KC Public Library Blog

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Days of Shock and Sorrow

Days of Shock and Sorrow

September 28, 1953: Bobby Greenlease, 6-year-old son of Kansas City Cadillac dealer Robert Greenlease, is kidnapped from his school and murdered.

Challenged and Banned Books

Banned Books Week 2015

Imagine this: You hear about a book that sounds really interesting. Your friends have raved about it. You haven’t been this excited to get your hands on something to read in a long time. You go to the library to check it out. No can do. Somebody has taken all copies of those books off the shelves. Nobody will be able to borrow them for a long time. You are out of luck.

A Myth is Born

Jesse James

September 26, 1872: In front of an estimated 10,000 people exiting the Kansas City Industrial Exposition, three bandits (including Jesse & Frank James) rob the ticket office and escape with $978.

Free Streaming Video: Hoopla as Reviewed by My Eight-Year-Old

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Did you know that the Library offers free streaming video? You can have audiobooks, TV shows, and movies on-demand. Book access is only a part of what we do.

Local History

New Online Exhibit of Early Latino Life on Kansas City’s West Side

Latinos in Kansas City: A Westside Scrapbook highlights the lives of Hispanic Americans living on the west side of Kansas City in the first half of the 20th century.

“The Greatest Display of Skill, Nerve, and Daring”

Old Elm Ridge Race Track, ca 1915

September 17, 1922: Averaging 107 miles per hour, racecar driver Tommy Milton wins the inaugural race at the Kansas City Speedway, also known as "the Old Board Track" at 95th and Troost.

Book Review - Made You Up

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Made You Up by Francesa Zappia

publication date: 2015
pages: 428
ISBN: 978-0-06-229010-6

This is a YA detective story with a twist: the sleuth, high school senior Alex Ridgemont, can't tell when a clue is real. Alex has schizophrenia, complete with detailed visual hallucinations. In order to keep her perceptions based in reality, she takes her medication and photographs everything around her, relying on the photographs to represent reality.

Muffin Man

Fred Wolferman

September 13, 1870: Fred Wolferman, who will lead the family Kansas City grocery store to a successful purveyor of luxury food goods (especially Wolferman's English muffins), is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

New Library Exhibit Spotlights Works Of Mexico's Top Illustrators of Youth Literature

The Kansas City Public Library, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, is proud to present a new exhibit, Más Allá de Palabras (Beyond Words), opening Saturday, September 5, 2015, in the Genevieve Guldner Gallery, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The exhibition highlights 34 of Mexico’s top illustrators of children’s literature, working in a variety of media.

Book Reviews

Book Review - His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous as the creator of the character of Sherlock Holmes, and as the author of the 56 original short stories and four novels featuring this character.

Hurricane Katrina: Books Show Triumph over Tragedy

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Hurricane Katrina: Books Show Triumph over Tragedy

Kids face all kinds of challenges in their lives, and stories have the power to provide them comfort, support, and examples of resilience.

During Hurricane Katrina people in boats rescued families stranded on rooftops; a little black girl and an old white woman in a wheelchair held hands near the Superdome; and with very little clean water, people shared what they had.

Cool Operator

Elmer F. Pierson

August 27, 1896: Elmer F. Pierson, who, with brother John, will found the Vendo company, market the first reliable Coca-Cola vending machines, and dominate the vending machine industry, is born in Kansas City.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves proves once again that Neal Stephenson possesses an imagination of staggering inventiveness and scope. For him, an event that most of us would find unthinkable is the start of the story.

Join the Kansas City Public Library Teen Leadership Council!

Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?

This semester, the Kansas City Public Library is looking for teenagers to join our first ever Teen Leadership Council! These volunteer positions have helped the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City this year, including:

The Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration, May 23rd
The Harry Potter House Cup Award Ceremony, May 30th
The Largest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World, June 6th
The Black Archives History Lock-In, July 11th
The Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit, July 25th

Aviation Takes Off

Charles Lindbergh

August 17, 1927: After flying to Kansas City in the Spirit of St. Louis, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh dedicates Municipal Airport while on a national tour to promote air travel.

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