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Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan the Untamed

This novel is quite unique in the Tarzan canon as it is the only one that makes reference to the Great War. The novel, though written in 1919 and published in book form in 1920, is set in 1914.

Book Review - The Queen of the Tearling

Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling (2014) by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling is another addition to the extensive catalogue of fantasy novels. The book followed Kelsea Glynn, as she was taken from her home at eighteen by a cadre of soldiers and forced into the role of queen of the kingdom.

Teen Rally to Save MO Libraries!

Join people from all over the state to Save MO Libraries!

The Governor is withholding $6 million dollars in funding from libraries all across the state and has almost completely eliminated state funding to libraries next year.

Two busloads of teenage library advocates will be leaving from Kansas City and heading to Jefferson City to explain to their legislators why libraries are so important in their communities...

Bird Lives

Charlie Parker

March 12, 1955: Charlie "Bird" Parker, whose innovative performances paved the way for modern jazz styles, dies at the age of 34 after a 15-year addiction to heroin and alcohol.

Book Review: Travels With Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt by Patti Wheeler

Are you ready for a tour of Africa?

Join twin brothers, Gannon and Wyatt, in exploring one of the most exotic parts of the world, the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Gannon and Wyatt thrive in adventures. They travel with their parents to remote parts of the earth in order to study the environment, wildlife, and cultures. During the trips, the twins studiously keep private journals, which they prefer to call "field notes."

Avoid Cyberbullying: Enjoy Your Internet

Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?

Like any media, the Internet can be used in wonderful or horrible ways. It can connect people across the globe. It can be a source of extremely helpful information. It can record memories and historic events. However, with the increased anonymity we experience online, it also provides a forum for people to say mean and hurtful things.

Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Sheep!

Sheep Beauty by Li Jian

The Chinese New Year, with a cycle based on the moon, began on the 4th of February, 2015 and will continue through February 3, 2016. Among other personality traits, people born during this year are said to be selfless.

Library Life

Shakespeare's First Folio is coming to the Library

We have been selected as a location for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national tour in 2016. Few copies exist of Shakespeare's First Folio, and we are excited to have the opportunity to exhibit one at the Library!

End of the Marriage Penalty

Carolyn Farwell Fuller

March 2, 1944: Due to a wartime shortage of teachers, the Kansas City school board allows married women to teach.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Every year on March 2nd we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with Read Across America Day organized by the National Education Association.

Book Reviews

Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb

Data, A Love Story

I honestly don't know what to think about Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb. I'm a geek; I love math and data and statistics. The idea of tackling online dating using statistical analysis and profile optimization is intriguing.

Whittaker's Chambers

Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Whittaker

February 22, 1901: Charles Evans Whittaker, who will go on to become the first person from Kansas or Missouri to serve on the Supreme Court, is born on a farm near Troy, Kansas.

Monumental Undertaking

Liberty Memorial

February 9, 1920: The City Council approves a plan to build Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial on the property south of Union Station. The Liberty Memorial Association envisioned a monument that would be among the world’s most spectacular memorials to World War I veterans.

Book Reviews

Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

In the years following World War I, much of the literature on both sides of the Atlantic was strongly anti-war in sentiment. The enthusiasm and idealism that people felt when war was declared soon soured in the trenches.

Teen Tech Week is Coming!

Teen Tech Week

Libraries are for Making... Join us March 2-9, 2015! It was stop motion animation that brought to life Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big-screen and put Comedy Central’s long-running Robot Chicken into motion. As part of Teen Tech Week, the Library is offering a week’s worth of opportunities to learn—or polish—the technique, with a series of two-hour stop motion animation workshops at seven of our branches.