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End of Summer Reading Celebration!!

It has been a great summer! Come join us for our last BIG event of the Summer this Saturday at the Plaza Library. Every attendee will be entered in a raffle to win iTunes gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and one GRAND PRIZE to be announced that night.

There will be video game tournaments, movie marathons, FREE FOOD and drinks, dancing, crafts, Minecraft demos, Roblox groups, giant Jenga games, Magic/YuGiOh games and MORE!

Meet the Teen Leaders of Today!

Meet the Teen Leaders of Today!

The Teen Leaders of Today! are the Kansas City Public Library's Teen Leadership Council! They represent the library at several events throughout the summer and help plan some of our largest events, including the Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit. Thanks to a grant from the Mayor's Office, these teens are working hard all summer long to bring relevant and exciting programs to Kansas City's teenagers!

Click through to meet the Teen Leaders of Today!

Book Review - Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You

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Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

publication date: 2015
pages: 646
ISBN: 978-1-4424-9573-9

Library Life

Go Set a Watchman: From Ordering to Shelving

Just how does a Library book find its way onto the shelf? A behind-the-scenes look at the recent release of Go Set a Watchman here at the Kansas City Public Library.

Teens Take Over the Black Archives this Weekend!

Twin Citians Social Club, 1948

The Amazing “Race” at the Black Archives
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Program: 6:30 p.m.
Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E 17th Terrace
RSVP: kclibrary.org * 816.701.3407

Teens can enjoy a night of games, food, fun, and challenges, including a team scavenger hunt inside and outside the Black Archives of Mid-America. Tap into the African American people, places, and events that have made the Kansas City region great.

There’s only room for 50 so arrive early. Activities last until 11 p.m.

We will be transporting teens from the following Kansas City Public Library Locations with a completed permission slip:

Trails, North-East, Central, Southeast, Plaza, Bluford

Click here for more information and for the permission slip!

Book Reviews

Book Review: Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship by Victor Appleton

Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship by Victor Appleton

Released between 1910-1941, the 40 adventure novels in this series feature a young inventor named Tom Swift, who lives in a small town in upstate New York.

You’re Invited to a Tea Party!

Fancy Nancy Tea Parties by Jane O’Conner and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Dress up in fancy clothes and play with perfect etiquette. Isn’t there something special about a tea party!

Library Life

New Digital Resources Available at the Library

WIRED Magazine

You now have more digital resources available for free through the Library's collection! Magazines are now offered through OverDrive, and Comics and Graphic Novels from publishers including DC Comics are available on hoopla!

Strangers in a Strange Land

Corps of Discovery sculpture in Case Park

June 26, 1804: Lewis and Clark arrive in the area that will become Kansas City and camp for three days on their expedition to explore the recently purchased Louisiana Territory.

Library Books Help with Math

Math Fables by Greg Tang and illustrated by Heather Cahoon

Math. I was never great at it. In fact, for a while math homework brought me to tears. Now, I watch my daughter face the same struggle. I am determined to break the cycle. Math is just another way to understand our world. Luckily, there are some authors who do a much better job than I do of making that clear.

Comic History: The American Revolution

 Taxes, the Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels : a Comics History of the American Revolution by Stan Mack

Independence Day is more than fireworks and barbecues. There is a reason for the barrage of red, white, and blue.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin

Comedy at the Edge

Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin is a fantastic, comprehensive, and concise history of stand-up comedy during the 1960s & 1970s, from the death of Lenny Bruce to the ascendance of stand-up into the mainstream.

Local History

Pandemic at the Gateway

Cholera originated on the Indian subcontinent, where it remained for centuries before spreading to the rest of Asia and Europe. By the 1840s, it had spread to North America.

Book Review: Superdog: the Heart of a Hero

Superdog: the Heart of a Hero

Who are the superheroes in your life?

I was looking for an inspiring, funny book to get into the spirit of the 2015 Summer Reading Program theme, "Every Hero Has a Story," when suddenly, my colleague and friend Ronda handed me the book, Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner. I am the kind of person who never refuses to read a story with a dog as a protagonist, and Superdog is no exception. I went through it at lightning speed. In fact, I read the whole book while I was at the service desk, chuckling and laughing out loud all along.

Book Review - How It Went Down

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How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

publication date: 2014
pages: 325
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9869-3

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