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Spring Hill READ Poster winner

Spring Hill Library's READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Spring Hill Library's winners from 2018! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

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Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading to win a READ poster photoshoot. Here is Spring Hill Library's winners from 2018! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

See Spring Hill Library's events »

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Images from the Your House History Did you hear? Podcast Episode

In the latest Did you hear? podcast episode, Your House History, Meredith Roberson mentions treasures she discovered in the walls during renovation of the house she purchased in the Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City!

In the latest Did you hear? podcast episode, Your House History, Meredith Roberson mentions treasures she discovered in the walls during renovation of the house she purchased in the Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City!

Your House History

What's your house history? Realtor/Librarian/Kansas City Historian Meredith Roberson, Local History Librarian Amanda Wahlmeier, and Curator of Interpretation at the Johnson County Museum, Andrew Gustafson, join Dave Carson to discuss how you can learn the history of the home you live in or the house you're thinking about buying. Spoiler alert! The Johnson County Library can help!

What's your house history? Realtor/Librarian/Kansas City Historian Meredith Roberson, Local History Librarian Amanda Wahlmeier, and Curator of Interpretation at the Johnson County Museum, Andrew Gustafson, join Dave Carson to discuss how you can learn the history of the home you live in or the house you're thinking about buying. Spoiler alert! The Johnson County Library can help! Continue »

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Empowering Entrepreneurs

You did it! You made the leap. Now you are an enterprising entrepreneur. Whether you’ve launched a startup to build a better bagel, or move freight faster, or design cutting-edge computer systems in some revolutionary new way, the important thing is, now you are your own boss! But where do you turn when little problems threaten to deflate your big dream?

Don’t worry. Your Library Card connects you to ReferenceUSA where you can:

  • see sales and expenditures of nearby competitors (just by drawing on a map)

  • generate a mailing list of potential customers (based on their consumer snapshot)

  • welcome residents who just moved into town with a coupon (from the database of new movers)

Want more? You can’t beat The Kansas City Business Journal online. From there you can access the coveted Book of Lists!

Still want more? That’s why you’re going to beat the odds and make it. How about access to over 20 business databases and resources?

Master your bookkeeping and accounting with Universal Class. Learn about forecasting profits and losses with the Small Business Reference Center. We can even help you cut costs with printable and customizable legal forms for Kansas and Missouri.

You know what? Consider us your “silent” partner. We’ll help you find it here!

 

You did it! You made the leap. Now you are an enterprising entrepreneur. Whether you’ve launched a startup to build a better bagel, or move freight faster, or design cutting-edge computer systems in some revolutionary new way, the important thing is, now you are your own boss! But where do you turn when little problems threaten to deflate your big dream?

Don’t worry. Your Library Card connects you to ReferenceUSA where you can:

  • see sales and expenditures of nearby competitors (just by drawing on a map)

  • generate a mailing list

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This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Reminder: Cedar Roe Library closed Oct. 27 - Dec. 29 

Self-Directed Job Search – Effective Strategies (registration required) Monday, Oct. 28, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Advance Care Planning Monday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm @ Antioch Library

Preschool Storytime at Vintage Park Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:15 am @ Vintage Park, Gardner

Scary Story Writing Contest Winners Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 pm # Corinth Library 

Writers United Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

Live Your Healthiest Life Thursday, Oct 31, 10 am @ Central Resource Library

Teen Bullet Journal Club Friday, Nov. 1, 4 pm @ Lenexa City Center Library

Enjoy our book groups, storytimes, and much more »

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Reminder: Cedar Roe Library closed Oct. 27 - Dec. 29 

Self-Directed Job Search – Effective Strategies (registration required) Monday, Oct. 28, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Advance Care Planning Monday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm @ Antioch Library

Preschool Storytime at Vintage Park Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10... Continue »

Writers Conference

Share Your Work at the 2019 Writers Conference

How has writing helped you through difficult times? If you’ve got an answer, share it with us! This year, our Writers Conference is working with the library’s fall theme Unlocking the Mind to offer special sessions around mental health and your writing life. Our Thursday night Kickoff Event will feature nationally renowned authors reading alongside local writers selected from our prompt submissions. Share your experience and get a chance at helping us kick off this year’s conference. See our posted submissions »

Once you’re finished, visit our conference schedule to start planning your Writers Conference weekend Nov 14-17.

