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As we commemorate Black History Month, there are many ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. Check out a selection of recommended books and browse a collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. Attend one of our public speaker events or activities. You can also explore, learn, and celebrate with resources from the Kansas City Black History website and commemorative booklet.
 

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At the end of March 2009, Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will construct a sand mandala at the Central Library. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile. Learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, sand mandalas, and the Dalai Lama in these books.

Sand Mandalas | Tibetan Buddhism | The Dalai Lama

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Event: Buddhist monks construct a sand mandala, Mar. 29 – Apr. 4

Film series: Back in the World: Monks Amid Society, March 2009

Even today, Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde have a notorious reputation. Get the real story on these two celebrity criminals.

Bonnie & Clyde | Books by Jeff Guinn

Bonnie & Clyde

The Lives and Times of Bonnie and Clyde
By E.R. Milner
Relying on primary sources (oral history interviews, personal memoirs, newspaper articles, official records, diaries, and letters), E. R. Milner cuts through myth and legend to create this startling portrait of the real Bonnie and Clyde. Although the mythology surrounding Bonnie and Clyde is charged with drama and fascination, Milner reveals the truth behind the bloody legend, carefully gleaning materials from obscure locally published accounts, previously untapped court records, and archived but unpublished oral history accounts from some sixty victims, neighbors, relatives, and police who were involved in the exploits of the infamous duo.

Learn all about the practice of graphology, or handwriting analysis, in these books that explain what it is and how it works or check out a few novels where graphology plays a part in the plot.

Graphology

Edgar Allan Poe Analyzes Handwriting: A Chapter on Autobiography
By Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe's classic work of graphology includes as much literary criticism as it does handwriting analysis. It also serves as an overview of the major literary figures of his time - some still well-known, many forgotten.

Some stories have heroic characters who always try to do the right thing. They rescue kittens, put out fires, stop bullies (nicely), and still have time eat a nutritional lunch, save the planet from a runaway comet, and raise a million dollars for charity.

None of these books are like that.

But even a literary pig sometimes needs a good chuckle while wallowing in his favorite mud puddle. So I found stories with gross-out plots, silly titles, and characters whose names cannot be spell-checked.

Yours with snorts,

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Has the quilting inspiration hit you in time for National Quilting Day on March 21? If sewing quilts isn’t your thing, pick up one of these “quilt lit” novels that feature the quilting craft.

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