KC Public Library Blog

Teen Interview: Carlton White

Carlton White

Other than at home and school, teens often look for a comfortable place to spend their time. Public libraries are places where teens can relax, do their reading and homework, and use free internet. Fifteen-year-old Carlton White started to come to the Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, in the summer of last year. Since then, he has been coming regularly and even spent time volunteering for the Library. Today, we interviewed White about how he thinks about the Library.

More than Books: A Day at Central Youth Services

Anna Francesca Garcia, Education Librarian, demonstrates with photos of her child how the library is more than just a place full of books. Priceless!

Movies That Matter: Pinocchio (1940)

Pinocchio movie poster

Most of us saw Pinocchio when we were children. It was exciting, funny, tuneful, and a bit scary – great entertainment for the small fry. But have you seen it since becoming an adult? It’s a whole other thing.

Book Reviews

Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen

Columbus: The Four Voyages

School children throughout the United States learn about the "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus, but what is the story of Columbus?

Prelude in KC

Virgil Thomson

November 25, 1896: Virgil Thomson, who will become an acclaimed composer, music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, and a major influence on American music, is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

Program Notes: Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

Where Do We Go Now? movie poster

Where Do We Go Now?, a charming, goofily funny fable with a keen sense of the absurd from Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, is a clever updating on the eternal battle of the sexes.

Library Life

Pulitzer-Winner Robin Givhan Comes to the Library

Robin Givhan never planned to write fashion criticism. “I don’t know of any fashion writer — working for a newspaper, anyway — for whom becoming a fashion writer was their ultimate goal,” she says.

What is your "Chocolate Me!" Story?

What is your Chocolate Me! story? Everyone has one!

In Chocolate Me! written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, a young boy is teased by the kids in the neighborhood for his darker skin color. The young boy, upset and confused, then inquires to his mom, who tells him that we are all unique in our own way and we should embrace our differences, it’s the thing that makes us all special! Love your chocolate skin, for it is part of you! Chocolate Me! is all about finding your own sweet inside. It is about individuality, positivity and accepting each other’s differences.

The Great Indoors

Pla-Mor entertainment center sign

November 24, 1927: The Pla-Mor Ballroom, the largest indoor amusement center in the country featuring a ballroom, bowling alley, billiard room, and an ice skating rink, opens to a crowd of 4,100.

Program Notes: The Color of Paradise (1999)

The Color of Paradise movie poster

The Color of Paradise can reduce even the most jaded filmgoer to open-mouthed astonishment. Simultaneously a religious parable and a socially conscious drama, it's utterly realistic, achingly poetic – and unforgettable.

Manga Reviews: Orphans as Protagonists

Wild Ones by Kiyo Fujiwara

If you are in the mood for a love story with beautiful illustrations and a strong female protagonist, Wild Ones, a popular series by Kiyo Fujiwara might be just perfect for you.

Local History

“Here a Lea, There a Lea - Everywhere a Lea, a Lea!” Part 2

Dr. Pleasant Lea's gravestone

Pleasant Lea seems to have become just as important to his new community in Missouri as he was when he lived in Tennessee. In January 1852 he was appointed as a US Postmaster.

Movies That Matter: Breathless (1960)

Breathless movie poster

“There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless,” one critic has observed. It's both “a pop artifact and a daring work of art” and is “still cool, still new, still – after all this time! – a bulletin from the future of movies.”

Book Reviews

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh hasn't cured cancer, climbed Mount Everest while fighting a bear, or achieved any other accomplishments that society would find inspirational and uplifting. Instead, she wrote a blog.

In For the Landing

John Calvin McCoy

November 14, 1838: A group of 14 investors led by John Calvin McCoy purchases 257 acres near the town of Westport for $4,220 to found the “Town of Kansas,” which is renamed “Kansas City” in 1889.