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Art @ Your Library

At many of our locations, we have art by local artists and groups on display. This Spring we are featuring art from the Johnson County Developmental Supports Emerging Artists, Lindsey Yankey, Pat Veno  and many others. Although our locations are temporarily closed right now, you can still enjoy art @ your library with our online Exhibitions.

At many of our locations, we have art by local artists and groups on display. This Spring we are featuring art from the Johnson County Developmental Supports Emerging Artists, Lindsey Yankey, Pat Veno  and many others. Although our locations are temporarily closed right now, you can still enjoy art @ your library with our online ... Continue »

Girl with chicken laughing

TBT: Laugh it up!

As you very well know, it’s National Humor Month!

Check out this little girl holding a chicken. Her laughter is infectious. I bet she knows why the chicken crossed the road and the reason is hilarious!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Humor Month!

Check out this little girl holding a chicken. Her laughter is infectious. I bet she knows why the chicken crossed the road and the reason is hilarious!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our ... Continue »

elementia goes Digital

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? We've got some amazingly smart and talented teens right here in Johnson County! 

This year elementia has gone digital due to the COVID-19 situation. But that won't stop these teen literary voices from being heard. We give elementia writers the platform to perform live, albeit remotely. Kate McNair interviews a few of the publication's editors and producers as well. We also hear from our Librarians as they offer eLibrary suggestions and some of their favorite young adult author quotes. This is can't miss stuff. Did you hear? ... Continue »

e=everything!

One of our best shows ever! No lie. After listening, your life may change forever. Our eLibrary is just that big of a deal. The "e" is for electronic. We explore our digital Library collection with special guests Hope Harms and Amy Field. If you look at our physical collection at any of our locations, think about this: we just might have that book, audiobook, magazine, newspaper, DVD in a digital format to access on your computer, tablet, phone, and maybe even your smart TV. In fact, you'll find titles in our amazing digital collection you simply won't find anywhere else! So, Did you hear about our eLibrary? 

 

One of our best shows ever! No lie. After listening, your life may change forever. Our eLibrary is just that big of a deal. The "e" is for electronic. We explore our digital Library collection with special guests Hope Harms and Amy Field. If you look at our physical collection at any of our locations, think about this: we just might have that book, audiobook, magazine, newspaper, DVD in a digital format to access on your computer, tablet, phone, and maybe even your smart TV. In fact, you'll find titles in our amazing digital collection you simply won't find anywhere else! So, Did you hear about our eLibrary?  Continue »

Masks from the Makers

Our Makers have gone into production with the 3D printers, printing harnesses for the face shields and laser cut PETG for the front face shield at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace.

Our Makers have gone into production with the 3D printers, printing harnesses for the face shields and laser cut PETG for the front face shield at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace.

Makers Gonna Make

While the Library’s buildings have been closed, Maker Nick from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several of our Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join us from home in assembling masks, our Makers recommend these resources for making masks.

While the Library’s buildings have been closed, Maker Nick from the Black and Veatch Makerspace in the Central Resource Library have been hard at work sewing masks, and several of our Library staff have since joined in their efforts. If you like to sew and would like to join us from home in assembling masks, our Makers recommend these resources for making masks.

Calvin Arsenia

Featured Artist Friday: Calvin ArseniaCalvin Arsenia

Wow! Did we really discover Calvin Arsenia five years ago?! We sure are going to miss his performance that was scheduled for City Center Live!

Calvin, you've come such a long way. We're proud of you and thankful you have made the Library a part of your life. You've shared such great music with us over the years. 

We look forward to seeing you in the future. Until, all of us can read our post from a younger Calvin on his approach to his craft, his recommendations from the Johnson County Library catalog and, perhaps most important, listen to some of his music.

Please introduce yourself. How long have you been a musician and songwriter?

My name is Calvin Arsenia. I've been singing for as long as I can remember. When my brother was an infant, I sang this song to him about how cool his name was in comparison to mine. His name is Reuben meaning "behold the son," and my name means "bald" as in lacking hair. You can imagine how six-year-old me felt gypped in the name potency department.

It wasn't until my preteen years that singing became a focus of mine. Then, at 13 I started playing piano and guitar. I'd write songs from time to time but in 2010, I released the EP "Hands" and have released a few recordings since then.

Describe your songwriting process. Who or what inspires you the most?

Most of the time the writing process comes very naturally. I do a lot of car-singing. I'm not sure if I should be so open about that. Maybe it's perfectly normal! Rather than listening to music, I use car rides to deal with whatever emotion is prevailing at the time and that means singing. Music and lyrics always come at the same time and if I can remember it later on I assume it's good enough to work with. I'll let a phrase rattle around in my head for a couple weeks before I build chords around the melody.

A couple of artists who inspire me are Bjork and Sufjan Stevens. The music that these artists make is unapologetically honest and thoroughly their own. I really respect that. Because of this perceived sincerity, it required a few listens before I started to really enjoy the music. It's more like a fine cooked meal than fast food. I aspire for that in my own music.

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Guitar

TBT: Guitar Hero

As you very well know, it’s International Guitar Month!

"Sometimes you'll want to give up the guitar. You'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded." 
~Jimi Hendrix

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s International Guitar Month!

"Sometimes you'll want to give up the guitar. You'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded." 
~Jimi Hendrix

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

elementia cover

elementia issue xvii

Last month we had to reach out with the sad news that our yearly celebration of our teen 'zine, elementia, was cancelled as we all said goodbye to hugs and high-fives to head inside and isolate. American life has changed in surreal ways over the last few weeks and we thought that now, more than ever, we need to hold onto the things that bring us together, that keep us connected. 

That is why we are so excited to announce the early release of the digital issue of elementia issue xvii! We hope that you can scroll through its pages and find stories and art that reflect your experiences, make you feel seen and heard, and most of all, inspire you!

Last month we had to reach out with the sad news that our yearly celebration of our teen 'zine, elementia, was cancelled as we all said goodbye to hugs and high-fives to head inside and isolate. American life has changed in surreal ways over the last few weeks and we thought that now, more than ever, we need to hold onto the things that bring us together, that keep us connected. 

That is why we are so excited to announce the early release of the digital issue of elementia issue xvii! We hope that you can scroll through its pages and find stories and art that reflect your experiences, make you feel seen and heard, and most of all, inspire you!

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Tour via Your Car or DeviceA History of Segregation in Kansas City

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Download the Dividing Lines app on Android or iOS and journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through.

Nathaniel Bozarth, ethnographer and host of the “Wide Ruled” podcast, narrates this 90-minute drive, bringing in interviews from several area students and notable city figures Sid Willens, Bill Tammeus, Mamie Hughes, and Margaret May.

“Dividing Lines” was created as a part of the Johnson County Library’s “Race Project KC.” The Library’s Civic Engagement Committee and Tanner Colby’s book “Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America” inspired much of the ongoing work of Race Project KC. This tour was made possible by support from Johnson County Library and the Kansas Humanities Council. It was produced by Brainroot Light & Sound. Written by Nathaniel Bozarth and Christopher Cook. The tour features music from Hermon Mehari and KC Jazz LP.

The content of this tour may contain controversial material; such statements are not an expression of library policy.

Get more information and download the app now.

Looking for an interesting activity, while still practicing social distancing? Download the Dividing Lines app on Android or iOS and journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through. Continue »

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