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Explore books about urban education and the charter school movement in this related reading list for a series of presentations on What Works in Urban Education, co-hosted by Tom Bloch and Kansas City’s University Academy.

Urban education | Charter schools and school choice

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Stand For the Best book jacket

Stand For the Best: What I Learned After Leaving My Job as CEO of H&R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner-City Charter School
By Thomas M. Bloch
Twelve years ago, Bloch was CEO of H&R Block, the world's largest tax-preparation firm. After much soul-searching, he resigned to become a math teacher in a Kansas City inner-city school. Bloch tells what it was like struggling to make a difference to his students.

Dig into the dirty past with a few books (and films) about the mob collected to complement the Missouri Valley Speakers Series on January 18, 2009 where Bill Ouseley presented the real story of combating and prosecuting organized crime in Kansas City. Ouseley is author of Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family, 1900-1950.

Organized Crime | Union Station Massacre | F.B.I. | KC Mafia in the Movies

Organized Crime

 True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950 book jacket

Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950
By William Ouseley
This book tells the story of organized crime in Kansas City during the first half of the twentieth century from the "Black Hand" to prohibition to La Cosa Nostra. It is written by a 21-year veteran of the FBI Organized Crime Squad.

On January 14, 2009, author and historian Michael Elliott will discuss his new book Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer at the Plaza Branch. Explore these books about this famous military commander, the battle known as “Custer’s Last Stand,” or the Oglala Lakota people.

George Armstrong Custer | The Battle of Little Bighorn | Oglala Lakota

George Armstrong Custer

 The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer book jacket

Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer
By Michael A. Elliott
On a hot summer day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh Cavalry to the most famous defeat in U.S. military history. In this in-depth study, the author tackles the far more complicated question of why the battle of Little Bighorn retains such power for Americans today.

January 4, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille’s birthday. This influential inventor was blinded at age 3 and went on to develop the Braille writing system, patterns of raised dots that can be read by touch. These books for kids tell Braille’s inspirational life story and describe what life is like for those who are blind.

A Picture Book of Louis Braille book jacket

For younger children, David A. Adler’s A Picture Book of Louis Braille introduces the life and work of this important Frenchman. With watercolor illustrations, the story moves from Braille’s childhood accident to his career at the National Institute for Blind Children and his development of the Braille writing system.

An ideal biography for kids in grades 3-8, Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman tells the life story of Louis Braille, as well as presents the world of the blind before the invention of Braille writing.

These are just some of the favorites that appeared on DVD during the past year, and are now available at the Library for you to place on hold.

4 Months, 3 Weeks,and 2 Days

4 Months, 3 Weeks,and 2 Days
A dark, thoughtful Romanian film (is there any other kind?), set in the final days of the Ceausescu regime which revolves around the subject of abortion in a repressive environment.

Burn After Reading
The Coen brothers feed the paranoia about what happens within the Beltway, and do it in their typically grisly/funny fashion.

The Dark Knight
The late Heath Ledger isn’t the only reason to see this take on the Batman story, but he’s one of the main ones.

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