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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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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Delve into the turbulent history of Ireland through these historical novels.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Many books get made into movies, including the recent Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire (Q & A by Vikas Swarup) and Oscar nominee The Reader (The Reader by Bernard Schlink). So, I started thinking about my favorite books that have been adapted into film. Here are my top 10 (in alphabetical order).

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This month we’re taking it back, way back to the Classical age, and shining a spotlight on our main man Gaius Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) Dictator of Rome, Pro-Consul before that.

Caesar is a man who is as much legend as genuine historical figure. As evidenced by the varying and unending works in which he has appeared since that fateful day at the Senate House over two thousand years ago, we are highlighting March 15th. Also known as ‘The Ides of March’, there are many great features on this subject to see. If you’ve got the time, we’ve probably got the features on the subject.

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Rome (HBO Series, 2005-2007)
This British drama portrays the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest. It is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, as well as from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families. Rated: TV-MA (not for children)

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Americans love food (well, doesn’t everyone?). If you like to read about food, check out these food writing anthologies or books about Clementine Paddleford, a food writer raised in Kansas who achieved international renown.

Clementine Paddleford

Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate
Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris
In Hometown Appetites, an award-winning food writer and a leading university archivist come together to revive the legacy of the most important food writer you have never heard of. Clementine Paddleford was a Kansas farm girl who grew up to chronicle America’s culinary habits.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Read all about the art of writing poetry from those who do it. This book list includes selections in which poets discuss their craft, handbooks on how to write poetry, as well as some poetry by C.D. Wright.

Poets discuss their craft | How to write poetry | Poetry by C.D. Wright

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