Library and museum calendar of events
Johnson County Library Shawnee branch
13811 Johnson Drive, 913-826-4600
• 6 by 6: Ready to Read Early Literacy Spaces. Drop in through Aug. 31 with your preschooler and use a picture book to explore activities that enhance children’s pre-reading skills.
• Read to a Dog, 10:30 a.m., July 31. Children 5 through 12 can practice their reading skills reading to specially trained Pets for Life dogs.
Johnson County Museum of History
6305 Lackman Road, 913-715-2550
• “Bill Owens: Suburbia,” a 1960s and ’70s photo exhibit continues through Sept. 1.
• Wear a shirt fitting the museum’s monthly suburbia theme and get a free tour of the 1950s All-Electric House. July is cowboy/western shirt month. August will be bowling shirt month.
• Summer Arts Program, 10 a.m.-noon July 27. Drop-in art activities for children 4 to 8. Today’s theme: chalk drawings. $3 per child, $2 for members.
• Doo-Dad Mike, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 1. A family entertainer will perform a high-energy rock concert. $3 per child or $2 for members. Only three children per adult will be allowed, and registration is recommended.
Shawnee Town 1929
11501 W. 57th St., 913-248-2360
• Summer on the Farm, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 11. Interpreters will help visitors experience summertime on a 1920s Shawnee farm. $3 per adult, $1 per child 5-17, free for children under 5. Reservations required.
• Ukulele music, 7 p.m. Aug. 14. The Ukesters will perform tunes from the ’20s and ’30s during a free event.
• 37th Annual Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15.
Wonderscope Children’s Museum
5705 Flint St., 913-287-8888
• Facilitated art activity, 11 a.m-noon and 2-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through 2012 and beyond. Fun art activities that allow children to engage with parents are being offered in the museum’s ArtWorks area. Free with museum admission.
• Wonderpalooza: Funky Mama, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Free with museum admission.
• Come Sign with Me Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 16. Children can learn sign language and hear a story every third Thursday. Free with museum admission.
Monticello Community Historical Museum
23860 W. 83rd St., Lenexa, 913-667-3706
• Field trip to Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2. Reservations required
• Visit the historical society’s food both Sept. 8 at the Lenexa Spinach Festival.
• General meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Guest speaker Sheldon Wood will deliver a talk titled “How the Great War Affected Johnson County.”
• “Visions of the Past,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept 29. The historical society will sonsor a walk through Union Cemetery, 75th Street and Gleason Road, featuring portrayals of historical figures buried there.