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    • August 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Awesome idea! Always looking for new book ideas!

    • August 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Fantastic! I look forward to your posts!

    • September 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Love your poem.

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    • October 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

      One ancestor (1st cousin) of ours who rode with Quantrill was a Captain James Vaughn. He was captured at a local barbershop by Kansas “Redlegs” in Kansas City and hung as a spy on May 26, 1863 (Fort Union, approximate location of 12th and Wyandotte) since he wasn’t in a uniform. Burial was near the gallows following his execution. (Re-buried later approximately 7 miles south of Westport but grave lost). This occurred before Lawrence raid of August 1863. Another ancestor, William Henry Vaughn was reportedly (unconfirmed) drafted by Quantrill for the Lawrence raid but managed to break away from the unit prior to the raid and head south.
      Another ancestor serving with Quantrill was (1st cousin) Lt. Dan Vaughn. Lt Dan Vaughn was an artillary officer with Quantrill (Co K Shanks Regiment). He is reputed to have been involved (also unconfirmed) in the Centralia, Mo massacre. (No record of service with “Bloody Bill” Anderson.) He survived the war and went to Texas where he is buried in Fort Worth, Confederate Section. He, along with other CSA Veterans received a small pension from the State of Texas. Dan Vaughn was a brother of James Vaughn. Lastly, James Newton Vaughn was briefly with Quantrill but was regular CSA and rejoined his unit. He was injured at the Battle of Lone Jack (knee) and survived the war. He is buried in Belton Cemetery, Belton Mo.

      • September 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        The “Roll of 92” of 6 July 1862, lifted from a dead soldier, lists William Vaughn. Was he the William Henry Vaughn you mention or an entirely different person?

      • April 9, 2017 at 2:07 am

        I know where the grave is, 7 or so miles south of wedtport, but took down the headstone to keep seekers from trespassing on my land.

    • November 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      The movie version of Forrest Gump was much better than the book, in my opinion.

    • January 31, 2013 at 2:26 am

      This makes me sad. I am all for technology; I love my Kindle. I love doing genealogy research from the comfort of my own home. But I also love research trips. I love the musty smell of an old library. I love the new carpet smell in new libraries. I love sitting in a comfy chair in the library’s reading room. There is so much information out there that is not, and probably never will be, in digital form.
      Is this a completely new facility to be built or is it replacing an existing traditional library?

    • February 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I’m all for technology, it’s convenient, fast, and–nowadays–highly portable. There’s nothing wrong with e-books, digital magazines/newspapers, etc. But what happens when an all-digital journal goes out of business? What happens if all our records are stored on outdated formats? Who still has a reel-to-reel tape machine, for example? Anyone who’s ever had to have old home movies transferred to VHS or DVD knows this problem. Paperless libraries aren’t a bad thing, there’s a place for them. What *is* bad is if all (or a vast majority of) libraries become paperless, then we run the risk of not being able to access older information, or that access becoming more difficult. Information is a kind of history, and as they say, those who don’t know it are doomed to repeat it.

    • March 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      I agree! He had a better chance with him.

    • March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      The choice to keep Richard Parker did suprise me but if Pi didn’t keep Richard Parker then Pi would of died.

    • March 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Pi said that the fear of Richard Parker kept him alert, and that taking care of Richard Parker gave him a sense of purpose to keep going. I wonder which played the larger role in his survival?

    • March 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Pi had a bond w/ Richard Parker. He had lost everyone else dear to him. He didn’t want the same thing for Richard Parker.

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    • March 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      But one might look at it from the perspective that Richard Parker WAS Pi. He was is savage side. If Pi hadn’t let his savage side live, then he would have died. If Richard Parker had died, then Pi wouldn’t have been primarily focused on his survival-at-all-costs instincts.

    • March 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      En muy pocas ocasiones dejo comentarios en las
      paginas webs pero tu contenido me obligo a dejarlo.
      Estupendo trabajo.

    • March 29, 2013 at 2:39 am

      Pi knew the tiger, having grown up with him. He respected him and understood him. Pi was also respectful of all living things, seeing God in them. He knew that the tiger just was. I think that Pi knew that keeping the tiger alive, was also his struggle of keeping himself alive. If he could keep the tiger alive, then it gave him the purpose of keeping something else alive, as well as himself. “See, I can do this.”

