During the First World War, American poet E.E. Cummings was briefly imprisoned in a French military detention camp for expressing anti-war views. This experience served as the basis of his autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room.
Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are flag-waving celebrations when we all think about those who serve are country. For some kids, though, this awareness is part of their lives every day. They have a family member deployed. On Sesame Workshop’s website, it details their initiative to support families with members in the military.
Your library is a resource too. We have several books about kids who have family members serving overseas. These are great not only for kids who are experiencing this but also for their friends who want to understand what it is like.
End-of-the-Year Celebration: Hogwarts House Cup Award Ceremony Program: 6-11 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Enjoy food and fun at this magical event presented by the KC Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance and Plaza Branch Teen Services. Awards go to the House with the most points from the school year.
Twenty-five Kansas City households with school-age children will get free wireless Internet access at home as part of a pilot program allowing them to "check out" the service from the Library.
Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Central Library this Saturday! Pickup will be available at many KC Public Library locations with a completed permission slip. Talk to your local teen librarian or call (816) 876-6637 for more info!
Not everyone talks about it. We don’t understand mental illness. There is a stigma that makes people look down on those who suffer from it. According to Mental Health America, May is Mental Health Month.
We can take steps to increase our own awareness. There are books that fly in the face of ignorance. They courageously confront the challenges that teens face, including those connected to mental illness. Some books are fact-based. Others are stories of characters who strive to succeed despite being racked by their own internal struggles.
It is rare to find help for such distress. According to Pat Wingert in Newsweek's cover story for one of its 2002 editions,"Young and Depressed": “Most of the nearly 3 million adolescents struggling with depression never get the help they need because of prejudice about mental illness, inadequate mental-health resources and widespread ignorance about how emotional problems can wreck young lives.” So, having the library as a safe place to learn about what they or their friends are facing, to not feel alone, is monumental.
Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
publication date: 2015
The prologue, which was probably the most powerfully-written passage in the book, introduced us to Magdalie Jean-Baptiste, and her sister Nadine, just as their lives were torn apart by the earthquake:
Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?
This summer, the Kansas City Public Library is looking for ten teenagers to form our first ever Teen Leadership Council! These PAID positions will help the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City this summer, including:
- The Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration, May 23rd
- The Harry Potter House Cup Award Ceremony, May 30th
- The Largest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World, June 6th
Today, many Kansas Citians know the significance of the old stockyards but could they describe its day-to-day operations? What exactly transpired at the stockyards besides a lot of manure?