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Program Notes: The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

The Story of Louis Pasteur movie poster

The work of scientists generally doesn’t lend itself to dramatization. The Story of Louis Pasteur is less about one man than it is about the bad old days of head-in-the-sand medicine.

Book Reviews

The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

The Maid’s Version

Best known for Winter’s Bone, Missouri author Daniel Woodrell’s new novel, The Maid’s Version, contains all the elements that make his writing truly unique, powerful, and intriguing.

A Bone to Pick! : Book Review of Bone by Jeff Smith

Get ready to go an epic adventure with the Bone cousins in Jeff Smith’s graphic novel series, Bone.

Bone is the magical adventure of 3 bone-looking cousins — Fone Bone, Smiley Bone, and Phoney Bone — and their new misadventures living in the Valley, after Phoney gets them ran out their hometown of Boneville. All hope seems lost for the Bones, until Fone Bone runs into Thorn, a generous and kind human teenager who lives with her Grandma Ben on a small farm. Thorn and Grandma Ben eventually take in the Bone cousins, even against the Valley people’s wishes. Weird things begin to happen in the Valley upon the Bones arrival and no one knows who to trust. Word is that the evil Lord of the Locusts is back and for some reason interested in the Bone cousins. No one knows why, not even the Bones!

Coming Up

John Tibbetts and Stargazing

John Tibbetts and Jim Carrey

Journalist/educator John C. Tibbetts used to spend his weekends hobnobbing with actors and filmmakers on Hollywood junkets. But Tibbetts did something extra on these trips — He created portraits of the famous folk he interviewed, which now make up the Library exhibit Stargazing.

Forgotten, But Not Gone

Nelle Nichols Peters, Architect. Photo credit Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society Archives

December 11, 1884: Nelle Nichols Peters, whose architectural skills will leave their mark on nearly 1,000 Kansas City apartment buildings and residences, is born in Niagara, North Dakota.

Program Notes: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang movie poster

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is the greatest of all the social problem pictures Hollywood produced during the Depression. It's one of the few feature films actually responsible for a major change in government policy.

Holiday Crafts: How to Make Gingerbread Man Christmas Ornaments

Gingerbread man ornaments

I made some of these adorable gingerbread man ornaments with the kids and for our Christmas book displays. Gingerbread man crafts are very fun to make and they made great gifts for the holiday season. Joanna (in the photos below) gave one to Nancy Stegeman (our Central youth services staff) and one to her brother and sister.

Program Notes: Scarface (1932)

Scarface movie poster

Throughout the 1930s and into the ‘40s Paul Muni was considered America’s premier dramatic actor. Scarface was his breakout role, highly theatrical and bigger than life. Audiences found it wildly entertaining.

Flying High

B-25 bombers lined up at North American Aviation, Incorporated, almost ready for their first test flight, Kansas City, Kansas. Photo credit Alfred T. Palmer

December 7, 1940: The Army Air Corps announces that a bomber plant, which will employ 26,000 and produce most of the B-25 medium bombers used in World War II, will be built in the Fairfax district of Kansas City, Kansas.

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?

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.