Library Life

In celebration of National Library Week, we have compiled a list of books for all ages that highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

 

Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
by Don Borchert

Don Borchert writes an unvarnished and entertaining account of his time working in a suburban L.A. public library system. Libraries are no longer the ivory towers full of dusty tomes and shushing ladies that people still expect, and Borchert provides a unique perspective on the role of the modern library and librarian.

 

The Night Bookmobile
by Audrey Niffenegger

It may at first glance have the look of an illustrated children’s book, but Audrey Niffennegger’s graphic novel is a darkly beautiful fairy tale aimed at adults. A woman named Alexandra wanders the streets of Chicago late one night after a fight with her boyfriend, stumbling across an all-night bookmobile. But why does it seem to have every book she has ever read, even her diary?

 

Libraries
by Candida Höfer, foreword by Umberto Eco

Photographer Candida Höfer tackles the World’s most beautiful and unique library spaces, creating visuals that speak for themselves. This collection also includes an introduction by noted Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco.

 

The Library Card
by Jerry Spinelli

Newberry Award winner Jerry Spinelli has written four separate tales, each centering around a young character whose life is altered by the mysterious appearance of a magical library card. This book is intended for ages 8 and up.

 

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
by Carla D. Morris

A heartwarming picture book about a boy named Melvin, who “grows up” in his local library under the watchful eyes of his favorite librarians. Author Carla Morris is a children’s librarian at the Provo City Library in Utah.


About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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And then there were two: The Booketology Championship has come down to a battle between two iconic literary figures: Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter!

Elizabeth Bennet fought hard, even leading the competition until Sunday, but in the end she fell to The Boy who Lived by only two votes. Janeites, you can be proud of your heroine.

And Princess Buttercup was the Cinderella story of Booketology! The Wichita State of literary characters made it to the Final Four, but in the end she was no match for Huck Finn, losing by 34 votes.

Vote now in the Booketology Championship!

The voting will be open for one day only, April 8!
You will be able to cast your vote until midnight tonight. Tomorrow, April 9, at noon we will announce our the Booketology Champion as well as the winners of our drawing.

Thank you to everyone who has participated! You have made our second annual Booketology competition a success! The final match up of Booketology now rests with you. Vote today to choose which literary character will take the title of Booketology Champion!

And don't forget that you can still enter the drawing for the Booketology Grand Prize Pack , which includes four tickets to the College Basketball Experience and copies of our winners' books! There will also be four runner-up prizes this year. See the Rules below for more details!

The Rules:

  • The tournament begins Thursday, March 21, with six rounds of online voting to determine the reigning Booketology Literary Character Champion! The champion and drawing winners will be announced on our KC Unbound blog on Tuesday, April 9.
  • When each new round begins, the voting form will be available by 12 p.m. that day.
  • You can only vote once per round, but anyone can participate!
  • Participants who enter their name and email address in the Booketology voting form to be entered in a drawing for one (1) Booketology Grand Prize Pack and four (4) Runner-up Prizes!

    Booketology Grand Prize Pack includes:
    Four gift certificates to the College Basketball Experience! (redeemable for four adult admission tickets), and:
    Copies of our "Elite 8" winning characters’ books! (eight books total)

    The Runner-up participants will each win one book from our "Final 4" winners!


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Booketology is part of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading!

About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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It was an amazing Elite 8 round for Booketology! Jane Marple fell to Huck Finn in the battle between Mystery and Classics. In an upset, Princess Buttercup defeated Batman! Jane Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet proved that you don’t have to be a revolutionary to be a champion, easily defeating the Hunger Games tribute Katniss Everdeen. And it was the ultimate showdown between science and magic, and magic won by a landslide! Harry Potter took the round against Marie Curie, with a 70 vote margin.

It’s come down to our final four characters:
Huck Finn challenges Princess Buttercup!
Elizabeth Bennet matches wits against Harry Potter
!

