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Staff Review Jul 22, 2022

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Molly Hopkins has won our short story writing contest on the theme of Oceans of Possibility with her piece "Dead of Alive."

Molly Hopkins is a feisty individual, who lives out adventures in her mind as there is little she can do with her body. Driven to writing due to a severe chronic illness, Molly finds purpose, intrigue, and joy in the world of her imagination and the art of storytelling. For more of her work, visit www.goldinthegray.com.

Staff Review
Cover for Summertime

Summertime

By David Lean
5
Rated by Zachary C
Jul 12, 2022

I cannot convey the excitement felt seeing this film get added to the library collection as a result of a newly restored version of the film being released on DVD.  Summertime is such a beautiful film.  Director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago) turns the camera to the city of Venice.  The city itself is one of the main characters, and it is beautifully captu

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Midwest Telegram

Photo by Clara Ketchell

Feb 28, 2022

Midwest Telegram emerged from the depths of the Kansas City suburbs--and two years of lockdown and general pandemic living--in 2021 with an eponymous EP of dreamy DIY bedroom pop that wouldn't sound at all out of place on your favorite 90s college radio station.

Feb 1, 2022

It's hard to know where to begin with someone like Robert Castillo. In addition to being a recognized composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist, Castillo is also a dedicated community organizer. He has led the Kansas City-based jazz ensemble The Sextet and has released music as a solo artist under the Blob Castle moniker. Enjoy our interview with the fascinatingly diverse artist.

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