KC Public Library Blog

End of the Marriage Penalty

Carolyn Farwell Fuller

March 2, 1944: Due to a wartime shortage of teachers, the Kansas City school board allows married women to teach.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Every year on March 2nd we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with Read Across America Day organized by the National Education Association.

Book Reviews

Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb

Data, A Love Story

I honestly don't know what to think about Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb. I'm a geek; I love math and data and statistics. The idea of tackling online dating using statistical analysis and profile optimization is intriguing.

Whittaker's Chambers

Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Whittaker

February 22, 1901: Charles Evans Whittaker, who will go on to become the first person from Kansas or Missouri to serve on the Supreme Court, is born on a farm near Troy, Kansas.

Book Reviews

Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

In the years following World War I, much of the literature on both sides of the Atlantic was strongly anti-war in sentiment. The enthusiasm and idealism that people felt when war was declared soon soured in the trenches.

Teen Tech Week is Coming!

Teen Tech Week

Libraries are for Making... Join us March 2-9, 2015! It was stop motion animation that brought to life Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big-screen and put Comedy Central’s long-running Robot Chicken into motion. As part of Teen Tech Week, the Library is offering a week’s worth of opportunities to learn—or polish—the technique, with a series of two-hour stop motion animation workshops at seven of our branches.

Signs that You’re Addicted to an Audiobook

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

How to know if an audiobook is having an impact on you:

1. You start talking with an accent that mirrors the characters.
2. You start thinking in an accent that mirrors the characters.
3. You feel sad to know that the book will end.
4. Even though you know the book will end, you keep listening at odd times just to learn what will happen next.
4. You recommend the book to all of your friends who are real people.
5. After the story, not having the characters in your life feels like losing friends.
6. You write fan fiction as you imagine what else might happen.

Library Life

Tax Help at the Library

Get free tax preparation and assistance from AARP and VITA at multiple Kansas City Public Library locations, starting on February 2, 2015.

Last Night at the Opera House

Coates  Opera House

January 31, 1901: Fire spreads through the Coates Opera House, the center of high society life in Kansas City, damaging it so badly that it will not reopen.

Book Review: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

The Mystery of the Missing Lion

Most people don’t know much about a country called “Botswana,” and might have a difficult time pinpointing its location on the world map. Author Alexander McCall Smith was born and raised in Africa, and lucky for us, he happens to be a great storyteller for both adults and young readers.

The Wight Stuff

Nelson Art Gallery Exterior

January 22, 1882: William D. Wight, who, along with his brother Thomas, will create the architecture firm of Wight & Wight that will leave a neoclassical look on such famous Kansas City landmarks as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Jackson County Courthouse, and City Hall, is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Color Me Silly!: Kids Books about Art

With all the kids books out there filled with amazing illustrations, it only seems fitting that some of the topics be specifically about art and art creation. All young people draw in some shape or form. The freedom to draw or create is something everyone should continually experience. Creating empowers problem solving and encourages out of the box thinking, especially at such a young age. Below are a few books about art that are all about enforcing creativity and inspiring ingenuity.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

The Guns of August

Unlike previous wars, World War I was an unraveling of the social contract and the expectations of civilized behavior, an erosion of the ideas of what combatants may do in war.

Book Reviews

Our Favorites from 2014

As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we discovered in 2014!

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