KC Public Library Blog

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Best Books of 2009

Chronic City book jacket

Looking for a good book to read or give? Check out these end-of-year “best of 2009” lists for some ideas.

African Americans in Aviation

These books at the Library explore the history of African Americans in aviation, with a special emphasis on the Tuskegee airmen who fought in World War II.

Homegrown Talent

Did you know that—right here, in our town—there are writers and artists and dreamers who make books just for you? I made a list, but I’m sure there are more. If you have a favorite author or illustrator who lives nearby, let me know!

National Book Award Winners 2009

The National Book Foundation announced the 2009 National Book Award winners on November 18, 2009. Check out this year’s winners or take a look at the winners from previous years to find some great reading material.

The Business of Real Estate

Learn all about the business of real estate in these books at the Library.

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.