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Book Review: My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Otowa

My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Otowa

Have you ever been to Japan? What do you know about this island country in the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of China and Korea? Japan is called the “Land of the Rising Sun” because it is situated at the most eastern part of Asia. The Japanese call their country “Nippon,” which literally means in Japanese “the origin of the sun.”

Teen Review - Allegiant

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth

Mysterious and painfully beautiful, this ending to the Divergent trilogy left me in tears, wishing there was more to soak up. A cross of romance, struggle, and war, the dystopian society feels real to the bones.

Shades of Gray

Civil War Flag

April 30, 1861: A Confederate flag is raised in Kansas City, prompting Mayor Robert T. Van Horn to call in Union troops from Fort Leavenworth for support.

Library Life

Libraryland: Mid-Continent Adds To KC Area’s Roll of National Medal Winners

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Call us America’s library capital – or at least, one of them. The Mid-Continent Public Library has been named a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Weasels by Elys Dolan

Weasels by Elys Dolan

If you fill Dr. Evil’s lair with a slew of Alvin and the Chipmunks wannabes, you end up with Weasels by Elys Dolan.

Book Reviews

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

It’s been a long time since I took my time reading a book because I didn’t want it to end. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one such book.

Be Yourself: Books About Uniqueness

With a world of unique individuals and experiences, it’s great to know that we can always explore and depend upon a variety of creative stories to reflect real world situations and garner different perspectives. Here are three great books about uniqueness, differences, and expressing your individuality.

Coming Up

All Is Well(ness) at Bluford Branch

Health and Wellness Center

One by one on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, some 60 people of varying size, shape, and age will step atop a scale at the L.H. Bluford Branch to measure the returns from 12 weeks of sweat and self-discipline.

Exodusters Mark the Spot

"Negro Exodusters en route to Kansas, fleeing from the yellow fever, " Photomural from engraving. Harpers Weekly, 1870. Historic American Building Survey Field Records, HABS FN-6, #KS -49-11 Prints and Photographs Division (106)

April 25, 1879: The Wyandotte Commercial Gazette reports that more than 1,000 destitute people have arrived in Wyandotte City, most of them freed slaves drawn by Kansas' reputation as a free state.

Program Notes: The Old Maid (1939)

The Old Maid movie poster

The acting duel you see on screen in The Old Maid isn’t all acting. It reflects the genuine animosity between its two stars, Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. The story is pure, unadulterated melodrama.

Featured Authors

Leo Damrosch: Library Speaker, Newly Minted Pulitzer Finalist

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

Columbia University released the roll of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists this week, and one name — Leo Damrosch — caught our eye. He’s speaking at the Library next month.

Up, Up, and Away!: Super Books for Super Kids

Extraordinary Warren by Sarah Dillard

We've all wondered what it would be like to be a superhero! To fly, have super strength, or weather extreme obstacles is an idea usually left for the dream space. We all can't be Spider-Man, but below are some great books that emphasize the superhero that can be found in all of us!

To Promote the General Welfare

William Volker

April 14, 1910: The City Council passes an ordinance drafted by the shy philanthropist, William Volker, which creates the nation’s first Board of Public Welfare.

Program Notes: Dark Victory (1939)

Dark Victory movie poster

Dark Victory is one of those old-fashioned weepies that sophisticated film goers hate to love. Ever since its release, it's left audiences torn between sobbing and resentment over the picture's emotional manipulation.

Library Life

Sherrybaby - Available on Hoopla

Sherrybaby

Maggie Gyllenhaal won a slew of acting awards for her portrayal of a paroled junkie in 2006’s Sherrybaby. Ironically, the movie never played on a Kansas City theater screen.