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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...)

Program Notes: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead movie poster

George Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead (1968) isn’t the best zombie movie ever. Just the most important.

Library Life

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot: Kindle E-books Now at the Library

The wait is over. Kindle e-books are now available at the Kansas City Public Library. Users of the Amazon Kindle e-reader and mobile or web-based Kindle apps now have their choice of more than 2,000 titles, all free with a Library card.

New On the DVD Shelves: Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Meek's Cutoff movie poster

Set in the 1840s, Meek’s Cutoff follows a tiny wagon train winding its way westward toward the lush Pacific Northwest. In the hands of minimalist filmmaker Kelly Reichart the usual elements of the classic oater are either not present or subverted into something entirely new.

3 Teen Book Reviews

This week we are featuring three teen book reviews by Tamara, age 16, from the Waldo Branch Library.

Review for Danger Overseas by Carolyn Keene

Danger Overseas is a Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery. Frank, Joe, and Nancy reunite in Rome to solve a case involving a theft from an archeological dig and a girl with a missing memory. They soon find themselves involved in a web of terrorism, kidnapping, and deception.

Library Life

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.

Library Life

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.