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Jodie Dietz

A Conversation with Jodie Dietz

How long have you been a member of the Friends?
I have been a member of the Friends for a few years. I was looking for a good gift for a friend who really loves the books so I bought her a family membership and decided that I would also purchase a membership as a gift for myself.

You're a Library volunteer, too, right? Tell us a little about that experience . . .
I believe the public libraries are so important to our community. When my kids were little, we loved the story times and summer programs. When my kids got a little too old for the storytimes, they began volunteering with the youth program. I decided they should not have all of the fun so I began volunteering at the library too! 

Your elevator speech: why should I join the Friends?
You should join the Friends because it supports our community. Everyone is welcome at the library! There are not a lot of other entities in our community that serve the population from the youngest to those with more life experiences.

What are you reading/listening to – or watching – right now?
I love to read mysteries and memoirs. My current read is Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy.

- Friends of the Library Board Member, Jodie Dietz

How long have you been a member of the Friends?
I have been a member of the Friends for a few years. I was looking for a good gift for a friend who really loves the books so I bought her a family membership and decided that I would also purchase a membership as a gift for myself.

You're a Library volunteer, too, right? Tell us a little about that experience . . .
I believe the public libraries are so important to our community. When my kids were little, we loved the story times and summer programs. When my kids got a little too old for the storytimes, they began volunteering with the youth program. I... Continue »

Rewriting the Body

Rewriting the Body: Meet the Poet Wyatt Townley

This program is rescheduled from the original date of March 13.

Wyatt Townley is Poet Laureate of Kansas Emerita. In this engaging session she'll share her new work Rewriting the Body. Her poetry explores the body as place and as a poem that we rewrite with every breath.

Light refreshments will be served. Books available for purchase and signing from the author.

This program is rescheduled from the original date of March 13.

Wyatt Townley is Poet Laureate of Kansas Emerita. In this engaging session she'll share her new work Rewriting the Body. Her poetry explores the body as place and as a poem that we rewrite with every breath.

Light refreshments will be served. Books available for purchase and signing from the author.

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
De Soto READ Poster winner

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

De Soto Library hosts kids events, book groups, and more. Check their calendar »

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

De Soto Library hosts kids events, book groups, and more. Check their calendar »

Refugees in our Community

Refugees in Our Community

The U.S. has welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world during the past 40+ years. These persons and their families, from every corner of the globe, have built new lives across the country and in the Kansas City metro. Learn who qualifies for refugee resettlement, what the screening process looks like and how we welcome new refugees into the regional community. We'll also look at the current global state of refugees.

Presented by KC for Refugees.

 

The U.S. has welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world during the past 40+ years. These persons and their families, from every corner of the globe, have built new lives across the country and in the Kansas City metro. Learn who qualifies for refugee resettlement, what the screening process looks like and how we welcome new refugees into the regional community. We'll also look at the current global state of refugees.

Presented by KC for Refugees.

 

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room

Summer Program Preview Pleases Patrons!

We devote this entire podcast episode to preview our summer programs! Customer Experience Communication team members help you navigate the universe of events we're offering! Amy Field, Ben Oglesby, and Christopher Leitch join host Dave Carson to explore all things fun!

From Summer Reading, to an astronaut visit, to movies under the stars, to book sales, to a not-to-be-missed party ... it's a total blast!

Do you subscribe to the Did you hear? podcast yet?

We devote this entire podcast episode to preview our summer programs! Customer Experience Communication team members help you navigate the universe of events we're offering! Amy Field, Ben Oglesby, and Christopher Leitch join host Dave Carson to explore all things fun!

From Summer Reading, to an astronaut visit, to movies under the stars, to book sales, to a not-to-be-missed party ... it's a total blast!

Do you subscribe to the Did you hear? podcast yet?

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A is for Astronaut

This year’s Summer Reading art is from a series of illustrations by artists Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell. Enjoy their artwork, including their series called "Space Alphabet," on our website and in the Guide this summer. The Howdeshells have actually graced our Guide cover before – the Summer 2016 issue borrowed images from their book, The Night the World Turned Royal Blue. The Howdeshells are a wife and husband illustration team in Kansas City. Their collaboration was launched some 10 years ago in college. They have started a studio and taken on the freelance world of illustration for a broad range of products such as magazines, packaging, T-shirts, music albums and their “absolute love,” children’s books. The Howdeshells love telling stories, at work and especially at home. A nightly routine of bedtime stories for their three kids is a time of bonding, sharing and family affection. They share this family and community journey through well-crafted imagery, products geared for families and with authors who have meaningful stories to tell. For more on the Howdeshells’ creations, check out their website.

Join our crew and explore the universe of Summer Reading with us »

 

This year’s Summer Reading art is from a series of illustrations by artists Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell. Enjoy their artwork, including their series called "Space Alphabet," on our website and in the Guide this summer. The Howdeshells have actually graced our Guide cover before – the Summer 2016 issue borrowed images from their book, The Night the World Turned Royal Blue. The Howdeshells are a wife and husband illustration team in Kansas City. Their collaboration was launched some 10 years ago in college. They have started a studio and taken on the freelance world of illustration for a broad range of products such as magazines, packaging, T-shirts, music albums... Continue »

Star Wars Takeover

May the 4th Be With You! Star Wars Takeover

Calling all Jedi, Star Wars is coming to the Library. Join us and we can hone our Jedi skills together, through games, crafts and Star Wars-themed treats. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters. The resistance needs you! Ages 5-12.

Calling all Jedi, Star Wars is coming to the Library. Join us and we can hone our Jedi skills together, through games, crafts and Star Wars-themed treats. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters. The resistance needs you! Ages 5-12.

