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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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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Updike

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, John Updike, died January 27, 2009, at age 76. Read about his life and work in The New York Times or the Washington Post.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, with these books examining his life and legacy, from his leadership skills to his rhetoric to his personal relationships.

General biographies | Leadership | Civil War | Race | Politics | Assassination | Writings | Photos & documents |
Personal life | In popular culture

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Do you like spooky stories?

Neil Gaiman is one of the spookiest writers around, although he also writes funny stories for kids and grown-ups.

I just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.The main character is a boy who escapes, as a toddler, from the evil man Jack who kills his family. Nobody Owens is adopted by ghosts in the graveyard. He grows up among the tombstones and crypts. "Bod" has special cemetary privileges, such seeing in the dark. He learns magical things, such as willing himself to be almost invisible. One of his tutors is a werewolf. Bod learns how to fight ghouls and cope with the strange creature called the Sleer. When he tries to deal with flesh-and-blood bullies at a nearby school, however, he discovers that good intentions can lead to unexpected problems.

But the man Jack is on his trail--one day, Bod must confront the man who stalks him still.

What are your favorite spooky tales?

Yours with snorts,

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This reading list includes books that discuss our global economy from different perspectives.

By Amar Bhidé | Global economy

By Amar Bhidé

The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses
By Amar V. Bhidé
In a field dominated by anecdote and folklore, this study integrates more than ten years of intensive research and modern theories of business and economics. The result is a comprehensive framework for understanding entrepreneurship that provides new and penetrating insights. Examining hundreds of successful ventures, the author finds that the typical business has humble, improvised origins. Well-planned start-ups, backed by substantial venture capital, are exceptional. This book is essential for anyone who wants to start a business, for the entrepreneur or executive who wants to grow a company, and for the scholar who wants to understand this crucial economic activity.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Read up on women in art and comics in these books about prominent African American women artists and women cartoonists or check out one of their memoirs written in graphic novel form.

African American women artists | Women cartoonists
Graphic memoirs by women

African American women artists

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist
By Nancy Goldstein
Jackie Ormes chronicles the life of this multiply talented, fascinating woman who became a successful commercial artist and cartoonist. Ormes's cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, and Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger) delighted readers of newspapers such as the Pittsburgh Courier and Chicago Defender, and spawned other products, including fashionable paper dolls in the Sunday papers and a black doll with her own extensive and stylish wardrobe.

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