On a recent segment for KCUR’s Central Standard, the Bibliofiles gathered to talk about romance novels and the fan outrage that started with a piece in The New York Times' Book Review section. Listen to audio from the chat about why readers like romance (not just for the steamy parts), and get some heart-racin' reading recommendations.
What books were winners with Library staff in 2017? From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
During fall 2017, the Kansas City area's six public library systems join together for a community-wide reading and discussion of Tim O'Brien's seminal work about the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried. The local edition of the 2017 NEA Big Read KC offers programs exploring veterans' war experiences, music of the period, Hollywood's handling of the war, comparisons of 1960s protests with present-day movements, writing about war, civil rights, and the era's cultural and political legacy.
Writer Rebecca Traister’s fascinating social history All the Single Ladies explores the impact unmarried women have had on American culture throughout the ages, turning their energies toward political movements, social change, the economy, and more. The Kansas City Public Library recently organized an FYI Book Group conversation about the book and its themes of cultural progress, gender and race, political power, the workplace, personal relationships, and contemporary women's issues.
The Library’s yearly Adult Winter Reading Program merges with our youth-focused Summer Reading Program later in 2017 for one great reading challenge for all ages. But because the Library knows that our patrons look forward to participating in Winter Reading, we still wanted to offer a fun, bookish activity to get our passionate readers through the cold winter months. Introducing... BOOK BINGO!
The Kansas City community lost an iconic writer this past week. Charles W. Gusewelle died Tuesday, November 15th at age 83. He wrote for The Kansas City Star for six decades. A few years ago, Gusewelle took part in the Library’s Dial-A-Story program. He recorded a child’s version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. We are positing this encore reading of in celebration of Charles Gusewelle’s life.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy is featured as May's FYI Book Group selection.
After a special tour of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, FYI Book Club readers gathered recently to discuss The Guns of August, the classic nonfiction work by Barbara W. Tuchman.
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.”
Columbia University released the roll of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists this week, and one name — Leo Damrosch — caught our eye. He’s speaking at the Library next month.
In the decade spanning the 1950s, the U.S. government churned out roughly 400 million pieces of Civil Defense propaganda. If that fact alone is not enough to make you want to “duck and cover,” consider the actual threat of nuclear annihilation Americans lived under during the Atomic Age.
It’s official: Frank White has been inducted into the Library Hall of Fame. What did the Royals’ former star second baseman do to receive this singular honor? Simple. He got on camera and testified to the power of reading and libraries.