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Guns of August Still Reverberating

The Guns of August book cover

After a special tour of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, FYI Book Club readers gathered recently to discuss The Guns of August, the classic nonfiction work by Barbara W. Tuchman.

Can't Buy Him Love

September 17, 1964: Twenty thousand fans gather in Municipal Stadium to hear the Beatles, who are paid $150,000 for the 31-minute concert. Unheard of in a Beatles performance, the turnout is nearly 15,000 below the venue’s maximum capacity.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Gideon’s Fire by John Creasey

Gideon’s Fire by John Creasey

Just as Hilary Waugh and Ed McBain aimed at writing police procedurals that reflected police work in the United States as it really was, John Creasey in England was trying to do the same thing.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Already well-known as a webcomic creator, Canadian author Emily Carroll makes her print debut with Through the Woods - a collection of five short illustrated stories of horror.

Mozilla Hive KC Reception & Launch

Join Mozilla Hive KC for the official launch of the Kansas City Hive Learning Network.

Muffin Man

Fred Wolferman

September 13, 1870: Fred Wolferman, who will lead the family Kansas City grocery store to a successful purveyor of luxury food goods (especially Wolferman's English muffins), is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Imagine That: Books that Inspire Imagination

Youth have a hold on some of the most lively and energetic imaginations, so it's only right that children's books should reflect that same enthusiasm. No matter the subject at hand, children's books not only seek to teach, but value change, wonder, and dreams. Below are a few hand picked selections of titles that just might insight, explore, and inspire imagination.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller's achievement with The Song of Achilles cannot be overstated. Here's a novel that's absorbingly readable for a modern audience, but that still has the poetry of Homeric sagas.

Teen Review: Indigo Spell

Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Teen Reviewer: Khamedriah Grimes

Action. Drama. Confusion? This book has the action of twists and turns and back slides, and the drama of wanting to figure out why. But there also may be some things that get you saying, “Huh?" Confused? Let me explain.

Program Notes: Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach movie poster

From the moment it hit the nation's movie screens in 1939, John Ford's Stagecoach was declared a masterpiece. Not just a pretty good Western, but a masterpiece. Never before had an "oater" earned that sort of praise.

Program Notes: Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach movie poster

From the moment it hit the nation's movie screens in 1939, John Ford's Stagecoach was declared a masterpiece. Not just a pretty good Western, but a masterpiece. Never before had an "oater" earned that sort of praise.

My Beloved Goldfish

Have you ever thought of raising goldfish? Goldfish are easy to find in pet stores and their colors are so bright and shiny. There are a variety of goldfish such as comets, commons, and shubunkins. Goldfish swim in circles making relaxing sounds, blub, blub, blub, in an aquarium. What I like about goldfish is their round googly eyes and their active personalities.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Drop by Dennis Lehane

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

Looking for an interesting new book to add to your fall reading list? Then consider The Drop by Dennis Lehane, set to be released on September 2, 2014.

Evacuation Day

Order No. 11 by George Caleb Bingham

August 25, 1863: Following William Clarke Quantrill’s devastating raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas E. Ewing issues Order No. 11, forcing thousands of suspected Confederate sympathizers in Missouri to evacuate the rural areas surrounding Kansas City.

Local History

Devastation and Controversy: A History of Floods in the West Bottoms

The 1951 Flood

The beginning of the end came for the Kansas City Stockyards in July 1951 when the West Bottoms suffered the worst flood in the city’s history, one from which the industrial district never fully recovered.