KC Public Library Blog
Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Pick up one of these witchy novels for a good read this week.
The Kansas City Public Library and Metro Sports are partnering for the theatrical premiere of the feature-length documentary, Border War on November 3 at the Plaza Branch. This documentary, produced by Metro Sports, examines the history of the athletic rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. Read about other sports rivalries or KU and MU athletics in these books at the Library.
October is National Bake and Decorate Month. Take part in the celebration by checking out a book with delicious recipes and how-to details on cake decorating, or read a novel inspired by baking.
With elections in the air, and the airwaves, and on peoples’ minds, sample these DVDs having to do with the art of made-up politics.
Take a trip on the railways. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has a new exhibition, Art in the Age of Steam: Europe, America and the Railway, 1830-1960, running through January 2009 and The Kansas City Public Library has a series of three programs planned in conjunction with this exhibition: Ian Kennedy: The Impressionists and the Railroad, David Lean and the Romance of Steam Locomotion, and Dreams of Empire: Kansas City and the Railroads. In addition, the Central Library will screen a series of train-oriented films every Saturday in November. Railroads have inspired more than art, check out some of these books and films.
On October 28, 2008 at the Central Library, Alan Branhagen, director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, discussed the new expansion there – the Heartland Harvest Garden. Also, from October 18, 2008 – January 18, 2009, the Kansas City Public Library is hosting Hungry Planet, an exhibit of photographs documenting what families around the world eat. Learn how to grow your own food in your backyard, take a peek at food traditions in Missouri, or find some new recipes with these books.
Who do you think of when you hear the word "hero"? Someone that you know? An athlete or astronaut? Or do you think of a superhero: a special person who can fly through stormclouds, jump to the treetops, or turn invisible in the blink of an eye?
My hero is Abby the sparrow. It's not easy being a sparrow. She has to hide from hunters, such as owls, hawks, and even house cats. She defends her eggs from cowbirds, who like to lay eggs in sparrows's nests. Cowbirds want sparrows do all the work in raising the cowbird chicks! She's my hero because she's so small but so brave; she sticks up for herself against more powerful enemies. And she sings to me to cheer me up on rainy days.
Here's a list of books about heroes of all kinds, and may inspire you to be a hero, too.
Yours with snorts,
Where Are We? How Did We Get Here?: A Sampling of Current Affair Videos Currently Available at The Kansas City Public Library
Read a few “books with bite” during Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2008). These vampires will keep you turning the pages.
The 30th Annual Thorpe Menn Award for Literary excellence was announced at a luncheon at the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown Central Library by the American Association of University Women’s Kansas City chapter.
Opening remarks were given by the Library’s CEO, R. Crosby Kemper III, who professed great admiration for all of the nominees and their work.
You might not know it to look at me, but I love sports. Hedgeapple dunking, sheep bowling, and extreme hide-and-seek are my favorites. Some people might say I'm too stout to be a good athlete, but that's just part of my strategy. I'm not really fat...I'm fluffy. In a strong, superhero-pig sort of way.