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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.

Teen Review: Save the Enemy

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.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

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.

The World of Women Inventors

What would the world be like without chocolate chip cookies, high-quality shampoo that helps grow your hair, and windshield wipers? We would lack yummy snacks to dip in milk. Our hair would be thin and dull. Most importantly, we would be unsafe driving in the snow or rain!

Plane Speaking

Kansas City International Airport

November 11, 1972: Built at a cost of $250 million, Kansas City International Airport opens, featuring an innovative "Drive to Your Gate" design.

Getting and Staying Connected

Anna Francesca helps Rachel search the electronic catalog.

Sometimes it is about people.

Bobblemas Visits Central Youth Services

Bobblemas from the KC Rep visits Kansas City Public Library Central Youth Services.
Local History

Unionization Comes to the Slaughterhouse

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.

TedxYouth@KC

What do ballet, break-dancing, brain science and blind spots have in common with spoken word, experiential art and new perspectives on social media and youth activism? For TEDxYouth@KC it adds up to “Beyond Truth.” With additional presentations about equal rights, scientific research and how to thrive on nearly nothing, join the Kansas City Public Library on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 15. It will be beyond expectations.

Click here for more info!

Book Reviews

Yes, the Holidays are Upon Us Again.

Holidays on Ice

Have the holiday decorations and holly jolly music already put you in a decidedly Scrooge-ish spirit, and it's not even Thanksgiving? Then we have some reading suggestions for you, all completely saccharine- and schmaltz-free.

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.

TEDxYouth@KC

TEDxYouth@KC November 15th

What do ballet, break-dancing, brain science and blind spots have in common with spoken word, experiential art and new perspectives on social media and youth activism?

For TEDxYouth@KC it adds up to “Beyond Truth.”

With additional presentations on equal rights, scientific research and how to thrive on nearly nothing, TEDxYouth@KC will be beyond expectations.

Saturday, November 15th at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Event Agenda:
12:30pm Doors Open!!

Book Reviews

Book Review: Vengeance is Mine by Mickey Spillane

Vengeance is Mine

Those of you who have been reading my classic mystery blogs must be scratching your heads about now. Mickey Spillane — Classics — what gives?

Book Reviews

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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.

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