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Guess the Movie!

Movies posters are iconic images that frequently make their way into popular consciousness right along with the movie itself. Can you guess the movie from the poster?

Library Life

Know Your Librarians: Veronica Manthei

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Veronica Manthei is one eclectic lady. Stop her the next time she reports for duty as a Library Technical Assistant at the North-East Branch, and you're likely to find her with a slew of books, audiobooks, and movies checked out to her account.

Program Notes: Silent Tongue (1993)

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Sam Shepard always has been obsessed with families in crisis, so no one should be surprised that he wrote a drama about family and collective guilt. What is surprising about Silent Tongue (1993) is the flat-out weirdness of this Western.

Book Reviews

The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice

Sisters of Sinai Janet Soskice book cover

In the late 19th century, few women received a good education and fewer still experienced extensive travel. Women also did not leave their mark on academic scholarship.

Program Notes: Thunderheart (1992)

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Michael Apted's Thunderheart (1992) is about civil unrest and a murder on a South Dakota Indian reservation.

Library Life

Library and Science City Win Grant to Build Learning Lab for Teens

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Like many great brainstorming sessions in the history of public libraries, it began with librarians gathered around a blackboard, pizza and drinks on hand. But, unlike most, it ended with the awarding of a $100,000 grant.

Guess the Movie!

Movies posters are iconic images that frequently make their way into popular consciousness right along with the movie itself. Can you guess the movie from the poster?

Book Reviews

The Most Dangerous Man in the World by Andrew Fowler

Most Dangerous Man In World book cover

Who is the real Julian Assange, the man behind whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks? How did he become one of the most feared and championed whistle-blowers in history? In a new unauthorized biography, award-winning Australian investigative journalist Andrew Fowler separates the man from the myth.

Library Life

Cradle of Entrepreneurs Recap: Ollie Gates

Ollie Gates and Crosby Kemper III

Ollie Gates thinks that you can beat him at barbecue. That’s what he told the audience at last night at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III. Mr. Gates joined us to help celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative of the Kaufmann Foundation, as a part of our ongoing series, Kansas City: Cradle of Entrepreneurs.

Program Notes: Resurrection (1980)

Resurrection movie poster

Resurrection (1980) is a great example of Woo Woo Cinema, offering a degree of psychological realism rarely seen in enterprises of this sort, and Ellen Burstyn's performance is arguably the greatest of her career.

Local History

The Mother of Invention’s Long Arm

William T. Carnes

Late on the morning of May 5, 1921, Mrs. William A. Huddleston came out of the First National Bank at 10th and Baltimore and met with her boss, J.P. Prescott. (As I write this I am sitting on the fifth floor of the same building, though the building had only four floors 90 years ago.)

New on DVD: Water for Elephants (2011)

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The best moment in Water for Elephants has almost nothing to do with its stars. The strong suit of this melodrama is its sense of time and place, namely America in 1931.

Library Life

Cradle of Entrepreneurs: Danny O’Neill of The Roasterie on Good Coffee, Good Conscience

Roasterie Coffee dispenser

As Library Director Crosby Kemper III pointed out early this morning at the Plaza Branch, Danny O’Neill is “the man who wakes Kansas City up.” For local coffee drinkers, this assessment is quite literally, elementally true.

Program Notes: Baby Boom (1987)

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Diane Keaton's greatest performance? I'd like to make the case that the role that most perfectly dovetails with her actorish sensibilities is that of J.C. Wiatt in 1987's Baby Boom.

Library Life

Food For Fines Recipe Contest Winner Announced

Last November 7-13 was Food For Fines week at the Kansas City Public Library, and our food bins truly overran with donations to Harvesters: The Community Food Network. But while anyone could bring in food to reduce their late fees, only one person could win our recipe contest.

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