Vote in the Booketology Final 4!


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The voting will be open April 4 – 7! We will announce the two winners who will go on to our championship round on April 8, with voting only open for one day!

And don't forget that you can also enter our drawing for the Booketology Grand Prize Pack , which includes four tickets to the College Basketball Experience and copies of our winners' books! See the Rules below for more details!

The Rules:

  • The tournament begins Thursday, March 21, with six rounds of online voting to determine the reigning Booketology Literary Character Champion! The champion and drawing winners will be announced on our KC Unbound blog on Tuesday, April 9.
  • When each new round begins, the voting form will be available by 12 p.m. that day.
  • You can only vote once per round, but anyone can participate!
  • Participants who enter their name and email address in the Booketology voting form to be entered in a drawing for one (1) Booketology Grand Prize Pack and four (4) Runner-up Prizes!

    Booketology Grand Prize Pack includes:
    Four gift certificates to the College Basketball Experience! (redeemable for four adult admission tickets), and:
    Copies of our "Elite 8" winning characters’ books! (eight books total)

    The Runner-up participants will each win one book from our "Final 4" winners!

Booketology is part of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading!

About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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It's all down to the Elite 8! Our victors have won in their genres, now they face off against each other! It's Romance vs. Sci-Fi when Elizabeth Bennet battles Katniss Everdeen! Classics winner Huck Finn challenges top sleuth Jane Marple! Princess Buttercup has to defend her title against Batman! And Biography champ Marie Curie takes on Harry Potter!

Vote in the Elite 8 round here and be entered in to the drawing for four tickets to the College Basketball Experience and copies of our winners' books!

Voting for the Elite 8 will be open from April 1 through April 3. Curious how your picks did? Scroll down for the Sweet 16 results.


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Classics champion Huck Finn crushed Captain Ahab with a margin of over 50 votes!

In mystery, Tom Ripley never stood a chance against Jane Marple. Agatha Christie's crafty spinster won with twice the votes.

In a surprise Biography upset, Marie Curie beat Martin Luther King, Jr. by five votes!

Princess Buttercup proved that having a hit show isn't everything, beating Tyrion Lannister for the top Fantasy character. Better luck next time, Tyrion. On the bright side, at least HBO let you keep your nose.

And it was incredibly close in Graphic Novels, with the Dark Knight Batman defeating Wonder Woman by only one vote!

Wit prevailed in Romance, with Elizabeth Bennet destroying Daisy Buchanan.

The young upstart Katniss Everdeen narrowly defeated Science Fiction legend HAL 9000.

And in Kids Classics victor Harry Potter threw Alice down a rabbit hole, winning by over 20 votes.

Vote in the Elite 8 Here!

Just learned about Booketology? Did all your favorites already lose? No worries - anyone can still vote! And you still have a chance for the Booketology Grand Prize Pack in our drawing!

The Rules:

  • The tournament begins Thursday, March 21, with six rounds of online voting to determine the reigning Booketology Literary Character Champion! The champion and drawing winners will be announced on our KC Unbound blog on Tuesday, April 9.
  • When each new round begins, the voting form will be available by 12 p.m. that day.
  • You can only vote once per round, but anyone can participate!
  • Participants who enter their name and email address in the Booketology voting form to be entered in a drawing for one (1) Booketology Grand Prize Pack and four (4) Runner-up Prizes!

    Booketology Grand Prize Pack includes:
    Four gift certificates to the College Basketball Experience! (redeemable for four adult admission tickets), and:
    Copies of our "Elite 8" winning characters’ books! (eight books total)

    The Runner-up participants will each win one book from our "Final 4" winners!

Booketology is part of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading!

About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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Round 2 results have been tallied, and we have entered our Sweet 16 round! The characters are now fighting for top of their genre, and for the honor of having their book become part of our Booketology Grand Prize! Did your picks survive?

