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There is a lot of technology in our daily lives. Our librarians can help with your internet, email, eBook, smartphone and tablet questions. Book a 30 minute, one-on-one help session with a techie librarian to find answers to your tech issues.

Right now, we have appointments available at Antioch Library and Gardner Library on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, and Tuesday evenings. Appointments are also available at Central Resource Library on Thursday mornings.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment at (913) 826-4600.

There is a lot of technology in our daily lives. Our librarians can help with your internet, email, eBook, smartphone and tablet questions. Book a 30 minute, one-on-one help session with a techie librarian to find answers to your tech issues.

Right now, we have appointments available at Antioch Library and Gardner Library on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, and Tuesday evenings. Appointments are also available at Central Resource Library on Thursday mornings.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment at (913) 826-4600.

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    Larissa Uredi Larissa Uredi

Now @ Shawnee: Larissa UrediLarissa Uredi

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Shawnee Library

Larissa Uredi is an award-winning and internationally recognized fiber and mixed media artist. She has exhibited regionally and internationally and has won several artist residencies in Spain, Estonia, Italy and beyond.

When she's not out mountain biking or exploring this wide world, you can find her in her studio making a mess with paint, dyes and a myriad of other mediums. She writes about her adventures (locally and abroad) and is always up for swapping stories.

 

Tell us about the works on exhibit. What’s the medium? What has inspired their creation?

The works are on silk and use a variety of dyes, paints and found objects to create the marks and colorations. These pieces were inspired by two things: An artist residency I did in El Bruc, Spain and a solo show that I built around the concept of attrition, heat death and entropy.

What comes first – the medium or the message?

Silk belongs on the wall and in the home. It is not just a medium for clothing or bedsheets. It's a beautiful, sustainable and expressive medium. I feel it is essential for silk pieces to be able to move in their environment—having pieces that continue to retain some motion and character is a big part of my creative decision making. While it may not always happen, I keep the playfulness of the material in mind.

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

I go through really wild swings in my productivity and creativity. I feel as though I am either completely inspired and in the pursuit of something or I'm focused on other endeavors— my job, my hobbies, etc. While it is all one big web that feeds itself, it can be really hard to keep the momentum going and remind myself to take care of my inner artist. The work I make also has a variety of processes, requirements and tools to really be successful—I love the challenge of working with those processes, but it often means keeping an open mind as I work. 

Who do you consider your main artistic influences?

I LOVE Alphonse Mucha, Monet and Bocklin, as well as modern-day artists such as James Jean.

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

I listen to a lot of The Decemberists, Of Monsters and Men, Deva Premal and World Rock. As far as books go, This Idea Must Die and Critical Mass both were major sources of inspiration and knowledge when I was building my body of work on entropy. The movie La La Land really shook me to my creative core, because of how accurately and cleanly it described the artistic approach and lifestyle.

Larissa Uredi is an award-winning and internationally recognized fiber and mixed media artist. She has exhibited regionally and internationally and has won several artist residencies in Spain, Estonia, Italy and beyond.

When she's not out mountain biking or exploring this wide world, you can find her in her studio making a mess with paint, dyes and a myriad of other mediums. She writes about her adventures (locally and abroad) and is always up for swapping stories.

 

Tell us about the works on exhibit. What’s the medium? What has inspired their creation?

The works are on silk and use a variety of dyes, paints and found objects to create the marks and colorations. These pieces were inspired by... Continue »

Happy Independence Day!

Here at the Library we celebrate Independence Day by honoring all Americans and salute the freedom of information. Like you, we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Johnson County Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, July 3, and be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. Holidays are a great time to check out our eLibrary!

Here at the Library we celebrate Independence Day by honoring all Americans and salute the freedom of information. Like you, we value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

The Johnson County Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, July 3, and be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. Holidays are a great time to check out our eLibrary!

Lackman READ poster

Lackman 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 Lackman Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Lackman Library's collection was relocated to the brand new Lenexa City Center Library, which opened on June 2, 2019. We look forward to seeing Lenexa City Center Library's first READ poster winner later this year!

 

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 Lackman Library's winner! You can enjoy the adorable-ness of current and past READ poster winners at each of our Libraries.

Lackman Library's collection was relocated to the brand new Lenexa City Center Library, which opened on June 2, 2019. We look forward to seeing Lenexa City Center Library's first READ poster winner later this year!

