KC Public Library Blog

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Join us for the Harry Potter Alliance End Of Year Celebration!

End-of-the-Year Celebration: Hogwarts House Cup Award Ceremony Program: 6-11 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Enjoy food and fun at this magical event presented by the KC Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance and Plaza Branch Teen Services. Awards go to the House with the most points from the school year.

Transportation to the event is available at our North East, Central, Bluford, Trails West, and Southeast Libraries with a completed permission slip!

Library Life

Pilot Program allows Families to "check out" Wi-Fi Hotspots

Twenty-five Kansas City households with school-age children will get free wireless Internet access at home as part of a pilot program allowing them to "check out" the service from the Library.

Library Life

National Digital Inclusion Alliance is Launched

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Computers and the Internet, including high speed connectivity, are essential in today’s digital society. Those on the wrong side of this digital divide are being left further and further behind.

Kidnapped!

Mary McElroy. Photo courtesy The Kansas City Star

May 27, 1933: Mary McElroy, daughter of city manager and member of the Pendergast political machine Henry McElroy, is kidnapped from her Kansas City home, only to be released after 34 hours and a $30,000 ransom is paid.

Summer Reading Kick-Off this Weekend!

Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Central Library this Saturday! Pickup will be available at many KC Public Library locations with a completed permission slip. Talk to your local teen librarian or call (816) 876-6637 for more info!

Tripping the Light Fantastic, and Then Some

Postcard view of the second Electric  Park

May 19, 1907: More than 53,000 people attend the opening day of the newly relocated Electric Park at 46th and The Paseo, which features a bowling alley, Living Statuary, bandstand, alligator farm, swimming pool, dance pavilion, and a roller coaster.

Recycle for the Greener Earth!

Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches

Every household in the US. produces waste. However, what we think originally as "waste" might still have great value. We can help improve the world's environment by recycling or reusing household discarded items. At the recycling center, there are huge bins available for every type of material: cardboard paper, plastic, aluminum cans, glass, newspaper, and magazines. The collected piles will go through a recycling process that gives them a new life, and the new materials can be used again.

Dr. Hyde and Mr. Swope

Thomas Swope

May 16, 1910: Doctor Bennett Clark Hyde is found guilty of murder after philanthropist Thomas H. Swope and several of his family members die following Hyde’s purchase of cyanide capsules and test tubes of typhoid cultures.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Month 2015

Not everyone talks about it. We don’t understand mental illness. There is a stigma that makes people look down on those who suffer from it. According to Mental Health America, May is Mental Health Month.

Book Review - Hold Tight, Don't Let Go

book cover

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
publication date: 2015
pages: 258
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1204-3

In Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go, Wagner created a coming-of-age story set in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Local History

Kansas City’s Livestock Hotel: Daily Operations at the Stockyards

Today, many Kansas Citians know the significance of the old stockyards but could they describe its day-to-day operations? What exactly transpired at the stockyards besides a lot of manure?

Book Reviews

Book Review: Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner

Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner

With this first novel, see what William Faulkner was like before he became the guardian of Yoknapatawpha County and perhaps the greatest of all American novelists.

Heeding the Call

Chester Arthur Franklin

May 6, 1919: Chester Franklin publishes the first edition of the Kansas City Call, a weekly newspaper and will go on to advocate for Kansas City’s African American community.

"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