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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, October 19, 2012

More News From Kansas City

The last time I wrote about Kansas City, I told you about a phantom cow.  This time I’m writing about a real library.

This information is from the Kansas City Star of 9/26/12

The first library in the Argentine District of Kansas City, Kansas was built in 1917 from money donated by Andrew Carnegie. It had a grand sweeping stairwell, which was architecturally impressive, but a serious barrier to those with mobility challenges. The library had limited space and old wiring.   Only twenty computers were available to users.  It wasn’t unusual to have waiting lines four to five people deep for each machine.  The Argentine is a working class area with a high percentage of Hispanic families.

Years ago, neighborhood volunteers started raising money for a new building.  Through one of the worst economies in United States history, elementary students donated pennies; junior high and high schoolers tossed in the occasional dollar.  Fund raisers such as car washes added cash.  The hard times provided more motivation since people knew a library could provide steps toward a better way of life.

The Kansas City, Kansas School District, which runs the library system in the city told volunteers if they raised 1.5 to 2 million dollars, the district would put in the rest.  After a couple of years, when the fund reached $500,000, the district bought an old grocery store and started demolition for the new building.  The volunteers continued their efforts saving penny by penny.

On September 26, 2012, the new South Branch Library opened in the Argentine District of Kansas City, Kansas. The new library has 22 laptops, 20 desktop computers for children and 24 more for adults.  It was built on one level for handicapped access, which makes it great for people in a nearby retirement home.

Kudos to the people of the Argentine.


E. B. Davis said...

Wonderful story, Warren. Thanks for sharing it. A friend of mine volunteers for a tiny branch library in a strip shopping center. The dry cleaning business went out of business and they will soon expand into it. Since their first priority was the children's section, the expansion will increase the number of adult books.

Glad to see positive news.

Gloria Alden said...

What an inspiring story, Warren. I use two different libraries in my area and both are well used. My writers group meets at the one in the largest city in our county - small by many standards - and this past Saturday when we met, the parking lot was almost filled, and it's a sizeable parking lot. I'm glad libraries are still thriving.

Alyx Morgan said...

What a great story, Warren. It's always nice to hear a community coming together & succeeding in their efforts for such a worthy thing!

Warren Bull said...

EB, Good on your friend!

Warren Bull said...

Gloria, The library I visit most is usually full of students of all ethnic backgrounds.

Warren Bull said...

I agree, Alyx. I'm glad people recognize the importance of libraries.

LD Masterson said...

Kudos indeed.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

As a retired librarian, I particularly appreciate this story. As a writer, ditto. Good libraries are desperately needed for civilized societies.