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Twice-Told Tales: Andrei Codrescu's Arabian Nights and 6 Other Famous Retellings

Andrei Codrescu has always been interested in the ways stories are told. As a poet, essayist, novelist, and founder of the avant-garde journal Exquisite Corpse – not to mention his hilarious NPR commentaries – Codrescu has made a name for himself as a master at both creating and exploding narrative forms.

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How to Help Victims of the Joplin Tornado

The day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, destroying a quarter of the city and resulting in 123 deaths, the Joplin Public Library was open for business.

Summer Reading Coming Soon

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The Kansas City Public Library wants to partner with you on your reading adventures this summer! Starting June 1, for every three hours you read, you can win a prize. Read for 12 hours to complete the program and earn a book plus other prizes. There will also be drawings for additional prizes, so make sure and get your name in for a chance to win!

Book Reviews

Yarn: Remembering the Way Home by Kyoko Mori

The current popularity of knitting as a craft comes from its versatility and creativity. As a teenager in 1960s Japan, Kyoko did not view knitting in such positive ways. For her, it was a symbol of repression.

Throwing Like A Girl - Teen Book Review

Throwing Like A Girl by Mackey, Weezie.

When Ella suddenly transfers from her Chicago hometown to Dallas, Texas, she feels alien in her new private school. With her clunky Midwestern clothes she feels like she doesn't even compare to the girls in flowing skirts that go to Spring Valley Day School. And without her friends to help guide her she feels so lost. But then on an impulse she decides to try out for the softball team, and she makes it!

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Living for the City: Edward Glaeser & 11 Books on the American City

Some people look at big cities and see dirty streets, crowded subway cars, and muggers lurking around every falafel truck. But Harvard economist and author Edward Glaeser sees the American metropolis as more innovative, greener, and healthier than the leafy suburb.

Roger Ebert's Cult Credentials

Roger Ebert is an indisputable expert on film. But cult film expert? Rather than offering a comprehensive index of Ebert cult film reviews, there is a more compelling piece of evidence to support his cult film bona fides: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

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A Few Good Volunteers

Volunteer Renee VanErp shares the Joy of Reading with 10-year-old Parijat Mondal in the Plaza Kids' Corner.

Construction snarled traffic across midtown on a recent, steamy May afternoon in KC. But inside the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, a moment of quiet was being shared over a book.

Hush, Hush - Teen Book Review

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

When Nora Grey gets a new biology partner, her life completely changes; she thinks someone is stalking her and her guess is Patch, her biology partner. She thinks she’s seeing things, hearing things, and when the police get there everything is back to normal, then she starts questioning herself; did she really hit the guy in the ski mask with a car??

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Being a runaway is hard enough as it is – leaving behind friends, family, and the life you’ve always known just to get away. Survival is always a concern, and it gets even trickier as a runaway in Unwind. In Neal Shusterman’s dystopian young-adult novel, they’re not just after you. They’re after your body parts.

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Free Resources for Learning Spanish Pronto

¿Puede usted ayudarme? A Hispanic customer surprised me with this question one day. My eyes popped out of my head. True, I recently took Spanish That Works, an eight-week course designed to help librarians learn basic Spanish. But could I put to use what I studied in class to assist this lady right away?

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Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

Sometimes in our lives, we set our own limitations. We are too afraid to follow our dreams. We tell ourselves that we don’t have enough skills, talents, or physical abilities to do a certain task. These fears prevent us from utilizing the full potential that we have.

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Appetite for KC: Stephen Fried and 7 Other Local Restaurant Reads

By changing the way Americans eat out, Fred Harvey changed the way we eat, period. As founder of America’s first interstate restaurant chain, the English-born entrepreneur filled bellies all along the westward-expanding Atchinson, Topeka & Sante Fe railroad at the turn of the 20th century.

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Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? by Perry Romanowski

Is your makeup trying to kill you? Some days it may seem like it. The blusher quits working, the foundation is flat, the lipstick has turned into Clown Red but the label says “Blushing Bride Pink.”

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Crafty Reads: How to Start Stitching at the Library

Textile and needlecrafts are among the oldest crafts in human history. Along with the ability to craft rudimentary tools came the use of those tools to fashion draped skins and other natural fibers for protection from the elements. Humans are the only animal on Earth to wear clothing.