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Kansas City Landlords |Young Adult Book Selections

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These days even more senior readers are gravitating towards young adult books.

How the coronavirus is affecting Kansas City rental property owners, and two librarians' picks for the best current young adult titles.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:09: Kansas City property owners want to see their tenants get the financial assistance they need for rent and utilities.

The pandemic is hitting Kansas City tenants hard, but the CDC eviction moratorium is also putting landlords in a tough spot. "Our goal is to stabilize our rental market . . . We think of ourselves as the voice of rental housing providers," said Stacey Johnson-Cosby. Local organizations with CARES Act funds to offer have until the end of December to distribute that money.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:59: The best books for young adult readers in 2020, according to Kansas City librarians.

As the year winds down, we look at young adult books to keep you entertained during the colder months. Themes of particular interest lately: contemporary realism that explores intersectional identities, escapism through fantasy and cozy romances.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.