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The Kansas City Public Library's board of trustees has returned to its full, nine-member complement with the recent appointment of two local business leaders, Marilou Joyner and Kathryn Mallinson.

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet? by Michael Portman

NASA hasn’t forgotten Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet is due to have its picture taken. When the New Horizon spacecraft gets close to the mass 3 billion miles from Earth, around January 2015, it is set to serve as official space photographer.

Until then, you can brush up on your Pluto knowledge with some Kansas City Public Library books.

Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet? by Michael Portman tells about Pluto being reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. This book is great for beginning readers. It includes a table of contents, a glossary of key terms, a list of places to find more information, and an index in the back to find exactly what you want in the book. The clear drawings help make up for the lack of photographs.

The Laughing Policeman

For an amazing mystery series that serves not only as a great example of police procedural writing, but also as social commentary on Sweden in the 1960s and 70s, one cannot do better than this series.

Think of it as an early holiday present.

We are working to make our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals. The changes took effect on Friday, December 5, 2014.

Read all about it over at our KC Unbound Blog!

DVD Fee Removed

Think of it as an early holiday present. We are making our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals.

Pull up your imagination!

The 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest is brought to you by the Reading Reptile Bookstore, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Johnson County Library. If you're between the ages of 5 and 12 and you have a story in your heart, we want to see it!

Print out the entry form, attach it to your story, and drop off at any branch of the Library or at the Reading Reptile Bookstore by January 28, 2015.

Hour of Code 2014

Join us! Youth across the world are participating in the Hour of Code. More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event.

 

Save the Enemy

Save the Enemy, by Arin Greenwood

Teen Reviewer: Abigail Borne

Zoey Trask’s life is a mess. A year ago her mother was killed and her father still isn’t out of mourning and gets more depressed with each day. Her brother has to be monitored constantly and the burden is left to her. She feels like it is impossible to put her life back together until a boy named Pete takes a sudden interest in her.

Patrick Rothfuss introduces The Slow Regard of Silent Things with a warning that it's not a proper story. It doesn't do the things a story is supposed to do. And it's wonderful. It's unlike most anything else I've read and I treasured every word of it.

Anna Francesca helps Rachel search the electronic catalog.

Sometimes it is about people.

About fifty high school students came to the Kansas City Central Library to do research for their National History Day projects. I took someone who was researching Walt Disney up to our Missouri Valley Special Collections area to see the unique primary sources we have about someone famous from the Kansas City area. Another student used WorldCat to find a foreign language book from somewhere else in the country. For a student who did not know how to spell her subject’s name (which was decidedly challenging), we used what she knew about how he fit into history to locate him—and in turn the correct spelling of his name--in the index of several books.

Still, I didn’t think about writing this blog until someone texted herself something that she had found in our catalog. She sounded so excited, and that’s contagious. “The Library reaches teens through technology.” The blog was already bubbling in my brain. I showed someone how to narrow a database search to magazine articles and someone else how to e-mail a digital finding to herself. Yes, this was it. All I needed was some solid quotations.

Bobblemas from the KC Rep visits Kansas City Public Library Central Youth Services.
Plant of Armour Packing, Co.

In the late 19th century, livestock and meatpacking industries had spurred Kansas City’s growth into an industrial giant. Almost 200,000 miles of railroad tracks covered the United States, and the refrigerator car had been nearly perfected.

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