KC Public Library Blog

James K. Polk & the Mexican War

President James K. Polk was responsible for America’s second largest expansion, including parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming, as well as all of California, Nevada, and Utah, as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War (1846-48). These books include biographies of Polk and histories of the Mexican War.

The Little Rock Nine: Everyday Heroes of Civil Rights

Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, had the courage to face daily insults and challenges as a teenager in the newly integrated Little Rock Central High School in the late 1950s. These books tell the stories of other everyday heroes who helped to turn civil rights from a cause into a movement that relied on the willingness of average citizens to make sacrifices for equality.

Robert Altman: American Filmmaker

Robert Altman’s successful filmmaking career spanned over forty years. This list includes books that explore his work and a selection of movies directed by him.

Chinese Economy

Learn about the Chinese economy, its success, and growth in these books at the Library.

Berlin Wall

November 9, 2009, is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These books at the Library explore the history of the Wall and modern Berlin.

Stories of Homelessness

These books at the Library tell the personal stories of people who have experienced homelessness firsthand.

Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week 2009

Express Your Opinionated Side

Write a review of the most recent book you've read for the web site. Turn it in at your library branch and get a Library coupon good for $1 off your fines, toward your printing, check out a feature DVD, or snag some ear buds. And, each time you turn in a review it gets entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card!

Share Your Artistic Side

Life in Hungary during the Nazi Occupation and Cold War Era

These memoirs and histories depict life in Hungary – from World War II to living under Communist rule to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Red Scare: Anti-Communism in the U.S.

The anti-Communist movement in the United States grew to a fever pitch in the 1950s. These books explore the impact, history, and personal stories of the Red Scare.

George Washington: Recent Books

These books about the first President of the United States include recent biographies, examinations of specific aspects of his life, and more.

Tell Your Own Story

This is the month for celebrating stories! The Library has many events with storytellers and authors, plus books to help you tell stories of your own. Here’s a list of storytelling titles to get you started.

History of Israel

Learn all about Israel’s turbulent history in these books at the Library.

Award winning local authors

Donna Trussell prepares to sign her book at the Thorpe Menn Award at the Kansas City Library.

One of Kansas City’s most appreciated literary awards was given on Saturday, October 3 at the Central Library.

The Supreme Court

How has the U.S. Supreme Court evolved over the years? These books explore the history of the Supreme Court and some of its landmark cases.

Memoir Writing

These books at the Library all explore the art and craft of memoir writing.