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Entrepreneurs at the Library

The Johnson County Library provides many services and resources to support the entrepreneurial and small business communities. By utilizing our complimentary meeting spaces and  the creative resources in the  Black and Veatch MakerSpace, watch how one start-up launched their small business at the Library!

The Johnson County Library provides many services and resources to support the entrepreneurial and small business communities. By utilizing our complimentary meeting spaces and  the creative resources in the  Black and Veatch MakerSpace, watch how one start-up launched their small business at the Library!

Unlocking EmPAWthy

Unlocking Em-PAW-thy

People and animals have feelings in common. This interactive presentation helps you appreciate similarities and differences in pet and human brains, emotions and social chemistry. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of empathy and an increased motivation to care for your family pets and all living things.

Designed especially for the Library and presented by Ashley Stanley of Wayside Waifs. A live animal will be present at this program.

People and animals have feelings in common. This interactive presentation helps you appreciate similarities and differences in pet and human brains, emotions and social chemistry. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of empathy and an increased motivation to care for your family pets and all living things.

Designed especially for the Library and presented by Ashley Stanley of Wayside Waifs. A live animal will be present at this program.

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Oak Park Library
Mind Full or Mindful

Mind Full or Mindful

Join us at the Library to explore mindfulness practices like meditation, breathing, and movement. Unlock a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection one breath at a time.

Presented by Celestine Muhammad, a Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher and co-founder of A Peace of Yoga Kansas City.

Join us at the Library to explore mindfulness practices like meditation, breathing, and movement. Unlock a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection one breath at a time.

Presented by Celestine Muhammad, a Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher and co-founder of A Peace of Yoga Kansas City.

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Monticello Library
Dan Jones

Dan Jones

It's a pleasure to welcome Dan Jones to Local Music. A prolific songwriter and performer whose power-pop gems sport titles like "Tequila Grapefruit Soda", "Beach, Please" and "A Pickle and Two Pearl Onions", Jones's work is all kinds of entertaining and creative, alive with classic melodies, guitar punch and a childlike spirit. He and his band The Squids are gearing up for a brand-new album, We Live in a World That Is Out of This World. Fans of Guided By Voices and The Minutemen take note. Enjoy our interview with Dan Jones below.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

We played with a touring band a couple weeks ago and one of them said our set sounded like "Guided By Voices meets The Minutemen."  That works for me!  Fairly aggressive, punk-influenced creative pop music.  Live, we are a power trio and knock the songs out fast with minimum fuss.

I was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri; spent twenty-plus years in Eugene, Oregon; and moved back to KCMO in 2013.  By day I work as an operations coordinator at Dimensional Innovations, an architectural signage and experiential graphics firm.  I mostly went the DIY way with five album projects in the Northwest, and played along the I-5 corridor for about 15 years, first as an acoustic troubadour and later with Dan Jones and The Squids (lots of members, an indie rock collective more or less) and The Golden Motors (solid lineup for about 5 years).  It felt right to revive Dan Jones and The Squids here in KC after I hit the ground running with old friends Steve Tulipana (bass), Alex Alexander (guitar), and Matt Ronan (drums).  Steve and I go back to eighth grade and basically shared a record collection all through junior high and high school as we picked up influences and instruments and played them really badly in little bands that had more fliers than gigs.  Corn Dog Jamboree is the most infamous. So many fliers! And like three gigs.

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Did you miss the latest episode?

In our latest episode of the Did you hear? podcast we explore K-Drama. What the heck is that? Tune in to find out. Librarian Rachel Novotny talks about its history and answers some questions about the artists and explains the how and why this genre has become so popular. Get ready, we’re going inside K-Drama! 

In our latest episode of the Did you hear? podcast we explore K-Drama. What the heck is that? Tune in to find out. Librarian Rachel Novotny talks about its history and answers some questions about the artists and explains the how and why this genre has become so popular. Get ready, we’re going inside K-Drama! 