There were some hard-fought victories. Lewis Carroll's Alice barely squeaked past Willy Wonka in a contentious battle, and Captain Ahab defeated Anna Karenina by only two votes! Others crushed their competition, The Great Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan easily beat Lady Brett Ashley, and Katniss Everdeen garnered over twice the number of votes as Rick Deckard. Read more below for the complete results.

Vote in the Sweet 16 now! This round will be open from March 28 through March 31.


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Classics
Captain Ahab narrowly beat Anna Karenina, while Huck Finn demolished Celie by 70 votes. Can the Captain now outwit Mark Twain's young protagonist?

Mystery
The Mystery competition comes down to Tom Ripley against Jane Marple, after these two quickly defeated Alex Cross and Easy Rawlins in Round 2.

Science Fiction
It's HAL 9000 vs. Katniss Everdeen for the Sci-Fi champion. Our condolences to Phileas Fogg and Rick Deckard fans.

Fantasy
In the end, neither Harry Dresden nor Smaug could withstand the onslaught from their challengers. Now, Tyrion Lannister takes on Princess Buttercup for the title of greatest Fantasy character!

Graphic Novels
Adamantium claws were no match for a cave full of crime-fighting gadgets! Batman handily defeated Wolverine. And the Amazons reign supreme: Wonder Woman defeated Neil Gaiman's Morpheus.

Romance
Elizabeth Bennet destroyed Scarlett O'Hara, while Daisy Buchanan took Lady Brett Ashley down!

Biography
It all comes down to Marie Curie against Martin Luther King, Jr. in the battle of the biographies!

Kids Classics
And finally, for children's literature is a battle royale between Harry Potter and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

Vote in the Sweet 16 Here!

Just learned about Booketology? Did all your favorites already lose? No worries - anyone can still vote! And you still have a chance for our Booketology Grand Prize Pack in our drawing!

The Rules:

  • The tournament begins Thursday, March 21, with six rounds of online voting to determine the reigning Booketology Literary Character Champion! The champion and drawing winners will be announced on our KC Unbound blog on Tuesday, April 9.
  • When each new round begins, the voting form will be available by 12 p.m. that day.
  • You can only vote once per round, but anyone can participate!
  • Participants who enter their name and email address in the Booketology voting form to be entered in a drawing for one (1) Booketology Grand Prize Pack and four (4) Runner-up Prizes!

    Booketology Grand Prize Pack includes:
    Four gift certificates to the College Basketball Experience! (redeemable for four adult admission tickets), and:
    Copies of our "Elite 8" winning characters’ books! (eight books total)

    The Runner-up participants will each win one book from our "Final 4" winners!

Booketology is part of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading!

About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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Thank you everyone for an amazing Round 1 of Booketology! Are you ready for Round 2? Check the updated bracket to see if your choices made it to the second round, and vote now! Round 2 will be open from Monday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 27!

This round brings some epic match-ups: Scarlett O’Hara vs. Elizabeth Bennet! Alice in Wonderland vs. Willy Wonka! Princess Buttercup vs. Smaug! Decide who wins in Round 2!


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Did your favorites survive the first round of voting? Some outcomes were crushing defeats, such as when Scarlet O’Hara sent Amber St. Clare packing by a margin of 7-to-1, while others won by the narrowest of margins, like Easy Rawlins’ three vote victory over Stephanie Plum!

Round 1 Highlights:

Fantasy
Tyrion Lannister destroyed Thomas Covenant with nearly 75% of the vote, and Smaug killed The Last Unicorn by over 100 votes.

Graphic Novels
Wonder Woman narrowly defeated Spider-Man with 13 more votes, and in the end, Rorschach didn’t stand a chance against the Dream Lord himself, Morpheus!

Classics
Captain Ahab took down Queeg, while Huck Finn destroyed Holden Caulfield by over 90 votes.

