KC Public Library Blog

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Chip Kidd, Batman & the Art of the Book Cover

Book designer and author Chip Kidd explored The Secret History of Batman in Japan on November 19, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Check out Kidd’s works, the world of Batman, or the art of the book cover in these books.

National American Indian Heritage Month

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month in November with some fiction by acclaimed American Indian authors.

Divas on DVD

It seems that, after 400 or so years, opera is all the rage. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is currently offering its first production of a Handel opera, and HD performances from the Met, as well as other major companies, have proven very successful when broadcast to theaters. Get in on the action with these DVDs available from your Kansas City Public Library.

Women in America

On November 11, 2008 at the Plaza Branch, Jill Tietjen discussed her book, Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Read more about women in American history in these books at the Library.

The Art of Conversation

Tuesday night the local AAUW met at the Waldo Community Library for their monthly book discussion. In keeping with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's current exhibit, Art in the Age of Steam, this month's selection was Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland.

Entrepreneurship: Inspiration and How-To

To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, The Kansas City Public Library is hosting two events. On November 13, 2008, Joe Markley discussed the invention process from conception and production. On November 15, the Library hosted a forum on social entrepreneurship and problem solving on the community level. Discover some of the many books available on these topics for both adults and teens.

1000 Words

Shhh!

Do you hear that?

Me, neither.

What could it be?

Picture books without words...and amazing stories told to your eyes.

Shhh!

Yours with snorts,

S. Will Burr signature

Eleanor Clift & Presidential Elections

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift discussed the next big political question with Executive Director Crosby Kemper III: After the Election, What Comes Next? on November 10 at the Plaza Branch. Read some of Clift’s books or explore nonfiction about U.S. presidential campaigns and elections.

BOO!

Some DVDs that just might scare you into mending your ways:

Russia and Putin

Noted Russia scholar Marshall Goldman discussed his bookPetrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia – on November 9, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Learn more about Russia and Vladimir Putin in these books at the Library.

Halloween: Magical Reading

Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Pick up one of these witchy novels for a good read this week.

Sports Rivalries

The Kansas City Public Library and Metro Sports are partnering for the theatrical premiere of the feature-length documentary, Border War on November 3 at the Plaza Branch. This documentary, produced by Metro Sports, examines the history of the athletic rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. Read about other sports rivalries or KU and MU athletics in these books at the Library.

Baking and Decorating

October is National Bake and Decorate Month. Take part in the celebration by checking out a book with delicious recipes and how-to details on cake decorating, or read a novel inspired by baking.

Virtual Voting

With elections in the air, and the airwaves, and on peoples’ minds, sample these DVDs having to do with the art of made-up politics.

It's all fun and games until you awake in the body of a giant insect

The voracious and articulate readers at Waldo continue to explore Jewish themes in the readings for the Jewish American Literature book group, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of Jewish Imagination.