An Ever-Expanding Universe of Summer Reading Stories

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Friday, July 12, 2019
As you power through your Summer Reading to log your books and earn your prize, there's a constellation of space-and science-themed titles out there waiting to be discovered. In addition to this year's official Summer Reading selections for each age group, our librarians working at ground control have more majorly good reads that can give your reading, watching, and listening a booster rocket in the final weeks of this year's program, Dare to Discover.

2019 SUMMER READING

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ADULT READING and viewing

Official Adult Suggested Reading

Explore books that tackle all things science fact and fiction in these official adult Dare to Discover selections.  VIEW LIST >

 

Men and the Moon

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, here's a list of documentaries exploring the trials, tribulation, and science that culminated in the smallest step and the greatest leap. VIEW LIST >

 

Finding Space

For centuries humans have looked up and wondered 'what's out there?' Travel to the outer reaches of the cosmos in these documentaries that attempt to answer that question. VIEW LIST >

 

She's a Braniac

Women have been making contributions to the sciences for centuries. Expand your own knowledge of these STEM queens in books and film. VIEW LIST >

   

Science in the Fiction

Women have been making contributions to the sciences for centuries. Expand your own knowledge of these STEM queens in books and film. VIEW LIST >

   

Extraterrestrial Books and Movies

The truth is out there in these library materials featuring aliens. VIEW LIST >

   

Women and the Internet

Maybe Ada Lovelace's name is familiar as the woman who created a program that became a computer. But what about Grace Hopper, Jake Feinler, or Stacy Horn? These are the female visionaries that gave us the Internet we recognize today. VIEW LIST >

   

The Cinema of Space

Beginning with 1902’s A Trip to the Moon, the 12-minute, special-effects classic that invented the sci-fi film genre, space travel and lunar exploration have a long history in the movies. What does film tell us about our fascination with and perception of the moon? Take a walk through Hollywood’s depiction of space flight and lunar landings in these silent movies, blockbuster classics, and documentaries. VIEW LIST >
RELATED PROGRAM:
Shooting the Moon: The Cinema of Space
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Program: 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch
Details/RSVP

 
 

YOUTh READING

Need ideas for books for kids to read this summer? Dare to Discover these otherwordly titles picked by the Kansas City Public Library's youth librarians!

Teen Books (Ages 13-18)



Youth Books (Ages  6-12)


 

Child Books (Ages  0-5)