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Fairy tales, classics and myths...with a twist

Rapunzel's Revenge

Fairy tales, myths and classic tales. We can’t get enough of them, and luckily publishers and authors agree! Below is a list of retellings, and if you STILL can’t get enough ask your local librarian for more recommendations, or check out this massive list that Epic Reads compiled: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/an-epic-chart-of-162-young-adult-retellings/

Hail to the Chief

H. Roe Bartle, 1938

May 8, 1974: H. Roe Bartle, a charismatic Boy Scout executive, public speaker, lawyer, and two-term mayor of Kansas City, dies in Kansas City.

Book Reviews

The Galton Case by Ross MacDonald

The Galton Case

Ross MacDonald was one of the greats of hard-boiled detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Just as Chandler looked to the pioneering Hammett, MacDonald looked to Chandler, whom he called a “slumming angel.”

Teen Review: Strange Angels

Strange Angel by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Teen Reviewer: Khamedriah Grimes

"Normal" is not a word to describe this new paranormal fiction by Lili St. Crow. Dru Anderson is not the average girl getting ready for graduation and proms. She is too busy delving into the Real World, where werewolfs, zombies, and powerful immortals live. Dru has been in training with her dad since she was young. To be prepared for the Real World is not easy. One night she comes home and she fights a zombie who has broken into her house. When she figures out who it is, it turns her world upside down.

Program Notes: The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell movie poster

Every now and then an actor becomes inseparable from a role. Don Ameche will always be known for playing Alexander Graham Bell. The movie was so popular that for nearly 20 years after it was common to substitute the word “Ameche” for “telephone.”

Program Notes: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Young Mr. Lincoln movie poster

Seventy five years after its creation, John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln still retains an astonishing ability to tap into our shared mythology. It has a wonderful quality that every work of art must have.

Library Life

How I Got My First Library Card

Boise Public Library

From the time I was very young, I heard my parents reading and telling stories.

My mom loved to tell me about when my sister and I got our library cards.

Actor Bob Hoskins: A Man for All Roles

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins didn’t look like a movie star. He once said he had played lots of bad guys because “most horrible dictators are short, fat, middle-aged men.” But he had an incredible range not initially suggested by his fireplug body and bulldog features.

Teen Review - 07-Ghost

07-Ghost

07-Ghost by Yukino Ichihara, Yuki Amemiya

Teen Reviewer: Erica Whorton

Teito Klein was once an orphan and a slave. All he has ever known was to obey orders that were given to him and to never betray the military. Not having a full grasp of his memories was fine with him until he meets the person responsible for his capture.

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.