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Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this."

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the Quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list, noting: "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America... the Decemberists wish... Continue »

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Monticello Library
Game of Go

Gaming @ the Library

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome.

  • Antioch Library, first Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Blue Valley Library, second Wednesdays, 6 pm »
  • Central Resource Library, third Mondays, 6 pm »
  • Monticello Library, third Thursdays, 6 pm »
  • Gardner Library, fourth Saturdays, 12 pm »

This Fall you also have three chances to learn The Game of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game.

Board games have brought family and friends together for years, and we are now in a golden age of game choices! Join us for enjoyable games, meet new friends and have new adventures. All ages welcome. See dates for our Table Top Games and our special series where you can learn The Game of Go.​ Continue »

New Out of This World Podcast Episode

We're talking sci-fi! 

Beth from our collections development team drops by to talk about novellas! But not just any novellas, sci-fi novellas! The conversation quickly bubbles in a brew of all things sci-fi!

CREDITS:

  • Announcer: AMY FIELD

  • Host: DAVE CARSON

  • Featured guest: BETH ATWATER

  • Music and editing: DAVE CARSON

  • Staff writer’s quote: DENNIS ROSS

  • Written by: DAVE CARSON & AMY FIELD

We're talking sci-fi! 

Beth from our collections development team drops by to talk about novellas! But not just any novellas, sci-fi novellas! The conversation quickly bubbles in a brew of all things sci-fi!

CREDITS:

  • Announcer: AMY FIELD

  • Host: DAVE CARSON

  • Featured guest: BETH ATWATER

  • Music and editing: DAVE CARSON

  • Staff writer’s quote: DENNIS ROSS

  • Written by: DAVE CARSON & AMY FIELD

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Unlocking the Mind

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work.

See all of our Unlocking the Mind programming »

Explore Brainfuse online to ignite your mind with live homework help, practice tests, Spanish language learning and online quizzes and games.

Libraries offer spaces, experiences and services that allow our minds to unlock, recharge, expand and engage. Certainly books can help us trace pathways to our larger selves. We can also be motivated by the connections we make, the art we see, the speakers we listen to and by taking time for ourselves in the seat by the window to let our minds wander. When we respond to the pressures of our lives with openness, we invite creative solutions to guide us. This season, explore with us the mysterious ways the human mind can work. Continue »

Stary

Friday's Featured ArtistStary

In the words of the band itself, Stary "sounds like Neil Diamond except harder and more sad?!?!?" Listeners may or may not hear Mr. Diamond’s influence in their melodic indie-rock songs, but that’s beside the point. Comprised of core members Marisa B. Tejeda and Adam James in 2017, with drummer Seth Props joining later, Stary’s eponymous debut EP definitely deserves a listen. We are excited to share an interview with this new Kansas City band has they prepare more live shows and a full album. Enjoy!

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Introduce the band

The band's pronouns: Marisa B. Tejeda - They/She; Adam James - He/Him; Seth Props - He/Him

How did Stary come together?

Stary is a project Adam and myself created. We started writing music together when we first met in 2017, but it was something we just shared with each other. We moved to Kansas City last summer because I was admitted into the MFA Acting Program at UMKC and could not pass up on the incredible opportunity. The program keeps me quite busy, but in our free time together, Adam and I would write music together. We really liked all the songs we developed together and wanted to record them to share with our friends. The MFA Sound Design program at UMKC is top notch so we got some friends in the program, Sean Obrecht and Wallace McCanless, to record/mix/master our debut self titled ep. Adam and I played all the parts ourselves on the EP as we did not have a drummer yet. After our two days in the studio, we decided we wanted to form a band and start playing our stuff live. We saw on Facebook that some of the local bands we were listening to were playing a show at Mills Records and Parker 2 that day so we decided to go to both to try and meet some folks in the music scene and hopefully find a drummer. At the matinee show at Mills Records we met Kevin Briody (member of the band Mess and runs Mantra tour agency) and Allison Gliesman (frontperson of Mess and Sex Ed). Kevin and Allison gave us helpful tips about the scene here and urged us to go to the Parker 2 show that night. We ended up going to Parker 2, an incredible DIY venue, that night. It was there where we found our drummer, Seth Props, and since then Parker 2 has become our second home. We not only see great shows at Parker 2 all the time but it has become our practice space and second home. Grey Bohlender runs the space and has been an integral part of Stary becoming a full band, as it was him who pointed us towards Seth that night. Since then we’ve been putting lots of shows on the calendar and playing around town a lot!

