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This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Author events with Tosca Lee »

Career Exploration and Transition – Discovering Your Ideal Career Monday, Feb. 17, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Create Your Contest Bookmark Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1 pm @ Central Resource Library

College and Career Planning Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 pm @ Blue Valley Library

Now Presenting: Virginia Brackett Interview with “New Letters on the Air” Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 pm @ Central Resource Library

Everybody Read - All Ages Book Group Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 pm @ Shawnee Library

Legislative Coffee Series Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 am @ Lenexa City Center Library

Enjoy our book groups, storytimes, and much more »

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

Author events with Tosca Lee »

Career Exploration and Transition – Discovering Your Ideal Career Monday, Feb. 17, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Create Your Contest Bookmark Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1 pm @... Continue »

True Lions

Friday Featured ArtistTrue Lions

True Lions is something of a Kansas City supergroup comprised of some of Kansas City's most talented songwriters and musicians. Spearheaded by founding members Alison Hawkins and Mikala Petillo and recently expanded to include Elizabeth Kosko on drums and Claire Adams on guitar/bass, True Lions recalls 90s classic lo-fi indie pop with songs that are full of hooks, harmonies and other sonic surprises. While their future beyond a bunch of live performances and an excellent EP, "Cute at Best", remains unclear, Kansas City is lucky to have them while they're here. Enjoy our 2019 interview with Alison Hawkins about the band. And, join us for a free, live performance tonight  at City Center Live.

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Kissing

Kiss Throwback Thursday Hello!

With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, we've got love on the brain. How about you? Are you looking for love? Other than our extensive collection filled with romance novelsself-help books and more, we can't really help you there. You can, however, travel through local history at jocohistory.org and try to find love ... or at least really old pictures of lovers. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, we've got love on the brain. How about you? Are you looking for love? Other than our extensive collection filled with romance novelsself-help books and more, we can't really help you there. You can, however, travel through local history at ... Continue »

Podcast Extra!

In case you missed last week's Did you hear? podcast episode, here's the encore presentation! That's right, extra eLibrary elaboration!

In case you missed last week's Did you hear? podcast episode, here's the encore presentation! That's right, extra eLibrary elaboration!

  • Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
    First Nature Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
  • Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
    Deep-Seated Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
  • Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
    Frantic Summer Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
  • Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre
    Qualia Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre

Francisco Gabuardy Montealegre

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 to Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020 at Gardner Library

When working on his art, Francisco Gabuardy  draws from a lexicon of personal symbols. Many symbols allude to family ties, but also to larger concepts such as freedom and survival. He considers himself a mixed media artist who can create something out of anything he can get my hands on. However, he likes to re-explore the plethora of information and techniques that he’s confident with. This is why his work carries a playful knowledge of color, material, composition and attention to detail, which is infused with symbolism and narrative.

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

My name is Francisco Gabuardy. I consider myself a mixed media artist that can create something out of anything I can get my hands on. When working on my art I draw from a lexicon of personal symbols. Many symbols allude to family ties, but also to larger concepts such as freedom and survival. In my work I like to re-explore the plethora of information and techniques that I’m confident with. This is why my work carries a playful knowledge of color, material and composition. I pay attention to detail, which is often infused with symbolism and narrative.

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

I have noticed that whenever I build a hand made frame for a piece or any sculptural component, my process slows down. This is because I’m confronted with the dilemma of finding a space to chop down materials such as raw wood. However, I always find a way to overcome this obstacle.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

I believe that true creative artists are born to show their best skills and to move forward. This is why I’m always asking myself how I can push myself further and create new refreshing things? I want my pieces to exude beauty, mystery and meaning. I invest clear curiosity, time and energy, which beckons the viewer to do so as well.

How has your practice changed over time?

As long as I can remember I have always been lucky in the sense that I’ve always had a constant stream of creative ideas. This consistent flow of ideas eventually led me to a point in which I felt that I was missing out on capturing all of those thoughts. I started working on multiple sketchbooks during a year and it was a game changer. This has helped me to maintain a steady circulation and record of ideas. As a result of this practice I’m left with drawings that can be considered finished art pieces or blueprints for future exploration. This way of operating allows my natural creativity to function in a planned way or in an impromptu way. Ultimately, this enables me the time and realm to play with concepts with complete freedom which is a major motivator in my studio.

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

Currently I’m listening to music by Ricardo Arjona, K'pop and soundtracks from games like Stardew Valley. I just finished playing Luigi’s Mansion and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Right now I’m playing Outlast 2 and Far Cry Primal.

 

 

When working on his art, Francisco Gabuardy  draws from a lexicon of personal symbols. Many symbols allude to family ties, but also to larger concepts such as freedom and survival. He considers himself a mixed media artist who can create something out of anything he can get my hands on. However, he likes to re-explore the plethora of information and techniques that he’s confident with. This is why his work carries a playful knowledge of color, material, composition and attention to detail, which is infused with symbolism and narrative. Come view some of his work currently on display at Gardner Library.

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Santa Fe Drive

Throwback watch party?

Do your San Francisco relatives think you live in the "wild west?" We say, just play along. Please feel free to share this photo with them from jocohistory.org and tell them this was the spot for the watch party you attended last Sunday.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

 

 

Do your San Francisco relatives think you live in the "wild west?" We say, just play along. Please feel free to share this photo with them from jocohistory.org and tell them this was the spot for the watch party you attended last Sunday.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to... Continue »

Seeds poster

Carlsen Center Writing Contest

Share a response to the prompt, “How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26. Submit your entry »

Enjoy others' responses »

Your response might win you two free tickets to Seeds, a show presented this Spring at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Seeds is a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes between farmers and the biotech industry.

