And then there were two! The Final 4 round of Booketology is complete, and our winning books now move on to the Championship.
Check out the voting results
from this last round.
Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! Check out the results of the Elite 8, and vote in the Final 4 of Booketology, where it's book vs. book and you decide the winner!
Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! It's book vs. book and you decide the winner. Check out the results of the Sweet 16, and vote in the Elite 8 of Booketology.
Our Spring Tournament of Books has returned for the third year! It's book vs. book and you decide the winner. Check out the results of our first round, and vote in the "Sweet 16" of Booketology.
After 95 rounds and nearly six hours of competition, Kush Sharma emerged Saturday as champion of the Jackson County Spelling Bee at the Kansas City Public Library.
An extraordinary Jackson County Spelling Bee — down to two students who’ve survived 66 championship rounds — will resume Saturday, March 8, at the Library.
The Kansas City Public Library is offering a new, refreshingly quick — and free — way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks.
Library patrons can now use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It's the latest addition to the Library's extensive menu of electronic resources.
All Hoopla content is available on demand. No holds necessary. No waiting. Users can watch or listen to their selections via online streaming or by temporarily downloading selections to a mobile device for viewing without an internet connection.
Hoopla's digital collection counts tens of thousands of titles - some 100,000 CDs; 10,000 audiobooks; 3,000 movies; and 500 TV series - and continues to expand. The Holland, Ohio-based service struck new streaming deals late in 2013 with NBCUniversal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, National Geographic, and BBC America. It already had agreements with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and eOne Music.
Looking for some chills and thrills this month? We have some suggestions for you! Our staff here at The Kansas City Public Library has picked some of their Halloween favorites.
Looking for some instant literary gratification? New & Notable, a Kansas City Public Library collection and concept is now being piloted at the Central Library.
September is upon us and fall is fast approaching, even if it doesn't feel like it outside. And being September, it means that we are overdue for another Staff Picks blog!
We have a little bit of everything with our picks this time around — Award-winning Science Fiction, True Crime, Modern Classics, and even Picture Books for our younger readers out there. These titles were all enjoyed by our staff, so why not give one a try?
Have you read something else lately you'd like to recommend to others? Feel free to add your own picks in the comments below!
True Grit by Charles Portis
We may have been busy with our Summer Reading Program the past few months, but your Library staff still found time to do their own reading! Here are just a few selections from our staff.
Hey kids! This summer you can get up close and personal with creatures like the barred tiger salamander (the state amphibian of Kansas) and the sugar glider (a tiny Australian marsupial related to the opossum).
In June and July curators and docents from the Kansas City Zoo are visiting branches of the Kansas City Public Library to make free presentations.
Children will learn about exotic animals from experts and get a chance to hold an ostrich egg and rub their fingers over the pelts of several animals.
Here's the list of upcoming Zoo to You events at the Library:
Over the last 6+ years, the Kansas City Public Library has sought to transform the way the people of greater Kansas City use libraries to stay informed about current events and learn more about landmark moments in history with an aggressive schedule of programs featuring scholars, authors, and public figures.
Lawrence bluesman Pat Nichols made some new fans this spring when he kicked off the Library’s ambitious America’s Music series at the Plaza Branch.
It was blues night, and Nichols began the evening by serenading patrons at the pre-event reception. Later he wowed the crowd with a display of picking on the National steel guitar.
Now Nichols has released a CD of performances, Blues from the Delta and Beyond, that was recorded earlier this year at producer Mike West’s recording studio in a former garage in Lawrence.
“Normally when you cut a record you pick the songs in advance and work on them during recording until you have them just right,” Nichols said.
“We did it differently. It was a lot like the early blues recordings in the 1920s and ‘30s where the producer would have these bluesmen perform a song two or three times and, later on, the record company would pick one version to release.”
Nichols said that over an 11-hour recording session he played a big chunk of his repertoire with virtually no advance planning.