Fall is a wonderful time of year. The air starts to cool, the trees begin to turn, and everyone dives into their closets for sweaters and their Chiefs or university-logoed gear.
If you are planning on tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium or your alma mater this season, Mid-Continent Public Library has at least five ways to get fans “tailgate ready.”
- Add some zip to your culinary playbook: At the heart of every great game is a great tailgate menu—whether it’s prepared in the parking lot or in your own kitchen. If you are looking for a new thrill for your grill or trying to come up with a new nosh for your pre-game spread, the Library has a special list of curated cookbooks full of tailgate fare to inspire you.
Plus, you can access current and past issues of top cooking magazine titles online through either Flipster or RBdigital. Check out publications chockful of recipes for filling fare, such as Bon Appétit, Rachael Ray Every Day, Food Network Magazine, Cooking Light, and Pioneer Woman Magazine.
- Get inspired by the greats of the game: Football as a game is interesting to many, but it’s the stories behind the Sunday gladiators that may just warm your heart or inspire you to achieve greatness or overcome adversity. Learn about the football star made famous by his New York Times bestselling book and hit Hollywood film in Michael Oher’s I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond.
Get inspired by a former coach turned broadcaster in Tony’s Dungy’s memoir A Quiet Strength, and learn the story behind the success of one of the greatest running backs of all time in Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. These are just a few of the recommendations on our handpicked list of football-related titles to get you into the game.
- Score a touchdown in the film room: There have been so many movies made about the game of football that you’d have to devote an entire off-season to watch them all. Huddle with your home team and watch a film from our Touchdown at the Cinema list or an all-star favorite below:
- Invincible (PG; 2006)
- Jerry Maguire (R; 2002)
- The Blind Side (PG-13; 2010)
- Brian’s Song (2000)
- Draft Day (PG-13; 2014)
- Friday Night Lights (PG-13; 2004)
- Leatherheads (PG-13; 2008)
- Little Giants (PG; 2016)
- We Are Marshall (PG; 2007)
- Remember the Titans (PG; 2001)
- Rudy (PG; 2000)
- When the Game Stands Tall (PG; 2014)
- Pay homage to The Kingdom: The Kansas City Chiefs are celebrating their 60th season here in the Heartland, so what better time to learn a little more about the team’s history or about some of its history-making players? Find out how many items you can check off of the list of 100 Things Chiefs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Check out a title about owner Lamar Hunt who brought the team from Texas, and changed the game in so many memorable ways. Kids will enjoy getting to know MVP at in a variety of books about the League’s most exciting quarterback.
- Download the latest gridiron news: If you know you will be sitting in line waiting to get into the stadium to get your tailgate spot, or sitting in a backseat or airline seat as you travel to see your alma mater do battle, make sure you are prepared for all that downtime! With your Access Pass (Library card), you have access to current issues of magazine titles like Men’s Health, ESPN – The Magazine, and Sports Illustrated that you can download to your mobile device through Flipster and RBdigital.
If you want the latest from the scribes at the Kansas City Star, don’t pay to read the highlights online when you can access the sports page and the front page every day using The Kansas City Star Image Edition. Do you root for the Bears, Rams, Chargers, Dolphins, or Redskins? While we don’t understand why you would, you can access today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Washington Post, and more than 200 other U.S. newspapers, plus scores of others around the world, by using PressReader.
Even if you’ve shelled out the big bucks for season tickets or satellite TV service to watch the Chiefs or your college team, accessing these resources won’t break the bank. They are all completely free with your MCPL Access Pass (Library card). Don’t have a card? Sign up for one today and get immediate access to the above resources and more.
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