Mystery
Emily Polifax never stood a chance against Jane Marple, who won the vote by 3-to-1, and Tom Ripley murdered Kathleen Mallory by over 100 votes.

Science Fiction
There was no middle ground in Sci-Fi, with all winners taking huge leads. Congrats, HAL 9000, Phileas Fogg, Rick Deckard and Katniss Everdeen! Sorry, John Carter… you did as well as your movie, unfortunately.

Romance
Elizabeth Bennet took a sizable lead over Jane Eyre, while Lady Brett Ashley won over Countess Olenska with only 10 votes.

Biography
Marie Curie beat Stephen Hawking, and Maya Angelou never stood a chance against Martin Luther King, Jr., losing by over 50 votes.

Kids Classics
Willy Wonka defeated Dr. Dolittle by over 110 votes, and though Harriet the Spy put up an amazing fight, she just couldn’t surpass Harry Potter.

Vote in Round 2 Here!

Did you miss Round 1? Did all your favorites already lose? No worries - anyone can still vote! And you still have a chance for our Booketology Grand Prize Pack in our drawing!

The Rules:

  • The tournament begins Thursday, March 21, with six rounds of online voting to determine the reigning Booketology Literary Character Champion! The champion and drawing winners will be announced on our KC Unbound blog on Tuesday, April 9.
  • When each new round begins, the voting form will be available by 12 p.m. that day.
  • You can only vote once per round, but anyone can participate!
  • Participants who enter their name and email address in the Booketology voting form to be entered in a drawing for one (1) Booketology Grand Prize Pack and four (4) Runner-up Prizes!

    Booketology Grand Prize Pack includes:
    Four gift certificates to the College Basketball Experience! (redeemable for four adult admission tickets), and:
    Copies of our "Elite 8" winning characters’ books! (eight books total)

    The Runner-up participants will each win one book from our "Final 4" winners!



Booketology is part of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading!


About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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With March Madness arrives an equally important event, Booketology, the Kansas City Public Library’s annual tournament! Last year, books fought to the bitter end. It was genre against genre, literary masterpiece vs. best seller. In the end, To Kill a Mockingbird took the championship. This year, your favorite characters are getting in on the action. Voting is closed, find out the winner here!

We have selected eight genres, and in each, eight literary characters. You decide who wins it all. From Thursday, March 21 through April 8, you can vote for your favorite champion.

Booketology Championship
See the Results Here!

You’ll also be entered into a drawing for tickets to the College Basketball Experience as well as copies of our "Elite 8" characters’ books! More information is in The Rules below.


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Classics

It’s Captain vs. Captain when Ahab takes on Queeg. Which bitterly disappointed wife will win, when Madame Bovary is pitted against Anna Karenina? The young rebels face off: Huck Finn battles Holden Caulfield! And a heart-wrenching decision must be made when Miss Jane Pittman takes on The Color Purple’s Celie!

Fantasy

Round 1 pits the magician Harry Dresden against the witch Granny Weatherwax! Halfman Tyrion Lannister battles against the leper Thomas Covenant (though both are far more awesome than their titles suggest). Morgaine from Mists of Avalon squares off against The Princess Bride’s Princess Buttercup, and The Last Unicorn fights The Hobbit’s Smaug!

Graphic Novels

It’s an epic match-up! Superman takes on Batman! Rick Grimes puts his zombie-killing skills to the test against The X-Men’s Wolverine! It’s the Lasso of Truth vs. web-shooters when Wonder Woman challenges Spider-Man, and the Endless take on the Minutemen, when Morpheus fights Rorschach!

Mystery

Hard-boiled takes on spunky charm, when Easy Rawlins faces Stephanie Plum! Amoral protagonists on opposite sides of the law clash: Tom Ripley matches wits against Kathleen Mallory! Which veteran detective will win, when Harry Bosch battles Alex Cross? And the two ladies that prove you’re never too old for some sleuthing spar! Jane Marple challenges Emily Pollifax!

