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

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

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.

The Beat Goes On collects all of Rankin's Inspector Rebus short stories and presents them in chronological order. Reading through them is a delightful journey through the history of this character.

The Library and American Public Square kick off a series of spring discussions of some of the city’s most polarizing issues—minus the invective that too often feeds polarity—in early December.

Maugham’s novel, Ashenden, was quite influential. Later spy novelists, such as John LeCarre, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler and Len Deighton, all give a nod to Maugham as inspiring their own work.

The Kansas City Public Library remains among a select group of public libraries across the country, earning a 4-star designation from Library Journal.

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Love & Profanity edited by Nick Healy

publication date: 2015
pages: 231
ISBN: 978-1-63079-021-7

The Kansas City Public Library is one of 21 nationwide recipients to receive a $100,000 grant to help launch a two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.

We have partnered with the Women's Employment Network and other local agencies to provide a range of services, including workshops, web resources, and individual financial coaching, to residents who are looking to enhance their money-managing skills but may lack access to reliable, unbiased education opportunities and resources. The Money Matters Workshop Series is projected intended to reach hundreds of residents in areas most in need served by our North-East, Bluford, and Southeast Branches.

Currently, workshops are being held at these three locations and we are looking to expand to local area community centers, social services agencies, and religious facilities. The Money Matters Workshops will cover banking, budgeting, credit management, and protection against identity theft.

The Women's Employment Network and other financial opportunity centers will also offer free individual financial coaching sessions to workshop participants. The Money Matters Workshop Series and coaching are open to anyone but specifically targeting:

Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke

You are a writer. You may not know it, but you are. Everybody has stories. Unless you’ve been in a coma, you’ve been doing something. Even if you were in a coma, when you awaken, you have an incredible story to tell. I don’t recommend trying to fall into a coma for inspiration, though. There are a lot of methods that are far less traumatic.

Firstly, this is a library blog. The library is a resource. Sometimes, even with stories inside you, it can be challenging to get them out to the world. Where do you start? Writers’ block is a real problem, but there are exercises you can do to squelch it.

Hissing Cousins

Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer in Hissing Cousins examine the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who led parallel yet different tracks in American politics.

Get Away @ Your Library

The Metro only goes so far. Your imagination, though, is limitless. This year’s Teen Read Week theme is “Get Away @ Your Library.” We are proud of how our ten branches all have books that transport readers to other places—both real and whimsical.

To see Epic Read’s map of the United States with the setting of one young adult book representing each state, click here. For young adult books about Americans in other countries, look at Reading Underground’s map here. To see what the Kansas City Public Library has for teens set in lands that don’t really exist, click here.

No matter when you read these books, enjoy the experience of being carried away. You don’t have to stay where you are, so long as an author has brought you along for the ride.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

publication date: 2015
pages: 517
ISBN: 978-1-250-04955-1

Carry On was another entrant in the “Chosen One” category, a la Harry Potter, Frodo, and countless other (usually YA) novels wherein a main character is given a Herculean task and, after many trials and tribulations, completes it. However, our hero in this story -- Simon Snow -- wasn’t necessarily the wizard any of us would have chosen for the job. He’s a self-proclaimed “thug” who thought more about food than magic.

In fact, Rainbow Rowell precisely and perfectly constructed characters that broke the mold of the genre. A girlfriend who was more enamored with the bad guy. A mentor who was never around to counsel because he was off raiding people’s houses in a costume and a funny mustache. A wizarding world with cars, and laptops, and smart phones.

Food For Fines 2015

Donate food items to Harvesters at any Kansas City Public Library location and for each item we'll give you a $1 credit towards your existing overdue fines.

Library Director of Strategic Initiatives Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner and Director Crosby Kemper III pose with the Library's second consecutive Emmy.

Our unique historical series Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III landed its second regional Emmy Award in as many years over the weekend.

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