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Book Review: Superdog: the Heart of a Hero

Superdog: the Heart of a Hero

Who are the superheroes in your life?

I was looking for an inspiring, funny book to get into the spirit of the 2015 Summer Reading Program theme, "Every Hero Has a Story," when suddenly, my colleague and friend Ronda handed me the book, Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner. I am the kind of person who never refuses to read a story with a dog as a protagonist, and Superdog is no exception. I went through it at lightning speed. In fact, I read the whole book while I was at the service desk, chuckling and laughing out loud all along.

A Man, A Plan, and A Lot of Concrete

Construction site view of the Scottish Rite Temple located at 1330 Linwood (Linwood and Troost) in Kansas City, Missouri

June 9, 1933: The Jackson County Court awards a $2,073,609 contract to the Swenson Construction Company for the Jackson County Courthouse, a part of the “Ten Year Plan” to improve Kansas City.

Book Review - How It Went Down

Book Cover

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

publication date: 2014
pages: 325
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9869-3

The Biggest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World!!

June 6th - 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Open to those ages 11-18!The Biggest Smash Bros Tournament in the World! - Plaza

Join us for a massive tournament where 8 players will go head-to-head at a time. Smash your friends on the big screen and root for your friends! Be the champion and win some amazing prizes!

For more info call (816) 876-6637.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings

The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings

During the First World War, American poet E.E. Cummings was briefly imprisoned in a French military detention camp for expressing anti-war views. This experience served as the basis of his autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room.

Mothers of Mercy

Children’s Mercy Hospital

June 1, 1897: Dr. Alice Berry Graham rescues a crippled child whose mother is trying to give her away, inspiring Graham and sister Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson to found Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Books for Military Families and People Who Care About Them

American Flag

Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are flag-waving celebrations when we all think about those who serve are country. For some kids, though, this awareness is part of their lives every day. They have a family member deployed. On Sesame Workshop’s website, it details their initiative to support families with members in the military.

Join us for the Harry Potter Alliance End Of Year Celebration!

End-of-the-Year Celebration: Hogwarts House Cup Award Ceremony Program: 6-11 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Enjoy food and fun at this magical event presented by the KC Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance and Plaza Branch Teen Services. Awards go to the House with the most points from the school year.

Transportation to the event is available at our North East, Central, Bluford, Trails West, and Southeast Libraries with a completed permission slip!

Library Life

Pilot Program allows Families to "check out" Wi-Fi Hotspots

Twenty-five Kansas City households with school-age children will get free wireless Internet access at home as part of a pilot program allowing them to "check out" the service from the Library.

Library Life

National Digital Inclusion Alliance is Launched

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Computers and the Internet, including high speed connectivity, are essential in today’s digital society. Those on the wrong side of this digital divide are being left further and further behind.

Kidnapped!

Mary McElroy. Photo courtesy The Kansas City Star

May 27, 1933: Mary McElroy, daughter of city manager and member of the Pendergast political machine Henry McElroy, is kidnapped from her Kansas City home, only to be released after 34 hours and a $30,000 ransom is paid.

Summer Reading Kick-Off this Weekend!

Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Central Library this Saturday! Pickup will be available at many KC Public Library locations with a completed permission slip. Talk to your local teen librarian or call (816) 876-6637 for more info!

Tripping the Light Fantastic, and Then Some

Postcard view of the second Electric  Park

May 19, 1907: More than 53,000 people attend the opening day of the newly relocated Electric Park at 46th and The Paseo, which features a bowling alley, Living Statuary, bandstand, alligator farm, swimming pool, dance pavilion, and a roller coaster.

Recycle for the Greener Earth!

Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches

Every household in the US. produces waste. However, what we think originally as "waste" might still have great value. We can help improve the world's environment by recycling or reusing household discarded items. At the recycling center, there are huge bins available for every type of material: cardboard paper, plastic, aluminum cans, glass, newspaper, and magazines. The collected piles will go through a recycling process that gives them a new life, and the new materials can be used again.

Dr. Hyde and Mr. Swope

Thomas Swope

May 16, 1910: Doctor Bennett Clark Hyde is found guilty of murder after philanthropist Thomas H. Swope and several of his family members die following Hyde’s purchase of cyanide capsules and test tubes of typhoid cultures.

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