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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

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“For one second of clarity, I felt it all. The speed and bulk of him, the scourging claws, the meat stink of his breath, the ice of the bite and a single glimpse of the beautiful eyes - then he sprang away into the darkness and I lay winded, one arm in the rushing stream, my shirt gathering the weight of my own blood."

November Is Family Read Aloud Month

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There's no shortage of stories in American households. The TV flickers, video games blast and boom, the Facebook newsfeed crawls - all provide stories, in a sense. But what's missing in nearly half the homes in the U.S.?

Program Notes: Days of Heaven (1978)

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From the moment Sam Shepard first appeared on the screen in Terrence Malick’s turn-of-the-century folk-epic Days of Heaven (1978), audiences recognized something special.

NaNoWriMo Begins Tomorrow! (Free Flashdrives!)

This year, the Central Library at 14 W 10th St will be participating in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program and will be handing out free flash drives for each teen who joins us every Sunday in November from 2:00-4:30 for our weekly write-ins! There will be snacks and prizes for everyone who meets their word count goal!

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Book Reviews

Horror Cornucopia: Great Halloween Reads

HeartSick by Chelsea Cain

There’s something about October that draws readers to the scary books. Which are the scary books? That’s up to the reader because horror is anything that takes the reader out of his or her comfort zone.

Book Reviews

Zombies! Or, There’s No Such Thing as a Live Cat in Tom Sawyer

Cat illustration from Tom Sawyer by Thomas Hart Benton

Oh Tom and Huck, the scourges of childhood befall you with astonishing regularity. Whether it’s Injun Joe, dark caves, or an endless parade of preachers, teachers, and other interfering adults, the children of St. Petersburg can handle it all. But there’s something even more sinister lurking in these pages.

Learn Something

How to Accelerate Your Job Search with Learning Express Library

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Among my more satisfying moments working at the Reference Desk are the times when I can inform a customer, disappointed that the print book they want is not available, that the information they need can be found in one of the Kansas City Public Library’s online databases. Eyes light up, and frustration is eased – yea, Librarian Hero! 

Movie Quiz: Disney’s Leading Players

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Match the lead character of these Disney animated films with the title of the picture they “starred” in. And try to identify the year each film was released.

Program Notes: Wait Until Dark (1967)

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Today hardly anyone recognizes the name of Terence Young, director of 1967’s Wait Until Dark, a nerve-wracking crime yarn about a blind woman who is tormented in her basement apartment by a gang of nasty drug smugglers.

Book Reviews

Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XXXIII-XXXV, Conclusion

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If readers were doubting that Tom Sawyer was the quintessential boy’s book, the final three chapters will dispel any doubt. Twain folds in every fantasy any boy has ever entertained in the conclusion to his first solo effort to write a novel.

Sam Shepard: Way More Than an Actor

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For at least two generations of moviegoers, Sam Shepard has been recognized simply as an actor. But there’s a whole lot more to the man.

Local History

Know Your KC History: The Guadalupe Center

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During the Mexican Revolution of 1910, thousands of Mexicans left their homeland in pursuit of a better life in the United Sates. Many who traveled north to Kansas City found work in packing houses and factories and settled in the Westside neighborhood.

Program Notes: Zombieland (2009)

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If the British Shaun of the Dead represents the zomcom as high-end satire of social mores, the American Zombieland is simply pure unadulterated fun.

A Long, Long Sleep - Teen Book Review

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan.

In this bittersweet and beautiful retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Sheehan weaves a riveting sci-fi fairytale story that makes you fall in love with the characters and remember them way after you finish the book. It combines heart-breaking emotion that amazes you and revolts you at the same time. The story begins with Rose, A princess to a major company that owns the world and a girl locked in her own dreams. But she's been locked in her dreams so long that she doesn't know when to wake up. As the story goes she,of course, gets "awakened" with a kiss. The modern day twist is that she finds herself sixty-two years into the future with her life more changed and shaken up than ever.

Book Reviews

Kepler's Witch by James Connor

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In a book about a 17th century astronomer the reader expects to learn something of the stars and planets along with the standard biographical details. Religious wars and witchcraft, both prevalent at that period, might show up as well.

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