Historic Hats Throwback Thursday

How many hats can you find in the collections at jocohistory.org? Discover the story behind these images and get all the details. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

How many hats can you find in the collections at jocohistory.org? Discover the story behind these images and get all the details. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Career and Finance

Career and Finance

Join us for upcoming Career and Finance programming including "Resumes - It's All About You" and "The Self Directed Job Search." See the schedule »

Join us for upcoming Career and Finance programming including "Resumes - It's All About You" and "The Self Directed Job Search." See the schedule »

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Now at Oak Park: Fred TreaseFred Trease

Monday, Aug 26, 2019 to Friday, Nov 1, 2019 at Oak Park Library

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

I’m primarily a photographer. It’s my first love. The last couple of years I’ve been exploring digital means for making art. These drawings are done on a tablet.

What would you like people to know most about your art?

Most of my work revolves around the observational skills I developed as a scientist. It’s all biology, geology and cosmology.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

I think it’s to hold a mirror up to the world and let people see it through my eyes.

How has your practice changed over time?

It evolves as technology evolved, but at its heart it remains constant.

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

I’m currently reading Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking. I’ve recently discovered The Black Creatures, a Kansas City based darkpop hip hop duo. They’re fabulous! The Here Now Film Festival offered many inspiring short films. I don’t know how I’d survive without Turner Classic Movies and the Johnson County Library.

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

I’m primarily a photographer. It’s my first love. The last couple of years I’ve been exploring digital means for making art. These drawings are done on a tablet.

What would you like people to know most about your art?

Most of my work revolves around the observational skills I developed as a scientist. It’s all biology, geology and cosmology.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

I think it’s to hold a mirror up to the world and let people see it through my eyes.

How has your practice changed over time?

It evolves as... Continue »

Surgery by Dana Schultz

Now Presenting: Connecting Contemporary Art and Healthcare Education

Art museums and healthcare programs have a lot in common. Learn how educators and healthcare experts have worked together to use visual artwork with active learning exercises aligned with reading, writing, speaking and listening. We’ll study contemporary art works from the Nerman Museum collection, including the painting “Surgery” by the renowned Dana Schutz. Participants will learn strategies to hone communication skills that help students work as teams, to consider other perspectives, and to stay objective in critical situations.

This program is presented by Karen Gerety Folk. Karen Gerety Folk has worked at JCCC since August 2005 as the founding Curator of Education developing curriculum, programs and resources for JCCC faculty, staff, students, as well as school and community groups visiting the Nerman Museum and the permanent collection of art on campus. She studied at the University of Kansas, earning an MA in Art Museum Education and an MA in Art History in 2005, and a BFA in Art History in 2001. Her essay based on her thesis research on family learning in art museums is included in the anthology From Periphery To Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century. Gerety Folk is a member of the KC Metro Arts Education Network, a group dedicated to promoting arts integration throughout the region. The JCCC Art Vision program connecting English and Healthcare faculty with contemporary art was funded by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission grant for arts integration.

Art museums and healthcare programs have a lot in common. Learn how educators and healthcare experts have worked together to use visual artwork with active learning exercises aligned with reading, writing, speaking and listening. Continue »

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Central Resource Library
All These Flowers

Meet the Filmmaker: All These Flowers Screening

Meet director, producer and documentary filmmaker Kevin Bryce. His film offers a bold look at a complex and widely misunderstood illness. All These Flowers is a victory story: of finding identity apart from a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder; of hope where there was despair; of recovery from an incurable disease. Six people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder were filmed for two years. They are from across the United States and different family structures and financial situations, and follow varying treatment strategies. The simple message of All These Flowers is: we all struggle. Some of our struggles may be given the same name yet they can be expressed differently from person to person.

See additional All These Flowers screenings » 

Meet director, producer and documentary filmmaker Kevin Bryce for a Q&A as well as a screening of All These Flowers. His film offers a bold look at a complex and widely misunderstood illness. All These Flowers is a victory story: of finding identity apart from a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder; of hope where there was despair; of recovery from an incurable disease. Continue »

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Monticello Library

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