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Making Sense of the American Civil War

Discover the Civil War by reading and sharing the powerful voices from the past and present.


Hunger Games Havoc

Join fellow teens to see which district will triumph. May the odds ever be in your favor!


Do You Speak Mango?

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News and Views

And the Nominees Are...

So many of our families enjoyed reading the 2011 Missouri Building Block Award book to their kids, and it was a lot of fun getting to see which ones the kids enjoyed the most. Last year, with Pete the Cat written by Eric Litwin winning the race and becoming the new Missouri Building Block Award Winner, the bar has been set high for this coming year’s round of books.

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Oak Grove Branch Closing for Renovations

The Oak Grove Branch will be closed on March 30th and 31st. During this time, the library will be repainted. The branch will reopen Monday, April 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

For services, please visit the Grain Valley Branch while we are temporarily closed on Friday and Saturday. However, our branch's book drop will remain open 24/7 for returns.

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What I learned in Leadership Class

I recently graduated from an intensive leadership course that really had me thinking about myself, my organization, and everything in between. One of the most beneficial aspects of the course was the required reading. Each month, we had to read one leadership book and give a short presentation on the book and how it affects us on our growth path as leaders.

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Why Can't I Find eBooks I want? Pt. 2

After posting my last blog on this topic, I realized there are other important aspects that affect the availability of eBooks. One important factor is that authors often switch publishers.

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Are You a Maker?

Have you ever wondered just how many uses there were for an empty Altoids tin? Would you like to build an invisible bookshelf? Make your own robot? Create a home 3-D scanner? If so, you might be a maker. Makers run the gamut from artists to techies, from urban hipsters to wilderness survival types. Makers are people who aren't content with the products they can buy. They want to create things or modify the ones they purchase. The Internet has allowed makers to share ideas, and the maker movement has become a cultural phenomenon.

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6 in 12 Challenge

Are you up to the challenge?

Can you read 6 books in 12 months? We are challenging any adult, above the age of 18, to pick 6 books to read in 2012. You could win one of 5 eReaders and other assorted prizes.

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