Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a nostalgia trip like no other. It's an ode to the rise of gaming and geek culture, a recollection of the early history of geekdom, all crammed between the covers of a really good future dystopian Science Fiction novel.

Library Frights

Each day in the month of October, our librarians have selected a book or movie from our collection to share on social media. Some are famous, some obscure, but every one of these titles is full of thrills and chills — perfect for Halloween!

Pumpkin Ribbon

Summer has definitely gone on siesta. Winter hasn’t yet hinted it's near by dropping the temperature below freezing. Autumn, though, now blusters full-blast.

There are all kinds of ways that people bring warmth into their ever-cooling lives. A few are:

  1. Sipping hot cider or cocoa
  2. Wearing sweaters or jackets
  3. Cuddling with family or friends
  4. Sitting by a fireplace or fire pit (with a grown-up observing for safety).

You can also decorate your home to represent the season. I made the pumpkin décor that you see here using yarn, paper, and fabric along with scissors, tape, and a hole-punch. The idea came from Crafts for Kids by Gil Dickinson. I traded out the spider shape on the chain (page 53), using instead the outline from the Jack-O-Lantern template (page 141). By not putting on the Jack-O-Lantern faces, Halloween ending doesn’t send this string packing. It is perfectly appropriate to display pumpkins through November.

One of the sub-genres of the classic mystery genre is the “locked-room” mystery. In its most basic form, a person is found dead from violence in a room that is closed from within, and admits no egress. Though the person has clearly been murdered (there is no murder weapon in evidence), it seems impossible that anyone could have gotten to the victim to kill him (most times, the victim is male). The appeal of such mysteries is as much, if not more, on the ingenious solution to how the murder was committed as on the identity of the killer. We might call these “howdunits.”

The admitted master of this subgenre was John Dickson Carr, who wrote several mystery novels that might be classified as “locked-room” mysteries.

In 1935's The Hollow Man — also known by its American title, The Three Coffins — we have the epitome of the locked-room mystery. Not only is the book the exemplar of the type, but a whole chapter in the book (“Chapter 17: The Locked Room Lecture”) is devoted to a lecture by Carr’s main detective, Dr. Gideon Fell, on the topic of “locked room” murders. The novel is the sixth Gideon Fell novel out of a total of twenty-three.

Phil Kirk

Many of you will know Phil Kirk as the man for whom we named Kirk Hall at the Central Library. Or as this generation’s downtown Kansas City real estate developer par excellence. Or a genial figure at many of our Library programs and special events.

He was much, much more. His family, and notably his father Jim, were prominent in local business and philanthropy. Jim Kirk's office furniture from Kirk Welding ended up in One North at the Central Library as part of our soft seating there. Mike Kirk, Phil's brother, has been an active supporter of the Library.

The Kansas City Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance is transforming The Plaza Libary into Hogwarts to celebrate all things Harry Potter! Bring gently used clothing, coats, hats, and gloves to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City and to earn points for your house! Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character and help your team win the House Cup! We will have games, refreshments, a costume contest, and more!

Appropriate for all ages
Saturday, November 1, 2014
8 p.m. – Midnight
Plaza Branch | 4801 Main St.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Imagination may seem like a total disconnect from real life. Listening to a Beyonce song isn't the same as being on stage with her. That isn't a reason to give up. Pursue your passions!

This year's Teen Read Week theme is "Turn Your Dreams Into Reality." The library carries a fantastic, practical book to lead you down the path to achieve your goals-- even those that are a stretch. It is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. There is a reason that Covey is a best-selling author around the world. This book is brilliant.

Food For Fines 2014

The Library is partnering with Harvesters for Food for Fines Week, October 13-19, 2014. For each non-perishable food item donated at the Library, you get a $1 credit towards your existing fines.

At the beginning of the Twentieth century, the United States enjoyed an economic boom along with a rise in the anarchy movement leading to the assassination of a President.

Scott Miller—in The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century—looks at the assassination of President William McKinley as it relates to the events of his presidency. Parallel to the account of the McKinley murder is the life story of Leon Czolgosz who killed the President.

Booktoberfest

Join the Young Friends of the Library on Friday night for an evening of books, beer, bites … and baseball. Booktoberfest brings together local breweries for a unique tasting event benefiting the Young Friends.

Hello again to all the young and old superhero lovers alike! With the continuous rise and success of the superhero genre, it's only right that children's books take on the mantel of being youth's first introduction to the hero way. Now, the hero way can be described or taught in many ways, so thank goodness for these superhero books and their often
surprisingly fresh take on what it means to not just be a superhero, but a super person.

SuperFab Saves the Day
Jean Leroy and Berengere Delaporte

Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee

Are you ready to S-P-E-L-L?

Spelling Bee season is ramping up, and this is your chance to be a part of it! Children in eighth grade and below may participate in the spelling bee if their school or homeschool group registered online. Click here to find out if your school is registered.

How compelling can a whole book about one song be? As it turns out: Quite a lot, and very compelling. The secret to this book is that it isn't just about a song. It's a meditation on pop culture over the past few decades.

Banned Books Week allows libraries across the country to celebrate the freedom to read and discuss the books that have been subjected to bans or had their presence in schools, bookstores, and library collections challenged.



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