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City Center Live

City Center Live: Scott Cox, "Shakespeare for Everyday Living"

This event is at Lenexa City Hall, Community Forum (indoors), 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

"And God Did Shake the Pear: Shakespeare for Everyday Living" is a one-man show with inspirational and humorous anecdotes by Scott Cox, the director of Living Shakespeare, a rehabilitative theatre program at Lansing Correctional Facility. 

Admission is free. To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170.

City Center Live is partnership between the City of Lenexa and Johnson County Library. 

This event is at Lenexa City Hall, Community Forum (indoors), 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

"And God Did Shake the Pear: Shakespeare for Everyday Living" is a one-man show with inspirational and humorous anecdotes by Scott Cox, the director of Living Shakespeare, a rehabilitative theatre program at Lansing Correctional Facility. 

Admission is free. To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170.

City Center Live is partnership between the City of Lenexa and Johnson County Library. 

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
School photo

Throwback Thursday

Back to school!

Ah yes, the good ol' class photo! It's a time-honored tradition. There's something special about a photo capturing classmates in a moment in time. That's true no matter if it's Lexington Township in 1899 (like the students photographed here) or one taken in modern day DeSoto.

Remember, those back to school clothes you're choosing right now are the same duds that might be donned for that class photo! 

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.     

Back to school!

Ah yes, the good ol' class photo! It's a time-honored tradition. There's something special about a photo capturing classmates in a moment in time. That's true no matter if it's Lexington Township in 1899 (like the students photographed here) or one taken in modern day DeSoto.

Remember, those back to school clothes you're choosing right now are the same duds that might be donned for that class photo! 

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.      Continue »

Book heart

Staff Picks

If you’ve haven’t checked out what our librarians are recommending, head on over to our Staff Picks Blog to find great stuff that we’ve been reading, watching, or listening to.

Josh N. is a HUGE fan of Doctor Who and recently traced the genealogy of the classic British Sci-Fi television show, looking at works of fiction that have influenced the adventures of our favorite Time Lord over the years – which is no small task, considering the show has been around for over fifty years and still has legions of fans across the globe.

We’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing all this summer, and Kari E. wrote about the effect that outer space has had on her passion for music. Here, she guides us through a list of concept albums all based on space or other planets, including artists like Janelle Monae and Radiohead.

Michael K. recently noted the recent 30th anniversary of the movie UHF, written by and starring “Weird Al” Yankovic. He wrote about his love for the film and what the movie’s delightful collection of oddballs working for a struggling local public-access television station meant for him as a teen.

Finally, librarian Gregg W. reports back from his trip to BookExpo, one of the year’s largest gathering of publishers and authors, and highlights some titles that will be hitting the shelves at your local branch - and, just maybe, the bestseller lists. We love hearing about the next big titles before everyone else does, and Gregg always has his ears to the ground.

Also in the Staff Picks Blog you’ll find recent posts about the blockbuster Where the Crawdads Sing as well as the latest in a beautiful and elegant graphic novel series, Flight.

If you’ve haven’t checked out what our librarians are recommending, head on over to our Staff Picks Blog to find great stuff that we’ve been reading, watching, or listening to.

Josh N. is a HUGE fan of Doctor Who and recently traced the genealogy of the classic British Sci-Fi television show, looking at works of fiction that have influenced the adventures of our favorite Time Lord over the years – which is no small task, considering the show has been around for over fifty years and still has legions of fans across the globe.

We’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of... Continue »

Leawood Pioneer READ winner

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

Leawood Pioneer hosts Read to a Dog, Creative Writing Workshops for teens, Book Groups, and more!

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

Leawood Pioneer hosts Read to a Dog, Creative Writing Workshops for teens, Book Groups, and more!

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