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Happy Music Monday where we select a single from one of our full Local Music LIVE recording performances. This week, it's True Blue by Chloe Jacobson. We'd like to think we're your "true blue friend" because one thing good friends do is pass along really good music from up-and-coming talented folks from right here in our community! Enjoy! Learn more about Chloe and hundreds of other Local Music artists.
First things first: it’s [mon–tih–sell–oh]. We know – that’s not how Thomas Jefferson might have said it. However since its founding in 1857 the Monticello township, and now the community, have adopted the Americanized pronunciation. So have we.
SHAWNEE, WE HAVE A BUILDING. Planning’s completed, designs are approved and permits have been issued. Monticello Library is becoming a reality in Shawnee, Kansas where Shawnee Mission Parkway abuts Kansas Highway 7.
Earthwork on the 22435 W. 66th Street site started in March 2017. After the May 10 Groundbreaking Ceremony, construction actively got underway. A concrete pad was poured; a steel framework began to describe the silhouette; utilities were connected. A retaining wall was installed on the south, and the 100-space parking lot was paved by year’s end.
Monticello Library is anticipated to be “dried in,” as they say in the construction trade, in January 2017. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work will start in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems – heating, lighting, electrical – operational.
Specific planning for Monticello Library actually got underway in 2005. When the project was fully funded in early 2016, more focus groups and staff committees weighed in to assure that the new building would meet current demands and standards. Among the features that were cited by community and staff as necessary, both in 2005 and 2016: ample meeting spaces for public use; robust wifi and other tech support; a drive-through window; dynamic children’s programming. All of these, and more, are planned for the new facility.
The need for a Monticello branch was noted in the Johnson County Library Facilities Master Plan 1990-2010. In 2000, the Library Board first requested that the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) place the Monticello facility in the annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); it was requested annually after that. In 2010, the County Commissioners ratified the site purchase from Bank of America, and a small donation of land from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth augmented the footprint for parking. The BoCC approved issuance of bonds for the site purchase, and placed the project on the County CIP timeline for construction in 2015.
The economic downturn of 2008-09 caught up with the project in 2011, and the Commissioners removed this project from the County’s 2012-2016 CIP. The Library planned to provide alternative services in the area –such as storytimes and a self-service lending machine on the future Monticello site, pending future developments…
In 2015 the Library’s Board approved the 20-year Comprehensive Library Master Plan and named Monticello Library as the first implementation priority. A public funding increase was approved that year, and the project was launched. The Clark Enersen Partners of Fairway, KS was selected as the project architect, and McCownGordon Construction are serving as construction manager to bring Monticello Library to life.
Gather at the Table event. Thursday, Jan. 18. Central Resource Library. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
We had a great "Gather at the Table" event last night at Central Resource Library. We had about 90 people of all ages, from children to seniors. People chatted about everything from the silly to the serious: favorite movies, the Civil Rights Movement, and DACA. Quite a few people stayed late and we saw several people who had just met hug goodbye. Join us at our next Community Matters events and connect with your community!
At the Library, we know the only thing as enjoyable as a good book is talking about it!
This Spring at Leawood we're opening a second book group, because the first was so popular! We're reading The Underground Railroad, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Pitbull: The Battle Over An American Icon, among others.
Not the chatty type? Check out our Silent Book Group. Shhh!
Starting your own book group? Hear about The Care and Feeding of Your Book Club with some of our experts.
We have book groups at every one of our locations, and options for afternoons or evenings to fit your schedule. We even have a book-and-barbeque club, as well as our foodie book group, An Edible Discussion. Check out all your options »
Our Throwback Thursday item this week was found after searching for something to honor National Thesaurus Day. In 1968 the Friends of the Library held a contest to "Name the New Library." The winner, Mrs. Paul Spaeth, named our "Cedar-Roe" library and won not only a thesaurus, but a Home Reference Library set.
Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help.
Avoid the anxiety. Get your tax season off to a good start at the Library.
That's right! We open this summer. But if you just can't wait to see what it will look like, then come fly with us! This animated flythrough highlights what the Monticello Library will look like inside and out!
For more information about our newest addition and to get the latest updates, check the Monticello Library page.