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Book Reviews

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

Some of the poets associated with World War I are among the greatest of the 20th century: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Edmund Blunden, Isaac Rosenberg, to name a few.

Bottoms Up

Postcard of the old Union depot at Union Avenue and Santa Fe Street

April 7, 1878: Union Depot, Kansas City's first large train station, opens in the West Bottoms after $410,028 in construction costs.

Teens have the power to Save MO Libraries!

People from all over Missouri met at the State Capital to ask Governor Nixon to release the $6 million he is withholding in state aid to libraries. Two busloads of teens from Kansas City led the protest and sent powerful message to their state legislators!

Wrong Way Corrigan

Bernard Corrigan

March 31, 1882: In an editorial, The Kansas City Star supports a new streetcar company and argues against a monopoly held on Kansas City transportation by Thomas Corrigan.

Book Reviews

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow is, as one would expect, an incisive and lively exploration of the issues surrounding copyright and enforcement in the Internet Age.

Secrets of Chambers

Annie Chambers

March 24, 1935: Annie Chambers, who owned a 25-room house of prostitution in Kansas City, dies at the age of 92. By the time of her death, Chambers' own life had neatly paralleled Kansas City's untamed years of the late nineteenth century.

Local History

Rivers, Roads, and Railways: Catalyst for Development

Sitting at the confluence of two rivers near the edge of the western frontier, the area we know today as Kansas City seemed destined to become a major transportation hub between the East and West.

Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Kids are amazing! They all bring something unique and interesting to the world. We wouldn't be able to see things the way that we do without the perspective that they provide.

A Man of Many Parts

Lafayette Tillman

March 15, 1858: Lafayette Tillman, who will go on to become a veteran of the Spanish-American War and one of Kansas City's first African American police officers, is born in Evansville, Indiana.

Book Reviews

Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan the Untamed

This novel is quite unique in the Tarzan canon as it is the only one that makes reference to the Great War. The novel, though written in 1919 and published in book form in 1920, is set in 1914.

Book Review - The Queen of the Tearling

Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling (2014) by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling is another addition to the extensive catalogue of fantasy novels. The book followed Kelsea Glynn, as she was taken from her home at eighteen by a cadre of soldiers and forced into the role of queen of the kingdom.

Teen Rally to Save MO Libraries!

Join people from all over the state to Save MO Libraries!

The Governor is withholding $6 million dollars in funding from libraries all across the state and has almost completely eliminated state funding to libraries next year.

Two busloads of teenage library advocates will be leaving from Kansas City and heading to Jefferson City to explain to their legislators why libraries are so important in their communities...

Bird Lives

Charlie Parker

March 12, 1955: Charlie "Bird" Parker, whose innovative performances paved the way for modern jazz styles, dies at the age of 34 after a 15-year addiction to heroin and alcohol.

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.

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