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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

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 will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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.