lieslchristman

News broke Friday that author Harper Lee had died peacefully in her sleep at age 89. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the greats of American literature.

bernardnorcott

As dramatic pieces, the works of Shakespeare are best experienced in performance, not the page. Here are just a few productions of Hamlet on film, available for checkout from the Library.

JohnKeogh

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor is the kind of novel you get when non-Western storytelling traditions and sensibilities use the quintessentially Western cultural tools and structures of Science Fiction.

Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Photo by Paul Andrews
lieslchristman

The Library's Deputy Director of Strategic Initatives Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner will take over as executive director of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City's historic 18th & Vine District.

bernardnorcott

Shakespeare's plays Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V—often called the Henriad—deal with the rise of Henry Bolingbroke, his rocky reign as king, and the better fortune of his son, Henry V.

lieslchristman

As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we just discovered in 2015.

rachelhelm

So you just found out that little Jimmy from down the road is staying the weekend and you have GOT to keep him busy. The only thing you know for sure is that he loves to read and wants to be either a ninja or a paleontologist when he grows up. Problem is, it’s 4:55 and the library closes in 5 minutes. What are you going to do???

Anonymous
Before Missouri Valley Special Collections staff acquired the Kansas City Stockyards Collection, its 6,000-plus items had been scattered about the Livestock Exchange Building.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
AnnaGarcia

Islamic culture is central to the lives of many people in our community. Luckily, there are books that assist non-Muslims in understanding. They also remind Muslim children that they belong.

With rhyming text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan with illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini gently introduces readers both to colors and to Islam. It is simple and informative without feeling stilted or preachy. Preschool and early elementary kids will really like it. In addition to definitions in context, parts of the main girl's religion and culture are explained clearly in an index at the back of the book.

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jillanderson

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

publication date: 2015
pages: 400
ISBN: 978-0803741737

bernardnorcott

Robert Graves was a fascinating man. A poet and novelist of some note, he was also a respected classical scholar and translator. And like many of his generation, he served in the British Army during World War I.

JudyKlamm

History is full of revolts, conflicts, and wars. Juliet Barker in 1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt examines this English clash that rocked the country through all levels of society.

Anonymous

April Roy, manager of our Bluford Branch, has been honored by the American Library Association with the I Love My Librarian Award.

rachelhelm

As winter’s chill begins to sink in and I start complaining about how cold it is outside, I can’t help but think about Antarctica. Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest, most freezing-est land mass on planet Earth, but for some reason intrepid folks keep going down there. One of the worst attempted Antarctic trips took place over 100 years ago, led by an adventurous Brit named Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Feeling Thankful by Shelly Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
AnnaGarcia

We have so much to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to celebrate gratitude itself! But there are so many things to be thankful for all year long, and here are a few books that help us do just that.

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