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All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Drawn from the Heartland

Postcard of self-portrait of Thomas Hart Benton, painted by the artist in 1970

April 15, 1889: Thomas Hart Benton, a painter who will go on to lead the regionalist movement in American art in the 1930s from his studio in Kansas City, is born in Neosho, Missouri.

Program Notes: Cadillac Records (2008)

Cadillac Records movie poster

Cadillac Records is a satisfying amble through a rich chapter of American pop culture, the story of Chess Records and the personalities who made musical history there told with equal parts nostalgia, humor, and awe.

Book Reviews

Epistles by Horace

Epistles of Horace, trans. David Ferry

April is National Poetry Month, and I like to spend as much time as I can in April focusing on verse. And yet, I set myself the task this year of reading and writing non-fiction works of biography, autobiography, diary and letters.

Put a Poem in Your Pocket

April is National Poetry Month. We are all familiar with the classics like Where the Sidewalk Ends, The New Kid on the Block, and A Child's Garden of Verses, (if you've never heard of these titles, stop right now and check them out!).

Library Life

Booketology 2013: Harry Potter Takes the Championship!

Booketology 2013

It's hard to believe that it's already the end of Booketology. Our second annual Booketology tournament started with 64 literary characters from eight genres, each fighting for the title of Booketology Champion.

Library Life

Celebrate Libraries – National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week, we have compiled a list of books for all ages that highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Program Notes: A Great Day In Harlem (1994)

A Great Day In Harlerm movie poster

The Oscar-nominated A Great Day In Harlem is a warm, wonderful documentary about the most famous photo in all of jazz. It exudes a love of jazz and an admiration for these artists.

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Booketology Championship

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

And then there were two: The Booketology Championship has come down to a battle between two iconic literary figures: Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter!

Vote now in the Booketology Championship! Voting will only be open for one day, April 8!

Library Life

Booketology: The Final Four

It was an amazing Elite 8 round for Booketology! Jane Marple fell to Huck Finn. In an upset, Princess Buttercup defeated Batman! Jane Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet easily defeated the Hunger Games tribute Katniss Everdeen. And Harry Potter took the round against Marie Curie, with a 70 vote margin!

Bottoms Up

Postcard of the old Union depot at Union Avenue and Santa Fe Street

April 7, 1878: Union Depot, Kansas City's first large train station, opens in the West Bottoms after $410,028 in construction costs.

Library Life

Booketology: Sweet 16 Winners & Elite 8 Announcement

It's all down to the Elite 8! Our victors have won in their genres, now they face off against each other! It's Romance vs. Sci-Fi when Elizabeth Bennet battles Katniss Everdeen! Classics winner Huck Finn challenges top sleuth Jane Marple! Princess Buttercup has to defend her title against Batman! And Biography champ Marie Curie takes on Harry Potter!

Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program

Check out the Central Teens' entry in the Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program Video Challenge. The Summer Reading Program is just around the corner!

Program Notes: Leadbelly (1976)

Leadbelly movie poster

Leadbelly reminisces about the hard life of the blues legend - from wide-eyed innocent country boy to swaggering, hot-tempered young man to a still-robust white hair carrying the weight of years of sin and experience.

Remember the Ladies: Females Who Forged the Way for Future Generations: Part Two

Inspiring women run the gamut. There are artists, politicians, and athletes-- among others. We conclude March-- Women's History Month-- with a tribute to more books about some of our fantastic female forebearers. >

The books listed below are for elementary-school-aged readers. They all include authors’ notes in the back for those who are curious to learn more.

Library Life

Booketology – Round 3 Bracket and Round 2 Results!

The Great Gatsby

Round 2 results have been tallied, and we have entered our Sweet 16 round! The characters are now fighting for top of their genre, and for the honor of having their book become part of our Booketology Grand Prize! Did your picks survive?