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The Ruiz Branch Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson remembers the first thing Irene H. Ruiz ever said to her: "How long will you stay at my library?" Robinson's answer: "Until they tell me I'm going somewhere else." Now, eight years later, Robinson has built a reputation for her branch as a unifying force in the community it serves.

In Praise of the Undead

Okay, I get it. Vampires are sexy. Smart. Tormented. No wonder they’re now a staple of chick lit. But when it comes to the dead arising and going forth to do mayhem, give me a flesh-chomping zombie horde any day.

Book Reviews

Cookbook Review: Family Vegetarian Cooking

Family Vegetarian Cooking book cover

Whether you’re adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, making an oath to eat healthier, or are just looking for some delicious new recipes to try, Family Vegetarian Cooking from Good Housekeeping is exactly the cookbook you’ve been looking for.

Library Life

Summer Reading Report 2011

Wily reptile man Serengeti Steve brought his scaly friends to the Library for Summer Reading.

When the Library declared it would reach 16,000 kids and teens through this year's Summer Reading program, it quickly became an all-hands-on-deck proposition. Reaching more readers than ever would require advocacy at all the branches, with staff promoting it from the front desk to the childrens' areas and beyond.

Movie Quiz: The Duke Speaks

The Duke

John Wayne may have played more memorable characters and uttered more quoteworthy lines than any other actor in American film. For today’s quiz, match the movie title with the Duke’s character and a line of dialogue he spoke in that film. Pilgrim.

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Coming Soon: Library E-books for Kindles

Kindle - white

Kansas City Public Library cardholders will soon be able to check out e-books for the Amazon Kindle. Within the next week, the Library’s e-books catalog will be outfitted with Kindle-friendly downloadable e-books that also work on any device, such as a smartphone or PC, that is equipped with a free Kindle app.

Book Reviews

Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XIII-XVI

Tom Sawyer – a catch?

I’ve known a Tom Sawyer or two in my time. I’m willing to bet a marble and a pinch bug you have, too. Although Mark Twain doesn’t explicitly describe him, I can tell you that Tom’s sparkling eyes are framed by the kind of thick, long lashes that completely distract you from his sometimes questionable shenanigans.

Program Notes: The Golden Door (2006)

The Golden Door movie poster

On one level The Golden Door is a grittily realistic tale of one Sicilian family’s emigration to the United States. On another level, it's a near-hallucinogenic explosion of religious surrealism in which amazing fantasies are made flesh.

Library Life

Tune In to the Big Read Podcast

Get the audio Adventures of Tom Sawyer at kcbigread.org.

Did you know you can download the adventures of Tom, Huck, Becky Thatcher, and Injun Joe and listen to them on your iPod on the go? The Big Read Podcast is live, and it features The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as read by a huge cast of Kansas City luminaries.

New on the DVD Shelves: Everything Must Go (2010)

Everything Must Go movie poster

It’s a funny thing about funny men...at some point they’ve got to show us they can act, too. Everything Must Go finds Will Ferrell examining his stock character not through the lens of comic excess but of compassion.

Book Reviews

Big Read Extra: The True Story of Tom Sawyer's Later Years

Marshal Bass Reeves

Breaking Big Read news! The Kansas City Public Library has come into possession of historic fictitious documents outlining the life of Tom Sawyer after his youthful adventures in the works of Mark Twain.

Program Notes: In America (2002)

In America movie poster

In America (2002) is a movie that worms its way into your heart and takes up residence. It moves audiences in profound ways. It feels authentic. It ought to. Many of the scenes were lifted directly from the lives of director Jim Sheridan and his daughters.

Book Reviews

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What are your “greatest hits?” What are the best moments of your life that you would like to relive over and over and over again? You might have a few that pop directly to the surface, or you might have an oddball moment that came out of nowhere.

Library Life

KC Library Goes Mobile

Your Library is now palm-sized.

Update (October 10, 2011): The mobile app is now available for iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices. Learn more.

Thanks to our brand-new mobile app, smartphone users can now access the Kansas City Public Library from anywhere. From searching the catalog to renewing items, placing holds, and downloading e-books, a bevy of services are available through this totally free app.

Movie Quiz: Comic Book Heroes

Comic Book Movies

Sometimes it seems that everything playing at the megaplex was inspired by a comic book superhero. For today’s quiz you need to match the comic book superhero with the various actors who have played him/her on screen...