KC Public Library Blog

Book Review: Travels With Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt by Patti Wheeler

Are you ready for a tour of Africa?

Join twin brothers, Gannon and Wyatt, in exploring one of the most exotic parts of the world, the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Gannon and Wyatt thrive in adventures. They travel with their parents to remote parts of the earth in order to study the environment, wildlife, and cultures. During the trips, the twins studiously keep private journals, which they prefer to call "field notes."

Avoid Cyberbullying: Enjoy Your Internet

Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?

Like any media, the Internet can be used in wonderful or horrible ways. It can connect people across the globe. It can be a source of extremely helpful information. It can record memories and historic events. However, with the increased anonymity we experience online, it also provides a forum for people to say mean and hurtful things.

Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Sheep!

Sheep Beauty by Li Jian

The Chinese New Year, with a cycle based on the moon, began on the 4th of February, 2015 and will continue through February 3, 2016. Among other personality traits, people born during this year are said to be selfless.

Library Life

Shakespeare's First Folio is coming to the Library

We have been selected as a location for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national tour in 2016. Few copies exist of Shakespeare's First Folio, and we are excited to have the opportunity to exhibit one at the Library!

End of the Marriage Penalty

Carolyn Farwell Fuller

March 2, 1944: Due to a wartime shortage of teachers, the Kansas City school board allows married women to teach.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Every year on March 2nd we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with Read Across America Day organized by the National Education Association.

Book Reviews

Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb

Data, A Love Story

I honestly don't know what to think about Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb. I'm a geek; I love math and data and statistics. The idea of tackling online dating using statistical analysis and profile optimization is intriguing.

Whittaker's Chambers

Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Whittaker

February 22, 1901: Charles Evans Whittaker, who will go on to become the first person from Kansas or Missouri to serve on the Supreme Court, is born on a farm near Troy, Kansas.

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

Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

In the years following World War I, much of the literature on both sides of the Atlantic was strongly anti-war in sentiment. The enthusiasm and idealism that people felt when war was declared soon soured in the trenches.

Teen Tech Week is Coming!

Teen Tech Week

Libraries are for Making... Join us March 2-9, 2015! It was stop motion animation that brought to life Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big-screen and put Comedy Central’s long-running Robot Chicken into motion. As part of Teen Tech Week, the Library is offering a week’s worth of opportunities to learn—or polish—the technique, with a series of two-hour stop motion animation workshops at seven of our branches.

Signs that You’re Addicted to an Audiobook

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

How to know if an audiobook is having an impact on you:

1. You start talking with an accent that mirrors the characters.
2. You start thinking in an accent that mirrors the characters.
3. You feel sad to know that the book will end.
4. Even though you know the book will end, you keep listening at odd times just to learn what will happen next.
4. You recommend the book to all of your friends who are real people.
5. After the story, not having the characters in your life feels like losing friends.
6. You write fan fiction as you imagine what else might happen.

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.

Library Life

Tax Help at the Library

Get free tax preparation and assistance from AARP and VITA at multiple Kansas City Public Library locations, starting on February 2, 2015.

Last Night at the Opera House

Coates  Opera House

January 31, 1901: Fire spreads through the Coates Opera House, the center of high society life in Kansas City, damaging it so badly that it will not reopen.