Science Fiction

Honor Harrington puts her tactical skills to the test against the Blade Runner himself, Rick Deckard! It’s rock ‘em, sock ‘em robot time when R. Daneel Olivaw takes on HAL 9000! And let’s not forget the teenagers: It’s a game for their very survival when Katniss Everdeen takes on Ender Wiggin! Finally, the kings of late 19th and early 20th century Science Fiction face off, when Phileas Fogg goes up against John Carter!

Romance

Romantic characters square off! Scarlett O’Hara tries to blow away her competition, Amber St. Clare! It’s Glib vs. Glum, when Elizabeth Bennet takes on Jane Eyre! The free spirits try to outdo each other, when Countess Olenska challenges Lady Brett Ashley! And will the Second Mrs. de Winter live up to expectations when she takes on Daisy Buchanan?

Biography

Sometimes an historical figure’s literary presence takes on a life of its own: It’s the battle of the biographies! Royals Queen Victoria and Catherine the Great duke it out! Whose scientific contributions will reign supreme, when Stephen Hawking challenges Marie Curie? Both have struggled for Civil Rights, now they take on each other! Decide who is more eloquent when Martin Luther King, Jr. debates Maya Angelou! And it’s Secretary of State vs. Secretary of State: Madeleine Albright wars with Condoleezza Rice!

Kids Classics

Who says kids can’t get in on the action? Charlotte’s Web Wilbur tries to take a bite out of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Who will win, when Harry Potter challenges the unrelenting Harriet the Spy to a duel? Will it be a Wonderland for Alice when she takes on the fearless school girl Madeline? And the quirky geniuses compete when Willy Wonka battles Dr. Dolittle!

The Rules:


  • The tournament begins Thursday, March 21, with six rounds of online voting to determine the reigning Booketology Literary Character Champion! The champion and drawing winners will be announced on our KC Unbound blog on Tuesday, April 9.
  • When each new round begins, the voting form will be available by 12 p.m. that day.
  • You can only vote once per round, but anyone can participate!
  • Participants who enter their name and email address in the Booketology voting form to be entered in a drawing for one (1) Booketology Grand Prize Pack and four (4) Runner-up Prizes!

    Booketology Grand Prize Pack includes:
    Four gift certificates to the College Basketball Experience! (redeemable for four adult admission tickets), and:
    Copies of our "Elite 8" winning characters’ books! (eight books total)

    The Runner-up participants will each win one book from our "Final 4" winners!



Booketology is part of Building a Community of Readers, a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading!


About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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Ireland is a country full of storytellers. It seems every citizen of the Emerald Isle was born with a golden tongue and a quick mind. KCPL has pulled together a Pinterest board of some of Ireland's most famous writers and poets. It's the Readin' O' the Green for March!

About the Author

Kaite Stover

Kaite Mediatore Stover is the Director of Readers’ Services at the Kansas City Public Library. She is a regular guest on KCUR's Book Doctors segment and moderator of The Kansas City Star’s FYI Book Club. She can tap dance, read tarot cards, and doesn’t bite.

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Looking for more books about good love gone bad, bad love that feels good and love in all the wrong places?

Check out our KCPL Pinterest page, Books of Love.

There are classic and contemporary romances, nonfiction about the various unusual passions folks may harbor for sports, cities, and stuffed animals from childhood, short stories full of epic tragedy and eternal devotion, and stories of otherwordly love.

Reading never felt so right.

About the Author

Kaite Stover

Kaite Mediatore Stover is the Director of Readers’ Services at the Kansas City Public Library. She is a regular guest on KCUR's Book Doctors segment and moderator of The Kansas City Star’s FYI Book Club. She can tap dance, read tarot cards, and doesn’t bite.

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The Library’s latest Pinterest Contest, Christmas Books: Past, Present, and Future, is over. But before we settle down for a long winter’s read, we’d like to congratulate Kristi Bond, the winner in the drawing for the grand prize.

