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Sacagawea

Learn all about Sacagawea (sometimes spelled Sacajawea), the Shoshone woman who accompanied Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their famous expedition, or Lewis and Clark in these books at the library.

10 Military Memoirs

Veterans and their families write about their experiences with the military, especially in Iraq, in these books at the Library.

Langston Hughes

Check out some of the poetry, prose, and plays written by Langston Hughes, the Missouri-born writer who became a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, or learn more about his life and work in these books at the library.

Central Teens

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS!

Our next Teen Advisory Board meeting will be held on Saturday, April a5 @ 1 pm
We will be Drawing our March Madness winners, making plans for the upcoming Project Prom event and just to keep it interesting, we’ll be munching on Pizza and other scrumptious snacks!

Upcoming events at Central!

March Madness Basketball Trivia Contest

April 25, 1-5 pm
Project Prom: Prom Dress Exchange, Fashion Show and Makeover tips!

May
Poetry Café

June 8, 2008

Modern Dance

Modern Dance, Photo by Kevin Eddy

Renowned dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage will talk about her career at the Library in April. Learn more about modern dance and its dancers, watch this dance form on film, or check out a few movies choreographed by Armitage.

Spartacus & Roman Gladiators

Spartacus, a Roman gladiator and slave, led a slave uprising against Rome in 73 B.C. Learn more about his dramatic history or explore the world of gladiators in these books at the library.

Old School Related Reading

Old School

The Libraries of Greater Kansas City have joined The Big Read to celebrate the Tobias Wolff novel Old School through a series of talks and workshops, movie screenings, book groups, a public discussion with Wolff, and a regular radio broadcast. This book is a modern classic about an ambitious but insecure teenager attending an elite prep school in the early 1960s who competes in a writing contest in which the prize is a personal meeting with a visiting famous author – Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway.

So, go Old School and read this novel, check out a few of the authors featured in this work, pick up a novel with a prep school theme, or read some more work by Tobias Wolff.

Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Wish American playwright Tennessee Williams a happy birthday this week. Born on March 26, 1911, Williams spent much of his youth in Missouri and went on to win two Pultizer Prizes and four New York Drama Critics’ Circle awards for his plays.

The Mother and Child Rebellion

Cindi, Jennifer and Briana discuss The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty

Six readers gathered at the Plaza Library on Sunday, March 22 to discuss the second novel from local author, Laura Moriarty, The Rest of Her Life. Comments and perceptions focused on the realistic and sympathetic, but not always likeable, characters.

Tibetan Buddhism

At the end of March 2009, Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will construct a sand mandala at the Central Library. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile. Learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, sand mandalas, and the Dalai Lama in these books.

Bonnie & Clyde

Even today, Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde have a notorious reputation. Get the real story on these two celebrity criminals.

Graphology: Handwriting Analysis

Learn all about the practice of graphology, or handwriting analysis, in these books that explain what it is and how it works or check out a few novels where graphology plays a part in the plot.

Sticky Reads

Some stories have heroic characters who always try to do the right thing. They rescue kittens, put out fires, stop bullies (nicely), and still have time eat a nutritional lunch, save the planet from a runaway comet, and raise a million dollars for charity.

None of these books are like that.

But even a literary pig sometimes needs a good chuckle while wallowing in his favorite mud puddle. So I found stories with gross-out plots, silly titles, and characters whose names cannot be spell-checked.

Yours with snorts,

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Quilt Lit

Has the quilting inspiration hit you in time for National Quilting Day on March 21? If sewing quilts isn’t your thing, pick up one of these “quilt lit” novels that feature the quilting craft.

Historical Fiction about Ireland

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Delve into the turbulent history of Ireland through these historical novels.