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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Who says boys don't like to read? These books, filled with adventures, kid-heroes, and spooky goings-on, will thrill even the most reluctant reader.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Author Willa Cather, born on Dec 7, 1873, is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Explore some of her novels, read more about this influential author, or check out some “read-alike” books if you enjoy her writing.

Novels by Willa Cather | About Willa Cather | Read-Alikes

Novels by Willa Cather

O Pioneers! book jacket

O Pioneers!, Willa Cather’s second novel, depicts the life of Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of Swedish immigrant farmers. A strong woman, she struggles to save her farm in Nebraska in this realistic portrayal of prairie life at the turn of the 20th century.

Another classic, My Ántonia tells the story of Ántonia’s life on the Nebraska prairie as told by her childhood friend, Jim. An immigrant, Antonia matures into a strong and courageous woman with the pioneer spirit, surviving hardship and betrayal.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

When It’s a Wonderful Life just doesn’t do it for you anymore, try one of these:

Bad Santa

Bad Santa (2003)
Billy Bob Thornton is one of the bad Santas you just know have to be out there.
This is being screened in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 6, 2008.

The Ice Harvest (2005)
There must be something worse than Wichita during an icy Christmas, but after seeing this one, you won’t be able to think of it.
This is being screened in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2008.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
We’ve all had family get-togethers like this, only here you have the option of shutting it off.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

We’ve all used this phrase, but do you know why it’s significant?
The Spanish Ministry of Culture is making certain readers the world over don’t ever forget. The most recent Cervantes prize was awarded to Spanish novelist Juan Marse for his body of work.
Marse has focused many of his books on the rifts in Spanish society under the rule of Franco.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

On December 9, 2008 at the Central Library, editorial cartoonist Lee Judge reflected on his 27 years at The Kansas City Star and shared some of his favorite unpublished cartoons in his presentation, Cartoons We’re a Little Afraid to Show You. These books explore the history of political cartoons in America, reveal cartoons that were never printed, and take a look at specific editorial cartoonists’ work.

The Art of Ill Will book jacket

The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons
By Donald Dewey
The Art of Ill Will is a comprehensive history of American political cartooning, featuring more than 200 illustrations from the colonial period to contemporary cartoonists like Pat Oliphant and Jimmy Margulies. These artists had an uncanny ability to encapsulate the essence of a situation and steer the public mood with a single drawing and caption.