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Weasels by Elys Dolan

Weasels by Elys Dolan

If you fill Dr. Evil’s lair with a slew of Alvin and the Chipmunks wannabes, you end up with Weasels by Elys Dolan.

Book Reviews

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

It’s been a long time since I took my time reading a book because I didn’t want it to end. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one such book.

Be Yourself: Books About Uniqueness

With a world of unique individuals and experiences, it’s great to know that we can always explore and depend upon a variety of creative stories to reflect real world situations and garner different perspectives. Here are three great books about uniqueness, differences, and expressing your individuality.

Coming Up

All Is Well(ness) at Bluford Branch

Health and Wellness Center

One by one on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, some 60 people of varying size, shape, and age will step atop a scale at the L.H. Bluford Branch to measure the returns from 12 weeks of sweat and self-discipline.

Exodusters Mark the Spot

"Negro Exodusters en route to Kansas, fleeing from the yellow fever, " Photomural from engraving. Harpers Weekly, 1870. Historic American Building Survey Field Records, HABS FN-6, #KS -49-11 Prints and Photographs Division (106)

April 25, 1879: The Wyandotte Commercial Gazette reports that more than 1,000 destitute people have arrived in Wyandotte City, most of them freed slaves drawn by Kansas' reputation as a free state.

Program Notes: The Old Maid (1939)

The Old Maid movie poster

The acting duel you see on screen in The Old Maid isn’t all acting. It reflects the genuine animosity between its two stars, Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. The story is pure, unadulterated melodrama.

Featured Authors

Leo Damrosch: Library Speaker, Newly Minted Pulitzer Finalist

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

Columbia University released the roll of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists this week, and one name — Leo Damrosch — caught our eye. He’s speaking at the Library next month.

Up, Up, and Away!: Super Books for Super Kids

Extraordinary Warren by Sarah Dillard

We've all wondered what it would be like to be a superhero! To fly, have super strength, or weather extreme obstacles is an idea usually left for the dream space. We all can't be Spider-Man, but below are some great books that emphasize the superhero that can be found in all of us!

To Promote the General Welfare

William Volker

April 14, 1910: The City Council passes an ordinance drafted by the shy philanthropist, William Volker, which creates the nation’s first Board of Public Welfare.

Program Notes: Dark Victory (1939)

Dark Victory movie poster

Dark Victory is one of those old-fashioned weepies that sophisticated film goers hate to love. Ever since its release, it's left audiences torn between sobbing and resentment over the picture's emotional manipulation.

Library Life

Sherrybaby - Available on Hoopla

Sherrybaby

Maggie Gyllenhaal won a slew of acting awards for her portrayal of a paroled junkie in 2006’s Sherrybaby. Ironically, the movie never played on a Kansas City theater screen.

Book Reviews

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Oedipus Rex

I know what you must be thinking – how does Greek tragedy fit into my ongoing blog series about classic mysteries? Well, I admit, it’s something of a stretch, but April is National Poetry Month, and I strongly advise readers to find some great poetry out there.

Teen Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, but here's a way to enjoy poetry year-round. Collections of poetry, entire stories told through poems, books about the impact of poetry on teen lives - there is something for everyone. Try one or several of the books below. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to write your own poem.

Click here to check out poems by other Kansas City teens.

And Then It Happened

Swope Park Swimming Pool

April 9, 1968: With tensions high after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., riots break out in Kansas City, leaving seven people dead and nearly 100 buildings damaged.

Remembering Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

Think Justin Bieber … only about 100 times more popular. That was Mickey Rooney. Rooney, who died this weekend at the age of 93, was the single biggest movie star of the 1930s and early 1940s.