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A Conversation with Friends Member Vicki Denk

How long have you been a Friends member?

I’m a new Friends member this year, but prior to that, I was a volunteer for two years.

What do you want to learn by serving on the Board?

I’m learning how valuable and fulfilling an experience it is to volunteer with the other talented and committed members of the Friends Board and the dedicated library staff.

Your Elevator Speech: Why You should join the Friends of Johnson County Library

Part of Friends mission is to help make books available to everyone in our community.  It’s so important that we have access to multiple sources of

Teen Bullet Journaling Meetup

Does opening a fresh pack of multi-colored sharpies make your heart go aflutter? Do post-it note arrows inside a book put a smile on your face? Do you write tasks that "just come up" on your to-do list just to feel the satisfaction of crossing them off? Do you love to write, take notes, doodle, or schedule your time? If you love all-things organization, join fellow teens at our bullet journaling meetup. We meet today at Lackman, 4 - 5:30 pm, and each month. Check out our schedule » 

Ready for Halloween?

Don't chicken out - build a Halloween costume you'll be proud of (and friends will tell tales of) for years to come. Whether you want to make a mask or a whole costume, we got you »

When do you begin searching for college financial aid?


Where do you go to get help finding money for college? Easy. The Library! When do you begin searching for financial aid for college? Why not now?

Finding Financial aid

Programs - College and Career Planning at CRL on 1/22/2018 and at SE on 2/21/2018;; The Financial Aid Handbook Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford Stack, Carol eBook - 2017; Paying for College Without Going BrokeItem page for Paying for College Without Going Broke By Chany, Kalman A.; Peterson's Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 2018
Book - 2017; Getting Financial Aid

The Library Lets Loose Tonight!

Library Lets Loose!
Saturday, Sept. 29
6 - 10 pm
Central Resource Library

Cocktail attire $75 ticket price*

*$50 for Teachers, Educators and Librarians

This festive fundraiser features a fun evening of unique and creative experiences, tasty local libations, scrumptious food and drink pairings - and local music, artists and creators! Tickets and sponsorships are available now. Contact 913-826-4740 for more information. See you there!

Did you see?

Honorary hosts Charley & Valerie Vogt invite you to the Library Lets Loose!

Did you hear?

We get pretty excited

Now at Blue Valley: Hugo Ximello-Salido

Tuesday, September 4 to Friday, December 21, 2018

What comes first - the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that is on view.

Definitely the message that I'm trying to convey and express. The medium comes second but plays an important process when achieving the point of view. Artwork: well, there are many paintings that are from my first facet as an artist, for instance: "De donde viene el color" was one of the pieces that made me realize the importance of color in a painting and how empowering that can be when expressing myself. From there it goes to my second facet like "Ojos de Rubi." This is a perfect and pure example of expressionism, linking two time periods and cultures. I have dared to bring Mexican colonial culture into a modern era by using golden medium as a royal background contrasting the beauty of La Catrina.


What do you feel is your role as an artist?

As an artist I think that it is my responsibility to inspire others and at the same time bring awareness of a better understanding of Mexican culture and tradition, by doing this I'm hoping to channel cultural bias, racism and negative energy into a positive point of view of a multicultural community.  


What influences your practice/works?

Many things inspired my artwork, for example: Mexican culture past and rapidly changing present; Mexican traditions; personal experiences past and present; and my own struggle as a gay/Hispanic man.


Who are other artists you look to for inspiration?

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Gauguin and many others.   


What writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artwork and your art practice/process?

Although, my artwork mostly reflects personal and intimate expressions of art, here are some books that in some way have inspired me as the artist that I am now.


El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho




Adultery by Paulo Coelho




H.P Lovecraft


La Espia by Paulo Coelho




El Perfume by Patrick Suskind




Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 




The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Ficciones Alianza Emece by Jorge Luis Borges


From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty






The Library Lets Loose is this SATURDAY!

“Library Lets Loose is not your typical sit down dinner kind of fundraiser. It’s a choose your own adventure kind of event!” ~Stephanie Stollsteimer, Johnson County Library Foundation.

Stephanie Neu joins Stephanie Stollsteimer to let you know Library Lets Loose is a party! We can barely contain our excitement!!! Join us and honorary hosts, Valerie and Charley Vogt, for the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual celebration!

Library Lets Loose!
Saturday, Sept. 29
6 - 10 pm
Central Resource Library

Cocktail attire $75 ticket price*

*$50 for Teachers, Educators and

Library Lets Loose Music Preview!

Look and Listen! Black Mariah Theater

Here are some great photos of one of our Library Lets Loose featured musical guests Black Mariah Theater. Get a sample of what's to come at:

Library Lets Loose!Saturday, Sept. 296 - 10 pm
Central Resource Library

Cocktail attire
$75 ticket price*

*$50 for Teachers, Educators and Librarians

Sample their sound! An excellent performance recorded live at the Leawood Pioneer Library can be heard on our podcast: Did you hear? Ep. 12: BLACK MARIAH THEATER. Who are they? Sophia and Analiese Motta are twins who share a deep love of jazz

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can get registered to vote, learn valuable tips for managing technology with your kids, read to a dog, and learn more about the FAFSA - an important college planning tool!

National Voter Registration Day  Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2:00- 5:00 pm @ Central Resource

Science Cafe - Parenting in a Tech-Saturated World  Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 - 7:30 pm @ Blue ValleyRead to a Dog  Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. @ Leawood

Step-by-Step Through the FAFSA Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ Shawnee

There's much more happening this week at the Library, so check

Living Latino


Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage month-long celebrationñol