KC Public Library Blog

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

The Space Race: 10 Biographies

From astronauts to engineers and other space pioneers, these ten biographies help tell the story of the Space Race.

Technology & Society

Are you working 24/7 because you can’t unplug from your mobile phone or the Internet? Technology has blurred the lines between work and home, affecting everything from how we use our time to how we relate to one another. These books examine technology’s impact on our society, culture, and economy.

Teach for America

In this current school year, more than 6,200 Teach for America corps members are teaching in America's neediest communities, reaching approximately 400,000 students. These books discuss the Teach for America experience and model or examine urban education in general.

Meet the Past: What Would You Ask?

Have you ever wished that you could talk to a ghost? (A friendly one, of course.) Reading about history is like talking to ghosts—finding out what people thought and how they lived. You can re-live their adventures or discover how they overcame difficult circumstances such as sexism, racism, and war.

The Kansas City Public Library isn’t haunted (as far as we know), but you can meet the past. Starting in April, Library Director Crosby Kemper III will interview re-enactors portraying famous people from the past, such as poet Langston Hughes, pilot Amelia Earhart, and President Harry S. Truman.

Oddest Title of the Year

I imagine this book award slipped by you: the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. Sponsored by The Bookseller magazine, anyone can nominate a book title for this prize and votes by the public are tallied online. It has nothing to do with content and everything to do with, well, title oddity.

Fantasy/Mystery Novels

The novels in these series mix up the genres with a blend of fantasy and mystery.

Latino Life: Sandra Cisneros & Other Writers

Pick up a book by award-winning author Sandra Cisneros or discover a novel that you might like if you enjoy Cisneros’ work in this recommended book list. Cisneros visits the Library on April 16, 2009, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of her classic The House on Mango Street

The Amazing Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Get to know the pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart in these books about her life and career or pick up a novel centered on her mysterious disappearance.

Slacker as Hero: A New Hope

We’ve all seen them, they walk among us everyday. Some are more obvious than others. Here are a few ways you can spot them. They will probably be walking at a pace that will make you have to change course and go around them. They are usually male although every once in a while you’ll see a girl fall victim to this stigma. If you look hard enough you can witness their casual indifference towards work or goals. I’m talking of course about slackers.

New Orleans & Urban Planning

New Orleans, Photo by Jan Kronsell

These ten nonfiction books explore the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and examine recent concepts in urban planning.

Sacagawea

Learn all about Sacagawea (sometimes spelled Sacajawea), the Shoshone woman who accompanied Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their famous expedition, or Lewis and Clark in these books at the library.

10 Military Memoirs

Veterans and their families write about their experiences with the military, especially in Iraq, in these books at the Library.

Langston Hughes

Check out some of the poetry, prose, and plays written by Langston Hughes, the Missouri-born writer who became a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, or learn more about his life and work in these books at the library.

Central Teens

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS!

Our next Teen Advisory Board meeting will be held on Saturday, April a5 @ 1 pm
We will be Drawing our March Madness winners, making plans for the upcoming Project Prom event and just to keep it interesting, we’ll be munching on Pizza and other scrumptious snacks!

Upcoming events at Central!

March Madness Basketball Trivia Contest

April 25, 1-5 pm
Project Prom: Prom Dress Exchange, Fashion Show and Makeover tips!

May
Poetry Café

June 8, 2008

Modern Dance

Modern Dance, Photo by Kevin Eddy

Renowned dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage will talk about her career at the Library in April. Learn more about modern dance and its dancers, watch this dance form on film, or check out a few movies choreographed by Armitage.