    • March 29, 2013 at 2:47 am

      I like the idea of comparing Pi’s eating something other than what he would like to eat and the tiger’s view of Pi as prey. As a human, Pi is an omnivore, but he is a vegetarian by choice. When no other food is available, Pi eats fish. The tiger is only a carnivore, but does not eat Pi, even when other food is not available. He chooses not to eat Pi. Does he see Pi as his resource for food/water? I think that he chooses not to eat the hand that is feeding him. I think that Pi regards his only food source as what God has provided for him and chooses to eat what is provided, even though it is not his choice.

    • March 29, 2013 at 2:48 am

      This was an amazing book. I loved the insights about zoo keeping, religion, and survival. Thanks for hosting this discussion

      • April 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Thank you for participating! I enjoyed reading all the comments. Watch for our community discussion next year. We should post information sometime in January 2014.

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    • March 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I think the story about the sailor, the cook, and the mother making the escape is the true story; but it is too horrible and tragic and sad. The story with the animals fits into the allegorical storytelling style of the religions that Pi has studied and loved. It makes a better story. It focuses on the survival of Pi, while the first story focuses on the tragic fates of all the survivors. The story with Richard Parker focuses more on the wonders of the world that Pi can observe and remember amidst his shear effort to survive from day to day.

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    • May 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

      My ancestor John Watson was part of Quantrills unit, survived the war and his family (mine) eventually moved to Michigan.

    • May 28, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Whats the age limits?

      • May 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        Hi Sydney,

        Pre-readers – or birth through kindergarten age – participate by having a caregiver read the required 25 books to them.

        Children able to read can participate as early readers, which may be 1st through 5th grades or approximately (6-10 years old). They will be required to finish 10 books at the appropriate reading level.

        Older children and young adults – 6th-12th grade (or approximately 10-18 years old) – participate by completing 5 books.

        The most important point is that no one wishing to participate will be turned away, And we will be happy to work with parents and caregivers to choose a reading level for each child.

        • June 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

          Thank you. I am going to participate. This does not have to do with the summer reading program. but how old do you have to be for a library card? Because my little sister would like to check out her own books. but my mom would keep her library card so it’s not lost.

    • June 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      We’re always happy to see folks encouraging preparedness; you’ll be glad you did in an emergency situation! Everyone should have a BOB.

    • September 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      This site needs more color! Its kind of dull and boring right now, although it is easier to find things.

    • October 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      It was an exciting few days for Harrisonville.
      Some filming was done at the Southeast corner of the square and the Western Auto sign was a prop. Some local residents were used as extras.

    • October 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      How helpful and hilarious–weeeee!

    • October 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      We were going for a cleaner, less jumbled look. But you’re right! We’re working on a banner to spruce things up a bit.

    • November 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Great song, I think you’ll like the music on my blog, follow me! x

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    • January 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Congratulations, Deb! What a wonderful choice for a new Branch Manager! I know you’ll be such an asset in this position to the library, its’ patrons, and the Drexel community. You were always such a great resource for myself and other families in so many capacities – like a walking reference librarian!

      Now how much we’ll miss Connie – that’s a whole different story…

      Best wishes!
      Tim & Kim Keating Family

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Hey Karen! It’s Kristie H. from Pleasant Hill/past Hickory Grove 4-H member). So nice to see you here! Congratulations! I took the survey sent out regarding the value/usage of our public libraries. I added a comment at the end, read it to my husband, David, and he thought it was very profound (!) It’s rare, I’m told! lol I didn’t copy it before finishing the survey. Is it possible I might have a copy of my survey/ comments? It’s probably a strange request, but if you know how I might retrieve it, I’d appreciate your advise. There is a woman listed by the name of Christie Kessler, at the end of the request to take the survey. Is she from our library in Pleasant Hill? and the survey was affiliated with ‘surveymonkey’ something or other.

