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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.