case You Missed Our LIVE Episode

We love sharing a weekly word you. This week's word, experiment, is apt for this live episode. Why? We've never done a live episode ... until last Thursday. We (the Royal we) talked to Amy about social media in the COVID-19 era, MakerSpace facilitator Thomas updates the progress they've made in helping first responders and healthcare workers, and we talk to Youth Services Librarian Becky to hear what being a Librarian is like when there is no Library building to go to. It's Did you hear? LIVE!

We love sharing a weekly word you. This week's word, experiment, is apt for this live episode. Why? We've never done a live episode ... until last Thursday. We (the Royal we) talked to Amy about social media in the COVID-19 era, MakerSpace facilitator Thomas updates the progress they've made in helping first responders and healthcare workers, and we talk to Youth Services Librarian Becky to hear what being a Librarian is like when there is no Library building to go to. It's Did you hear? LIVE!

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While our physical locations may be closed, the Library is still here for you. 

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We miss you!

Dear patrons, our librarians miss seeing you! Enjoy this slideshow of our personal notes to you. Sincerely, your JoCo librarians.

Dear patrons, our librarians miss seeing you! Enjoy this slideshow of our personal notes to you. Sincerely, your JoCo librarians.

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