KC Public Library Blog
All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.
The Libraries of Greater Kansas City have joined The Big Read to celebrate the Tobias Wolff novel Old School through a series of talks and workshops, movie screenings, book groups, a public discussion with Wolff, and a regular radio broadcast. This book is a modern classic about an ambitious but insecure teenager attending an elite prep school in the early 1960s who competes in a writing contest in which the prize is a personal meeting with a visiting famous author – Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway.
So, go Old School and read this novel, check out a few of the authors featured in this work, pick up a novel with a prep school theme, or read some more work by Tobias Wolff.
At the end of March 2009, Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will construct a sand mandala at the Central Library. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile. Learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, sand mandalas, and the Dalai Lama in these books.
Even today, Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde have a notorious reputation. Get the real story on these two celebrity criminals.
Learn all about the practice of graphology, or handwriting analysis, in these books that explain what it is and how it works or check out a few novels where graphology plays a part in the plot.
Some stories have heroic characters who always try to do the right thing. They rescue kittens, put out fires, stop bullies (nicely), and still have time eat a nutritional lunch, save the planet from a runaway comet, and raise a million dollars for charity.
None of these books are like that.
But even a literary pig sometimes needs a good chuckle while wallowing in his favorite mud puddle. So I found stories with gross-out plots, silly titles, and characters whose names cannot be spell-checked.
Yours with snorts,
Has the quilting inspiration hit you in time for National Quilting Day on March 21? If sewing quilts isn’t your thing, pick up one of these “quilt lit” novels that feature the quilting craft.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Delve into the turbulent history of Ireland through these historical novels.
Many books get made into movies, including the recent Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire (Q & A by Vikas Swarup) and Oscar nominee The Reader (The Reader by Bernard Schlink). So, I started thinking about my favorite books that have been adapted into film. Here are my top 10 (in alphabetical order).
This month we’re taking it back, way back to the Classical age, and shining a spotlight on our main man Gaius Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) Dictator of Rome, Pro-Consul before that.
Read all about the art of writing poetry from those who do it. This book list includes selections in which poets discuss their craft, handbooks on how to write poetry, as well as some poetry by C.D. Wright.
Dig into the life of the great artist, Leonardo da Vinci, with these books or enjoy a few novels with da Vinci at the center.
With “Fat Tuesday” on the calendar this week, Mardi Gras and mysteries partner up in these books.