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Program Notes: Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach movie poster

From the moment it hit the nation's movie screens in 1939, John Ford's Stagecoach was declared a masterpiece. Not just a pretty good Western, but a masterpiece. Never before had an "oater" earned that sort of praise.

My Beloved Goldfish

Have you ever thought of raising goldfish? Goldfish are easy to find in pet stores and their colors are so bright and shiny. There are a variety of goldfish such as comets, commons, and shubunkins. Goldfish swim in circles making relaxing sounds, blub, blub, blub, in an aquarium. What I like about goldfish is their round googly eyes and their active personalities.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Drop by Dennis Lehane

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

Looking for an interesting new book to add to your fall reading list? Then consider The Drop by Dennis Lehane, set to be released on September 2, 2014.

Evacuation Day

Order No. 11 by George Caleb Bingham

August 25, 1863: Following William Clarke Quantrill’s devastating raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas E. Ewing issues Order No. 11, forcing thousands of suspected Confederate sympathizers in Missouri to evacuate the rural areas surrounding Kansas City.

Local History

Devastation and Controversy: A History of Floods in the West Bottoms

The 1951 Flood

The beginning of the end came for the Kansas City Stockyards in July 1951 when the West Bottoms suffered the worst flood in the city’s history, one from which the industrial district never fully recovered.

Heat Wave

Salvation Army Penny Ice truck at 1319 Broadway

August 14, 1936: Kansas City records its highest temperature ever, 113 degrees Fahrenheit, causing a summer heat wave that sends area residents to Swope or Penn Valley parks to sleep at night in order to cool off.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Some say that The Long Goodbye is too loosely constructed, and too sentimental, and they may be right. But Chandler was never much for tight plotting, but could scarcely be beat in setting up a scene and for the crispness of his language.

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Program Notes: Gone with the Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind movie poster

Gone with the Wind is hugely entertaining, with great acting, compelling characters and production values capable of impressing even those of us raised on computer-sweetened cinema.

Water Rights

Swope Park swimming pool

August 2, 1951: Kansas City receives formal notification that the NAACP will bring suit against the municipal segregation policy at the swimming pool in Swope Park.

Building A Community Of Readers

Community Builders: FYI Book Club

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh book cover

A masterful first novel challenges readers. Regional author Laura McHugh's debut, The Weight of Blood, has received much acclaim since publication last March, and FYI Book Club readers praised it as a "brilliant first novel."

Meet the Great Explorers!

Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star by Maria Van Lieshout

Do you like to take trips to unknown place? Do you enjoy exploring a new territory that no one has ever found? People who like to investigate and keep a record of faraway lands are called explorers. Explorers are not afraid of traveling and encountering new, unusual things. Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Lewis and Clark are among the world’s most famous explorers. This month, I found three new picture books about venturing to unique places and discovering new experiences.

Program Notes: The Roaring Twenties (1939)

The Roaring Twenties movie poster

With 1939’s The Roaring Twenties, James Cagney put a cap on his career as a movie tough guy. It would be a full decade after for him to star in another gangster film.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell made me long for the old-fashioned landline phone – for the days when a phone fit your hand perfectly and your ear with the warmth of the voice at the other end, for the excitement a phone ringing and not knowing who was calling.

Join Us for TEDxYouth@KC

TEDxYouth@KC logo

TEDxYouth@KC invites those 25 and younger to be a part of our annual TEDxYouth event that will take place in November. We are looking for passionate and engaged individuals that are putting their idea worth spreading into action. We are also looking for those youth interested in event planning, set design and construction, and video production for TEDxYouth@KC.

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