Friends of Johnson County Library’s book sale March 12-14; Public meeting on Mastin and Johnson Drive improvement project

The Friends of Johnson County Library's book sale is March 12-14 at Central Resource Library in Overland Park.

Friends of Johnson County Library hosting book sale March 12-14

The Friends of Johnson County Library’s 2020 Cabin Fever Book Sale takes place March 12-14 at Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St. in Overland Park. Thousands of “gently-read” books will be for sale, and most items will be priced $2-5. Cash, checks and cards are accepted. Funds support early literacy programs, collection purchases and staff professional development at Johnson County Library. Book sale hours are:

  • March 12: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • March 13: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • March 14: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Merriam hosting public meeting on Mastin and Johnson Drive improvements.

The city of Merriam is hosting a public meeting about the Mastin Street and Johnson Drive improvements tonight, March 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. City staff, design engineers and the contractor will be there in order to address resident questions and concerns.

Additionally, the contractor will discuss the project schedule and ask those in attendance for input on the project. The Johnson Drive CARS 2020 project includes a mill and overlay I-35 to Mackey Street, and curb and gutter replacements. The Mastin Street project includes a mill and overlay, and storm drain repairs from Johnson Drive to Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Belinder Elementary art teacher Beth Koon shares thousands of artworks

Artsonia, an online collector of student artwork, has recently recognized Belinder Elementary art instructor Beth Koon for her commitment to art education and desire to showcase her students’ artworks. Koon used Artsonia.com to display more than 2,500 pieces of student art this school year, thus creating an art portfolio for the students.

“My students love to view their digital portfolio and see how much progress they have made as artists,” Koon said. “It’s wonderful to see my students take so much pride and ownership of their artwork.”

Koon and Belinder Elementary have been maintaining digital student portfolios for the past five years. In addition to accumulating over 13,000 pieces of art on Artsonia, Koon and Belinder Elementary have connected more than 27,000 friends and family members to student galleries.