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Hispanic Heritage Month

This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month carries particular poignance for the Kansas City Public Library. In conjunction with the monthlong observance, running from September 15 to October 15, the Library annually highlights a collection of book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources that explore a rich array of the experiences and perspectives of Latino Americans.

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Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, will discuss her new book The Story Sisters on June 16, 2009 at the Plaza Branch. If you’re a fan of Hoffman’s work, you might enjoy these novels.

By Alice Hoffman

The Story Sisters book jacket

The Story Sisters
By Alice Hoffman
A family is shattered when one of three sisters dies tragically in an automobile accident. How the family survives--separates, reconfigures, and reconciles--is at the heart of this exquisite exploration of the ties that bind.

The Third Angel
By Alice Hoffman
Three mesmerizing tales of love and betrayal, inspiration and despair, survival and hope, brilliantly interact as characters merge from one fictional incarnation to the next.

Andrew Johnson

Learn more about our 17th president, Andrew Johnson – from the challenges he faced to his impeachment and acquittal.

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
By David O. Stewart
The author of The Summer of 1787 writes a dramatic re-creation of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, which became the central battle of the struggle over how to reunite a nation after four years of war.

Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson
By William H. Rehnquist
Published in 1992, then Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist writes about the history and legal precedent set in the two impeachments of the nineteenth century.

June 8, Express Yourself SR Kickoff Party: Roof top concert Featuring the Whomping Willows! With KC Teen Bands, Roving Way, Sour Apple Surgery and Prowl the Sky!

Express Yourself & Make Your Own Crafts:
Every Weds. 2-3 pm
Materials & snacks provided

June 10 Express Yourself Journals and Beaded Bookmarks
June 17 Tie Dye
June 24 CD Clocks

July 1 Mini Cork Boards
July 8 Canvass book bags
July 15 Hardware Jewelry and Gems
July 22 Terrariums
July 29 Express Yourself Craft Wrap-Up!

Free Movie Fridays! 2-4 pm
June 12 Feature Movie: Freedom Writer's Diary
June 19
June 26

Woman reading book

School is out, the temperature is reaching toward the 90s – it’s officially time for summer reading. But, what to read? These summer reading lists should have more than enough suggestions to last you through the heat.

National Public Radio (NPR) picks its favorites for the season at Summer Books 2009. Here, you can find the Best Fiction for Every Kind of Summer Day. If you’re looking for something a little weightier, try this list called On the Hunt for Fabulous Fiction. Or, maybe you’re in the mood for suspense and intrigue? Check out For Summer Sleuths: Best Mystery, Crime Novels for some great suggestions. For readers who like to check out the latest cookbooks, NPR has you covered with The 10 Best Summer Cookbooks Of 2009.

Arthur Stilwell

Discover the dreamer and visionary, Arthur Stilwell, whose crowning achievement was the railroad that became the Kansas City Southern.

Arthur E. Stilwell, Promoter with a Hunch
By Keith L. Bryant, Jr.
This comprehensive biography covers Arthur Stilwell’s complete life. Bryant discusses Stilwell’s childhood, his career with the railroads, life in Kansas City, the creation of Port Arthur, Texas, projects that were never completed, and his final years as an author.

City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
By Henry C. Haskell, Jr. and Richard B. Fowler
Written by two Kansas City Star newspapermen, City of the Future tells the story of Kansas City on its 100th anniversary and sets that story against the larger backdrop of U.S. history.

Related event:
Meet the Past: Arthur Stilwell, June 9