      Kristie Hertzog

    • January 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Harrisonville you all are so lucky to have Karen, she is wonderful! She will be greatly missed here in Garden City! ~The Hendricks Family

    • January 18, 2014 at 5:11 am

      Hey Karen, this is Kristie H. from Hickory Grove 4-H, back in the day! Congratulations on your newest position at the library! I have a request, if you might know how I might get a copy of the CassCo Library survey I completed on Thursday, 1/16/14. I wanted to see the wording of a comment I made about electronics/written word. It was affiliated with surveymonkey.something. I’m not sure. The email also included a Christie Kessler as a possible contact. I’m not sure about all the information. Thought you might know which direction to point me in to find it.
      Thank you,
      Kristie Hertzog

    • January 18, 2014 at 5:20 am

      oops. sorry for the ditto. : /

    • January 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Deb Bova will be a great librarian for Drexel! She co-led our Homeschool group for years with such imagination and professionalism – always having an answer for every question. We love her family, too. One son is our church’s Youth Pastor! I may have to switch back to the Drexel Library now instead of Harrisonville (although they have great people, too!)

    • February 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Where do you find the blog comments for this year’s book?

      • March 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Harold Fry was a very memorable character, just when he thought his life was over a simple postcard reminds him if his past and his pilgrimage brings him closer to his wife and reawakens his reason he gets up everyday! great book, loved it.

    • March 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      I was not very interested at all in the plot line of this book when I checked it out. But, page by page I became intrigued by the story of Harold and his past. I couldn’t put it down! It became a peaceful journey as we walked with Harold on his quest. I would recommend this book as an enjoyable read!

    • March 16, 2014 at 2:44 am

      I really liked this book, and thought it was very well written. The plot kept my interest – the pace was good, and the mystery of just what past event could have compelled Harold to embark on his journey was cleverly revealed as the story unfolded. The main characters were very believable and drew me in to their differing viewpoints of life. The author’s descriptions of the natural world encountered by Harold while walking in the English countryside were gorgeously described. The end was sad and yet heartwarming at the same time. I’ve recommended it to my bookclub friends for our next month’s read!

    • March 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommended it to my sister for her book club. The mystery of Harold’s past kept me reading and I was surprised to find out what really happened in his life. In some way or another, we all embark on a journey in life that shapes who we are and who we become because of it.

    • March 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I really enjoyed this book! I kept wanting to read more to see where Harold’s journey took him. I definitely would recommend the book!

    • March 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      The first part of this book moves very slowly but as you get into Harold’s unplanned journey, it gets interesting as he reflects on his past and the things he could have done to enrich his marriage and relationship with his son. Good read.

    • March 31, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I have really enjoyed reading this book. Although I can’t say that it was one I couldn’t put down, it was really a nice easy book to read. I loved learning more about Harold and I thought he was an endearing character. Definitely a book to make you evaluate your life a bit and help you appreciate the relationships with those you love.

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I cannot find on your website mysteries by Mark Sublette. He has his 4th mystery, Stone Men, out recently with a main character Charles Bloom . I found a book signing notice in Southwest Art magazine so I am assuming a Southwest setting for these mysteries. Is it possible to find out more about this series? Thank you, Carol Sill

    • October 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      My great grandfather Jim Reed also rode with Quantrill and later the james gang

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    • March 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Welcome to Cass County Jane! We’re so glad to have you working at the Pleasant Hill branch.

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    • October 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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    • December 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      I was born a Quinn and I am also a Dunn,,Mcenaney
      on Dad mom side side and Ryan and Carlson,Ekloff,,Kastratern ,Burnell on mom side. I am 53% Irish 17% Scandinavian,14 % western Europe,11% Britain 4 % Western Russia,no trace elements no Eastern Asia. .I am looking for a ancestry book written by my great grandmother Catherine Mcenaney Dunne , seems she missed the Titanic Voyage. I am trying to find book and Irish history.

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    • June 10, 2016 at 12:26 am

      I would like to be able to checkout books using my stored account number from this app instead of waiting in line to scan my card.

    • May 4, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      It’s a relief to find sooemne who can explain things so well

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    • November 14, 2017 at 5:01 am

      trying to find proof or dis prove that my great grandfather Beverly Marcum rode with Quantrill. one site has a B.W. Marcum listed, and was a member until he left for Ky where my mom’s family is from. another site doesn’t have him listed. can anyone help?