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Movies That Matter: The Sequel

Movies That Matter: The Sequel

Movies That Matter is returning to the Plaza Branch. Movies That Matter: The Sequel consists of 10 titles from both the silent and sound eras. There are comedies, musicals, adventures, searing drama, horror – even an animated classic.

Book Reviews

The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

The Education of Henry Adams

The Education of Henry Adams is, by any reckoning, a peculiar autobiography. It is written in the 3rd person, and Adams fails to include every major event of his life in his work, leaving out twenty whole years, years that included his entire marriage and his wife’s suicide.

Giddyup!: Perfect Cowboy-Themed Picture Books for Reading Aloud

Are you a Horse?

Howdy Partner!
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a cowboy or cowgirl? Have you dreamed of roaming the range with your favorite horse with a beautiful sunset behind you? One thing that I know about being a cowboy is that you'll say, "Giddyup!" when you want your horse to move forward, and "Whoa!" when you command it to stop. I know, that's not much, isn't it? That's why I checked out these books about cowboys from the library. Check them out yourself and let us know what you think of the Wild West!

Jones' Reach

Postcard of the Jones Store Company building

October 21, 1945: John Logan Jones, co-founder of The Jones Store, which by 1895 was the largest department store in Kansas City at its seven-story building at 12th and Main Streets, dies in Kansas City on a visit from California at the age of 86.

Program Notes: Cat Ballou (1965)

Cat Ballou movie poster

Cat Ballou is a Western comedy with a distinctly modern slant. It takes on the rising phenomenon of feminism and the old phenomenon of prejudice against Native Americans, and turns our expectations of the genre upside down.

A Story behind Dial-A-Story: How the Library Delivered Stories to your Home

Pooh Bear Calling

Imagine listening to a children’s book being read to you while you are at home cooking dinner. Imagine enjoying a fairy tale with your children before getting ready for bed. The Library’s Dial-a-Story program is a free, 24/7 service, and all you need to do is to lift the telephone handset and dial.

Library Life

New & Notable, Quick & Easy

New & Notable Collection

Looking for some instant literary gratification? New & Notable, a Kansas City Public Library collection and concept is now being piloted at the Central Library.

Book Reviews

The President is a Sick Man by Matthew Alpeo

The President is a Sick Man by Matthew Alpeo

How much information should the public know about a President's health? Should they know if they undergo major surgery? One American leader worked to keep his illness hidden from public view.

Decline of the Incline

Robert Gillham, a 24-year-old engineer from New York, reformed Kansas City's transportation system

October 13, 1913: The last operating cable car in Kansas City completed its final trip along 12th Street, ending thirty years of cable car dominance in the city’s public transportation.

Program Notes: The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

The Ballad of Little Jo movie poster

A horse opera with an unusual perspective, The Ballad of Little Jo combines a gritty visual realism with a contemporary feminist sensibility to tell the tale of a woman who survived on the frontier by masquerading as a man.

Whimsical Characters

Turkey Tot

I have been searching high and low for new children’s books with whimsical characters. I really want to read books with protagonists who make me laugh, maybe not out loud and startle people near me (in the library!), but chuckle a bit and keep me in a good mood throughout the day.

Book Reviews

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini’s newest offering, And The Mountains Echoed, is flying off the shelves at the Library. Is this because the author of The Kite Runner has created yet another haunting literary masterpiece that you won’t be able to stop reading?

Program Notes: Westward the Women (1951)

Westward the Women movie poster

A feminist film? In 1951? The makers of Westward the Women may not have considered themselves feminists but the movie they left behind is an entertaining and moving yarn about female empowerment.

Kings of the City

The Kansas City Monarchs. Photo courtesy Missouri Valley Special Collections

October 6, 1922: The Kansas City Monarchs and the Kansas City Blues baseball teams embarked on a six-game series that would end with the Monarchs being crowned “The New City Champions” by the Kansas City Star.

Friends from Around the World

Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora

One of my favorite pastimes nowadays is to relax in a local Korean café sipping delightful boba tea and munching on savory mochi buns. As I enjoyed my meal and snacks, I usually watched people coming in and out of the restaurant speaking many different languages.