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Kansas City Black History 2020
Each year, the Library partners with the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and the Black Archives of Mid-America to produce a series of Black History Month materials celebrating the legacies and accomplishments of notable African-Americans from the Kansas City area. The individuals featured in the 2020 series all helped break down barriers in our community, elevating and inspiring others then and now. Read on to learn more about their achievements.
 
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Noted Russia scholar Marshall Goldman discussed his bookPetrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia – on November 9, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Learn more about Russia and Vladimir Putin in these books at the Library.

Books by Marshall Goldman | Russian Foreign Relations | Vladimir Putin

Books by Marshall Goldman

 Putin, Power, and the New Russia book jacket

Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia
By Marshall I. Goldman
Based on extensive research, including several interviews with Vladimir Putin, this revealing book chronicles Russia's dramatic reemergence on the world stage, illuminating the key reason for its rebirth: the use of its ever-expanding energy wealth to reassert its traditional great power ambitions. In his deft, informative narrative, Marshall Goldman traces how this has come to be, and how Russia is using its oil-based power as a lever in world politics.

Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Pick up one of these witchy novels for a good read this week.

The Witches of Eastwick book jacket

Selected by Time magazine as one of the five best books of the year, The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike follows three divorced witches who live in New England. A new man moves to their small town and seduces them all.

For some chick lit, try Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky where librarian Jane finds some magic books and starts experimenting with spells. Soon, she’s irresistible to men and working more magic in this humorous novel.

Owens women have been witches for centuries in the book, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Now, two sisters raised by their aunts experience love and tragedy against a backdrop of magic.

The Kansas City Public Library and Metro Sports are partnering for the theatrical premiere of the feature-length documentary, Border War on November 3 at the Plaza Branch. This documentary, produced by Metro Sports, examines the history of the athletic rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. Read about other sports rivalries or KU and MU athletics in these books at the Library.

Sports Rivalries | KU & MU Athletics

Sports Rivalries

Emperors and Idiots book jacket

Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred-Year Rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse
By Mike Vaccaro
With incredible energy and access, leading sports columnist Mike Vaccaro chronicles the history of the greatest rivalry in sports – between the Yankees and the Red Sox – and the two stunning American League Championship Series that define a century of baseball.

October is National Bake and Decorate Month. Take part in the celebration by checking out a book with delicious recipes and how-to details on cake decorating, or read a novel inspired by baking.

Baking

 From My Home to Yours book jacket

Start with the James Beard Foundation Book Award winner, Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. This book has over 300 recipes perfect for home baking, including breakfast sweets, cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, and spoon desserts.

For more delicious recipes, check out The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People by Abigail Johnson Dodge. From breads and cookies to pies and cakes, this resource is aimed at those short on time. The cookbook moves from the simplest recipes to those that will take more time, making it easy to find just the right recipe.

With elections in the air, and the airwaves, and on peoples’ minds, sample these DVDs having to do with the art of made-up politics.

Being There (1979)
Chance the Gardener likes growing things, roses, tulips, and even bushes. The fact that he’s also a TV-addict assures that he winds up a contender in the highest political circles. Peter Sellers has maybe his best role in this adaptation of the Jerzy Kosinski novel.

Bulworth

Bulworth (1998)
Senator Bulworth (Warren Beatty) feels he has nothing to lose when he climbs aboard a form of the Straight Talk Express as it careens off on the campaign trail.

The Election (1999)
Since we learn everything before we graduate from high school anyway, a high school election can serve as a perfect paradigm of any and all elections, as it does here. Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick star.

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