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As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we just discovered in 2014. Every one of these items is available in the Kansas City Public Library collection.

Take a look; maybe you'll find a new favorite that's outside of your comfort zone!

New Year's Eve Craft Selfie
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Parties are fun year-round, and kids can enjoy the delightful craft and recipe given below whenever they choose. What inspired me, though, were celebrations for the New Year.

New Year’s Eve was a special time at my house when I was a kid. It was the time of year when I could have a friend for a sleepover. We made our own festive hats. One of my favorite memories is drinking mint milkshakes—a homemade treat that Mom only made for this occasion.

I found directions to make an awesome-looking, yet incredibly simple, see-through crown in Crafts for Kids by Gill Dickinson. Using thick tape, scissors, paper pieces and sequins, kids can be their own holiday haberdashers. If they have extra tape, they can create cuffs, too, as you see that I did in the photo. The book recommends this craft for kids 2-6-years-old and estimates that it will take ten to twenty minutes. (A grown-up may want to help with the second piece of tape since matching up the two pieces can be tricky).

What's Your Story?
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With messages everywhere, teens can take back power by making their own voices heard. It is impossible to go through the day without consuming information. In fact, there is so much competing for our attention that it can be dizzying. In 2014, spending on advertising in the United States was $180.1 billion.

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It's easier than ever to access our digital materials. Sign up for an eCard online and get immediate access to eBooks, streaming movies, music, and more!

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The Kansas City Public Library's board of trustees has returned to its full, nine-member complement with the recent appointment of two local business leaders, Marilou Joyner and Kathryn Mallinson.

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet? by Michael Portman
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NASA hasn’t forgotten Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet is due to have its picture taken. When the New Horizon spacecraft gets close to the mass 3 billion miles from Earth, around January 2015, it is set to serve as official space photographer.

Until then, you can brush up on your Pluto knowledge with some Kansas City Public Library books.

Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet? by Michael Portman tells about Pluto being reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. This book is great for beginning readers. It includes a table of contents, a glossary of key terms, a list of places to find more information, and an index in the back to find exactly what you want in the book. The clear drawings help make up for the lack of photographs.

The Laughing Policeman
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For an amazing mystery series that serves not only as a great example of police procedural writing, but also as social commentary on Sweden in the 1960s and 70s, one cannot do better than this series.

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Think of it as an early holiday present.

We are working to make our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals. The changes took effect on Friday, December 5, 2014.

Read all about it over at our KC Unbound Blog!

DVD Fee Removed
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Think of it as an early holiday present. We are making our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals.

Pull up your imagination!
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The 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest is brought to you by the Reading Reptile Bookstore, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Johnson County Library. If you're between the ages of 5 and 12 and you have a story in your heart, we want to see it!

Print out the entry form, attach it to your story, and drop off at any branch of the Library or at the Reading Reptile Bookstore by January 28, 2015.

Hour of Code 2014
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Join us! Youth across the world are participating in the Hour of Code. More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event.

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Save the Enemy
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Save the Enemy, by Arin Greenwood

Teen Reviewer: Abigail Borne

Zoey Trask’s life is a mess. A year ago her mother was killed and her father still isn’t out of mourning and gets more depressed with each day. Her brother has to be monitored constantly and the burden is left to her. She feels like it is impossible to put her life back together until a boy named Pete takes a sudden interest in her.

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Patrick Rothfuss introduces The Slow Regard of Silent Things with a warning that it's not a proper story. It doesn't do the things a story is supposed to do. And it's wonderful. It's unlike most anything else I've read and I treasured every word of it.

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