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Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XXI-XXIV

Injun Joe escapes the courtroom.

Much like my fellow reviewer, Bernard (Chs. IX-XII), one of my earliest encounters with Tom Sawyer was in a class play. In 9th grade, I got to play Injun Joe in a stage adaptation written by my school’s librarian.

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Classic Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein cover

As we are now in October, it seemed a good time to revisit a classic of the horror genre, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Butler's How-To Guide for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Zombiemania!

Bob Butler and the Kansas City Public Library offer you this how-to video for surviving a zombie apocalypse!

Library Life

Video: How to Build a Gigabit City

Gigabit City

10.3.11 – As patrons browsed the shelves and logged in to the public computers at the Central Library, elsewhere in the building, a cadre of community-minded business professionals discussed how information moving at light speed could change life in Kansas City.

Program Notes: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead movie poster

The best zombie movie of all time? For my money it’s Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004). It nails the nexus of horror and humor that marks the greatest zombie movies.

Planning the Perfect Park

Plan-a-park

On a recent Sunday at the Plaza Branch, two dozen citizens gathered to plan their ideal Kansas City park. Sports fields, petting zoos, ice cream stands, rock-climbing walls, trails – no idea was too big or too small.

Book Reviews

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

Crossing Oceans Gina Holmes

Going home means different things to different people. For some, it is an expectation of warm, exciting conversations and laughter with families and loved ones. For others, returning home conjures up painful memories of broken relationships and unexpected loss.

Program Notes: Going Blind (2010)

Going Blind movie poster

In Going Blind (2010) former network TV news producer and documentarist Joseph Lovett aims his camera at sightless or visually challenged New Yorkers. The idea is to show us how individuals cope with blindness.

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Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XVII-XX

"Tom Dreams" illus. by True Williams, from the 1876 1st. ed.

Although I have never caught a real murderer or found a real stash of gold, in many ways, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer reminds me of my own childhood. (I’ve been a pirate, and I’ve come back from the dead...)

Program Notes: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead movie poster

George Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead (1968) isn’t the best zombie movie ever. Just the most important.

Library Life

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot: Kindle E-books Now at the Library

The wait is over. Kindle e-books are now available at the Kansas City Public Library. Users of the Amazon Kindle e-reader and mobile or web-based Kindle apps now have their choice of more than 2,000 titles, all free with a Library card.

New On the DVD Shelves: Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Meek's Cutoff movie poster

Set in the 1840s, Meek’s Cutoff follows a tiny wagon train winding its way westward toward the lush Pacific Northwest. In the hands of minimalist filmmaker Kelly Reichart the usual elements of the classic oater are either not present or subverted into something entirely new.

3 Teen Book Reviews

This week we are featuring three teen book reviews by Tamara, age 16, from the Waldo Branch Library.

Review for Danger Overseas by Carolyn Keene

Danger Overseas is a Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery. Frank, Joe, and Nancy reunite in Rome to solve a case involving a theft from an archeological dig and a girl with a missing memory. They soon find themselves involved in a web of terrorism, kidnapping, and deception.

Library Life

The Ruiz Branch Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson remembers the first thing Irene H. Ruiz ever said to her: "How long will you stay at my library?" Robinson's answer: "Until they tell me I'm going somewhere else." Now, eight years later, Robinson has built a reputation for her branch as a unifying force in the community it serves.

In Praise of the Undead

Okay, I get it. Vampires are sexy. Smart. Tormented. No wonder they’re now a staple of chick lit. But when it comes to the dead arising and going forth to do mayhem, give me a flesh-chomping zombie horde any day.

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