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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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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Marcus Garvey was one of the most influential leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement. On March 5, 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents “Marcus Garvey Reconsidered” at the Library. Learn more about Garvey and his lasting legacy in these books.

By Steven Hahn | Marcus Garvey

By Steven Hahn

A Nation Under Our Feet book jacket

A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
By Steven Hahn
Presenting both an inspiring and a troubling perspective on American democracy, this 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner is the epic story of how African Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves to a political people--an embryonic black nation.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Today there are more than 2.5 million Filipino Americans in the U.S. This book list includes literature written by Filipino American authors, as well as histories of Filipinos in America, and America in the Philippines.

Filipino American Authors | Filipinos in America | America in the Philippines

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Polish architect Czeslaw Bielecki discusses his work and the Polish transition from Communism to democracy at the Library in March. This related reading list includes books about memory and architecture, as well as books about Polish history.

Monuments & Memorials | Polish History

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Polish architect Czeslaw Bielecki, March 4

Monuments & Memorials

Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory
By Judith Dupré
From the award-winning, bestselling author of Skyscrapers, Churches, and Bridges comes a visual history that serves as a tribute to classic American landmarks. Monuments features more than 200 duotone photographs, as well as fascinating stories, rare illustrations, candid interviews with artists and architects, and a unique chronology of milestones in the history of time and memory.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

The state of Missouri provides a multitude of opportunities for enjoying its many beautiful natural areas. This reading list includes books about the Show-Me State’s parks and trails, as well as books on camping, cycling, caving, backpacking, and fishing in Missouri.

Missouri | Camping | Cycling | Caving | Backpacking | Fishing

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Monday, March 16, 2009

What's more fun than wondering?

I wonder what stars are made of.

I wonder what makes rivers flow.

I wonder what elephants dream.

Will these books tell you? They might, or maybe they’ll lead you to new wonderings of your own.

Yours with snorts,

S. Will Burr signature