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"Library Frights" for October

Library Frights

Each day in the month of October, our librarians have selected a book or movie from our collection to share on social media. Some are famous, some obscure, but every one of these titles is full of thrills and chills — perfect for Halloween!

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

In 1935's The Hollow Man, we have the epitome of the locked-room mystery. Not only is the book the exemplar of the type, but a whole chapter in the book is devoted to a lecture by the main detective on the topic of “locked room” murders.

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In Memoriam - Phil Kirk, 1937-2014

Phil Kirk

Many of you will know Phil Kirk as the man for whom we named Kirk Hall at the Central Library. Or as this generation’s downtown Kansas City real estate developer par excellence. Or a genial figure at many of our Library programs and special events.

He was much, much more. His family, and notably his father Jim, were prominent in local business and philanthropy. Jim Kirk's office furniture from Kirk Welding ended up in One North at the Central Library as part of our soft seating there. Mike Kirk, Phil's brother, has been an active supporter of the Library.

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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.

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.