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Monticello Library
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Now @ Leawood: Cynthia ChandlerCynthia Chandler

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Art is fun—even when Life isn’t.  I like to make things. I enjoy life and believe in art that entertains, delights the eye and engages the mind.  My work involves nature, family or a sense of place that is infused with a playful spirit.  I try to produce my impressions of  life that I find entertaining and worthy of a closer look and appreciation. I enjoy painting in oil on canvas as well as working in mixed media using  fabrics and other items I have saved or discovered.

 

I work to capture moments in everyday life.  My work frequently shines  a light on unsung heroes whose work—whether raising offspring,  farming, doing chores inside or outside—has dignity and is deserving of respect. Their work may have been a meditation while creating,  done to serve a purpose, practice a skill, or just something to fill  time productively.

 

I seek to recall the memory of those who came before us while also adding my own interpretation…and remembering not to take things  too seriously.  Often items I use are either from my own childhood or culled from shopping flea markets, antique stores or garage sales.

I hope you enjoy viewing my art. I  certainly enjoyed making it.

 

Enjoy this exhibition through August 21.

http://www.cynthiachandlerart.com/

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Introduce yourself.  How long have you been a painter?

 

I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember.  I grew up taking art classes at The Mulvane Center for Art at Washburn  University in Topeka.  In school I always enrolled in art classes when they were offered as electives. At The University of Kansas I earned a Bachelor of  Art Education, which allowed me to take a wide variety of art classes from silversmithing​ to textile printing and of course, drawing and painting. 

 

When I was unable to find a teaching job when I graduated, I submitted my portfolio to Hallmark Cards International here in Kansas City.  I was lucky enough to be hired and went to work for Hallmark eventually advancing to the  Book and Calendar department.

 

What would you like people to know about the work on display at the Leawood Library?

 

I enjoy painting in oils and especially like to paint animals or people with eyes looking back at me.  Painting can be  lonely at times and I think having your subject gazing back at you helps keep you engaged.  There are so many  amazing animals in the world. I continue to explore animals we here in the midwest may not see outside of a zoo. There are four animal paintings at the Leawood Library (an elephant, pigs, fish and sloths), although only the sloth painting of the mother holding her baby is in oil.  The other three are archival prints of the original paintings which I 

have sold. 

 

I love reading and am so grateful to have some of my work on display at the library. Naturally, I had to do a painting of children reading a book (“The New Book”) hiding out under a table. The two panel painting of the family with the  piggy bank (“Saving $ = Family Fun”) was an experiment combining acrylic paint and vintage fabric from the 40’s and 50’s in keeping with this particular style of illustration. “Julia Cooks” represents Julia Child and her joyful attitude to creating in the kitchen. “Packing Nightmare” is a feeling everyone who travels has had at some time or other—either  when getting ready to go somewhere and not knowing what to pack, or when having to come back from a vacation  and not really wanting to!

More of my art can be seen at my studio at The Interurban Arthouse in Old Overland Park.

 

 

Describe your creative process.  How long does it typically take you to complete a painting?

I think my creative process goes on even when I’m not aware of it.  As an artist I think we are constantly looking and observing the world and people around us, thinking “Would that make a good painting? Should I take a quick photo for future reference?” I take photos a lot, as well as make a quick sketches just to serve as a reminder for later. I tear out of magazines for reference material and visit museums and galleries to see what others have done or are doing. When I finally start a painting I know in my mind what I want the finished work to look like.  I don’t think  I have a typical amount of time I spend on a painting—everyone of them is different. Some happen easily and others can take much longer than I think they should, but in the end it's always worth the time invested in it. I continue to take drawing classes, as drawing is the basic building block that everything else depends on. And it’s fun to draw!

 

 

What books, movies and/or music have inspired you recently? 

Mary Poppins Returns is my most favorite movie I have seen recently. The combination of live action and animation, as well as the amazing color palette, were delicious to see. The colors, music and story just made me happy. Where  the Crawdads Sing is the book I read most recently that I am hoping is made into a movie because of the descriptions of all the illustrations of nature the heroine created. I loved reading about her cataloging of various plant species  once she learned how to read and had books available to her. Reading is the key to everything.  I always am reading art magazines and new books about creativity and finding joy, because I think for me I want my art to create joy for the  viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

Art is fun—even when Life isn’t.  I like to make things. I enjoy life and believe in art that entertains, delights the eye and engages the mind.  My work involves nature, family or a sense of place that is infused with a playful spirit.  I try to produce my impressions of  life that I find entertaining and worthy of a closer look and appreciation. I enjoy painting in oil on canvas as well as working in mixed media using  fabrics and other items I have saved or discovered.

 

I work to capture moments in everyday life.  My work frequently shines  a light on unsung heroes whose work—whether raising offspring,  farming, doing chores inside or outside—has dignity and is deserving of respect. Their work may have been a... Continue »

Lenexa building proposal

Throwback Thursday: All Business

National Small Business Week is coming up, May 5 - 11!

While we focus on putting the finishing touches on the new Lenexa City Center Library, we're fascinated by this image. These planning proposals for business development circa 1980 remind us that all buildings first live on as paper before they exist as steel and brick.

Discover the details behind this image and find more photographs of Johnson County business and industry through the ages at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.   

National Small Business Week is coming up, May 5 - 11!

While we focus on putting the finishing touches on the new Lenexa City Center Library, we're fascinated by this image. These planning proposals for business development circa 1980 remind us that all buildings first live on as paper before they exist as steel and brick.

Discover the details behind this image and find more photographs of Johnson County business and industry through the ages at jocohistory.org It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas History! Follow our hashtag on... Continue »

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