Summer Reading 2014


Participate in the 2014 Summer Reading Program from June 1 - August 2.
Read books and complete activities to earn great prizes! Learn more...

KC Unbound Blog
Community Builders: FYI Book Club The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh book cover

A masterful first novel challenges readers. Regional author Laura McHugh's debut, The Weight of Blood, has received much acclaim since publication last March, and FYI Book Club readers praised it as a "brilliant first novel."


This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
July 1864
Northerners and Southerners look for meaning in the annual Fourth of July celebrations, bushwhackers formerly associated with Quantrill’s Raiders resume their activities, and African American soldiers receive equal pay with white soldiers.
Film Blog
Program Notes: Gone with the Wind (1939) Gone with the Wind movie poster

Gone with the Wind is hugely entertaining, with great acting, compelling characters and production values capable of impressing even those of us raised on computer-sweetened cinema.

Project 9: Birth of the Air Commandos Project 9: Birth of the Air Commandos

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Amateur baseball team, early 1900sAmateur baseball team, early 1900s

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