KC Public Library Blog

Program Notes: 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later movie poster

There are purists who will tell you that Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002) isn’t actually a zombie movie. Well, I say If it moves like a zombie, bites like a zombie and smells like a zombie...IT’S A ZOMBIE!!!

Library Life

KC Library iPhone App Now Available

KC Library mobile app logo

Apple users rejoice! Two weeks after rolling out our KC Library mobile app for Android and most other mobile platforms, it is now available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It’s a free download from the App Store – just search for “kc library.”

Local History

Know Your KC History: Strange Goings on at Exposition Fair, 1872 pt. 2

Wild Bill Hickok photo

James Butler Hickok, better known as “Wild Bill,” was a well-known scout, gunslinger, gambler, lawman, and umpire. There are at least two accounts of times when Hickok was prevailed upon to umpire baseball games—once in Fort Hays, Kansas, and the other here in Kansas City.

Movie Quiz: Hollywood's Greatest Year

Hollywood's Greatest Year (Image courtesy TCM.com)

Nineteen hundred and thirty nine was, in the opinion of just about every film historian and critic, the best year for movies in Hollywood history.

Local History

Know Your KC History: Strange Goings on at Exposition Fair, 1872 pt. 1

T.M. James Times photo

T.M. James & Sons was a store in early Kansas City that sold fine china. It was established by Thomas Martin James, who moved here from Kentucky in 1854, about four years after the founding of the Town of Kansas, or Kansas City, as we now call it.

Program Notes: A Patch of Blue (1965)

A Patch of Blue movie poster

A Patch of Blue (1965) is an almost perfect example of Hollywood’s mainstream approach to controversial social issues.

Book Reviews

Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XXI-XXIV

Injun Joe escapes the courtroom.

Much like my fellow reviewer, Bernard (Chs. IX-XII), one of my earliest encounters with Tom Sawyer was in a class play. In 9th grade, I got to play Injun Joe in a stage adaptation written by my school’s librarian.

Book Reviews

Classic Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein cover

As we are now in October, it seemed a good time to revisit a classic of the horror genre, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Butler's How-To Guide for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Zombiemania!

Bob Butler and the Kansas City Public Library offer you this how-to video for surviving a zombie apocalypse!

Library Life

Video: How to Build a Gigabit City

Gigabit City

10.3.11 – As patrons browsed the shelves and logged in to the public computers at the Central Library, elsewhere in the building, a cadre of community-minded business professionals discussed how information moving at light speed could change life in Kansas City.

Program Notes: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead movie poster

The best zombie movie of all time? For my money it’s Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004). It nails the nexus of horror and humor that marks the greatest zombie movies.

Planning the Perfect Park

Plan-a-park

On a recent Sunday at the Plaza Branch, two dozen citizens gathered to plan their ideal Kansas City park. Sports fields, petting zoos, ice cream stands, rock-climbing walls, trails – no idea was too big or too small.

Book Reviews

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

Crossing Oceans Gina Holmes

Going home means different things to different people. For some, it is an expectation of warm, exciting conversations and laughter with families and loved ones. For others, returning home conjures up painful memories of broken relationships and unexpected loss.

Program Notes: Going Blind (2010)

Going Blind movie poster

In Going Blind (2010) former network TV news producer and documentarist Joseph Lovett aims his camera at sightless or visually challenged New Yorkers. The idea is to show us how individuals cope with blindness.

Book Reviews

Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XVII-XX

"Tom Dreams" illus. by True Williams, from the 1876 1st. ed.

Although I have never caught a real murderer or found a real stash of gold, in many ways, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer reminds me of my own childhood. (I’ve been a pirate, and I’ve come back from the dead...)