The Romans sometimes get grief for "copying" everything from other cultures. The Romans were masters at taking what worked from different cultures they encountered, adopting it, and adapting it to Roman use.

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Klickitat by Peter Rock

publication date: 2016
pages: 229
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1894-6

In Klickitat, Rock explored the subtle danger and loneliness that exists in contemporary suburban America.

The setting for Klickitat was a dreamy Portland, Oregon, full of tucked-away forests and hidden tunnels in the ground. The book focused on Vivian and her older sister Audra. Vivian was a young girl with a vague health issue that gave her “agitations” and led her parents to force her to take medications. Audra saw their parents' reaction to Vivian's agitations as just another example of the unnaturalness and captivity of modern life. Vivian didn’t think much beyond her life and what it is now, that is, until Audra met someone named Henry and ran away from the constraints of her childhood home.

Rock's writing style infused the book with otherworldliness and a low-level dread throughout. Here was Rock's description of a domestic argument between Audra and her mother, from Vivian’s perspective:

First Folio

Although each state gets its turn with a Folio, one thing that will not be found outside Kansas City are the University of Missouri-Kansas City-trained docents that have accompanied the book during its stay here.

First Folio

Not only does the Folio contain an impressive number of plays, it also has amassed quite a collection of interesting facts regarding its production, history, and existence.

First Folio

Thousands of visitors have made their way to the Kansas City Public Library to revel in a rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, which is on display in the downtown Central Library through June 28.

#LibraryTeens

You are not alone. Libraries are a resource, and it is in our mission to help. In fact, the American Library Association’s Division for Teens, YALSA, includes in its mission statement that our primary goal should be “alleviating the challenges teens face, and (in) putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.”

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

publication date: 2016
pages: 325
ISBN: 978-1-4197-2078-9

This book, written by the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, followed bandmates Wes, Corey, and Ash as they drove around the eastern US begging anyone to let them play.

Wes, a circumspect young man; Corey, Wes’s wildcard best friend; and Ash, their lonely and enigmatic bankroller, were not prepared – emotionally or musically – to drive, live, and play as a group. But they decided to ditch their parents and attempt a tour together.

Much of the depiction of these teens’ ill-fated tour was hilarious. The author permeated every scene and character description with humor. This is how Wes, a bassist, described how he felt when someone requested a bass solo:

Eric Rasmussen

Scholar Eric Rasmussen set the stage for the special, 23-day First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit on Tuesday, June 7.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is on display through June 28th, 2016, on the 5th floor of the Central Library.

When is the last time you found yourself befuddled and commented, "It’s all Greek to me?" Do certain tasks leave you believing they will take "forever and a day?" Many phrases in our common vernacular are credited to William Shakespeare and would arguably be lost to our phraseology if not for the First Folio.

Shakespeare can seem completely boring. Huge words and convoluted plots make it easy to feel overwhelmed. How many people have sat through the Shakespeare unit in high school waiting it out until something better follows? However, Shakespeare is actually funny, engaging, intriguing. His plays can draw up your amusement, adoration, and anger.

Andrea Mays in The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio examines Folger and his mania.

Wormhole

Apparently, one of the big trends in new young adult books coming out is time travel. That pesky fourth dimension that has us trapped right now isn’t going to stop authors. Imaginations aren’t bound by reality. So, characters hurtle though time and face the different triumphs and challenges of another era.

Front Lines by Michael Grant

publication date: 2016
pages: 544
ISBN: 978-0-06-234215-7

In this alternate history, Michael Grant asked: how different would World War II have been if women were allowed, and even drafted, on the front lines? The answer, at least according to Grant, was not very different at all.

Front Lines followed Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman as they joined the fight against the Axis powers in 1943. Grant crafted these three characters to show the different experiences those serving in the armed forces would have encountered.

Rio was a young woman from an idyllic small town in California who signed up in response to the death of her sister. She underwent basic training and was sent to the front lines because of her proficiency in shooting.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy is featured as May's FYI Book Group selection.

Mark van Doren's Shakespeare is a sensitive, enthusiastic, and insightful collection of short essays on Shakespeare's plays and his poetry first published in 1939.

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