Congrats, Kristi! We hope that Santa brings you lots of ebooks to load onto your brand-new Kindle Paperwhite when it arrives later this month. (But if St. Nick doesn’t come through, remember we have lots of ebooks you can check out for free.)

But even though Kristi was the only one who won the drawing, we hope all our pin-testants feel like winners. Together, our 43 entrants pinned 572 books. Wow. And with our Pinterest librarians Alicia and Kaite pinning and repining 112 more books to the Contest Reads board, that’s a lot of holiday-themed book discussion!

And that’s exactly how we wanted it.

We wanted to encourage you not just to share your favorite reads of Christmases Past, Present, and Future with us for the chance to win a Kindle. We also wanted you to get ideas for what to read yourself.

As contestant Sarah told us via email:

I may not have won the Kindle, but do you know what? I won something even better — I found 5 more books to put in my reading queue to request from the library! #ReadingIsPrettyMuchTheBestThingEver  #ILovePaper

#Agreed, Sarah.

Thanks to all who participated in the contest. As you gear up for the holidays, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter for a steady stream of good reads throughout the entire year.

Happy Christmas to all – and to all a good book!

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Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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From Dec. 3 - 10, 2012, the Kansas City Public Library invites patrons to use Pinterest to share their Christmas Books: Past, Present, and Future for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

Do you like giving books as Christmas presents? How about receiving them? What books remind you of holidays past?

These are the questions we want you to keep in mind as you join us on Pinterest for a celebration of giving (and receiving) the gift of reading over the holidays.

If you’ve ever read or seen A Christmas Carol, you probably noticed how we’ve adapted the book’s Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as our guiding motif. That’s no accident as we’ve been remembering Dickens this fall through our What the Dickens? series of book discussions, performances, and events.

Now, as Christmas approaches (whether you celebrate the actual holiday it or not), we want you to have fun and get practical by using Pinterest to plan your book reading, gifting, and receiving this holiday season – all for the chance to win a pretty sweet prize.

That’s right, we’re giving away a brand-new Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky pinner. The newest in Amazon’s line of e-readers, the Paperwhite is receiving rave advance reviews for its innovative, ultra-readable screen.

(Note: The first Paperwhites are scheduled to ship Dec. 21, so if you win, you’ll have to be a little patient.)

To qualify for the drawing, you must pin seven books between Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 2012. And while we encourage anyone in the world to enter, you must be a Kansas City Public Library cardholder to win. (Fill out an online application, or, better yet, drop by any location to get your card today!)

Here’s how to enter the KC Library’s Christmas Books Pinterest Contest:

  • Follow the Library on Pinterest at pinterest.com/kclibrary.
  • Create a board titled “Christmas Books: Past, Present, Future”
  • Give it the description: “Books I’m remembering, gifting, and wishing for this year for @KCLibrary’s Christmas Books Pinterest Contest.”
  • Repin the original contest pin as your first pin to your Christmas Books board.
  • Email your board link to jasonharper@kclibrary.org.
  • Get equal parts creative and practical as you pin any combination of books that fall under these themes:
    • Books you have read, given, and/or gotten at Christmases Past.
    • Books you plan to give as Presents this year.
    • Books you hope Santa brings you in the Future (e.g. this year).
  • Pin at least seven (or more) books in any of the above categories by midnight on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

A winner will be drawn randomly on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 9 a.m.

Be sure to follow the Library’s own Christmas Books Contest board, where we’ll be recommending books – and repinning your selections – all week long.

And now, the pun you’ve all been waiting for: Ladies and Gentlemen, start your pin-gines!

If you pin this blog post, use the image below:
Pinterest Christmas Books Contest

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Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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 Why do Kansas City kids love their library? For some, it’s the books, movies, and stories that inspire and excite. For others, it’s having a safe place to let their imaginations run wild.

