The Library's Future

The Library's Future

We would like your input on how the Library can better serve the community over the next decade.

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Voices from Ellis Island

Voices from Ellis Island

Hear exciting stories of immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island in the early part of the 20th Century.

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Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge

There's still time to take the challenge!

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Is There a Black Sheep in Your Past?

Is There a Black Sheep in Your Past?

Register now for this annual event at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO.

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News and Views

In Pursuit of the Read to Reel Coffee Mug: Oscar Edition

I never thought there would be a way for me to earn one of those coveted Winter Reading Challenge coffee mugs. Just working at the Library doesn’t automatically guarantee you get one of those babies. But then, a co-worker suggested eAudiobooks. Hardly an early adopter, I hesitantly tested the process of downloading the OverDrive app to my phone and – voila! I was off and searching for eAudiobooks that fit this year’s “Read to Reel” theme.

New Catalog, New Search Features!

Do you listen to audiobooks? The Library has an outstanding collection of audiobooks on a variety of subjects. I love to listen to humorous fiction while I drive, nonfiction while I walk my dogs, and mysteries when I’m cleaning up the kitchen! I use audiobooks on CD in the car and downloadable audiobooks on my phone when I’m walking the dogs or doing chores. It sure makes the chores a lot more fun! 

Teacher Fuses Art and History in Underground Railroad Program for Kids

A children’s book retelling the story of a group of church women who sewed rag dolls to give away to children escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad inspired Sarah Poff to create a program that brings the lesson to Kansas City’s children.

“I always look for a way to have kids make peace with the past and go on in the future,” said Poff, who has taught elementary art in the Blue Springs School District for 24 years.

Storyteller Brings the Past to Life in Black History Month Programs for Children

When it comes to telling tales from history, Brother John Anderson is always interested in the rest of the story. As a master storyteller, Anderson isn’t interested in telling his audiences just the usual facts about notable people from the past. For him, it’s not about someone’s achievements, but rather their motivations and ability to persevere through adversity. When you tell that story, he says, people find themselves in the narrative, and that’s when you connect with them.

Remembering the Stars on Music’s Biggest Night

There is one feature common to all awards shows—and the 2017 GRAMMY Awards will likely follow suit— remembering artists who have passed to the great musical beyond during an “In Memoriam” segment.

Music’s biggest night takes place on Sunday, February 12, and it’s likely that a number of these GRAMMY-nominated and other award-winning artists will be honored, including George Michael, and, of course, Prince. Through the Library, you can learn more about them through books written about their lives, and, in a number of cases, listen to and remember them through their music.

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