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"Library Frights" for October

Library Frights

Each day in the month of October, our librarians have selected a book or movie from our collection to share on social media. Some are famous, some obscure, but every one of these titles is full of thrills and chills — perfect for Halloween!

That Championship Season

Kauffman Stadium scoreboard at end of game 6. Credit Joe Bonello

October 27, 1985: The Kansas City Royals win game seven of the World Series, finishing off a stunning come-from-behind series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with an 11-0 triumph.

Warm-Up This Fall

Pumpkin Ribbon

Summer has definitely gone on siesta. Winter hasn’t yet hinted it's near by dropping the temperature below freezing. Autumn, though, now blusters full-blast.

There are all kinds of ways that people bring warmth into their ever-cooling lives. A few are:

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

In 1935's The Hollow Man, we have the epitome of the locked-room mystery. Not only is the book the exemplar of the type, but a whole chapter in the book is devoted to a lecture by the main detective on the topic of “locked room” murders.

Library Life

In Memoriam - Phil Kirk, 1937-2014

Phil Kirk

Many of you will know Phil Kirk as the man for whom we named Kirk Hall at the Central Library. Or as this generation’s downtown Kansas City real estate developer par excellence. Or a genial figure at many of our Library programs and special events.

He was much, much more. His family, and notably his father Jim, were prominent in local business and philanthropy. Jim Kirk's office furniture from Kirk Welding ended up in One North at the Central Library as part of our soft seating there. Mike Kirk, Phil's brother, has been an active supporter of the Library.

Harry Potter Halloween Party!

The Kansas City Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance is transforming The Plaza Libary into Hogwarts to celebrate all things Harry Potter! Bring gently used clothing, coats, hats, and gloves to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City and to earn points for your house! Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character and help your team win the House Cup! We will have games, refreshments, a costume contest, and more!

Appropriate for all ages
Saturday, November 1, 2014
8 p.m. – Midnight
Plaza Branch | 4801 Main St.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

Gettysburg of the West

General Sterling Price

October 23, 1864: Confederate and Union forces battle in Westport, on the grounds of the present-day Country Club Plaza, resulting in a Union Army victory when the Confederate forces flee south.

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Count the Monkeys

If you’re looking for a book to read aloud to your child, the Missouri Building Block Award is a good place to start. The Building Block Award is a chance for the children of Missouri (and neighboring states) to select the best read-aloud book of the year from a set of 10 nominees.

Below are the 2014 Missouri Building Block Award Nominees:

Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Imagination may seem like a total disconnect from real life. Listening to a Beyonce song isn't the same as being on stage with her. That isn't a reason to give up. Pursue your passions!

Library Life

Food For Fines Week Returns

Food For Fines 2014

The Library is partnering with Harvesters for Food for Fines Week, October 13-19, 2014. For each non-perishable food item donated at the Library, you get a $1 credit towards your existing fines.

We Play the Pallas

Women in costume atop float bearing oversized lobster

October 13, 1887: President Grover Cleveland looks on as decorated floats, costumed horsemen, and an elephant march in downtown during the first Priests of Pallas parade, an event that will remain a Kansas City tradition until the 1920s.

Book Reviews

The President and the Assassin by Scott Miller

The President and the Assassin by Scott Miller

At the beginning of the Twentieth century, the United States enjoyed an economic boom along with a rise in the anarchy movement leading to the assassination of a President.

Library Life

Young Friends Present Booktoberfest

Booktoberfest

Join the Young Friends of the Library on Friday night for an evening of books, beer, bites … and baseball. Booktoberfest brings together local breweries for a unique tasting event benefiting the Young Friends.

Kings of the City

The Kansas City Monarchs. Photo courtesy Missouri Valley Special Collections

October 6, 1922: The Kansas City Monarchs and the Kansas City Blues baseball teams embarked on a six-game series that would end with the Monarchs being crowned “The New City Champions” by the Kansas City Star.