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New library, new museum exhibit open this weekend

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  A ribbon cutting will open the doors at 8778 Penrose Lane promptly at 1 p.m. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion by the emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley.

Activities will include tours conducted by library staff of the new building and an opportunity to see award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art at the site. The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, 1-5 p.m.

The new 40,000-square-foot building occupies two floors at the Lenexa City Center campus. In addition to high-quality library services, the new space features public meeting rooms, public computers, and a robust children’s programming area.

Explore “Expanding Oz” at the Johnson County Museum

Starting Saturday, June 1, you can explore “Expanding Oz,” a new exhibit at the Johnson County Museum.

The museum is in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Learn what you don’t know about “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the world’s most loved stories. See one-of-a-kind Oz memorabilia from original books to stage productions and pop culture. And to think, it all started with one book, written by L. Frank Baum in 1900!

The exhibit is open regular museum hours, and museum admission rates apply: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. As always, museum members are free!

The exhibit runs through Nov. 2.

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