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Elle is a maker

What I Make

March is Maker Month and we salute every maker, but especially you Elle! Why? Because you just leveled up! 

The MakerSpace is your secret lair where you create awesomeness. 

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Your Wonder Woman bested the costumes of all the others. Your tools? Sewing machine, vinyl cutter and your secret weapon: a 3D printer

Presents
You know that money can't buy happiness. You know how to make friends and family beam with joy: something you made specifically for each of them.

For your ​Olivia: A wood memory box with a one-of-a-kind original top with a dragon design. The CNC Router was the perfect tool to get that hand-carved look. 

You 3D printed a BB-8 Droid for little brother Ethan.

For mom, aunt Sophia and uncle Michael, you went above and beyond! You made your own vanilla extract. You designed your own logo on the MakerSpace Mac and then etched that logo onto bottles using the laser cutter!

You even recorded own version of "Happy Birthday" in the sound booth. Honestly, it wasn't all that great, but it was a nice personal touch!

Life-hacking
When something breaks, you fix it.

While others throw away perfectly good electronics when a wire disconnects, you solder it back into place.

While some of your friends make pies, you dazzle them with your computer skills using your Raspberry Pi!

Why buy a stand for your phone? You know how to make one with a 3D Printer.

You keep up on all the latest listings for Maker-related events

That's what Elle makes! What do you make? 

March is Maker Month and we salute every maker, but especially you Elle! Why? Because you just leveled up! 

The MakerSpace is your secret lair where you create awesomeness. 

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Your Wonder Woman bested the costumes of all the others. Your tools? Sewing machine, vinyl cutter and your secret weapon: a 3D printer... Continue »

InterUrban ArtHouse: Photography Group

Art at Gardner LibraryInterUrban ArtHouse: Photography Group

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 to Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at Gardner Library

InterUrban ArtHouse (IUAH) is a non-profit organization creating a new hub for arts and culture in Johnson County, Kansas. IUAH’s mission is to enrich the cultural and economic vibrancy of Downtown Overland Park and surrounding community by creating a place where artists and creative industries can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment. This exhibition features local photographers currently working with IUAH. We're happy to share an interview with one of those artists, Sharon Rodriguez.

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

Message comes first.  What message do I want to tell about person experiencing homeless-ness.  Then comes the medium which conveys the message. 

I started this project with questions.  Do we have homelessness in Johnson County?  What do they look like?  Where are they?  These photographs in this “”It’s About Time” art show are the answers to these and many more questions.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

To raise awareness of the social in/justice issues facing Johnson County the most affluent county in Kansas.  These homeless people are not going away!  In fact the “problem” is getting worse.

What influences your practice/works?

Seeing through my heart is what my work is about.  I see the faces of real people, not someone to be ignored or pushed aside.  I am considered a free-lance photographer.  I work on projects that draw my interest.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?  

Dorothea Lange inspires me because she had a passion for telling the people of plight’s story through her photographs.

What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process? Please look through our on-line catalog and provide any links to resources that you would recommend.

Finding Grace by Lynn Blodgett https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/805551036

Voice in the Mirror by Gordon Parks https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/133908036

Photographs of Dorothea Lange https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/241270036

Homeless Not Invisible my book https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1534292036

InterUrban ArtHouse (IUAH) is a non-profit organization creating a new hub for arts and culture in Johnson County, Kansas. IUAH’s mission is to enrich the cultural and economic vibrancy of Downtown Overland Park and surrounding community by creating a place where artists and creative industries can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment. This exhibition features local photographers currently working with IUAH. We're happy to share an interview with one of those artists, Sharon Rodriguez.

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

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Jocomakes

Create At Your Local Makerspace

Make48 interviewed our very own Maker Ayah about our MakerSpace. We think the most important quote is this:

One thing to know before going: anyone and everyone are welcome to take advantage of the MakerSpace. 

Check out the full article here »

Make48 interviewed our very own Maker Ayah about our MakerSpace. We think the most important quote is this:

One thing to know before going: anyone and everyone are welcome to take advantage of the MakerSpace. 

