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Valentine's Day: When did it all begin?

Every year on February 14, millions of people across the world present their loved ones with flowers, chocolates, and many other lovely gifts.

Valentine’s Day has taken place for over a thousand years and is named after Saint Valentine.

The origins of Valentine’s Day are uncertain, legends credit Saint Valentine for holding secret marriage ceremonies for Roman soldiers in opposition to Emperor Claudius II, who believed marriage made soldiers weaker. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius I proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine.

KC Kids Create Discovery Clubs

Thanks to a grant from The Shumaker Family Foundation and the PNC Foundation, the Kansas City Public Library will be offering a new discovery club called KC Kids Create. They will be hosted at four locations: Bluford, Central, Plaza, and Trails West.

Monumental Undertaking

Liberty Memorial

February 9, 1920: The City Council approves a plan to build Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial on the property south of Union Station. The Liberty Memorial Association envisioned a monument that would be among the world’s most spectacular memorials to World War I veterans.

Book Reviews

Shakespeare On Film: Hamlet

As dramatic pieces, the works of Shakespeare are best experienced in performance, not the page. Here are just a few productions of Hamlet on film, available for checkout from the Library.

Book Review - Enter Three Witches

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Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth by Caroline B. Cooney

publication date: 2007
pages: 278
ISBN: 978-0-439-71156-2

His Own Man

Harry S.  Truman

February 2, 1940: Despite the downfall of the Pendergast political machine, Senator Harry S. Truman decides to run for the Senate again in Missouri while at a meeting in the Hotel President in Kansas City.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor is the kind of novel you get when non-Western storytelling traditions and sensibilities use the quintessentially Western cultural tools and structures of Science Fiction.

The Worst Fire in Kansas City History

Postcard of the Coates House Hotel

January 28, 1978: Flames engulf the Coates House Hotel, destroying much of the building and causing the worst loss of life by fire in Kansas City history.

Library Life

A Hush Falls: Kositany-Buckner Moving from Library to Jazz Museum

Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner

The Library's Deputy Director of Strategic Initatives Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner will take over as executive director of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine District.

The Annexation That Wasn’t

Robert T. Van Horn

January 21, 1879: The Kansas Senate approves a proposal to move the state border eastward in order to annex Kansas City, a plan that is blocked by the Missouri legislature.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Shakespeare's Henriad

Shakespeare's plays Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V—often called the Henriad—deal with the rise of Henry Bolingbroke, his rocky reign as king, and the better fortune of his son, Henry V.

The Right Book + The Right Reader = <3

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Some couples in young adult novels seem so real that it is like you know them. The best pairs are those where two people are individuals who discover more about themselves because of their interactions with each other. Notice how I kept love triangles and werewolves out of that definition? I kept them out of the ten example couples that I share here, too.

Bowled Over

Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs

January 15, 1967: The Kansas City Chiefs battle the Green Bay Packers in front of 63,036 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum and another 60 million on television, losing the game 35 to 10 (in what will become known as Super Bowl I).

Book Review - See No Color

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See No Color by Shannon Gibney

publication date: 2015
pages: 185
ISBN: 978-1-4677-7682-0

The "Godmother of Guadalupe"

Dorothy Gallagher with children

January 8, 1894: Dorothy Gallagher, who becomes a founder of the Guadalupe Center at 1015 West 23rd Street to aid Mexican immigrants, is born in Kansas City.

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