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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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Friday, October 10, 2008

The 30th Annual Thorpe Menn Award for Literary excellence was announced at a luncheon at the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown Central Library by the American Association of University Women’s Kansas City chapter.

Opening remarks were given by the Library’s CEO, R. Crosby Kemper III, who professed great admiration for all of the nominees and their work.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

You might not know it to look at me, but I love sports. Hedgeapple dunking, sheep bowling, and extreme hide-and-seek are my favorites. Some people might say I'm too stout to be a good athlete, but that's just part of my strategy. I'm not really fat...I'm fluffy. In a strong, superhero-pig sort of way.

You might not know it to look at me, but I love sports. Hedgeapple dunking, sheep bowling, and extreme hide-and-seek are my favorites. Some people might say I'm too stout to be a good athlete, but that's just part of my strategy. I'm not really fat...I'm fluffy. In a strong, superhero-pig sort of way.

Anyway, October has great weather for the great outdoors. Get some of your friends together and make up a game, or try something new! I found out that I like pig-yoga when I tried a class.

What's that? Pig-yoga is not a sport?

Hmph! You do the Great Warrior Standing-On-One-Hoof Pig Pose. In a muddy barn yard. With chickens keeping score. Now that's impressive.

The Library has fantastic books about sports. Let me know some of your favorites!

Yours with snorts,

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Local authors Cydney Millstein and Carol Grove discussed their new book Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 on October 26 at the Plaza Branch. Explore the architecture of Missouri and the architects who worked here in these books and resources at the Library.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

As Kansas City celebrates the legacy of jazz great Art Blakey, get in on the action with these examples of jazz on DVD available at The Kansas City Public Library.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (DVD 781.65 B63ZA)
Blakey performs with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, among others, in this entry in the Jazz at the Smithsonian program.

Dexter Gordon: Live in ’63 & ’64 (DVD 781.65 G66L)
Gordon is captured performing in Holland, Switzerland, and Belgium in this entry in the Jazz Icons series.

Jazz Giants of the 20th Century

Jazz Giants of the 20th Century (DVD 781.65 J4295)
The lineup includes: Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie, among others.

Louis Armstrong: Live in ’59 (DVD 781.65 A73L)
In another of the Jazz Icons series, the great trumpeter performs some signature pieces such as Basin Street Blues and Tiger Rag.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) with some great books for kids and teens. Read a book with your children in both Spanish and English or pick up an award-winning novel for teens.

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