Wanting to photograph the upcoming solar eclipse with your smart phone? Do it with care, professional photographer Reed Hoffmann says.
 
FYI Book Group: All the Single Ladies
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. 
 
On July 18, 2017, the heads of four KC-area library systems – Johnson County’s Sean Casserly, KCK’s Carol Levers, Mid-Continent’s Steve Potter, and KCPL’s Crosby Kemper III – joined KCPT’s Nick Haines for a public conversation at the Plaza Branch about Libraries Out Loud, a documentary series celebrating the work of our local libraries. Produced by filmmaker and documentarian Michael Price for KCPT’s Flatland website, the film series touches on ways today’s libraries fulfill their traditional missions while also serving our communities in innovative and vital ways.
 
The children’s book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night became hugely popular after its 2014 publication. It features photographs of dinosaur toys caught in the middle of making messes in different rooms around the house.
Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas speaks at a recent event at a recent event at which the city and the Library were presented a 2017 LibraryAware Community Award.

Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas offered a moving tribute to libraries in general, and the Kansas City Public Library in particular, at a recent event at which the city and the Library were presented a 2017 LibraryAware Community Award. 

Eugene O’Neill’s first professionally produced play, a one-act play entitled “Bound East for Cardiff,” premiered in 1916, first at the small Provincetown (MA) playhouse, then in New York.  The play has personal significance for me as it was my introduction to O’Neill, back in the sophomore year of high school.  Following that introduction, I went on something of an O’Neill binge, reading a large portion of O’Neill’s oeuvre, starting with his four “Glencairn” plays.  Following “Bound East,” O’Neill wrote three more one-act plays (“The Moon of the Carribees,” “In the Zone,” and “Long Voyage Home”) about the crew of the Glencairn, a merchant ship operating in the Atlantic during WWI. 
Past and present are spelled out in a series of painstakingly researched interpretive panels recently installed along the Central Library’s rooftop perimeter. Collectively titled “What Surrounds Us: Reading the Past and Present,” they weave more than a century and a half of Kansas City history into narratives and accompanying illustrations.
The Kansas City Public Library is teaming up with our sister institutions across the area and the hometown Royals for Library Night at the K on Thursday, August 3.

I'm not sure I've ever had a novel recommended to me more highly, more insistently, by more people, than The Force by Don Winslow. More than one person has told me it's the best book of the year. More than one has told me it's the best cop novel ever written. Promo materials claim it's nothing less than The Godfather of cop novels. I've never been interested in gritty cop novels but I was eager to read this one. My conclusion, in a nutshell:

Yeah, it's that good.

Summer 2017 introduced what many referred to as the Pizza Hut Book It! program for adults.
Digital Services: Latest Updates and New Resources

The Kansas City Public Library offers dozens of digital resources that provide endless educational and entertainment opportunities for everyone with a library card. There are several changes and new developments coming soon; learn more about what you have to look foward to!

Lucile Bluford isn’t just Kansas City’s treasure. The state of Missouri has officially seen to that. Saturday, July 1, marked the first statewide observance of Lucile Bluford Day per a Missouri House measure signed into law a year ago. The Library joined in the commemoration – on what would have been Bluford’s 106th birthday – with a day of events and exhibits at its L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect.
 
Indisposable was a pop-up exhibit featured at Central Library from June 2-9, 2017. The idea for it came from the monthly Coffee and Conversation put on by members of the Outreach AmeriCorps VISTAs. Indisposable featured photographs taken by patrsons experiencing homelessness. 
The Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, was especially known for his witty control of and deft use of the English language, and nowhere does he demonstrate this facility with English better than in the play, The Importance of Being Earnest.  The title itself, with its pun on “earnest” and “Ernest,” with all its characters often very “earnest,” but not always or consistently truthful, gives a hint to the reader and viewer what craziness will ensue. 
Behind the Curtain: Bringing Hamlet to the Stage
If you’re planning to attend this summer’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presentation of Hamlet, the Library offers a number of opportunities to learn more about the play and the production: upcoming events at which you can hear from festival organizers, scholars, and cast members about what it takes to bring the tale of the infamous Danish prince to life onstage. All in conjunction with HASF’s 25th anniversary celebration.

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