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Spring Storytimes

Our new storytime schedule is here!

Need a morning storytime, or one after work? Got an infant, a preschooler or a toddler? Whatever your situation, we've got a storytime for you »

Our new storytime schedule is here!

Need a morning storytime, or one after work? Got an infant, a preschooler or a toddler? Whatever your situation, we've got a storytime for you »

Now presenting creative writing contest winners

Now Presenting: Creative Writing Contest Winners

Now Presenting features local writers reading their work. Sarah Donohoe, Kaleah Peterson, Michael Harty, and Rebecca Schier-Akamelu​ are winners of the Library's monthly creative writing contest and will share their entries.

Now Presenting and Writing Contests are presented with The Writers Place.

See all of the events in our Now Presenting series.

Now Presenting features local writers reading their work. Sarah Donohoe, Kaleah Peterson, Michael Harty, and Rebecca Schier-Akamelu​ are winners of the Library's monthly creative writing contest and will share their entries.

Now Presenting and Writing Contests are presented with The Writers Place.

See all of the events in our Now Presenting series.

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
Brian Scarborough

Local Music Monday SpotlightBrian Scarborough

It is a pleasure to share an exclusive interview with celebrated Kansas City jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator Brian Scarborough. In addition to leading his own group, Scarborough is member of several noteworthy jazz ensembles, including The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, the Boulevard Big Band, and the Brandon Draper Group. As if that weren't enough, he not only has extensive experience with numerous musical theater companies, he is also a respected educator who has taught in Kansas City as well as in Northern Germany. In this interview, Scarborough discusses his musical background, creative vision and shares his book, music and movie recommendations.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

 

My name is Brian Scarborough and I am a Kansas City based trombonist, composer, improviser, and educator.  I have been playing trombone since 2001 and hold a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Kansas (2013) and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University (2015).  I began performing in the greater Kansas City area in high school and moved back from Chicago in 2015 to begin my life as a full time musician.  

 

It is my ultimate goal that both my playing and composing/arranging feel and sound organic.  My music stems from the jazz tradition, but I have also been influenced over the years by folk music, world music, classical music, and rock and roll, among others.  I like to try and explore non-traditional forms and phrase lengths, aiming to find melodies, bass lines, grooves etc. that make them feel organic. 

 

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Wasted

Tomorrow! Wasted: The Story of Food WasteWasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually, valued at approximately $7 million. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity. 

Join Johnson County Library to examine the issues of hunger. We'll be screening two documentaries, Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, and A Place at the Table on several dates in two locations. Plenty of seating will be available. For an extra-comfy viewing experience, bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Refreshments will be provided. See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming » 

Presented with the Food Policy Council of Johnson County. Licensing provided by After the Harvest.

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually, valued at approximately $7 million. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity. 

Join Johnson County Library to examine the issues of hunger. We'll be screening two documentaries, Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, and A Place at the Table ... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
Living Coral: THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2019

Color Your Year!

Have you heard? Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year!

The folks at Pantone say Living Coral is "vibrant, yet mellow" and it "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."

So how can your Library Card bring more color to your life? 

Art. Did you know there are a number of prints of paintings you can check out from the Central Resource Library? Find all of them that have used Living Coral. You'll be the envy of all your friends.

Films. IndieFlix brings over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Make it a game—watch every single one and count the number of times you see the color of the year!

Fashion. Learn Fashion Design 101 online through Universal Class. We're almost certain they will approve of using Living Coral for everything from your hat, to your hoodie, to your high waisted pants, to your hiking boots!

Graphic design. An all Living Coral website? We like the way you think! Lynda.com courses are at no cost to you! Let their in-depth videos be your gateway to "Coralizing" the world (is that a word?)

Home improvement. Ready for a change? Make the leap. Go for it. Do it! We've got the right eMagazine for you like The Family Handyman. Living Coral drapes, Living Coral wall paint, Living Coral sofa, Living Coral EVERYTHING! 

