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.
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.
The greatest challenge about reviewing Jerusalem by Alan Moore is summarizing what it's about. This isn't a traditional novel and it doesn't deliver a normal story. The plot is meandering, almost vestigial in some sections. Setting is paramount—language, tone, atmosphere, characters: all of these matter far more than mere plot.
I've come to think of this book as being akin to the Bayeux Tapestry—a sprawling and artistically audacious account of a place and its people. It's a love letter to a neighborhood as only Moore can write it.
The Ruiz Seed Library began in 2014 and offers free fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds to all library patrons. Additionally, the Seed Library houses a special collection of gardening books, which are available for checkout, subscribes to several gardening magazines, has created gardening-related programs for children, and offers free monthly gardening workshops to gardeners of all skill levels.
Step through the double-leaf bronze doors of the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown Central Library, and you'll encounter more than just books. Artwork adorns the walls. Sculptures lend accent.