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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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Teens: How to Write a Novel in a Month, the KC Library Way

Wick Thomas

Every November, amateur novelists around the world put their word processors where their mouths are in daring attempts to spit out 50,000-word tomes in a mere 30 days.

Book Reviews

14 Books on Celebrating the Holidays Artfully

Winter Solstice

From time immemorial, humans have eased the encroaching darkness of winter with gatherings and celebrations involving light, food, and sacred rituals. Holidays and traditions vary from culture to culture, but often these traditions involve recipes, crafts, and decorations for the home.

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Justice Stephen Breyer Has Good Constitution

Justice Stephen Breyer

This past Thursday at the Plaza Branch, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer stood before a crowd of nearly 700 people and made a strong case for civic literacy in the face of cynicism.

Book Reviews

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key cover

As French police force their way into her family’s Paris apartment, a frightened 10-year-old Sarah desperately locks her little brother, Michel, in the secret bedroom cupboard and shoves the key deep into her pocket. 

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Children’s Author Derrick Barnes Joins Library Outreach Staff

Derrick Barnes photo

In just three years, talented and industrious Kansas City author Derrick Barnes has published eight books through youth publishing giant Scholastic. But when his fourth son was born, Barnes needed extra income to pay the bills.

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