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Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to the  installation of planned enhancements, public computers will be unavailable for patron use during the dates that upgrades are scheduled at each location. Before visiting your neighborhood location during this period, read the schedule of upgrades to be aware of computer availability.
Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to time needed for  installation, public computers at each location will be unavailable for patron use on certain dates. Learn more about the upgrades and availability schedule.
 
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Who do you think of when you hear the word "hero"? Someone that you know? An athlete or astronaut? Or do you think of a superhero: a special person who can fly through stormclouds, jump to the treetops, or turn invisible in the blink of an eye?

My hero is Abby the sparrow. It's not easy being a sparrow. She has to hide from hunters, such as owls, hawks, and even house cats. She defends her eggs from cowbirds, who like to lay eggs in sparrows's nests. Cowbirds want sparrows do all the work in raising the cowbird chicks! She's my hero because she's so small but so brave; she sticks up for herself against more powerful enemies. And she sings to me to cheer me up on rainy days.

Here's a list of books about heroes of all kinds, and may inspire you to be a hero, too.

Yours with snorts,

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Where Are We? How Did We Get Here?: A Sampling of Current Affair Videos Currently Available at The Kansas City Public Library

 The Oil Crash

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
An unforgettable and shocking wake-up call A Crude Awakening offers the rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Relentless and clear-eyed this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis. Runtime: 85 min.

Hacking Democracy
The disturbingly shocking HBO documentary Hacking Democracy bravely tangles with our nation’s ills at the heart of democracy. Hacking Democracy takes a nonpartisan clear-eyed look at the secrecy cronyism and incompetence of elections in present-day America as it captures a citizen s movement intent on taking back elections--and democracy itself. It is hard to imagine a documentary this season that is more important to the civic life of the nation--let alone one that is so compelling and ultimately moving. Runtime: 81 min.

Just in time for Halloween, bestselling young adult author Darren Shan discussed his many books on October 22 at the Plaza Branch. Discover Shan’s freaky worlds filled with vampires and demons.

Read a few “books with bite” during Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2008). These vampires will keep you turning the pages.

The 30th Annual Thorpe Menn Award for Literary excellence was announced at a luncheon at the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown Central Library by the American Association of University Women’s Kansas City chapter.

Opening remarks were given by the Library’s CEO, R. Crosby Kemper III, who professed great admiration for all of the nominees and their work.

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