Check out the full article here »

https://soundcloud.com/anothermaxwell

anothermaxwell

anothermaxwell is Shenita Hughley, a multitalented singer-songwriter, producer and instrumentalist whose music combines hip-hop, R&B and synthpop elements into an engaging whole. She recorded and produced her latest EP, Masterpiece, entirely by herself, right down to the artwork, a process she describes as "a difficult task." We're fortunate to share an interview with Hughley about her creative process, her inspirations and what's ahead for her in 2018.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

I am anothermaxwell, singer-songwriter and producer. My music is eclectic; a wave of mellow melodies with reverb. I dabble in multiple genres such as alternative R&B and atmospheric pop, chill-wave, nu jazz/soul. My music is pretty chill and dark sensual, in a sort of "new silk sheets" kind of way.

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All Kinds of Friends

New Storywalk at Antioch Park

The days are getting a bit warmer, and next time you're itching to get to the park, don't just take a walk, take a Storywalk! At Antioch Park, you and your little ones can enjoy a story while you stroll. Our newest featured book is All Kinds of Friends, a book about friendships with old friends, young friends, furry friends, feathered friends, "friends with different ways to walk," and "friends with different ways to talk." Thanks to Johnson County Park and Recreation for this partnership.

The days are getting a bit warmer, and next time you're itching to get to the park, don't just take a walk, take a Storywalk! At Antioch Park, you and your little ones can enjoy a story while you stroll. Our newest featured book is All Kinds of Friends, a book about friendships with old friends, young friends, furry friends, feathered friends, "friends with different ways to walk," and "friends with different ways to talk." Thanks to Johnson County Park and Recreation for this partnership.

Read Local

Enter a Writing Contest

We love reading local, and we love local authors here at the Library. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the Library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

We love reading local, and we love local authors here at the Library. In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the Library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here »

Lenexa City Center signage

Signs of Progress

While we’re building the Lenexa City Center Library, Construction Manager Turner Construction Company has arranged for a barrier wall facing the popular Public Market and City Hall. The Library designed the images to reflect our patrons, services and programs, along with a rendering of the completed library building. In total, it’s more than 250 feet of Library imagery! The signs were fabricated and installed by Lawrence, KS-based Star Signs. You can also see their handiwork at the Central and Oak Park Libraries. Read more news about our new building projects »

While we’re building the Lenexa City Center Library, Construction Manager Turner Construction Company has arranged for a barrier wall facing the popular Public Market and City Hall. The Library designed the images to reflect our patrons, services and programs, along with a rendering of the completed library building. In total, it’s more than 250 feet of Library imagery! The signs were fabricated and installed by Lawrence, KS-based Star Signs. You can also see their handiwork at the Central and Oak Park Libraries. Read more news about our new building projects »

Lacie and Michelle

I Like It Better Over There

When Monticello Library opens later this year, it will house a circulating collection of almost 100,000 items: books, CDs and DVDs. There are also shelves for Holds, Periodicals and Newspapers. That’s a lot of shelves,  at least 1900 linear feet at last count.

Our resident specialists in shelf capacity and location are Michelle Olsen, Circulation Manager, and Lacie Griffin, Collection Development Manager. As part of the building design and construction process, they’ve logged hundreds of hours poring over layouts, blueprints, floorplans and diagrams to maximize our shelf locations to make as much material as possible available to patrons of our newest branch.

As you may well understand, they like to get it right the first time. A “range” of shelves is made of 7 shelving units side-by-side and back-to-back. Each unit contains 5 shelves and is 64” tall x 36” wide x 12” deep. SO: each 21-foot long range contains 70 shelves, and at an estimated 100 pounds per shelf, that’s almost 4 tons of books! It takes a lot to get them moved, so you can see why we do so much planning!

When Monticello Library opens later this year, it will house a circulating collection of almost 100,000 items: books, CDs and DVDs. There are also shelves for Holds, Periodicals and Newspapers. That’s a lot of shelves,  at least 1900 linear feet at last count.

Our resident specialists in shelf capacity and location are Michelle Olsen, Circulation Manager, and Lacie Griffin, Collection Development Manager. As part of the building design and construction process, they’ve logged hundreds of hours poring over layouts, blueprints, floorplans and diagrams to maximize our shelf locations to make as much material as possible available to patrons of our newest branch.

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Beth Welsh

Why I Give My TimeWhy I Give My Time

A quick interview with JCL Foundation Volunteer Extraordinaire Beth Welsh

Why did you initially become a volunteer with the Johnson County Library Foundation?

