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Teen Review: Indigo Spell

Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Teen Reviewer: Khamedriah Grimes

Action. Drama. Confusion? This book has the action of twists and turns and back slides, and the drama of wanting to figure out why. But there also may be some things that get you saying, “Huh?" Confused? Let me explain.

Program Notes: Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach movie poster

From the moment it hit the nation's movie screens in 1939, John Ford's Stagecoach was declared a masterpiece. Not just a pretty good Western, but a masterpiece. Never before had an "oater" earned that sort of praise.

Program Notes: Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach movie poster

From the moment it hit the nation's movie screens in 1939, John Ford's Stagecoach was declared a masterpiece. Not just a pretty good Western, but a masterpiece. Never before had an "oater" earned that sort of praise.

My Beloved Goldfish

Have you ever thought of raising goldfish? Goldfish are easy to find in pet stores and their colors are so bright and shiny. There are a variety of goldfish such as comets, commons, and shubunkins. Goldfish swim in circles making relaxing sounds, blub, blub, blub, in an aquarium. What I like about goldfish is their round googly eyes and their active personalities.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Drop by Dennis Lehane

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

Looking for an interesting new book to add to your fall reading list? Then consider The Drop by Dennis Lehane, set to be released on September 2, 2014.

Evacuation Day

Order No. 11 by George Caleb Bingham

August 25, 1863: Following William Clarke Quantrill’s devastating raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas E. Ewing issues Order No. 11, forcing thousands of suspected Confederate sympathizers in Missouri to evacuate the rural areas surrounding Kansas City.

Local History

Devastation and Controversy: A History of Floods in the West Bottoms

The 1951 Flood

The beginning of the end came for the Kansas City Stockyards in July 1951 when the West Bottoms suffered the worst flood in the city’s history, one from which the industrial district never fully recovered.

Heat Wave

Salvation Army Penny Ice truck at 1319 Broadway

August 14, 1936: Kansas City records its highest temperature ever, 113 degrees Fahrenheit, causing a summer heat wave that sends area residents to Swope or Penn Valley parks to sleep at night in order to cool off.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Some say that The Long Goodbye is too loosely constructed, and too sentimental, and they may be right. But Chandler was never much for tight plotting, but could scarcely be beat in setting up a scene and for the crispness of his language.

Burnt End

Interior view of the Exposition Building, also known as the Crystal Palace

August 5, 1901: A suspicious fire destroys Kansas City’s Crystal Palace, once a prime tourist attraction, only five days before its scheduled demolition.

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Program Notes: Gone with the Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind movie poster

Gone with the Wind is hugely entertaining, with great acting, compelling characters and production values capable of impressing even those of us raised on computer-sweetened cinema.

Water Rights

Swope Park swimming pool

August 2, 1951: Kansas City receives formal notification that the NAACP will bring suit against the municipal segregation policy at the swimming pool in Swope Park.

Building A Community Of Readers

Community Builders: FYI Book Club

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh book cover

A masterful first novel challenges readers. Regional author Laura McHugh's debut, The Weight of Blood, has received much acclaim since publication last March, and FYI Book Club readers praised it as a "brilliant first novel."

Meet the Great Explorers!

Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star by Maria Van Lieshout

Do you like to take trips to unknown place? Do you enjoy exploring a new territory that no one has ever found? People who like to investigate and keep a record of faraway lands are called explorers. Explorers are not afraid of traveling and encountering new, unusual things. Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Lewis and Clark are among the world’s most famous explorers. This month, I found three new picture books about venturing to unique places and discovering new experiences.