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Library Life

New Digital Resources Available at the Library

WIRED Magazine

You now have more digital resources available for free through the Library's collection! Magazines are now offered through OverDrive, and Comics and Graphic Novels from publishers including DC Comics are available on hoopla!

Strangers in a Strange Land

Corps of Discovery sculpture in Case Park

June 26, 1804: Lewis and Clark arrive in the area that will become Kansas City and camp for three days on their expedition to explore the recently purchased Louisiana Territory.

Library Books Help with Math

Math Fables by Greg Tang and illustrated by Heather Cahoon

Math. I was never great at it. In fact, for a while math homework brought me to tears. Now, I watch my daughter face the same struggle. I am determined to break the cycle. Math is just another way to understand our world. Luckily, there are some authors who do a much better job than I do of making that clear.

Comic History: The American Revolution

 Taxes, the Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels : a Comics History of the American Revolution by Stan Mack

Independence Day is more than fireworks and barbecues. There is a reason for the barrage of red, white, and blue.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin

Comedy at the Edge

Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin is a fantastic, comprehensive, and concise history of stand-up comedy during the 1960s & 1970s, from the death of Lenny Bruce to the ascendance of stand-up into the mainstream.

Local History

Pandemic at the Gateway

Cholera originated on the Indian subcontinent, where it remained for centuries before spreading to the rest of Asia and Europe. By the 1840s, it had spread to North America.

Book Review: Superdog: the Heart of a Hero

Superdog: the Heart of a Hero

Who are the superheroes in your life?

I was looking for an inspiring, funny book to get into the spirit of the 2015 Summer Reading Program theme, "Every Hero Has a Story," when suddenly, my colleague and friend Ronda handed me the book, Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner. I am the kind of person who never refuses to read a story with a dog as a protagonist, and Superdog is no exception. I went through it at lightning speed. In fact, I read the whole book while I was at the service desk, chuckling and laughing out loud all along.

Book Review - How It Went Down

Book Cover

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

publication date: 2014
pages: 325
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9869-3

The Biggest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World!!

June 6th - 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Open to those ages 11-18!The Biggest Smash Bros Tournament in the World! - Plaza

Join us for a massive tournament where 8 players will go head-to-head at a time. Smash your friends on the big screen and root for your friends! Be the champion and win some amazing prizes!

For more info call (816) 876-6637.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings

The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings

During the First World War, American poet E.E. Cummings was briefly imprisoned in a French military detention camp for expressing anti-war views. This experience served as the basis of his autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room.

Books for Military Families and People Who Care About Them

American Flag

Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are flag-waving celebrations when we all think about those who serve are country. For some kids, though, this awareness is part of their lives every day. They have a family member deployed. On Sesame Workshop’s website, it details their initiative to support families with members in the military.

Join us for the Harry Potter Alliance End Of Year Celebration!

End-of-the-Year Celebration: Hogwarts House Cup Award Ceremony Program: 6-11 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Enjoy food and fun at this magical event presented by the KC Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance and Plaza Branch Teen Services. Awards go to the House with the most points from the school year.

Transportation to the event is available at our North East, Central, Bluford, Trails West, and Southeast Libraries with a completed permission slip!

Library Life

Pilot Program allows Families to "check out" Wi-Fi Hotspots

Twenty-five Kansas City households with school-age children will get free wireless Internet access at home as part of a pilot program allowing them to "check out" the service from the Library.

Library Life

National Digital Inclusion Alliance is Launched

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Computers and the Internet, including high speed connectivity, are essential in today’s digital society. Those on the wrong side of this digital divide are being left further and further behind.

Kidnapped!

Mary McElroy. Photo courtesy The Kansas City Star

May 27, 1933: Mary McElroy, daughter of city manager and member of the Pendergast political machine Henry McElroy, is kidnapped from her Kansas City home, only to be released after 34 hours and a $30,000 ransom is paid.

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