Library Life

On July 18, 2017, the heads of four KC-area library systems – Johnson County’s Sean Casserly, KCK’s Carol Levers, Mid-Continent’s Steve Potter, and KCPL’s Crosby Kemper III – joined KCPT’s Nick Haines for a public conversation at the Plaza Branch about Libraries Out Loud, a documentary series celebrating the work of our local libraries. Produced by filmmaker and documentarian Michael Price for KCPT’s Flatland website, the film series touches on ways today’s libraries fulfill their traditional missions while also serving our communities in innovative and vital ways.
 
The children’s book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night became hugely popular after its 2014 publication. It features photographs of dinosaur toys caught in the middle of making messes in different rooms around the house.
Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas speaks at a recent event at a recent event at which the city and the Library were presented a 2017 LibraryAware Community Award.

Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas offered a moving tribute to libraries in general, and the Kansas City Public Library in particular, at a recent event at which the city and the Library were presented a 2017 LibraryAware Community Award. 

Past and present are spelled out in a series of painstakingly researched interpretive panels recently installed along the Central Library’s rooftop perimeter. Collectively titled “What Surrounds Us: Reading the Past and Present,” they weave more than a century and a half of Kansas City history into narratives and accompanying illustrations.
The Kansas City Public Library is teaming up with our sister institutions across the area and the hometown Royals for Library Night at the K on Thursday, August 3.
Digital Services: Latest Updates and New Resources

The Kansas City Public Library offers dozens of digital resources that provide endless educational and entertainment opportunities for everyone with a library card. There are several changes and new developments coming soon; learn more about what you have to look foward to!

Lucile Bluford isn’t just Kansas City’s treasure. The state of Missouri has officially seen to that. Saturday, July 1, marked the first statewide observance of Lucile Bluford Day per a Missouri House measure signed into law a year ago. The Library joined in the commemoration – on what would have been Bluford’s 106th birthday – with a day of events and exhibits at its L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect.
 
Indisposable was a pop-up exhibit featured at Central Library from June 2-9, 2017. The idea for it came from the monthly Coffee and Conversation put on by members of the Outreach AmeriCorps VISTAs. Indisposable featured photographs taken by patrsons experiencing homelessness. 
Behind the Curtain: Bringing Hamlet to the Stage
If you’re planning to attend this summer’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presentation of Hamlet, the Library offers a number of opportunities to learn more about the play and the production: upcoming events at which you can hear from festival organizers, scholars, and cast members about what it takes to bring the tale of the infamous Danish prince to life onstage. All in conjunction with HASF’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Meet the Library’s version of Duke Silver.

Tom Platt, a member of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library and longtime Library volunteer, was recently presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award. 

It is important to remember that the act of preservation extends beyond the care of dusty, old books and withered pieces of paper. Our records of the past often include structures of the built environment, which in recent decades have come to be regarded as worthy of preservation. 

Libraries, archives, museums, and other collecting institutions around the country are taking a week (April 23-29) to promote resources and activities they hope will inspire individuals, communities, and institutions to better preserve their cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Libraries Association, Preservation Week’s goal is to engage the public by presenting information and resources about preservation projects and methods that can also be used by them. 

Before Missouri Valley Special Collections staff acquired the Kansas City Stockyards Collection, its 6,000-plus items had been scattered about the Livestock Exchange Building.

Boise Public Library

From the time I was very young, I heard my parents reading and telling stories. My mom loved to tell me about when my sister and I got our library cards.

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