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Micro image of fruit fly ovariole by Dr. Ting Xie of Stowers Institute

Up Close with Science and Art

Imaging of organisms, tissues and even cells for scientific purposes often captures stunning artistic display. Explore the connections between science and art at the Scientific Micro Imaging exhibition reception featuring Stowers' scientists and local artists. 

Imaging of organisms, tissues and even cells for scientific purposes often captures stunning artistic display. Explore the connections between science and art at the Scientific Micro Imaging exhibition reception featuring Stowers' scientists and local artists. 

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Spring picture books

It's Spring!

Even though it's not quite as spring-y outside as we'd like, we can still enjoy reading about Springtime with our little ones. See our picks for picture books about Spring!

Even though it's not quite as spring-y outside as we'd like, we can still enjoy reading about Springtime with our little ones. See our picks for picture books about Spring!

Pablo Sanhueza

Music Monday!Pablo Sanhueza

Pablo Sanhueza is many things: bandleader, Latin jazz percussionist, musical scholar, master and student. The Chilean-born musician is perhaps best known for leading the KC Salsa & Latin Jazz All Stars ensemble, but his musical imprint does not stop there.  He is a songwriter who has toured widely, sharing the stage with the likes of Poncho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Dave Valentin and Bobby Watson. We are honored to share an interview with Sanhueza. Enjoy!

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Introduce yourself. Where do you live and work?

My name is Pablo Sanhueza I've lived and worked as a musician in KC since 1996. In 1999, I moved to the west coast (Long Beach, California) to continue gathering musical and life experiences. In 2003, I returned to KC to organize the KC Salsa & Latin Jazz All-Stars, in partnership with the American Jazz Museum and also to attend the Jazz Studies program at UMKC.

 

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X-men book list

What Would the X-Men Read?

The Library hosted a panel at the recent Planet Comicon (2018) entitled What Would the X-Men Read? During the panel, Librarians Gregg and Stefanie were joined by comic creators Seth Peck, Dennis Hopeless, and artist Mark Brooks. The panelists came up with some great pairings as to what a particular X-Men character might like to read. Check them out here »

The Library hosted a panel at the recent Planet Comicon (2018) entitled What Would the X-Men Read? During the panel, Librarians Gregg and Stefanie were joined by comic creators Seth Peck, Dennis Hopeless, and artist Mark Brooks. The panelists came up with some great pairings as to what a particular X-Men character might like to read. Check them out here »

Look at Life Through Ruby Printed Glasses!

Here's a close-up video of a 3D print job on our Ultimaker 2 Go. Check out all of the cool equipment you can use in our MakerSpace or join us for a Maker event soon »

Here's a close-up video of a 3D print job on our Ultimaker 2 Go. Check out all of the cool equipment you can use in our MakerSpace or join us for a Maker event soon »

Fashion

Fashion + able = fashionable

Morgan,

Rachel Zoe once said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." Fashion is your language. It's how you express your creative side. It's a process though. It's a technical art and a challenging craft. But you have help! That's right, we know your secret, Morgan. Don't "shush" us. Your secret is safe with us (with the exception of us posting this on the front page of our website!) ;) The Library is your fashion resource. We won't tell!

March 25 - 31 is Kansas City Fashion Week. Obviously it's better than those others in New York, Seoul, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, etc. And you, Morgan, are ready. Why? You have access to all the best fashion magazines in a digital format thanks to eMagazines from RBdigital! With your Library Card, you can always peruse:

  • allure
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Elle
  • Glamour
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Lucky
  • Marie Claire
  • O
  • Redbook​
  • Vanidades USA
  • Vogue

Books? Your familiarity with the Dewey Decimal system serves you well. You know the 646 shelves (sewing, clothing and fashion) intimately. You memorized the runway rules!

Once you are inspired, how do you "make it work?" How do your ideas become reality? You don't just dream it, you do it! And the place you get things done is the MakerSpace! Sure, there's a world class sewing machine and space for you to work. But, it's the 3D Printer, the vinyl cutter and the laser etching that you use to transform mere clothing into moving art!

Morgan, you move us! Well done!!!

Morgan,

Rachel Zoe once said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." Fashion is your language. It's how you express your creative side. It's a process though. It's a technical art and a challenging craft. But you have help! That's right, we know your secret, Morgan. Don't "shush" us. Your secret is safe with us (with the exception of us posting this on the front page of our website!) ;) The Library is your fashion resource. We won't tell!

March 25 - 31 is Kansas City Fashion Week. Obviously it's better than those others in New York, Seoul, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, etc. And you, Morgan, are ready. Why? You have access to all the best fashion magazines in a digital format thanks to ... Continue »

Throwback Thursday

"I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam!"

"Well blow me down!" Throwback Thursday takes us back to 1990. This photo of contestants from the Popeye and Olive Oyl "look-a-Like" contest screams "Spinach Festival!" Thanks Lenexa Historical Society

These kids are just so darn cute it makes us exclaim, "That's all we can stands, cuz we can't stands n'more!"

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

"Well blow me down!" Throwback Thursday takes us back to 1990. This photo of contestants from the Popeye and Olive Oyl "look-a-Like" contest screams "Spinach Festival!" Thanks Lenexa Historical Society

These kids are just so darn cute it makes us exclaim, "That's all we can stands, cuz we can't stands n'more!"

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March's favorite pictures books

Our Favorite March Picture Books

Take a peek at some of our Youth Librarians' March favorites for the birth-to-six crowd »

Take a peek at some of our Youth Librarians' March favorites for the birth-to-six crowd »

Schwervon!

Music Monday! Get your Schwervon!Schwervon!

What is Schwervon!? Nothing less than Shawnee, Kansas's contribution to the world of ultra-catchy indie rock. Formed by Matt Roth and Nan Turner in New York City, Schwervon! are a prolific musical force with a catalog chock full of albums, EPs and singles, not to mention their own side projects and national and international touring schedules. They have worked with such indie luminaries as Belle and Sebastian, Guided by Voices and Speedy Ortiz. We are excited to share an interview with the couple about their recent European tour and other subjects. Enjoy!

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Please introduce yourselves and describe your music for new listeners

Nan:  We're a two piece rock band. I play drums and sing. Matt plays guitar and sings. We started playing music on the lower east side of New York City many years ago. I like to describe our sound as  "an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism".  

Matt: We like to have fun at our shows and I think we really enjoy it when people appear to be having fun or letting loose a bit. I think our secret weapon is that our lyrics reveal a darker side of us. I think it’s maybe a little more to chew on when you’re listening alone in the car or on headphones. 

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