Stranger in a Strange Land
lieslchristman

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 our first round, and vote in the "Sweet 16" of Booketology.

Diary of  a Worm
AnnaGarcia

Diaries are wonderful. People use them to share their victories, their worries, their secrets. Diaries don’t judge. No wonder kids LOVE the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. For the younger set, though, there is another fantastic group of books written in diary form.

Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss bring humor to readers via the everyday lives of our tiny protagonists.

Texts From Bennett by Mac Lethal
amymorris

As the library’s humorous 2014 Adult Winter Reading Program draws to a close, here’s one last comical book to add to your reading list - Texts From Bennett by Mac Lethal.

amandabarnhart

Enjoy these teen reads for Women's History Month.

Historical Teen Fiction:

Kush Sharma (at left) and Sophia Hoffman (right)
stevewieberg

After 95 rounds and nearly six hours of competition, Kush Sharma emerged Saturday as champion of the Jackson County Spelling Bee at the Kansas City Public Library.

Bernie Norcott-Mahany (at right) at the Jackson County Spelling Bee
stevewieberg

Saturday may not be quite what Bernie Norcott-Mahany imagined when he said yes three years ago to serving as the pronouncer for the Jackson County Spelling Bee.

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
ericavoell

I figured the cover of a book couldn't be so deceiving. Laura and Carrie seem to be having a grand time in the snow. The publisher obviously didn't want to give a sense of how hard the long winter of 1880-1881 really was.

The Glass Key
bernardnorcott

From what I hear, The Glass Key was Dashiell Hammett’s personal favorite among the books he wrote. That said, it is something of an outlier.

lieslchristman

An extraordinary Jackson County Spelling Bee — down to two students who’ve survived 66 championship rounds — will resume Saturday, March 8, at the Library.

hoopla digital
kclibrary

The Kansas City Public Library is offering a new, refreshingly quick — and free — way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks.

Library patrons can now use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It's the latest addition to the Library's extensive menu of electronic resources.

All Hoopla content is available on demand. No holds necessary. No waiting. Users can watch or listen to their selections via online streaming or by temporarily downloading selections to a mobile device for viewing without an internet connection.

Hoopla's digital collection counts tens of thousands of titles - some 100,000 CDs; 10,000 audiobooks; 3,000 movies; and 500 TV series - and continues to expand. The Holland, Ohio-based service struck new streaming deals late in 2013 with NBCUniversal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, National Geographic, and BBC America. It already had agreements with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and eOne Music.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
JudyKlamm

Many Germans accepted the rise of National Socialism — Nazism — and Adolf Hitler. Other individuals worked against him, and many paid with their lives. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of them.

Eric Metaxas in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy examines the life of this German theologian who tried to influence Christians during the Third Reich. Bonhoeffer, one of eight children, grew up in Berlin, where his father worked as a university professor. Early in his life, Bonhoeffer knew he wanted to become a theologian even though his family had different plans for him. After receiving his degree, he decided to become a pastor instead of remaining in academia. He spent a year in Barcelona, Spain before coming to the United States for additional study.

Bad Monkey
amymorris

What do you get when you combine a Florida health inspector, an unidentified hairy left arm, a crazy Bahamian voodoo witch, and a formerly famous primate with serious behavioral issues? You get Carl Hiaasen’s quirky mystery novel, Bad Monkey.

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm
ericavoell

Shortly after we brought our daughter home, a friend recommended Mei-Ling Hopgood’s How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. I wasn’t prepared for what a fun and wild ride I was embarking on with this book.

wickthomas

Due to the snow this event has been rescheduled for March 4th!

This is an all day trip where you will tour the capitol and meet with your representatives to make REAL CHANGE!

Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together for the Missouri Library Association's Advocacy Day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.

Food will be provided and we are happy to verify the trip with your school administration.

A completed permission slip is required to attend.

For more information, please email wickthomas@kclibrary.org.

AnnaGarcia

What holiday coming up is filled with dragon dances, fire-crackers, long-noodles, and gifts of red envelopes filled with money? Chinese New Year! There multiple choices for those who want to celebrate this holiday via the power of books. Here are a few festive options:

According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, 2014 edition, the Year of the Horse begins on January 31st and the New Year's celebration lasts for fifteen days.

The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and illustrated by Sebastia Serra. This is a tale of a young boy named Ming and his magical wok. This cooking pan looks rusty and lacks a handle, but it is definitely special. The story has elements that mimic the tales of The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Robin Hood. While the moral obviously warns against greed, the overall tone of the book is joyous. At the end of the book, Compestine writes that people celebrate this holiday, also known as The Spring Festival, in the ways described in the first paragraph of this blog. The author also includes a recipe for stir-fried rice.

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