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As we commemorate Black History Month, there are many ways to discover stories celebrating African American experiences. 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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Innovative illustrators! Awesome artists! Painters so powerful that they're pig-like! (Well, maybe pig-like is going too far. Piggish?)

This other Palin has been around for a while, re-imagining himself in a variety of roles from being a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe to being one of television’s foremost world travelers. Trace his career with the help of these DVDs available from The Kansas City Public Library.

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda
An American flirts with a crook, a barrister and a mercenary to find diamonds in London. This movie garnered a Best Supporting Oscar for Kevin Kline.

John Cleese on How to Irritate People
With the help of Connie Booth, Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Python pals Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese demonstrates the uncanny ability to keep his victims just the right temperature under the collar--one degree below boiling point!

Michael Palin's New Europe. Disc 1—3
Cut off for most of the author's life by Cold Wars and Iron Curtains, Europe's eastern lands are now open for business--and Palin sets off to discover them.

You know you're addicted to the Twilight series when...

  • your friends get annoyed with you because you can't stop talking about it.
  • you and your friends fight over who loves Edward more.
  • you make virtual characters that look like Edward and Bella.
Twilight movie poster

Or if you're a subdued Twilight fan, you won't be in the closet for long. On Thursday, November 20 the midnight showing of Twilight the movie will be in theatres. Being a superfan yourself, you already know this tidbit. But there's something about Twilight you don't know. Your Kansas City Public Library is hosting a Twilight package giveaway!

We are raffling 12 Twilight packages, each including a Twilight movie poster, bookmark, chapbook, pin, sticker sheet, and vampire fangs. If you're a fan, why not enter for a chance to win Twilight merch to wear to the movies. All you need to do is fill out our Teen Survey [note: the survey is now closed] and remember to leave your name and contact number in the last question field. We require you to be 12-18 yrs old to enter and allow one entry per participant.

Physician, historian, and ethicist Robert Martensen discusses his book, A Life Worth Living: A Doctor’s Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era, on November 20, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Read Dr. Martensen’s book or check out some others in the Library written by physicians about illness, the end of life, or their thoughts on medicine.

Illness & end of life | Doctors’ reflections

Illness & end of life

A Life Worth Living book jacket

A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections On Illness In a High-Tech Era
By Robert Martensen
Martensen, a physician, historian, and ethicist, draws on decades of experience with patients and friends to explore the life cycle of serious illness, from diagnosis to end of life.

Book designer and author Chip Kidd explored The Secret History of Batman in Japan on November 19, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Check out Kidd’s works, the world of Batman, or the art of the book cover in these books.

By Chip Kidd | Batman | Book cover art

Written, Designed, or Edited By Chip Kidd

 The Secret History of Batman in Japan book jacket

Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
By Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear, and Saul Ferris
The two hottest genres in comics gleefully collide head-on, as the most beloved American superhero gets the coolest Japanese manga makeover ever.