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Black Lives Matter, Black Stories Matter
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Friday, June 5, 2020
Our city and nation are hurting in the wake of the senseless, horrifying death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The Kansas City Public Library stands in full support of the many across our country — including our staff and their families and others in our community — who have marched in protest and in profound, insistent hope for the future.  We decry the longstanding racial inequities and injustice at the root of their unrest. We need more than ever to understand the challenges of a diverse America, allowing us to define and develop effective change when and wherever it is necessary.
 
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Amelia Earhart
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Get to know the pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart in these books about her life and career or pick up a novel centered on her mysterious disappearance.

Biographies | Books by Amelia Earhart | Amelia Earhart in fiction

Biographies

Amelia Earhart: A Biography
By Doris L. Rich
She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. Rich's exhaustively researched biography downplays the "What Happened to Amelia Earhart?" myth by disclosing who Earhart really was – a woman of three centuries, born in the 19th, pioneering in the 20th, and advocating ideals and dreams relevant to the 21st.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

We’ve all seen them, they walk among us everyday. Some are more obvious than others. Here are a few ways you can spot them. They will probably be walking at a pace that will make you have to change course and go around them. They are usually male although every once in a while you’ll see a girl fall victim to this stigma. If you look hard enough you can witness their casual indifference towards work or goals. I’m talking of course about slackers.

Now slackers are not bad people and I, being a recovering procrastinator — thirteen months clean and sober — know a thing or two about what it’s like. However, there is a new trend in popular media I felt should be pointed out for those who would care to notice. Slackers are a growing portion of movie and television heroes. I’ve taken the time to identify their flaws that make them funny, but also their strengths and why they make for solid protagonists who are capable of vulnerable in their weaknesses and strong in their journey towards personal improvement in modern comedies.

The slacker in films have similar characteristics, a few changes here or there but most of their inner workings are pretty standard. The Subject must always be considered less desirable, not physically mind you. Making the person less than desirable usually involves more than one humiliating trait such as:

New Orleans, Photo by Jan Kronsell
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

These ten nonfiction books explore the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and examine recent concepts in urban planning.

New Orleans | Urban planning

New Orleans

What is a City?: Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina
Edited by Phil Steinberg and Rob Shields
Dr. Jacob Wagner contributed to this collection of articles that examines the question, “What is a city?” Authors include urban planners, architects, policymakers, and geographers across many disciplines.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Learn all about Sacagawea (sometimes spelled Sacajawea), the Shoshone woman who accompanied Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their famous expedition, or Lewis and Clark in these books at the library.

Sacagawea | Lewis & Clark | The Lewis & Clark Trail

Sacagawea

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Veterans and their families write about their experiences with the military, especially in Iraq, in these books at the Library.

Recent military memoirs

Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Frontlines of National Security
By General Richard Myers with Malcolm McConnell
General Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001-2005, sets the record straight about the planning and execution of the Iraq War, and offers new ideas for tightening America's national security.

American Soldier
By Tommy Franks with Malcom McConnell
General Franks retraces his journey from a boyhood in Oklahoma and Texas through his heroic tour of duty as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command.

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