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Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Angelou died Wednesday at her home in North Carolina, closing an extraordinary life that began in Missouri and yielded what President Obama described as “one of the brightest lights of our time.”

Local History

Cattlemen and Visionaries: The Men Who Made the Stockyards

Portrait of Joseph G. McCoy

Kansas City's population exploded between 1860 and 1900, and it was the people who lobbied for, invested in, and worked in the Kansas City livestock industry who deserve credit for making the city what it is today.

Book Reviews

The Galton Case by Ross MacDonald

The Galton Case

Ross MacDonald was one of the greats of hard-boiled detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Just as Chandler looked to the pioneering Hammett, MacDonald looked to Chandler, whom he called a “slumming angel.”

Library Life

How I Got My First Library Card

Boise Public Library

From the time I was very young, I heard my parents reading and telling stories.

My mom loved to tell me about when my sister and I got our library cards.

Library Life

Libraryland: Mid-Continent Adds To KC Area’s Roll of National Medal Winners

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Call us America’s library capital – or at least, one of them. The Mid-Continent Public Library has been named a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.