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Harry Potter Halloween Party!

The Kansas City Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance is transforming The Plaza Libary into Hogwarts to celebrate all things Harry Potter! Bring gently used clothing, coats, hats, and gloves to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City and to earn points for your house! Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character and help your team win the House Cup! We will have games, refreshments, a costume contest, and more!

Appropriate for all ages
Saturday, November 1, 2014
8 p.m. – Midnight
Plaza Branch | 4801 Main St.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

Gettysburg of the West

General Sterling Price

October 23, 1864: Confederate and Union forces battle in Westport, on the grounds of the present-day Country Club Plaza, resulting in a Union Army victory when the Confederate forces flee south.

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Count the Monkeys

If you’re looking for a book to read aloud to your child, the Missouri Building Block Award is a good place to start. The Building Block Award is a chance for the children of Missouri (and neighboring states) to select the best read-aloud book of the year from a set of 10 nominees.

Below are the 2014 Missouri Building Block Award Nominees:

Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Imagination may seem like a total disconnect from real life. Listening to a Beyonce song isn't the same as being on stage with her. That isn't a reason to give up. Pursue your passions!

Library Life

Food For Fines Week Returns

Food For Fines 2014

The Library is partnering with Harvesters for Food for Fines Week, October 13-19, 2014. For each non-perishable food item donated at the Library, you get a $1 credit towards your existing fines.

We Play the Pallas

Women in costume atop float bearing oversized lobster

October 13, 1887: President Grover Cleveland looks on as decorated floats, costumed horsemen, and an elephant march in downtown during the first Priests of Pallas parade, an event that will remain a Kansas City tradition until the 1920s.

Book Reviews

The President and the Assassin by Scott Miller

The President and the Assassin by Scott Miller

At the beginning of the Twentieth century, the United States enjoyed an economic boom along with a rise in the anarchy movement leading to the assassination of a President.

Teen Screams @ Plaza!

Library Life

Young Friends Present Booktoberfest

Booktoberfest

Join the Young Friends of the Library on Friday night for an evening of books, beer, bites … and baseball. Booktoberfest brings together local breweries for a unique tasting event benefiting the Young Friends.

Kings of the City

The Kansas City Monarchs. Photo courtesy Missouri Valley Special Collections

October 6, 1922: The Kansas City Monarchs and the Kansas City Blues baseball teams embarked on a six-game series that would end with the Monarchs being crowned “The New City Champions” by the Kansas City Star.

Up, Up, and Away 2: More Super Books for Super Kids

Hello again to all the young and old superhero lovers alike! With the continuous rise and success of the superhero genre, it's only right that children's books take on the mantel of being youth's first introduction to the hero way. Now, the hero way can be described or taught in many ways, so thank goodness for these superhero books and their often
surprisingly fresh take on what it means to not just be a superhero, but a super person.

Are you ready to S-P-E-L-L?

Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee

Are you ready to S-P-E-L-L?

Spelling Bee season is ramping up, and this is your chance to be a part of it! Children in eighth grade and below may participate in the spelling bee if their school or homeschool group registered online. Click here to find out if your school is registered.

A University is Born

University of Kansas City administration building, circa 1930s

October 1, 1933: Two thousand people gather to witness a ceremony officially opening the University of Kansas City. Founded for Kansas Citians who could not travel far away to attend college, classes began the next day with 264 students and 17 instructors.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light

The Holy or the Broken

How compelling can a whole book about one song be? As it turns out: Quite a lot, and very compelling. The secret to this book is that it isn't just about a song. It's a meditation on pop culture over the past few decades.

Library Life

Banned Books Week: September 21−27

Fun Home

Banned Books Week allows libraries across the country to celebrate the freedom to read and discuss the books that have been subjected to bans or had their presence in schools, bookstores, and library collections challenged.

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