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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Library Life

Calling All Chefs: Food for Fines Book Lovers' Recipe Contest

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Do you have the cooking chops to become the Kansas City Public Library’s resident Top Chef? In celebration of Food for Fines (Nov. 7-13), we’re holding a recipe contest to see who can come up with the best dish using nonperishable food.

Book Reviews

Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest

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It’s harvest time again, so what better time to look back at Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. Hammett is credited with taking the private investigator story out of the popular pulp magazines and transforming the genre into something of literary value.

Sam Shepard: Fool for Cinema

On Mondays and Saturdays all through November, the Kansas City Public Library will be showing films starring, written by, or directed by Sam Shepard. Bob Butler discusses his legacy.

Movie Quiz: In a Few Words

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Movie industry types love to describe films with just a few well-chosen words. Here are 20 well-known movies and thumbnail descriptions. Pair them up.

Program Notes: Paris, Texas (1984)

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Sam Shepard doesn’t appear in Paris, Texas (1984), but his fingerprints are all over it. His dramas specialize in American families coming apart under the weight of spiritual emptiness.

Library Life

Big Small Business Comes to the Library for Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Public libraries have always been beacons for entrepreneurs. Recent graduates and seasoned professionals alike need easy, affordable access to pertinent information that will help their businesses grow. Libraries charge neither tuition nor membership dues, and many of their resources, such as powerful databases, are available online.

New on the DVD Shelves: Exporting Raymond (2010)

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When Everybody Loves Raymond ended its run after nine years and 210 episodes, creator Phil Rosenthal began thinking about whether his TV show about a bickering but basically loving middle-class family might translate to other cultures.

Book Reviews

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.

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