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Book Review: What about Giraffes?

Giraffes are wonderful creatures. Being the world’s tallest mammals, they have long slender necks and they can run as fast as 35 miles per hour. Their long necks help them to rummage for leaves in treetops. Their superior height is perfect for keeping a lookout for predators in the wild.

Library Life

Booketology: Elite 8 Winners

Little Women

Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! Check out the results of the Elite 8, and vote in the Final 4 of Booketology, where it's book vs. book and you decide the winner!

Wrong Way Corrigan

Bernard Corrigan

March 31, 1882: In an editorial, The Kansas City Star supports a new streetcar company and argues against a monopoly held on Kansas City transportation by Thomas Corrigan.

Program Notes: Love Affair (1939)

Love Affair movie poster

Love Affair points out precisely why Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne were such major stars in the 1930s. Both actors established screen personas that came through loud and clear no matter what the role.

Learn Something

Free Music: As Much As You Want, When You Want It.

Freegal Music

Stream the music you want. When you want it. No ads. No charge.

Who wouldn’t like the concept?

Library Life

Booketology Sweet 16 Results

The Fault in Our Stars

Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! It's book vs. book and you decide the winner. Check out the results of the Sweet 16, and vote in the Elite 8 of Booketology.

Local History

Kansas City Cattle King: Relics of the Stockyards

A recent grant has allowed the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections Department to begin processing a collection of materials from the Kansas City Stockyards.

Death Takes a Holiday (Maybe)

Postcard of Woodward Hall at Park College

March 27, 1836: George S. Park, who will go on to found Parkville, Missouri, and what has become Park University, purportedly survives a Mexican firing squad during the fight for Texan independence by pretending to be dead.

Program Notes: Destry Rides Again (1939)

Destry Rides Again movie poster

In many regards, Destry Rides Again is a boilerplate oater: a new sheriff in town goes up against the crook who runs the place. Not terribly original. But the film is hugely enjoyable for one reason: James Stewart in the title role.

Library Life

Booketology Returns!

Stranger in a Strange Land

Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! It's book vs. book and you decide the winner. Check out the results of our first round, and vote in the "Sweet 16" of Booketology.

Before There Was a Wimpy Kid, There Was a Worm

Diary of  a Worm

Diaries are wonderful. People use them to share their victories, their worries, their secrets. Diaries don’t judge. No wonder kids LOVE the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. For the younger set, though, there is another fantastic group of books written in diary form.

Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss bring humor to readers via the everyday lives of our tiny protagonists.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Texts From Bennett by Mac Lethal

Texts From Bennett by Mac Lethal

As the library’s humorous 2014 Adult Winter Reading Program draws to a close, here’s one last comical book to add to your reading list - Texts From Bennett by Mac Lethal.

Secrets of Chambers

Annie Chambers

March 24, 1935: Annie Chambers, who owned a 25-room house of prostitution in Kansas City, dies at the age of 92.

Program Notes: Union Pacific (1939)

Union Pacific movie poster

Cecil B. DeMille didn’t do anything halfway. Consider the hoopla orchestrated for the premiere of his 1939 film Union Pacific, a big Western about the race to complete the first trans-continental railroad.

Book Review: The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

The Matchbox Diary

A small object can bring back a flood of memory. In Paul Fleischman’s latest picture book, The Matchbox Diary, a little girl discovers an age-old cigar box filled with a collection of matchboxes. Each matchbox that she opens holds a memento of her great-grandfather.