One thing’s clear. Kids do use – and love – their local libraries.

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 60 percent of Americans under 30 used a library in the past year for activities such as research (46%), borrowing books (38%), and reading newspapers and magazines (23%).

“The statistics are nice, but what really means something to us is the anecdotal evidence,” says Outreach Education Librarian Anna Francesca Garcia. “We wanted to collect as many stories as we could to get a sense of the impact the Library has on people.”

Over the past several weeks, our Youth Services librarians have been inviting Kansas City Public Schools students to write us telling why they love the Library. The best submissions are being honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Branch (4801 Main St). The winners will be awarded books as their prizes

"I love my library because it gives me a variety of books to choose from," offered one high school student with a fondness for spooky stories, "and I can always find a book that keeps me up for nights after I read the last page."

 One perceptive student declared that "I love my library because the library helps my imagination run wild. Because of today's media you don't get to use your imagination often. That's why I love my library."

From the entries received it's apparent that the Kansas City Public Library serves many purposes for its young patrons. It's a place to meet and hang out with friends, and in addition to books the library offers internet access and movies and TV shows on DVD.

Of course there's the library staff: "I love my library because the librarian is sweet and she helps you with anything you need."

And for some youngsters the library is a refuge: "I love my library because I feel safe just being in that environment."

Join us in celebrating the winners this Thursday. And help us spread the Library love all year round!

-- Your Public Affairs Team

How would you like to get your hands on a brand-new Kindle that has 47 hot ebooks by the likes of Cormac McCarthy, Terry McMilan, Jodi Picoult, and many other fabulous authors already loaded on it –  completely for free?

Or how about a whodunit e-cornucopia containing the entire Millennium Trilogy alongside pulse-pounding thrillers by Lee Child, Harlan Coban, C.J. Box and dozens of others?

Or a biography smorgasbord with 57 titles from Anthony Bourdain to Edmund White?

Perhaps you’ve dreamed of having massive stacks of ebooks compressed into a single ereader to peruse on the go, but you haven’t had the cash -- or the certainty -- to buy a Kindle or Nook for yourself.

Or maybe you’re considering making the e-leap this holiday season but you’re not sure if you’ll like the feel of digital reading.

Whatever the case, get down to the Waldo Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (201 E. 75th St.) this fall, where we’re testing a new program to check out Kindles to curious and voracious patrons like you.

Each of the Library Kindles is pre-loaded with ebooks from a different genre, such as fiction, mystery, romance, history, biography, science fiction, classics, and urban fiction. Eleven Kindles are currently in circulation, with more to be added according to demand.

And yes, we realize that these babies are loaded with way more ebooks than any normal human being can read during the 21-day checkout period, but the point is not only to let you play with an ereader but also sample a variety of great reads hand-picked by our librarians.

So hurry down to the Waldo Branch and check out the Kindle of your choice. And if you’d like a preview of what’s in stock, search the online catalog for “Kindle.”

Kindle Lending Program Details

  • 11 Kindles available during test phase
  • Checkout period: 21 days
  • No holds
  • No renewals when lending period has expired
  • $1/day late fee

And if you already have a Kindle and haven’t checked out our catalog of downloadable e-books, then we have something to show you.

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Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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Do you like to read aloud to your kids? Now’s the time to prove it! This November for Family Read Aloud Month, we’re teaming up with Mayor Sly James’ Turn the Page KC initiative to show the world, in pictures, that Kansas City is a reading town.

Together with readers like you, we are building an online community photo album of Kansas City parents, kids, siblings, friends, partners, and even pets reading together.

It’s called ReadAloudKC, and it’s part of the Library’s Building a Community of Readers initiative.

We want you and your family to be a part of it.

The idea is simple. Take a picture of your children (or other special people in your life) reading and submit it to our online gallery. By the end of this month, we’ll have a rich display of Kansas Citians from all walks of life enjoying good books.

