Sadly, no, banning books is not something relegated to the 1500s or the Nazis. Every year, we celebrate Banned Books Weeks (Sept. 22-28th) to bring awareness about the fact that books are still being challenged all the time, all over the world. The Office of Intellectual Freedom, run by the American Library Association, keeps track of all the challenges throughout the year and puts out a list of the most challenged titles for each year.
Must-see TV: Remembering the Chiefs’ Derrick Thomas
Fan or nonfan, most every installment of NFL Films’ A Football Life is worth an hour of your viewing time. It’s that good.
In the Kansas City area later this month, it’ll be must-see TV.
The twice-Emmy-nominated documentary hits on one of the most compelling chapters in the history of the hometown Chiefs, recalling both the brilliance and gone-too-soon tragedy that marked the life and career of All Pro linebacker Derrick Thomas. The episode airs Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. CT on the NFL Network.
Collaboration in its purest form means working with others to complete a task or shared goal. In much the same way that S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Nick Fury recruited the Mighty Avengers, we want you! The goal is simple; create a journal page in one of our 3 traveling journals floating around the system. Currently, they are housed at the Buckner Branch, Raytown Branch, and Woodneath Library Center.
Being a bibliophile and having a keen design eye, I love seeing a well-executed book cover. Anything with bright colors or cool fonts can catch my eye, or just a neat cover concept that you don't normally see when browsing for a book to read. Here are some titles that have come across my desk that caught my eye:
I’ve always liked The Shining, the movie version that is. So, I decided it was time to finally read the book. For those who don’t know, The Shining is the story of Jack Torrance, his wife Windy, and his six-year-old son, Danny. Jack gets a job as the winter caretaker of a hotel that closes down for the season. He’s looking for a fresh start, and in the book version, he’s trying to finish writing a play that he’s been working on for some time.
I have written a couple of lengthy blogs to submit for my August deadline. They are witty, insightful, and informative. But I changed my mind on the way to work this morning. I wasn't feeling particularly well when I woke up. I hadn't slept much, and my stomach was queasy, the result of a rich evening meal and some recent stresses in my personal life. I had awoken a bit earlier than usual though, and this afforded me the luxury of avoiding the morning frantic rush in which I usually find myself.
My father’s family insisted the Rinke’s came through Ellis Island. Everybody did, right? I could find nothing for the extended Rinke family in the index (Soundex) for New York landings for 1820 – 1943 (Family History Library Film). That was a long time ago, when I first started genealogy and believed every family story had to be true!
If you are researching a person who died in Missouri between 1910 and 1962, you are in luck, because you can view a digital copy of their death certificate online at Missouri Digital Heritage. Go to: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/, and click on “Search Death Certificate Database.” You will be prompted to fill in boxes with last name, first name, county, and year for the basic search.