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Bowled Over

Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs

January 15, 1967: The Kansas City Chiefs battle the Green Bay Packers in front of 63,036 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum and another 60 million on television, losing the game 35 to 10 (in what will become known as Super Bowl I).

Book Review - See No Color

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See No Color by Shannon Gibney

publication date: 2015
pages: 185
ISBN: 978-1-4677-7682-0

The "Godmother of Guadalupe"

Dorothy Gallagher with children

January 8, 1894: Dorothy Gallagher, who becomes a founder of the Guadalupe Center at 1015 West 23rd Street to aid Mexican immigrants, is born in Kansas City.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015

For the past 64 years, the New York Times has released a year-end list of the best illustrated children’s books. These are storybooks, graphic novels and non-fiction titles that feature illustrations that are beautiful and strange, off the wall and mind-bending, incredibly ornate and sometimes just plain simple. Most importantly, these books are always totally cool! The selections are made solely on artistic merit, but that doesn’t mean the stories aren’t just as excellent.

Death of a Legend

Arthur Bryant

December 28, 1982: Arthur Bryant, who established one of the most famous barbeque restaurants in the world, dies of a heart attack at the age of 80.

Library Life

Our 2015 Favorites

As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we just discovered in 2015.

Let There Be Lights

Country Club Plaza Christmas Lights

December 25, 1925: A single strand of Christmas lights hangs on the Country Club Plaza’s first building, beginning a Kansas City tradition that continues today.

In a hurry? Grab a book bundle!

So you just found out that little Jimmy from down the road is staying the weekend and you have GOT to keep him busy. The only thing you know for sure is that he loves to read and wants to be either a ninja or a paleontologist when he grows up. Problem is, it’s 4:55 and the library closes in 5 minutes. What are you going to do???

Local History

Sorting Cattle from Chaos: Processing the Kansas City Stockyards Collection

Before Missouri Valley Special Collections staff acquired the Kansas City Stockyards Collection, its 6,000-plus items had been scattered about the Livestock Exchange Building.

As-salaamu Alaykum

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Islamic culture is central to the lives of many people in our community. Luckily, there are books that assist non-Muslims in understanding. They also remind Muslim children that they belong.

Book Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

publication date: 2015
pages: 400
ISBN: 978-0803741737

Striking a Chord

Foundry near Leeds, MO. Photo credit Tom Davidson, Jr.

December 16, 1936: One thousand members of the United Auto Workers conduct a sit-down strike at the Fisher Body plant in Kansas City, giving early momentum to what will become known as the General Motors Strike of 1936-1937.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves

Robert Graves was a fascinating man. A poet and novelist of some note, he was also a respected classical scholar and translator. And like many of his generation, he served in the British Army during World War I.

Book Reviews

Book Review: 1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt

History is full of revolts, conflicts, and wars. Juliet Barker in 1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt examines this English clash that rocked the country through all levels of society.

Flying High

B-25 bombers lined up at North American Aviation, Incorporated, almost ready for their first test flight, Kansas City, Kansas. Photo credit Alfred T. Palmer

December 7, 1940: The Army Air Corps announces that a bomber plant, which will employ 26,000 and produce most of the B-25 medium bombers used in World War II, will be built in the Fairfax district of Kansas City, Kansas.

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