Library Blog

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

Local History

“Here a Lea, There a Lea - Everywhere a Lea, a Lea!” Part 1

Lees Summit and TC Lea Crossroad sign

The Confederate general had nothing to do with it. Someone who’d been working on the railroad didn’t know how to spell. Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has an elementary school, a middle school, and a park, all bearing the name Pleasant Lea.

Book Reviews

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys was a man of somewhat humble beginning, but he also had family in the British government and that had gone to Cambridge. These connections provided him an entry into the Admiralty where Pepys spent much of his working life.

Book Reviews

River of Doubt by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt

How many individuals choose to explore the unknown? One former United States President looking for adventure braved weather, insects, and illness while doing this very thing.

Book Reviews

Will The Real Norman Bates Please Stab Up?

Psycho by Robert Bloch

Most of us are familiar with Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic suspense film about a timid serial killer who “wouldn’t hurt a fly,” but have you ever read Robert Bloch’s dark novel which inspired the legendary screen gem?

Book Reviews

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy

In A.S. King’s addictive new book Reality Boy, Gerald Faust and his family have to live with the aftermath of their time on the fake reality show, Network Nanny.