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Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XXV-XXVIII

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book cover

Good golly gracious, is there anyone who has not enjoyed reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? To the last person, everyone I have talked to fell in love at first sight (or first read) with that boy; although most have been quick to add that they are glad he is not their son!

Program Notes: The Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Magnificent Obsession movie poster

The Magnificent Obsession is Hollywood hyper-melodrama at its greatest and also the most ridiculous movie ever made. A solid case can be made for both of these viewpoints.

Library Life

Molly Raphael: Transforming Libraries

Molly Raphael lecture

American Library Association President Molly Raphael began her address at the Central Library with an invocational reading: "The best restaurants in the world are, of course, in Kansas City. Not all of them; only the top four or five."

Book Reviews

The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart

Many of us lead double lives. There’s our “actual” life, the one that requires showing up in person, and our “virtual” life, the one that requires opposable thumbs and a high-speed internet connection.

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.