KC Public Library Blog

Up, Up, and Away 2: More Super Books for Super Kids

Hello again to all the young and old superhero lovers alike! With the continuous rise and success of the superhero genre, it's only right that children's books take on the mantel of being youth's first introduction to the hero way. Now, the hero way can be described or taught in many ways, so thank goodness for these superhero books and their often
surprisingly fresh take on what it means to not just be a superhero, but a super person.

Are you ready to S-P-E-L-L?

Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee

Are you ready to S-P-E-L-L?

Spelling Bee season is ramping up, and this is your chance to be a part of it! Children in eighth grade and below may participate in the spelling bee if their school or homeschool group registered online. Click here to find out if your school is registered.

A University is Born

University of Kansas City administration building, circa 1930s

October 1, 1933: Two thousand people gather to witness a ceremony officially opening the University of Kansas City. Founded for Kansas Citians who could not travel far away to attend college, classes began the next day with 264 students and 17 instructors.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light

The Holy or the Broken

How compelling can a whole book about one song be? As it turns out: Quite a lot, and very compelling. The secret to this book is that it isn't just about a song. It's a meditation on pop culture over the past few decades.

Library Life

Banned Books Week: September 21−27

Fun Home

Banned Books Week allows libraries across the country to celebrate the freedom to read and discuss the books that have been subjected to bans or had their presence in schools, bookstores, and library collections challenged.

All That Jazz

Bennie Moten. Photo courtesy LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC Library

September 23, 1923: The Bennie Moten Orchestra makes the first ever recording of Kansas City style jazz and blues, a musical style that would eventually come to dominate the jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s.

Building A Community Of Readers

Guns of August Still Reverberating

The Guns of August book cover

After a special tour of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, FYI Book Club readers gathered recently to discuss The Guns of August, the classic nonfiction work by Barbara W. Tuchman.

Can't Buy Him Love

September 17, 1964: Twenty thousand fans gather in Municipal Stadium to hear the Beatles, who are paid $150,000 for the 31-minute concert. Unheard of in a Beatles performance, the turnout is nearly 15,000 below the venue’s maximum capacity.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Gideon’s Fire by John Creasey

Gideon’s Fire by John Creasey

Just as Hilary Waugh and Ed McBain aimed at writing police procedurals that reflected police work in the United States as it really was, John Creasey in England was trying to do the same thing.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Already well-known as a webcomic creator, Canadian author Emily Carroll makes her print debut with Through the Woods - a collection of five short illustrated stories of horror.

Mozilla Hive KC Reception & Launch

Join Mozilla Hive KC for the official launch of the Kansas City Hive Learning Network.

Muffin Man

Fred Wolferman

September 13, 1870: Fred Wolferman, who will lead the family Kansas City grocery store to a successful purveyor of luxury food goods (especially Wolferman's English muffins), is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Imagine That: Books that Inspire Imagination

The youth have a hold on some of the most lively and energetic imaginations, so it's only right that children's books should reflect that same enthusiasm. No matter the subject at hand, children's books not only seek to teach, but value change, wonder, and dreams. Below are a few hand picked selections of titles that just might insight, explore, and inspire imagination.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller's achievement with The Song of Achilles cannot be overstated. Here's a novel that's absorbingly readable for a modern audience, but that still has the poetry of Homeric sagas.