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Micro image of fruit fly ovariole by Dr. Ting Xie of Stowers Institute

Meet the Artist - Up Close With Science and Art

Medical imaging of organisms, tissues and cells can often capture stunning pictures that transcend scientific description and enter the realm of art. Stowers Institute for Medical Research scientists and local artists will explore the connections between science and art evident in the Scientific Micro Imaging exhibition.

Medical imaging of organisms, tissues and cells can often capture stunning pictures that transcend scientific description and enter the realm of art. Stowers Institute for Medical Research scientists and local artists will explore the connections between science and art evident in the Scientific Micro Imaging exhibition.

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Lackman Library , Meeting Room
In Their Shoes

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In observation of National Domestic Awareness Month, the Library is offering two programs presented in partnership with SAFEHOME, the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Kansas and the only domestic violence shelter in Johnson County.

In Their Shoes is an interactive tool that uses real life scenarios to educate everyone about teen dating violence. Through a diverse set of teen stories, participants will make choices for their character as if they were in the unhealthy relationship themselves. Through this choose-your-own adventure activity, participants will learn about different forms of abuse, barriers to receiving help, helpful responses, and warning signs of violence. Guided discussion will follow the activity to process the stories and their impact. 

In Her Shoes is an activity designed for learning about domestic violence. You will move, do, think and experience the lives of people who've been abused. Become one of seven characters based on the experiences of real victims of domestic violence.  You'll make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their partner, friends, police, clergy, and more. The activity helps answers the question, "Why do people stay in abusive relationships?" and "How can I help someone who is being abused?" Discuss with an expert in the field, what we all can do to help victims of domestic violence.

Go here to learn more.

 

In observation of National Domestic Awareness Month, the Library is offering two programs presented in partnership with SAFEHOME, the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Kansas and the only domestic violence shelter in Johnson County.

In Their Shoes is an interactive tool that uses real life scenarios to educate everyone about teen dating violence. Through a diverse set of teen stories, participants will make choices for their character as if they were in the unhealthy relationship themselves. Through this choose-your-own adventure activity, participants will learn about different forms of abuse, barriers to receiving help, helpful responses, and warning signs of violence. Guided discussion... Continue »

Monticello

Monticello's Opening Month

Western Shawnee is loving their new library, and here's proof!

Western Shawnee is loving their new library, and here's proof!

Mexican Food

Tonight at Corinth Library: An Edible DiscussionAn Edible Discussion: Mexican Food

Cacao Restaurante recently moved from 95th and Nall to 103rd and State Line, so don't be discouraged if you drive past the old location and see the vacant lot. Cacao is still serving delicious, authentic Mexican food at their new digs and they'll be here to tell us all about how to make genuine, excellente Mexican faire.

Bring your favorites to sample and share at our foodie book club!

Cacao Restaurante recently moved from 95th and Nall to 103rd and State Line, so don't be discouraged if you drive past the old location and see the vacant lot. Cacao is still serving delicious, authentic Mexican food at their new digs and they'll be here to tell us all about how to make genuine, excellente Mexican faire.

Bring your favorites to sample and share at our foodie book club!

Collection of book covers: NOVEMBER ROAD, BITTER ORANGE, THE PROPOSAL, WRECKED, and ZERO SUM GAME.

To-Read pile getting too-small?

Be sure to check out what your librarians have been reading and doing recently over at our Staff Picks Blog:

Gregg wrote about five new releases this month in fiction that you absolutely need to know about, including a novel about two lost souls on the run from the New Orleans mob post-JFK assassination, a romance about a marriage proposal at a baseball game that goes hysterically, horribly wrong, and a sci-fi action thriller about a woman who can do advanced mathematics in her head - and uses that ability to turn the tables on kidnappers and mercenaries.

Matt wrote about Silent Book Group that he created and currently moderates at the Groundhouse Coffee Shop in Gardner, Kansas. A silent book club is perfect for those among us who like the concept of talking about the books we’re reading, but don’t like the homework assignment feel of the traditional book group. You can read alone, together, even if it’s in a bustling coffee shop.

Josh wrote about what the staff at his library branch are reading, watching, and listening to. His branch, Lackman, has some of the sharpest readers in the library system, and you’ll be sure to come away will a pile of great books that will top your To Be Read stack.

Hebah recently attended Worldcon 76, one of the biggest sci-fi/fantasy conventions on the planet. She attended panels, talked to authors and artists, and met dozens of enthusiastic fans. If you’ve never been to a sci-fi convention, Hebah excellently describes the experience - and provides YouTube clips, too!

We’ve also written reviews of books we’ve liked, too: check out Kari’s review of a great Cold War spy thriller, and Dylan’s review of a novel featuring the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader.

Be sure to check out what your librarians have been reading and doing recently over at our Staff Picks Blog:

Gregg wrote about five new releases this month in fiction that you absolutely need to know about, including a novel about two lost souls on the run from the New Orleans mob post-JFK assassination, a romance about a marriage proposal at a baseball game that goes hysterically, horribly wrong, and a sci-fi action thriller about a woman who can do advanced mathematics in her head - and uses that ability to turn the tables on kidnappers and mercenaries.

Matt wrote... Continue »

Vicki Denk Friends member

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 information and points of view, especially today.   Books educate us, inform us, and bring us enjoyment.  By supporting Friends, you also help support many valuable library programs such as the 6 x 6 literacy program and the incarcerated services program.  Friends is dedicated to promoting the Library and its valuable programs and services for all ages and interests in our community. 

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.  I’m hooked on biographies.

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 information and points of view, especially today.   Books educate us, inform us, and bring us... Continue »

Bullet Journaling

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 » 

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 » 

Halloween mask

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 »

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 »

Women In YA: Kansas Voices

Women in YA: Kansas Voices

Kansas is home to a robust community of authors of all kinds. We celebrate women Kansas writers with a panel of authors who have Summer and Fall 2018 releases for teens. Participating authors:

Panel moderated by Bethany Hagen, author of Landry Park. Refreshments are served. Books available for purchase/signing from Rainy Day Books.

Space is limited for this popular program. Register online or call (913) 826-4600.

Kansas is home to a robust community of authors of all kinds. We celebrate women Kansas writers with a panel of authors who have Summer and Fall 2018 releases for teens. Participating authors:

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Central Resource Library , Carmack Community Room
  • Hugo Ximello-Salido
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Now at Blue Valley: Hugo Ximello-SalidoHugo Ximello-Salido

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Blue Valley Library

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

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/376844036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1600806036

 

Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1350975036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1335575036

 

H.P Lovecraft

 

La Espia by Paulo Coelho

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1500282036#overlay103

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1493432036

 

El Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1466289036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/69683036

 

Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 

Spanish: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1080318036

English: https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1592943036

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Ficciones Alianza Emece by Jorge Luis Borges

 

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

 

 

 

 

 

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... Continue »

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