I was in a place where I was feeling stuck in rut and was looking for new experiences. Also, I work from home and I wanted to get out of the house and interact with people. My husband Barry is a longtime volunteer for the Library and it seemed like it would be a good fit. I’m a lifetime learner, I always want to be learning new things, I don’t want to stagnate. I began volunteering at Friends book sales in 2007 and became a fill-in cashier for the Friends bookstores in 2011. Volunteering for the Foundation struck me as a fun opportunity to learn new things. I learned WordPress and social media marketing. Fortunately, I didn’t have to learn anything about grant writing!

What are some of your favorite things about being a volunteer?

I love getting to play with books and be around librarians. Library people are awesome – and that includes Foundation people! They’re smart, inquisitive and well informed.

Have you had any discoveries about the Library or the Foundation working as a volunteer?

The Foundation was a new discovery; I didn’t know anything about it before volunteering. I learned about the Foundation’s mission to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and find support for lifelong learning programs offered at the Library. I also discovered the Foundation events. The Pinnacle Awards, Library Lets Loose, Stay Home and Read a Book Ball and elementia. My favorite Foundation event is the Library Lets Loose – it’s pretty amazing. elementia is also a fun event tied to a great mission to encourage teen writers and artists.

Any advice for people who might be on the fence about volunteering?

Try it! There are so many outlets for volunteering at the Library. Visit a branch, or the Friends sorting center or bookstore – see what interests you. Volunteer coordinators can connect you with a volunteer opportunity that works with your schedule and meets your interests. If it sounds like fun, give it a shot.

A quick interview with JCL Foundation Volunteer Extraordinaire Beth Welsh

Why did you initially become a volunteer with the Johnson County Library Foundation?

I was in a place where I was feeling stuck in rut and was looking for new experiences. Also, I work from home and I wanted to get out of the house and interact with people. My husband Barry is a longtime volunteer for the Library and it seemed like it would be a good fit. I’m a lifetime learner, I always want to be learning new things, I don’t want to stagnate. I began volunteering at Friends book sales in 2007 and became a fill-in cashier for the Friends bookstores in 2011. Volunteering for the Foundation struck me as a fun opportunity to... Continue »

Arts in Prison

Arts in Prison

Arlin Buyert, center, is poetry instructor for the Arts in Prison project. JoAnna Ramsey, l, and Lex Cortes, r, are former classmates in the project.

Johnson County Library partners with Kansas City’s The Writers Place on a series of readings: the Thomas Zvi Wilson series. As part of that series, the Arts in Prison project is occasionally scheduled. A February 20 public reading at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center featured participants who read from works produced in the class.

Arts in Prison has been an institution at the Lansing Correctional Facility for more than two decades, and officials behind its poetry program believe it’s helping keep reformed inmates out of jail. “The general recidivism rate in Kansas is around 50 percent. Half the inmates are back within three years,” says Arlin Buyert, the poetry instructor. “But, for whatever reason, inmates who participate in my poetry program have almost no recidivism.” According to Buyert, out of the 15 inmates who have gone through the program and have since been released, only one has returned to prison and that was because of a parole violation.

Poet participants say that poetry has a way of breaking down political barriers in prison and helping to alleviate the heavy burdens of a dark past. “Prison is very segregated, and in poetry you have a mix of different people,” JoAnna Ramsey says. "Getting past prison life is a process and it’s slow, but being able to write helps that along."

“Poetry gives people an opportunity to know they are still people,” Ramsey says. “The great part about America is that we’re a land of second chances, and poetry and art is something that connects us all.” Buyert echoed Ramsey’s sentiments, adding that it’s easy for people outside of prison to forget that those inside are still people. “They’re human. They have worth. They’re poets,” Buyert said.

This post relies on notes published about the reading by reporter Zac Summers in an online article for local Fox affiliate. See his story here.

Arlin Buyert, center, is poetry instructor for the Arts in Prison project. JoAnna Ramsey, l, and Lex Cortes, r, are former classmates in the project.

Johnson County Library partners with Kansas City’s The Writers Place on a series of readings: the Thomas Zvi Wilson series. As part of that series, the Arts in Prison project is occasionally scheduled. A February 20 public reading at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center featured participants who read from works produced in the class.

Arts in Prison has been an institution at... Continue »

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