KCTV5’s It’s Your Morning will also feature reading photos captured by our librarians every day in November.

But it’s not just about taking pictures – it’s also about reading! So be sure to get in on the Family Read Aloud fun by picking up a reading log at any Kansas City Public Library location or download it (PDF) and print it yourself. Keep track of your reading and turn in your log to a children's librarian to win prizes.

Now, got your camera, some books, and your family gathered ‘round? Here goes…

How to Submit Your Photos to ReadAloudKC

Website:

  • Go to readaloudkc.tumblr.com.  
  • Click “Submit a Photo” and follow the directions to upload your photo from your computer.
  • Write a caption.
  • Click the two checkboxes and give your name and email (we may write you if we have a question about your photo).

Email:

Email your photo(s) to readaloudkc@kclibrary.org and we will upload them for you. Include a caption.

Twitter:

Tweet your photo to @kclibrary and @turnthepagekc using hashtag #readaloudkc.

Facebook:

Post your photos on Facebook wall, either via the Library’s wall at facebook.com/kclibrary, or Mayor Sly James’ at facebook.com/turnthepagekc

Join the Kansas City Public Library and Turn the Page KC in showing that Kansas City cares about teaching kids to read!

And if you need a little inspiration, here’s the fantastic John Lithgow on the art of reading to children:

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Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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It’s like magic. Patrons around the metro will be filling Harvesters’ pantry with food, and their Library late fees will be dropping like autumn leaves. Yep, it’s Food for Fines time at the Kansas City Public Library!

Monday, October 22, through Sunday, October 28, 2012, bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location during normal business hours. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines. All food will be donated to Harvesters Community Food Network.

We do Food for Fines every year, but this time we’ve come up with a special treat for our 7,000-plus Twitter followers.

Because Kansas City has got a crazy-good restaurant scene, we thought it would be fun to connect with some local restaurants and ask them for a $10-$15 gift card to give away each day during Food for Fines.

Of course, they all said heck yes! and so #FoodforFines officially got hashtag status!

Big thanks to our delicious donors SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Grunauer, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Gram and Dun, and Snow & Company.

How to Win Local Eats During #FoodforFines:

• First, follow @KCLibrary and @HarvestersORG if you aren’t already. Then, fill up a bag, box, or car’s worth of donations for Harvesters, and head to your nearest Library location.

• When you bring your items to donate to Harvesters to have your fines reduced, simply send out a tweet letting your friends & followers know. Use the hashtag #foodforfines.

• Tag @KCLibrary and @HarvestersORG and for bonus points, tweet a pic.

Sample tweet:

I just donated to @HarvestersORG to have my @KCLibrary fines erased! You can too all week long during #FoodforFines!

At the end of each day, all tweeting donors will be identified, and one winner will be drawn and notified via Twitter.

Don’t have any late fees? First of all, good for you. Second of all, not to worry. You can still make a donation to Harvesters,  tweet about it, and be entered to win.

Here’s the sweet schedule.

Monday, Oct. 22: SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza / @spinpizza

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Grunauer / @grunauerkc

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue / @jackstackbbq

Thursday, Oct. 25: BRGR Kitchen + Bar / @brgrkitchen, @brgrchef

Friday, Oct. 26: Gram and Dun / @gramanddun, @gramanddunchef

Saturday, Oct. 27: Snow & Co. / @snowandcompany

Sunday, Oct. 28: Urban Table / @urbantablekc, @urbantablechef

Help us spread the word and download a #FoodforFines flier

Not sure what to bring? Check out Harvesters' list of most-needed items.

Don’t know how to use Twitter and want to learn? Contact JasonHarper@kclibrary.org to set up a training session.

About the Author

Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
Kansas City Public Library on Facebook   Kansas City Public Library on Twitter   Kansas City Public Library on Flickr   Kansas City Public Library on YouTube   Follow KCLibrary on Pinterest   KC Unbound RSS feed

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