 

Fringe Festival

KC Fringe Festival Sneak Peek

Join us for a sneak peek of performances from this year’s KC Fringe Festival. The 15th annual KC Fringe Festival is a 14-day explosion of local, national and international unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts. KC Fringe Festival is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Light refreshments will be served. Fun for the whole family. 2019 Fringe buttons will be available for purchase at this event.

Join us for a sneak peek of performances from this year’s KC Fringe Festival. The 15th annual KC Fringe Festival is a 14-day explosion of local, national and international unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts. KC Fringe Festival is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Light refreshments will be served. Fun for the whole family. 2019 Fringe buttons will be available for purchase at this event.

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Monticello Library

New Podcast EpisodeK-pop!

K-Pop

In this episode of Did you hear? host Dave Carson welcomes Information Specialist Rachel Novotny and Gregg Winsor for a deep dive into Korean Pop -- or K-Pop. Ever wondered about its history? Have questions about the artists? Curious about how and why this genre has become so popular? Get ready, we’re going inside K-Pop!

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K-Pop

In this episode of Did you hear? host Dave Carson welcomes Information Specialist Rachel Novotny and Gregg Winsor for a deep dive into Korean Pop -- or K-Pop. Ever wondered about its history? Have questions about the artists? Curious about how and why this genre has become so popular? Get ready, we’re going inside K-Pop!

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ScienceTellers

ScienceTellers

Science? Yes. Boring white lab coats? Definitely no. Brock Hatton will use science special effects to bring a story to life at ScienceTellers: Aliens: Escape from Earth. Enjoy Brock's amazing technicolor lab coat during this fun story+science event for families.

Catch Aliens: Escape from Earth on July 11 at Blue Valley Library or July 30 at Gardner Library and Central Resource Library. See the schedule »

Science? Yes. Boring white lab coats? Definitely no. Brock Hatton will use science special effects to bring a story to life at ScienceTellers: Aliens: Escape from Earth. Enjoy Brock's amazing technicolor lab coat during this fun story+science event for families.

Catch Aliens: Escape from Earth on July 11 at Blue Valley Library or July 30 at Gardner Library and Central Resource Library. See the schedule »

Fringe Festival

Three Ways to Fringe

There are three ways to enjoy the KC Fringe Festival here in Johnson County! 

KC Fringe Festival Sneak Peek Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 pm @ Monticello Library

KC Fringe Festival Artist Reception and Sneak Peek Tuesday, July 9, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

KC Fringe Festival Presents: Library Pick Thursday August 22 - Saturday August 24 @ Central Resource Library

Can't get enough Fringe? Attend the KC Fringe Festival July 14-28 »

There are three ways to enjoy the KC Fringe Festival here in Johnson County! 

KC Fringe Festival Sneak Peek Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 pm @ Monticello Library

KC Fringe Festival Artist Reception and Sneak Peek Tuesday, July 9, 6 pm @ Central Resource Library

KC Fringe Festival Presents: Library Pick Thursday August 22 - Saturday August 24 @ Central Resource Library

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Dylan Findley

Friday's Featured ArtistDylan Findley

Dylan Findley is a prolific, award-winning composer who describes his music as "kaleidoscopic" and part of an ongoing quest for seeking truth.  His approach to creativity is as much craft-driven as it is philosophical, with extensive essays on the spirituality of music, his creative process and the nature of sound itself appearing on his website and blog. Findley currently attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts.  Enjoy our interview with this emerging composer.

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Describe your music for new listeners. What type(s) of classical music do you compose? 

My music tends to be kaleidoscopic in both styles and form. Growing up listening to alternative rock, progressive rock, world musics, and synth pop, it's hard for me to avoid including elements from those genres in my work.  While some of my music deals with serious topics, I also enjoy straight-faced humor and often scatter musical jokes or defy listener expectations with silence, sudden shifts, or strange sounds. This sometimes accounts for the whimsical nature of some of my pieces. Though I don't believe I can really categorize the types of classical music I compose, a listener can expect to hear rhythmic drive or meditative timelessness, lyrical melodies or angular, aggressive skirmishes, weaving, contrapuntal textures or repetition of a single idea for a little too long... all fashioned together in what I hope to be a coherent and a spiritual/emotional experience.

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