Queen of the Tearling
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The Queen of the Tearling (2014) by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling is another addition to the extensive catalogue of fantasy novels. The book followed Kelsea Glynn, as she was taken from her home at eighteen by a cadre of soldiers and forced into the role of queen of the kingdom.

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Join people from all over the state to Save MO Libraries!

The Governor is withholding $6 million dollars in funding from libraries all across the state and has almost completely eliminated state funding to libraries next year.

Two busloads of teenage library advocates will be leaving from Kansas City and heading to Jefferson City to explain to their legislators why libraries are so important in their communities...

Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?
AnnaGarcia

Like any media, the Internet can be used in wonderful or horrible ways. It can connect people across the globe. It can be a source of extremely helpful information. It can record memories and historic events. However, with the increased anonymity we experience online, it also provides a forum for people to say mean and hurtful things.

According to a Pew Research Study in 2013, one third of teens report being victims of cyber-bullying (Woda 32). That makes surfing online a dangerous activity. What can young people and the adults who care about them do? Luckily, the Kansas City Public Library carries books to help with that very topic.

Sheep Beauty by Li Jian
AnnaGarcia

The Chinese New Year, with a cycle based on the moon, began on the 4th of February, 2015 and will continue through February 3, 2016. Among other personality traits, people born during this year are said to be selfless.

The folktale in The Sheep Beauty by Li Jian emphasizes the self-sacrificing nature of sheep. When a horrid monster threatens a village, the sheep transforms into a beautiful girl and uses cunning to lead the beast away from the townspeople. When danger reappears, the sheep turns into a rock to again save the community. This explains why the name of the place is “Sheep Horn Village.”

This lovely book includes muted watercolor illustrations. In addition, it is entirely bilingual with both English and Chinese versions of the story. It would make a fantastic book for elementary students to read with the adults in their lives, both as an introduction to Chinese culture and as demonstration of the beauty of benevolence.

About the Author

Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for a decade. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.

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We have been selected as a location for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national tour in 2016. Few copies exist of Shakespeare's First Folio, and we are excited to have the opportunity to exhibit one at the Library!

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I honestly don't know what to think about Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb. I'm a geek; I love math and data and statistics. The idea of tackling online dating using statistical analysis and profile optimization is intriguing.

All Quiet on the Western Front
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In the years following World War I, much of the literature on both sides of the Atlantic was strongly anti-war in sentiment. The enthusiasm and idealism that people felt when war was declared soon soured in the trenches.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
AnnaGarcia

How to know if an audiobook is having an impact on you:

1. You start talking with an accent that mirrors the characters.
2. You start thinking in an accent that mirrors the characters.
3. You feel sad to know that the book will end.
4. Even though you know the book will end, you keep listening at odd times just to learn what will happen next.
4. You recommend the book to all of your friends who are real people.
5. After the story, not having the characters in your life feels like losing friends.
6. You write fan fiction as you imagine what else might happen.

When I listened to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, this year’s winner of the American Library Association’s Prinz Award, I experienced all of these things except for the last one. I haven’t written a fan fiction story… yet.


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Get free tax preparation and assistance from AARP and VITA at multiple Kansas City Public Library locations, starting on February 2, 2015.

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With all the kids books out there filled with amazing illustrations, it only seems fitting that some of the topics be specifically about art and art creation. All young people draw in some shape or form. The freedom to draw or create is something everyone should continually experience. Creating empowers problem solving and encourages out of the box thinking, especially at such a young age. Below are a few books about art that are all about enforcing creativity and inspiring ingenuity.

Louise Loves Art
By Kelly Light

Louise loves art more than anything! There are so many things in her imagination that she wants to get out on paper. So little time, so much to draw! Louise prepares for the unveiling of her in-house show at the prestigious and appropriately titled Gallery Du Fridge. Louise's brother really wants to help out with her show. He's got some fun ideas of his own! Maybe there is enough space at the gallery for a collaborative piece? Louise Loves Art is a great story about loving and feeding your imagination. Showing that when you take the time to share what you love with the ones you love, you might learn something new and great about each other! I am also a very big fan of the drawing style and character design.

The Guns of August
bernardnorcott

Unlike previous wars, World War I was an unraveling of the social contract and the expectations of civilized behavior, an erosion of the ideas of what combatants may do in war.

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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 2014. Every one of these items is available in the Kansas City Public Library collection.

Take a look; maybe you'll find a new favorite that's outside of your comfort zone!

New Year's Eve Craft Selfie
AnnaGarcia

Parties are fun year-round, and kids can enjoy the delightful craft and recipe given below whenever they choose. What inspired me, though, were celebrations for the New Year.

New Year’s Eve was a special time at my house when I was a kid. It was the time of year when I could have a friend for a sleepover. We made our own festive hats. One of my favorite memories is drinking mint milkshakes—a homemade treat that Mom only made for this occasion.

I found directions to make an awesome-looking, yet incredibly simple, see-through crown in Crafts for Kids by Gill Dickinson. Using thick tape, scissors, paper pieces and sequins, kids can be their own holiday haberdashers. If they have extra tape, they can create cuffs, too, as you see that I did in the photo. The book recommends this craft for kids 2-6-years-old and estimates that it will take ten to twenty minutes. (A grown-up may want to help with the second piece of tape since matching up the two pieces can be tricky).

What's Your Story?
AnnaGarcia

With messages everywhere, teens can take back power by making their own voices heard. It is impossible to go through the day without consuming information. In fact, there is so much competing for our attention that it can be dizzying. In 2014, spending on advertising in the United States was $180.1 billion.

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