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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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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.

You might not know it to look at me, but I love sports. Hedgeapple dunking, sheep bowling, and extreme hide-and-seek are my favorites. Some people might say I'm too stout to be a good athlete, but that's just part of my strategy. I'm not really fat...I'm fluffy. In a strong, superhero-pig sort of way.

You might not know it to look at me, but I love sports. Hedgeapple dunking, sheep bowling, and extreme hide-and-seek are my favorites. Some people might say I'm too stout to be a good athlete, but that's just part of my strategy. I'm not really fat...I'm fluffy. In a strong, superhero-pig sort of way.

Anyway, October has great weather for the great outdoors. Get some of your friends together and make up a game, or try something new! I found out that I like pig-yoga when I tried a class.

What's that? Pig-yoga is not a sport?

Hmph! You do the Great Warrior Standing-On-One-Hoof Pig Pose. In a muddy barn yard. With chickens keeping score. Now that's impressive.

The Library has fantastic books about sports. Let me know some of your favorites!

Yours with snorts,

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