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Books that Boys Can Dig (Even If Reading Is Not Their Thing)

Who says boys don't like to read? These books, filled with adventures, kid-heroes, and spooky goings-on, will thrill even the most reluctant reader.

Willa Cather: December Author Birthday

Author Willa Cather, born on Dec 7, 1873, is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Explore some of her novels, read more about this influential author, or check out some “read-alike” books if you enjoy her writing.

Have Yourself A Blue Christmas

When It’s a Wonderful Life just doesn’t do it for you anymore, try one of these:

Tilting at Windmills and winning

We’ve all used this phrase, but do you know why it’s significant?
The Spanish Ministry of Culture is making certain readers the world over don’t ever forget. The most recent Cervantes prize was awarded to Spanish novelist Juan Marse for his body of work.
Marse has focused many of his books on the rifts in Spanish society under the rule of Franco.

Editorial & Political Cartoons

On December 9, 2008 at the Central Library, editorial cartoonist Lee Judge reflected on his 27 years at The Kansas City Star and shared some of his favorite unpublished cartoons in his presentation, Cartoons We’re a Little Afraid to Show You. These books explore the history of political cartoons in America, reveal cartoons that were never printed, and take a look at specific editorial cartoonists’ work.

Bioethics Reader

The Kansas City Public Library and the Center for Practical Bioethics hosted an all-day bioethics symposium called Controversial Bodies: How to View Plastinated Corpses on December 5, 2008 at the Central Library, spurred in part by the Bodies Revealed exhibit at Union Station this year. These books cover bioethical issues and the field of medical ethics.

The Cat Connection

Author Vicki Myron discussed her best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, on December 3, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Dewey hit No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in November. Check out this bestseller or other books that feature the unique connections humans have with cats and other animals.

Book of questions and few answers

It wasn’t an easy task, but the dedicated and determined readers taking part in the Waldo Library’s Jewish American Literature book group, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of Jewish Imagination took on the award winning novel, The Puttermesser Papers by respected essayist and literary critic, Cynthia Ozick.

Watch a Turkey

With Thanksgiving approaching, you might want to check out several of these DVDs to complement the featured bird. All are available from your local Kansas City Public Library.

Stories from the South

Michael Knight and Allen Wier, Southern novelists, joined moderator Steve Paul for the December talk in the Library’s Writers at Work series on December 4, 2008 at the Central Library. Check out the work of these authors or discover more Southern fiction at the Library.

Book Club Immortality

Forget the 10k and the bronze statue. What these authors really want is for people to read their books.

National Scholarship Month: Planning and Guide Books

November marks the beginning of scholarship application season with National Scholarship Month. Get a jump on finding the best scholarships and colleges with these books.

Russian-born Illustrators Strut Their Stuff

Innovative illustrators! Awesome artists! Painters so powerful that they're pig-like! (Well, maybe pig-like is going too far. Piggish?)

More Palin – Michael Palin, That Is

This other Palin has been around for a while, re-imagining himself in a variety of roles from being a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe to being one of television’s foremost world travelers. Trace his career with the help of these DVDs available from The Kansas City Public Library.

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