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We’re Here (Longer) for You: Kansas City Public Library Expands Hours
Our doorway to knowledge has swung open a bit wider. As of September 6, 2019, the Kansas City Public Library is expanding operating hours across its system, offering greater access to its vital materials, services, and resources. Nearly all locations will be open longer on weekends, and select sites will remain open later on Friday nights.
 
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The Surprise
By Van Ommen, Sylvia

Where is Sheep going on her scooter? Why, she's going to the store to get bright red dye for her wool. She'll shear it off, take it to the French poodle spinster for spinning into yarn, and finally knit a sweater as special suprise for friend Giraffe.

 

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift discussed the next big political question with Executive Director Crosby Kemper III: After the Election, What Comes Next? on November 10 at the Plaza Branch. Read some of Clift’s books or explore nonfiction about U.S. presidential campaigns and elections.

Books by Eleanor Clift | Presidential Campaigns & Elections

Books by Eleanor Clift

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Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death & Politics
By Eleanor Clift
Newsweek contributing editor Clift tackles one of the most important--and divisive--issues facing the nation: how Americans deal, or fail to deal, with dying. Clift provides a very personal narrative as she alternates between the much-publicized death of Terri Schiavo and that of her own husband.

Some DVDs that just might scare you into mending your ways:

The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project
Three student filmmakers set out into the forest to film a documentary on a legend known as The Blair Witch. As they become lost in the woods, an unseen evil begins to stalk and harass them. They soon realize that what they are filming is not a legend, but their own descent into a horrifying encounter with the supernatural.

Carnival of Souls
A church organist inexplicably survives a car wreck, and finds herself haunted by visions of ghouls who seem to be following her. Cheesy fun—filmed in Lawrence and Salt Lake City.

Dead of Night
An architect is caught up in an endless series of recurring dreams, during which he is told of other people's supernatural experiences. The highlight of this British anthology movie is the segment in which Michael Redgrave plays a ventriloquist beset by his dummy.

Noted Russia scholar Marshall Goldman discussed his bookPetrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia – on November 9, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Learn more about Russia and Vladimir Putin in these books at the Library.

Books by Marshall Goldman | Russian Foreign Relations | Vladimir Putin

Books by Marshall Goldman

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Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia
By Marshall I. Goldman
Based on extensive research, including several interviews with Vladimir Putin, this revealing book chronicles Russia's dramatic reemergence on the world stage, illuminating the key reason for its rebirth: the use of its ever-expanding energy wealth to reassert its traditional great power ambitions. In his deft, informative narrative, Marshall Goldman traces how this has come to be, and how Russia is using its oil-based power as a lever in world politics.

Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Pick up one of these witchy novels for a good read this week.

The Witches of Eastwick book jacket

Selected by Time magazine as one of the five best books of the year, The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike follows three divorced witches who live in New England. A new man moves to their small town and seduces them all.

For some chick lit, try Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky where librarian Jane finds some magic books and starts experimenting with spells. Soon, she’s irresistible to men and working more magic in this humorous novel.

Owens women have been witches for centuries in the book, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Now, two sisters raised by their aunts experience love and tragedy against a backdrop of magic.

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