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"Her inspiration certainly came from heaven"

Florence Crittenton Home, 1890

May 1, 1894: Elizabeth Bruce Crogman, who will establish the Florence Home for Colored Girls, which provided shelter for single black mothers in Kansas City, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Join the Kansas City Public Library Teen Leadership Council!

Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?

This summer, the Kansas City Public Library is looking for ten teenagers to form our first ever Teen Leadership Council! These PAID positions will help the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City this summer, including:

  • The Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration, May 23rd
  • The Harry Potter House Cup Award Ceremony, May 30th
  • The Largest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World, June 6th
Library Life

2015 Pulitzer Award Winners & Nominees

All the Light We Cannot See

The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2015 were announced this week, so it's time to catch up on some Prize-winning reading available here at the Library!

A Beer Baron Is Born

George Muehlebach, source unknown. Image courtesy vintagekansascity.com

April 24, 1833: George Muehlebach, who will develop his brewery at 18th and Main into one of the most successful businesses in Kansas City, is born in Argau, Switzerland.

Book Review - The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

publication date: 2014
pages: 342
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1216-6

Drawn from the Heartland

Postcard of self-portrait of Thomas Hart Benton, painted by the artist in 1970

April 15, 1889: Thomas Hart Benton, a painter who will go on to lead the regionalist movement in American art in the 1930s from his studio in Kansas City, is born in Neosho, Missouri.

Library Life

Bareknuckle Books

Which author would win in a (literary) fight? That’s the question you get to help answer during BAREKNUCKLE BOOKS, our Author Cage Match - “Paperweight” Division.

Poems For Tiny People and The Grown-Ups Who Love Them

Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs by Jack Perlutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida

Poetry does not need to be lofty. It does not need to be revolutionary. It does not need to rhyme or follow a particular form. It can do all of these things, but it doesn’t have to. When we celebrate National Poetry Month every April, sometimes we forget that it is for all ages. That’s right; even tiny babies can enjoy poems.

Poetry: Your Pen is Mightier

Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice

What do you believe in? What do you stand for? Sometimes, unfairness in the world can make you feel like you are going to explode. At the same time, you can feel helpless. Absolutely powerless. But you aren’t. Your words can awaken. They can embolden. They can ignite.

Library Life

With $100,000 Grant, Library to Launch Financial Literacy Program

The Kansas City Public Library has received a $100,000 grant to help launch a new, two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.

Book Reviews

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

Some of the poets associated with World War I are among the greatest of the 20th century: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Edmund Blunden, Isaac Rosenberg, to name a few.

Bottoms Up

Postcard of the old Union depot at Union Avenue and Santa Fe Street

April 7, 1878: Union Depot, Kansas City's first large train station, opens in the West Bottoms after $410,028 in construction costs.

Teens have the power to Save MO Libraries!

People from all over Missouri met at the State Capital to ask Governor Nixon to release the $6 million he is withholding in state aid to libraries. Two busloads of teens from Kansas City led the protest and sent powerful message to their state legislators!

Wrong Way Corrigan

Bernard Corrigan

March 31, 1882: In an editorial, The Kansas City Star supports a new streetcar company and argues against a monopoly held on Kansas City transportation by Thomas Corrigan.