Poetry does not need to be lofty. It does not need to be revolutionary. It does not need to rhyme or follow a particular form. It can do all of these things, but it doesn’t have to. When we celebrate National Poetry Month every April, sometimes we forget that it is for all ages. That’s right; even tiny babies can enjoy poems.
The poems in The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs by Jack Perlutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida are song lyrics. There is sheet music in the back of the book for four songs and you can download the musical notation for the rest at Jack Prelutsky's website.
What do you believe in? What do you stand for? Sometimes, unfairness in the world can make you feel like you are going to explode. At the same time, you can feel helpless. Absolutely powerless. But you aren’t. Your words can awaken. They can embolden. They can ignite.
According to the National Association of Social Workers‘ website: “Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.” We have a book called Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice edited by Gail Bush and Randy Myer with 54 poems by 49 different people. These poets range from Abraham Lincoln to Maya Angelou to Dorothy Parker to Tupac Shakur. The poems touch on such different topics as physical handicaps, immigration, and race-- among others.
Some grievances eat at you. Write down what you think. Then, cut away everything that isn’t necessary. Give us the raw essence; we will get what you mean. You will make us care.
The Kansas City Public Library has received a $100,000 grant to help launch a new, two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.
Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow is, as one would expect, an incisive and lively exploration of the issues surrounding copyright and enforcement in the Internet Age.
Sitting at the confluence of two rivers near the edge of the western frontier, the area we know today as Kansas City seemed destined to become a major transportation hub between the East and West.
Kids are amazing! They all bring something unique and interesting to the world. We wouldn't be able to see things the way that we do without the perspective that they provide.
Unfortunately, children may not know how great they are. Sometimes we forget the importance of telling them the fantastic ways that they improve our lives. Luckily, Camp Fire has made a day to remind us to declare how much we appreciate them.
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is on Thursday, March 19th this year. At any of the Kansas City Public Libraries, you can pick up forms to write letters to them. You can express how lucky you are to know such wonderful young people. It will mean a bunch to the kids you admire
To find out more, you can "like" Camp Fire's Facebook page. Just by clicking "like" any time during March 2015 up to the 19th, you will be entered to win two Southwest Airlines tickets. You can also follow the campaign on twitter at #AIKD.
Thank you for letting these incredible kids know how special they are to you. It means a great deal to them. We support your active connection to these kids and their lives.
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.
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...
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.
According to a Pew Research Study in 2013, one third of teens report being victims of cyber-bullying (Woda 32). That makes surfing online a dangerous activity. What can young people and the adults who care about them do? Luckily, the Kansas City Public Library carries books to help with that very topic.
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.
The folktale in The Sheep Beauty by Li Jian emphasizes the self-sacrificing nature of sheep. When a horrid monster threatens a village, the sheep transforms into a beautiful girl and uses cunning to lead the beast away from the townspeople. When danger reappears, the sheep turns into a rock to again save the community. This explains why the name of the place is “Sheep Horn Village.”
This lovely book includes muted watercolor illustrations. In addition, it is entirely bilingual with both English and Chinese versions of the story. It would make a fantastic book for elementary students to read with the adults in their lives, both as an introduction to Chinese culture and as demonstration of the beauty of benevolence.
About the Author
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for a decade. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.
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!