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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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Are there any aspiring writers out there? In October and November 2008, acclaimed writer Ann Hagedorn presented four talks for hopeful authors. On October 15, she provided an introduction to this four-part writing course. On October 22, she focused on the technical aspects of writing. On November 5, Hagedorn discussed storytelling and structure. Her final session on November 12 featured tips on pitching your book and finding a publisher. Get ready with these books on writing for publication and how to get published.

It’s difficult to pick only a handful of Paul Newman movies that encompass the scope and extent of his long and varied career, but these titles represent a sampling of him at his onscreen best. They’re all available on DVD at the Kansas City Public Library.

The Left-Handed Gun (1958)
As Billy the Kid, Newman made quite an impression (the role had been intended for James Dean) in this new type of psychological Western.

The Hustler

The Hustler (1961)
Newman starred as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felsen in a game where the stakes prove too high.

Hud (1963)
Newman is Hud Bannon caught up in a fierce struggle with the values of his rancher/father played by Melvyn Douglas.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Newman plays a convict with a mind of his own in this Oscar-winning performance.

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week this year (September 27 – October 4, 2008). These books were the top ten books challenged last year, a “challenge” being a request to remove the book from a school or library. To find out why these books were challenged, visit the American Library Association’s page on the Most Frequently Challenged Books & Authors in 2007 or read additional details in the Illinois Library Association’s brochure, Books Challenged or Banned in 2007-2008 (pdf).

Top ten books challenged in 2007

And Tango Makes Three book jacket

Based on a true story, And Tango Makes Three: The True Story of the Very First Chinstrap Penguin to Have Two Daddies by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells how two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo raise a baby after a zookeeper gives them an egg. Illustrated in watercolor, this picture book tells a heartwarming story.

The teens at Central Library recently ate their fill at the first in a "Taste Off Series"! Hungry mouths from all over the city spent a Saturday sampling six different salsas from Kansas City businesses. Throughout the event, the most common response seemed to be the panting and airing of the tongue. Even with tongues a bit scorched, the teens managed to vote for their favorites.

On October 8 at the Central Library, Richard Moe explained how the preservation of historic and older buildings should be an important component of sustainable development efforts. Explore a few books about historic preservation, green remodeling, and architectural styles before his talk.

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