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Building A Community Of Readers

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."

Meet the Great Explorers!

Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star by Maria Van Lieshout

Do you like to take trips to unknown place? Do you enjoy exploring a new territory that no one has ever found? People who like to investigate and keep a record of faraway lands are called explorers. Explorers are not afraid of traveling and encountering new, unusual things. Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Lewis and Clark are among the world’s most famous explorers. This month, I found three new picture books about venturing to unique places and discovering new experiences.

Program Notes: The Roaring Twenties (1939)

The Roaring Twenties movie poster

With 1939’s The Roaring Twenties, James Cagney put a cap on his career as a movie tough guy. It would be a full decade after for him to star in another gangster film.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell made me long for the old-fashioned landline phone – for the days when a phone fit your hand perfectly and your ear with the warmth of the voice at the other end, for the excitement a phone ringing and not knowing who was calling.

Join Us for TEDxYouth@KC

TEDxYouth@KC logo

TEDxYouth@KC invites those 25 and younger to be a part of our annual TEDxYouth event that will take place in November. We are looking for passionate and engaged individuals that are putting their idea worth spreading into action. We are also looking for those youth interested in event planning, set design and construction, and video production for TEDxYouth@KC.

Show Me Missouri!

S is for Show Me

Show Me Missouri!

Just because we live, work, and play here does not mean that we are experts on Missouri. The library is full of resources about your state. Learn more about it, and fall in love with the many interesting facets of this place we call home.

Building A Community Of Readers

Community Builders: Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Melanie Griffey

Melanie Griffey is a petite woman with a warm presence and a ready smile. A 43 year veteran teacher of Kindergarteners, and first and second graders, on Tuesdays she offers her considerable skills at the Plaza branch.

Hotel Horror

Hyatt  Regency Hotel

July 17, 1981: One hundred fourteen people die as two skywalks collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during a tea dance.

Program Notes: Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Confessions of a Nazi Spy movie poster

Whatever its merits as entertainment, 1939's Confessions of a Nazi Spy is a social and historical landmark, the first time a major Hollywood studio pulled out all the stops in attacking the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Greek Coffin Mystery

In this 1932 classic mystery, an elderly and wealthy Greek art dealer dies, and his will has gone missing. Inspector Richard Queen of the NY Police is brought in to investigate.

Teen Review: Great

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Great, by Sara Benincasa

Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth

What would your life be like if your mother was famous? Most of us think Life would be amazing!, but that is not the answer for Naomi Rye. Not only are her parents divorced, Naomi has to spend a whole summer with her uptight, famous mother. In this intruiging story, Naomi is prepared for her usual summer of famous people and fake friends.

The Multiplex is Born

Stanley H. Durwood

July 12, 1963: Stanley H. Durwood, chief executive of Durwood Theaters (later American Multi-Cinema and then AMC Entertainment), builds the country's first multiplex movie theater in the Ward Parkway shopping center.

Program Notes: Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Each Dawn I Die movie poster

Warner Brothers was noted for its emphasis on films that dealt with social problems. Each Dawn I Die is a prison film pairing James Cagney with tough guy George Raft – a man with intimate knowledge of underworld characters.

Building A Community Of Readers

Community Builders: Westport Branch and Collection Development

The outside of the Westport branch, located at 118 Westport Road.

The Library is full of movers and shakers, unafraid of change, who are devoted to finding new and innovative ways to make the Library experience better. Our journey begins with the lovely people who choose which books go on the shelf—Collection Development.

Teen Review: Awaken

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Awaken, by Katie Kacvinsky

Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth

Imagine a world full of technology, but not like what we have now. Imagine something more, a lot more, different. Where people can't remember what it's like to have human contact with people other than their families. Yes, they are in each other's presence, but they aren't connecting.