Starting in September, the air starts to cool, the trees begin to turn, and everyone dives into their closets for their Chiefs sweaters or university-logoed gear. Whether you’re tailgating at Arrowhead, visiting your alma mater, or simply watching from your armchair, Mid-Continent Public Library has at least four ways you can pump up your gameday game plan!

Pay homage to the 2020 AFC Champs! The Kansas City Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl for the second straight season, adding another chapter to their 61-year history. Find out how many items you can cross off the list of 100 Things Chiefs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Check out a title about Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt. Or, revel in the historic 2019 season in At Last: The Kansas City Chiefs Unforgettable 2019 Championship Season. Kids can read one of the many children’s books about Pat Mahomes or check out the Go Chiefs Go: The Championship Season of the Kansas City Chiefs, which encourages kids to pursue their own dreams.

Add some zip to your culinary playbook. At the heart of every great game is a great tailgate menu. If you are looking for a new thrill for your grill or addition to your pre-game spread, the Library has a wide variety of cookbooks full of tailgate fare to inspire you. Enjoy mouthwatering recipes from former NFL star and celebrity chef Eddie Jackson in his aptly titled Game-Day Eats. Plus, you can access current and past issues of top cooking magazine titles, such as Bon Appétit or Food Network Magazine, online through either Flipster or OverDrive Magazine.

Score a touchdown in the screening room. There have been so many movies made about the game of football that you’d have to devote an entire off-season to watch them all. Huddle with your home team and watch a film from our “Touchdown at the Cinema” list in the Library’s online catalog.

Download the latest gridiron news. In between quarters, or as you’re waiting for your tailgate feast to finish cooking, tackle the latest sports headlines using your Access Pass (Library card). Find current issues of Sports Illustrated, which you can download to your mobile device through Flipster, or read the latest from the scribes at The Kansas City Star, both the sports page and the front page (and everything in between!). If, for some inexplicable reason, you root for any other team, you can access more than 200 other U.S. newspapers using PressReader.

Don’t have a card? Sign up for one today at mymcpl.org/NewCard and get tailgate ready!

–Mary Altman

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