The Kansas City Public Library and the Center for Practical Bioethics hosted an all-day bioethics symposium called Controversial Bodies: How to View Plastinated Corpses on December 5, 2008 at the Central Library, spurred in part by the Bodies Revealed exhibit at Union Station this year. These books cover bioethical issues and the field of medical ethics.
Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life
By Lee M. Silver
In Challenging Nature, Silver offers a provocative look at the collision of science, religion, pseudoscience, and politics.
Author Vicki Myron discussed her best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, on December 3, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Dewey hit No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in November. Check out this bestseller or other books that feature the unique connections humans have with cats and other animals.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
By Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter
The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the library. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
It wasn’t an easy task, but the dedicated and determined readers taking part in the Waldo Library’s Jewish American Literature book group, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of Jewish Imagination took on the award winning novel, The Puttermesser Papers by respected essayist and literary critic, Cynthia Ozick.
With Thanksgiving approaching, you might want to check out several of these DVDs to complement the featured bird. All are available from your local Kansas City Public Library.
Michael Knight and Allen Wier, Southern novelists, joined moderator Steve Paul for the December talk in the Library’s Writers at Work series on December 4, 2008 at the Central Library. Check out the work of these authors or discover more Southern fiction at the Library.
Books by Michael Knight & Allen Wier
The Holiday Season
By Michael Knight
Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, "The Holiday Season" and its companion piece, "Love at the End of the Year" are tender ruminations on the nature of family, the power of love, and a particularly complicated time of year.
By Michael Knight
This luminous collection of stories astutely explores rediscovered love, reconciliation, and peace amid the trials of everyday life. In each story, characters are surprised by their mettle even as they recognize their fallibility; they are convinced of the power of love, family, and trust even as they experience the danger of obsession, anger, and simple accident.
Forget the 10k and the bronze statue. What these authors really want is for people to read their books.
Well, last night, they all got their wish. The National Book Awards were bestowed at a ceremony hosted by playwright Eric Bogosian. The nonfiction winner, Annette Gordon-Reed, received a pretty nice birthday present when she became the first African-American woman to win the award for her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
Peter (or should I say “repeater”) Matthiessen took home an NBA prize for the second time in his career for his novel Shadow Country. In 1991 he won the nonfiction prize for The Snow Leopard. That’s a nice matched set for his mantel.
November marks the beginning of scholarship application season with National Scholarship Month. Get a jump on finding the best scholarships and colleges with these books.
Get started with Scholarships 101: The Real-World Guide to Getting Cash for College by Kimberly Stezala. This book is written for all students and their parents with steps for them to follow starting in the student’s freshman year. It contains tips on finding the best scholarships based on the student’s profile, information on creating a successful application, sample essays, and more.
The College Board, a not-for-profit organization, covers more than just scholarships in Getting Financial Aid 2009. It includes a “financial aid picture” for 3,000 colleges and schools while providing advice on the FAFSA form and more.
Innovative illustrators! Awesome artists! Painters so powerful that they're pig-like! (Well, maybe pig-like is going too far. Piggish?)
This other Palin has been around for a while, re-imagining himself in a variety of roles from being a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe to being one of television’s foremost world travelers. Trace his career with the help of these DVDs available from The Kansas City Public Library.
A Fish Called Wanda
An American flirts with a crook, a barrister and a mercenary to find diamonds in London. This movie garnered a Best Supporting Oscar for Kevin Kline.
John Cleese on How to Irritate People
With the help of Connie Booth, Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Python pals Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese demonstrates the uncanny ability to keep his victims just the right temperature under the collar--one degree below boiling point!
Michael Palin's New Europe. Disc 1—3
Cut off for most of the author's life by Cold Wars and Iron Curtains, Europe's eastern lands are now open for business--and Palin sets off to discover them.
You know you're addicted to the Twilight series when...
- your friends get annoyed with you because you can't stop talking about it.
- you and your friends fight over who loves Edward more.
- you make virtual characters that look like Edward and Bella.
Or if you're a subdued Twilight fan, you won't be in the closet for long. On Thursday, November 20 the midnight showing of Twilight the movie will be in theatres. Being a superfan yourself, you already know this tidbit. But there's something about Twilight you don't know. Your Kansas City Public Library is hosting a Twilight package giveaway!
We are raffling 12 Twilight packages, each including a Twilight movie poster, bookmark, chapbook, pin, sticker sheet, and vampire fangs. If you're a fan, why not enter for a chance to win Twilight merch to wear to the movies. All you need to do is fill out our Teen Survey [note: the survey is now closed] and remember to leave your name and contact number in the last question field. We require you to be 12-18 yrs old to enter and allow one entry per participant.