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All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Library Life

Best-Checkers: The Most Checked-Out Books of 2011

Tom Sawyer Penguin cover

It was a year of ice and fire in the book industry, of fallen leaders, marriage plots, and Paris wives. But amid the usual best-seller buzz, Kansas City Public Library customers were thrilling to a 135-year-old novel of a boy’s life in rural Missouri.

Book Reviews

Amazing Grace by Steve Turner

Amazing Grace by Steve Turner book cover

Of all the English hymns written in the 18th century, “Amazing Grace” stands out as the most popular and the most performed hymn of all time. The song reaches out across cultures and nations and was translated in various languages.

Library Life

Know Your Librarians: Carrie McDonald

Carrie McDonald photo

It's the day before Thanksgiving. The Central Library is closed to the public due to a water main break. Down on the first basement level, Carrie McDonald is days from retirement. It should be a great opportunity for kicking back and reflecting on nearly 30 years of service.

Book Reviews

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in Boys book cover

Kate Grable is your typical teenager with aspirations to be a doctor in her post-high-school career. She is the student trainer for her high school’s mediocre football team, and she has just discovered that the coach may be giving the players steroids. 

Book Reviews

The Naughty List: 5 Snarky Christmas Reads

There’s something about this season that brings out a little misanthrope in some readers. They’re not Scrooges, just a little cynical regarding the forced merriment. For those readers, I’ve got a list of books that fall on the not-so-nice side.