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Teen Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, but here's a way to enjoy poetry year-round. Collections of poetry, entire stories told through poems, books about the impact of poetry on teen lives - there is something for everyone. Try one or several of the books below. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to write your own poem.

Click here to check out poems by other Kansas City teens.

And Then It Happened

Swope Park Swimming Pool

April 9, 1968: With tensions high after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., riots break out in Kansas City, leaving seven people dead and nearly 100 buildings damaged.

Remembering Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

Think Justin Bieber … only about 100 times more popular. That was Mickey Rooney. Rooney, who died this weekend at the age of 93, was the single biggest movie star of the 1930s and early 1940s.

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Booketology 2014 Championship

A Wrinkle in Time

We have a winner!

Our 2014 Booketology Champion is: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle!

Program Notes: The Women (1939)

The Women movie poster

No good parts for women? Not in 1939. That was the year director George Cukor gave us The Women, an alternately satiric and heartstring-tugging comedy featuring an all-female cast.

Learn EVERYTHING for free!

Did you know that in addition to all of the FREE resources to help you learn provided by the Kansas City Public Library, there are also some amazing free resources online? Check out all of these websites!

Coursera.org – Here you can take the same courses that they are taking at the top universities in the country for FREE!

Ted.com - Watch these inspirational videos highlighting great ideas that you should know about.

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Booketology: Final 4 Winners

A Wrinkle in Time or Little Women?


And then there were two! The Final 4 round of Booketology is complete, and our winning books now move on to the Championship.

Check out the voting results
from this last round.

Book Review: What about Giraffes?

Giraffes are wonderful creatures. Being the world’s tallest mammals, they have long slender necks and they can run as fast as 35 miles per hour. Their long necks help them to rummage for leaves in treetops. Their superior height is perfect for keeping a lookout for predators in the wild.

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Booketology: Elite 8 Winners

Little Women

Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! Check out the results of the Elite 8, and vote in the Final 4 of Booketology, where it's book vs. book and you decide the winner!

Program Notes: Love Affair (1939)

Love Affair movie poster

Love Affair points out precisely why Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne were such major stars in the 1930s. Both actors established screen personas that came through loud and clear no matter what the role.

Learn Something

Free Music: As Much As You Want, When You Want It.

Freegal Music

Stream the music you want. When you want it. No ads. No charge.

Who wouldn’t like the concept?

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Booketology Sweet 16 Results

The Fault in Our Stars

Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! It's book vs. book and you decide the winner. Check out the results of the Sweet 16, and vote in the Elite 8 of Booketology.

Local History

Kansas City Cattle King: Relics of the Stockyards

A recent grant has allowed the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections Department to begin processing a collection of materials from the Kansas City Stockyards.

Death Takes a Holiday (Maybe)

Postcard of Woodward Hall at Park College

March 27, 1836: George S. Park, who will go on to found Parkville, Missouri, and what has become Park University, purportedly survives a Mexican firing squad during the fight for Texan independence by pretending to be dead.

Program Notes: Destry Rides Again (1939)

Destry Rides Again movie poster

In many regards, Destry Rides Again is a boilerplate oater: a new sheriff in town goes up against the crook who runs the place. Not terribly original. But the film is hugely enjoyable for one reason: James Stewart in the title role.