How has writing helped you through difficult times? If you’ve got an answer, share it with us! This year, our Writers Conference is working with the library’s fall theme Unlocking the Mind to offer special sessions around mental health and your writing life. Our Thursday night Kickoff Event will feature nationally renowned authors reading alongside local writers selected from our prompt submissions. Share your experience and get a chance at helping us kick off this year’s conference. See our ... Continue »

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    MY GRANDMA AND ME. Text copyright © 2019 by Mina Javaherbin. Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Lindsey Yankey. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA. Lindsey Yankey
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    Boat Pond Lindsey Yankey

Now at Shawnee: Lindsey YankeyLindsey Yankey

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019 to Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 at Shawnee Library

Artist Statement: Lindsey Yankey grew up in rural Kansas playing outside, painting, drawing, and playing sports. She studied Illustration at the University of Kansas and is currently living in Lawrence, KS, with her family and their jungle of house plants. She finds inspiration in nature, animals, books, people, and traveling. Her illustrations are made with a variety of materials. She loves the mouthwatering juiciness of oil paint, the independence watercolor, the history of found paper, the simplicity of pencil and pen, and all the rabbit holes that are revealed by carving linoleum block to create pattern and repetition. Making children's books is her way of combining all her loves.

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.

The message comes first. These illustrations are from three of the picture books I've illustrated: Bluebird, Sun and Moon and My Grandma and Me. This collection of illustrations are from 2011-2017. Within that span of time I've worked in a number of different mediums. Bluebird being the first picture book I made, I worked primarily with oil paint and began dabbling in linoleum cut. With Sun and Moon I began to incorporate mixed media more boldly, combining oil paints, watercolor and linoleum cut. With My Grandma and Me I was primarily using watercolor, gouache, pencil and linoleum cut. In all these materials, I enjoy learning how to make them play well together, to create layering, depth and detail to tell a story with my own voice.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

My most important tool as an artist is my pencil. And any form of color, be it watercolor, paper scraps or colored pencils or pens.

Who do you consider your main artistic influences?

I like so many artists and illustrators. I tend to study them and make mental notes of what it is about their work that appeals to me, and then put it away. I want my influences to inform my work, but not look like someone else's work. I've always loved Matisse and his use of color and shape. I admire Henri Rousseau's paintings that involve jungles. Lately I've spent a lot of time studying the composition and movement of French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue. In terms of modern artists, I love the way that Amy Sherald combines portraiture, pattern and flat color. Children's book illustrator Shaun Tan was a huge early influence for me when I first started making picture books— the way he captures tiny scenes and details in every aspect of his books has always fascinated me. Jessica Love is a children's book illustrator who has remarkable skills at capturing moments and the subtleties of human expression. Julián is a Mermaid is a new all time favorite. Additionally, I'm constantly making mental notes of color combinations that I want to try. Whether it's someone's outfit or a photo from around the world, I'm always looking for color inspiration.

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

Finishing/knowing when something is done. Sometimes that line is hard to cross. I really enjoy the creative process of making pictures, so by the time they are almost done, I feel like I've nearly expended my interest in that particular illustration and I’m ready to move on to the next. Working on multiple illustrations at once helps with this. 

Please list 5-10 books, movies and/or music that currently inspire you.

 Books

 Diary of a Century by Jacques-Henri Lartigue

 Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

 Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty

 This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

 Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

 Du Is Tak by Carson Ellis

Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson

Music 

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

 

 

 

 

Artist Statement: Lindsey Yankey grew up in rural Kansas playing outside, painting, drawing, and playing sports. She studied Illustration at the University of Kansas and is currently living in Lawrence, KS, with her family and their jungle of house plants. She finds inspiration in nature, animals, books, people, and traveling. Her illustrations are made with a variety of materials. She loves the mouthwatering juiciness of oil paint, the independence watercolor, the history of found paper, the simplicity of pencil and pen, and all the rabbit holes that are revealed by carving linoleum block to create pattern and repetition. Making children's books is her way of combining all... Continue »

Trivia Night

Trivia Night at Monticello

Test your mental stamina and pop culture expertise at Monticello’s first Trivia Night. Bring your own team or join one of our tables for rounds of questions about matters topical, seasonal and inconsequential. Unlock your memory for an evening of light-hearted collaborative fun. We’ll award some very modest prizes to the highest scores. Light snacks and beverages provided.

Test your mental stamina and pop culture expertise at Monticello’s first Trivia Night. Bring your own team or join one of our tables for rounds of questions about matters topical, seasonal and inconsequential. Unlock your memory for an evening of light-hearted collaborative fun. We’ll award some very modest prizes to the highest scores. Light snacks and beverages provided.

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Monticello Library
Mind Full or Mindful

Mind Full or Mindful

Join us at the Library to explore mindfulness practices like meditation, breathing, and movement. Unlock a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection one breath at a time.

Presented by Celestine Muhammad, a Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher and co-founder of A Peace of Yoga Kansas City.

Join us at the Library to explore mindfulness practices like meditation, breathing, and movement. Unlock a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection one breath at a time.

Presented by Celestine Muhammad, a Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher and co-founder of A Peace of Yoga Kansas City.

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Gardner Library

Connection

We can find connections on every conceivable scale, from the subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. 

In our hectic modern world we build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

This Spring at Johnson County Library, we invite you to discover what connects you.

We can find connections on every conceivable scale, from the subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. 

In our hectic modern world we build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

This Spring at Johnson County Library, we invite you to discover what connects... Continue »

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