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Teen Book Review: The Clearing by Heather Davis

Clearing by Heather Davis

"True Love Is Timeless."

The Clearing, a tale about two different worlds, represents courage, and dedication. In this heart-touching story, Amy leaves her home to live with her aunt Mae, escaping an abusive relationship with hopes of "restarting" her life.

Book Reviews

River of Doubt by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt

How many individuals choose to explore the unknown? One former United States President looking for adventure braved weather, insects, and illness while doing this very thing.

Book Reviews

Will The Real Norman Bates Please Stab Up?

Psycho by Robert Bloch

Most of us are familiar with Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic suspense film about a timid serial killer who “wouldn’t hurt a fly,” but have you ever read Robert Bloch’s dark novel which inspired the legendary screen gem?

That Championship Season

Kauffman Stadium scoreboard at end of game 6. Credit Joe Bonello

October 27, 1985: The Kansas City Royals win game seven of the World Series, finishing off a stunning come-from-behind series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with an 11-0 triumph.

Program Notes: Lemon Tree (2008)

Lemon Tree movie poster

Lemon Tree, a movie about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, provides a deeply human experience that transcends ideology, led by a remarkable performance from Hiam Abbass.

My Sweet Pumpkin

Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night

What makes pumpkins grow healthy and large? Plenty of water, the right amount of sunlight, or fertile soil? Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it is always a joy to visit a pumpkin patch to admire the bountiful harvest, take a hayride, and pick “the perfect pumpkin.”

Book Reviews

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy

In A.S. King’s addictive new book Reality Boy, Gerald Faust and his family have to live with the aftermath of their time on the fake reality show, Network Nanny.

10 Facts about The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein movie poster

The Bride of Frankenstein is a curious blend of horror and outlandish humor and widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Many viewers are shocked to discover that it treats Boris Karloff’s “creature” with sympathy.

Video: A Tour of the Central Library Children's Area

Last week, a 7-year-old boy took us on a personal tour of the Central Library Youth Services Department. Isa did a very thorough job of explaining each section of our children's area. Amazingly, he is also the producer of this interactive video. The film shows our favorite children's librarian, Clare Hollander, working behind the service desk, and our friendly Mr. Caterpillar, who enjoys greeting children and visitors.

Watch this video until the end--it has a hilarious ending!

November is the National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Can you write a novel in 30 days? Will you take up this challenge? If your answer is YES,

you are in for a month full of adventure!

This month and in November, we are calling all young writers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas to join the exciting worldwide movement called “NaNoWriMo,” or the National Novel Writing Month. About 100,000 teens from around the globe will take on the journey of writing a novel and encouraging each other to write. It is fun and challenging once you get your first book written down, page by page.

Teen Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink is a wonderful book. The mythology and culture immerses the reader into the story. The characters are all life-like and even Jun is likeable.

Program Notes: Heartland (1979)

Heartland movie poster

Heartland is the best movie about pioneer life ever made, a blend of emotional resonance and visual poetry, the intimate yet epic story of men and women struggling to survive on the frontier of America.

Seasons Meanings!

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

It’s that time of the year in Kansas City again!...

The time of year where we throw coats in the back seat just because we never quite know how the day is going to end. The weather is changing, and just like it, we too begin to prepare for the coming days. Here are three wonderful books for young readers that revolve around setting, nature, and the changing of seasons.

Book Review: Marvel’s Runaways Series

Marvel's Runaways

Now who says teens can’t save the world? ...

With super hero movies, stories and media on the rise, it seems only appropriate to talk about a couple of the universes bravest, mightiest… and um, youngest heroes.

Dystopia: Choose to Read Like Your Life Depended on It

Matched

Dystopia is hot. Where vampire protagonists seethed, these ones sizzle.