Share a response to the prompt, “How do your friends, family, and community use food to connect?” 1000 word limit, deadline: Feb. 26. Submit your entry »

Enjoy others' responses »

Your response might win you two free tickets to Seeds, a show presented this Spring at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Seeds is a dramatic reenactment of the seven-year battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotech corporation Monsanto Inc. This documentary play leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific debates about genetically modified food, and property clashes... Continue »

Leawood Pioneer Display Case

Leawood Pioneer Library Display

Fifth graders from Leawood Elementary School and Brookwood Elementary School submitted Arbor Day-inspired drawings until 6 finalists were chosen. The winning entry was sent on to Topeka to compete against other Kansas schools until a final winner will be chosen. A historic lithograph titled "Tree Planting Group," dated 1937, is showcased in our Leawood Pioneer display case. It is signed by the artist, Grant Wood. 

There will be a ceremony held on March 2nd at Leawood City Hall for all 6 finalists. This exhibit will be available for viewing here at Leawood through the second week in March. 

If any young patrons are interested in displaying their collections in our brand new display case, they are encouraged to ask Leawood Youth Services staff for a Youth Display Case Application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and patrons across Johnson County are welcome to apply! 

Fifth graders from Leawood Elementary School and Brookwood Elementary School submitted Arbor Day-inspired drawings until 6 finalists were chosen. The winning entry was sent on to Topeka to compete against other Kansas schools until a final winner will be chosen. A historic lithograph titled "Tree Planting Group," dated 1937, is showcased in our Leawood Pioneer display case. It is signed by the artist, Grant Wood. 

There will be a ceremony held on March 2nd at Leawood City Hall for all 6 finalists. This exhibit will be available for viewing here at Leawood through the second week in March. 

If any young patrons are interested in displaying their collections in our brand new display case, they are encouraged to ask Leawood... Continue »

Denise Mills (center) along with then- County Librarian Mona Carmack (left),  with First Lady Laura Bush in 2005.

Why I Give: Denise Mills

As I reflect back, the Library has been an ongoing integral part of all stages of my life.

As a young child, my first trip to a library was a bookshelf in our local bank that my own mother and one of her friends started for other mothers to swap books with one another. Those books fed my curiosity of a world that I couldn’t have imagined without stories of adventuresome heroes. As an Iowa farm girl, books and newspapers at our local library kept me up to date on world news when I was living in a relatively isolated area. Oh how we looked forward to these trips into town to explore what was new on these bookshelves!

As a young single mother, the Library gave me a respite – a quiet place from a hectic lifestyle that created hours of self guided entertainment for my children, that was educational, free of charge, and most importantly, quiet and safe. My kids loved exploring the shelves and escaping into great books and children’s magazines – I could not have afforded these books or magazines otherwise.

As an entrepreneur, the meeting rooms at the Library became an office and the librarians were great market researchers. Their vast knowledge of business, based on experience, and the questions from thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs with questions before me, provided me with in-library resources that answered questions that I hadn’t even thought to ask. The result was a multi-million-dollar business venture that made headline news in The Wall Street Journal.

As an aspiring business leader, I attracted the attention of the business community when The Kansas City Star published a front page photo of me with First Lady Laura Bush and then- County Librarian Mona Carmack, when I was asked as a patron to accept an award honoring Johnson County Library as one of our country’s Best Libraries. We had a delightful morning, including brunch, with the First Lady in the State Dining Room where international leaders and celebrities are typically wined and dined. Priceless!

As a business leader today, various community conversations the Library has hosted on climate change, race relations, literacy in our community and root causes of poverty have been insightful. Inviting community leaders to come together to discuss current events in an open forum to educate one another and to share different viewpoints has been eye opening and insightful.

As a curious continuous learner, the Black and Veatch MakerSpace green room and video production center has given me the opportunity to experiment with producing promotional videos and voice-overs. Renting a professional recording studio would have been cost-prohibitive and yet the Library offers it for free and when the early tapings were less than perfect, I didn’t feel like I wasted a lot of money on studio costs. Glass etching is next on my “to-do” list in the MakerSpace. I want to personalize wine glasses for a wedding gift for my niece. I can’t wait to try it.

And, as a grandparent, hearing the squeal of delight from my granddaughter when she learned that she could take Library books home with her still brings a smile to my face. The joy of the Library keeps on giving. So, as you can see, the Library has been an integral resource all throughout my life. And continues to be.

Why do I give? Because I’m so grateful for the many services and resources the Library has provided me and how invaluable it is to our community. The legacy of the Library is one I hope to pass on to other young children exploring places and connecting with characters that books create in their imagination; to other young parents who have great aspirations for their children and want them to have access to books they can’t afford; to other aspiring business owners who will benefit from Johnson County librarians’ experience and vast knowledge of business research; to DIY crafters who want to experiment in the MakerSpace and perhaps discover a newfound hobby; and for grandparents like myself who love to see the joy on our grandchildren’s faces when they learn they get to take the books home with them. That’s why I give! To give back for all that I’ve received.

 

- Denise Mills

As I reflect back, the Library has been an ongoing integral part of all stages of my life.

As a young child, my first trip to a library was a bookshelf in our local bank that my own mother and one of her friends started for other mothers to swap books with one another. Those books fed my curiosity of a world that I couldn’t have imagined without stories of adventuresome heroes. As an Iowa farm girl, books and newspapers at our local library kept me up to date on world news when I was living in a relatively isolated area. Oh how we looked forward to these trips into town to explore what was new on these bookshelves!

As a young single mother, the Library gave me a respite – a quiet place... Continue »

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