Travel. Have you ever visited a coral reef? It's time! That's some real living coral! We've got shelves and shelves of travel books! We even have your favorite downloadable audiobooks for the journey to your destination.

Or simply use "Coral" as a search term as a way to browse our catalog. Who knows what you'll find. Explore! After all, "Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity." 

Living Coral, the Library salutes you!

Have you heard? Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year!

The folks at Pantone say Living Coral is "vibrant, yet mellow" and it "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."

So how can your Library Card bring more color to your life? 

Art. Did you know there are a number of prints of paintings you can check out from the Central Resource Library? Find all... Continue »

Sisters and Strings

Tonight! City Center Live with Sisters and Strings InfusionCity Center Live: Sisters and Strings Infusion

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center, City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

Kansas City band Sisters and Strings Infusion perform at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council

See more events in our City Center Live series.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center, City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

Kansas City band Sisters and Strings Infusion perform at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council

See more events in our City Center Live... Continue »

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Lackman Library , Off-site

Fueling your Throwback Thursday

Do you remember petrol in glass gas pumps? How about "Full Service?" Do you recognize any of these old gas stations? 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.

Do you remember petrol in glass gas pumps? How about "Full Service?" Do you recognize any of these old gas stations? 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.

Blue Valley READ winner

Blue Valley'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 Blue Valley's winner!

Blue Valley Library hosts a huge variety of storytimes, as well as lots of other great events, like Table Top Games. Check out all their events here »

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 Blue Valley's winner!

Blue Valley Library hosts a huge variety of storytimes, as well as lots of other great events, like Table Top Games. Check out all their events here »

Moonflower

Music Monday Local Music SpotlightLily B Moonflower

Lily B Moonflower has been a performer and songwriter since the age of ten and her music has strong Kansas roots. She recorded and self-produced her upcoming debut album, Moonflower, at a coffee house in her hometown of De Soto while also working as a kitchen cabinet refinisher. Moonflower describes her creative journey as: "I do all my work through my own visions and I follow my own creative compass." We are excited to share an interview with the artist about her music and new album.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

I'm Lily B Moonflower, a songwriter and performing artist from Kansas City! I call my style of music Folk 'n Roll With a Twang. My lyrics are about life experiences, stories I've learned from others, and relatable concepts I've came up with, to share with the world! I aim to relate and connect with my audience with humor and things we all experience. My original songs are colorful and uplifting.

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Picture of a softly snoozing swaddled baby appears on a tablet that itself is swaddled in fluffy white cloth

eBundle of Joy

Baby New Year is only a few days old. That new gadget you got for the holidays? It's an infant too! 

You've got plenty on your mind: keeping it charged, protecting it from the elements, avoiding accidentally dropping it in the toilet, adorning it with bling-tastic cases. But remember, it's never too early to start thinking about a lifelong partner. (Did we mention we moonlight as matchmakers?) May we introduce your gadget to the eLibrary?

  • eBooks are easy to check out, download and read wherever you go
  • eAudiobooks feature studio recorded narration without the fuss of tapes and CDs
  • eMagazines offer current and back issues that you can download and keep forever
  • eMusic lets you stream an array of tunes to jazz up your day
  • Catalog mobile app keeps track of your regular checkouts, holds and more

These services and more could be part of your new gadget's bright future. No dowry or prenup required, just your Library card and PIN. Check it out!

Baby New Year is only a few days old. That new gadget you got for the holidays? It's an infant too! 

You've got plenty on your mind: keeping it charged, protecting it from the elements, avoiding accidentally dropping it in the toilet, adorning it with bling-tastic cases. But remember, it's never too early to start thinking about a lifelong partner. (Did we mention we moonlight as matchmakers?) May we introduce your gadget to the eLibrary?

  • eBooks are easy to check out, download and read wherever you go
  • eAudiobooks feature studio recorded narration without the fuss of
  • ... Continue »

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