KC Public Library Blog
At the end of March 2009, Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will construct a sand mandala at the Central Library. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile. Learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, sand mandalas, and the Dalai Lama in these books.
Even today, Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde have a notorious reputation. Get the real story on these two celebrity criminals.
Learn all about the practice of graphology, or handwriting analysis, in these books that explain what it is and how it works or check out a few novels where graphology plays a part in the plot.
Some stories have heroic characters who always try to do the right thing. They rescue kittens, put out fires, stop bullies (nicely), and still have time eat a nutritional lunch, save the planet from a runaway comet, and raise a million dollars for charity.
None of these books are like that.
But even a literary pig sometimes needs a good chuckle while wallowing in his favorite mud puddle. So I found stories with gross-out plots, silly titles, and characters whose names cannot be spell-checked.
Yours with snorts,
Has the quilting inspiration hit you in time for National Quilting Day on March 21? If sewing quilts isn’t your thing, pick up one of these “quilt lit” novels that feature the quilting craft.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Delve into the turbulent history of Ireland through these historical novels.
Many books get made into movies, including the recent Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire (Q & A by Vikas Swarup) and Oscar nominee The Reader (The Reader by Bernard Schlink). So, I started thinking about my favorite books that have been adapted into film. Here are my top 10 (in alphabetical order).
This month we’re taking it back, way back to the Classical age, and shining a spotlight on our main man Gaius Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) Dictator of Rome, Pro-Consul before that.
Read all about the art of writing poetry from those who do it. This book list includes selections in which poets discuss their craft, handbooks on how to write poetry, as well as some poetry by C.D. Wright.
Dig into the life of the great artist, Leonardo da Vinci, with these books or enjoy a few novels with da Vinci at the center.
With “Fat Tuesday” on the calendar this week, Mardi Gras and mysteries partner up in these books.
Slumdog Millionaire won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. For some more award-winning flicks, check out this list.
Marcus Garvey was one of the most influential leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement. On March 5, 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents “Marcus Garvey Reconsidered” at the Library. Learn more about Garvey and his lasting legacy in these books.