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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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Tax Help at the Library

Get free tax preparation and assistance from AARP and VITA at multiple Kansas City Public Library locations, starting on February 2, 2015.

Last Night at the Opera House

Coates  Opera House

January 31, 1901: Fire spreads through the Coates Opera House, the center of high society life in Kansas City, damaging it so badly that it will not reopen.

Book Review: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

The Mystery of the Missing Lion

Most people don’t know much about a country called “Botswana,” and might have a difficult time pinpointing its location on the world map. Author Alexander McCall Smith was born and raised in Africa, and lucky for us, he happens to be a great storyteller for both adults and young readers.

The Wight Stuff

Nelson Art Gallery Exterior

January 22, 1882: William D. Wight, who, along with his brother Thomas, will create the architecture firm of Wight & Wight that will leave a neoclassical look on such famous Kansas City landmarks as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Jackson County Courthouse, and City Hall, is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Color Me Silly!: Kids Books about Art

With all the kids books out there filled with amazing illustrations, it only seems fitting that some of the topics be specifically about art and art creation. All young people draw in some shape or form. The freedom to draw or create is something everyone should continually experience. Creating empowers problem solving and encourages out of the box thinking, especially at such a young age. Below are a few books about art that are all about enforcing creativity and inspiring ingenuity.

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Book Review: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

The Guns of August

Unlike previous wars, World War I was an unraveling of the social contract and the expectations of civilized behavior, an erosion of the ideas of what combatants may do in war.

Book Reviews

Our Favorites from 2014

As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we discovered in 2014!

Party!

New Year's Eve Craft Selfie

Parties are fun year-round, and kids can enjoy the delightful craft and recipe given below whenever they choose. What inspired me, though, were celebrations for the New Year.

Ringing in the New

Construction view of Convention Hall, 1900

December 31, 1900: Fifteen thousand of Kansas City's elite brave the cold to usher in the new century at Convention Hall. In just 50 years, the region that is now greater Kansas City had grown from a few small towns into a thriving metropolitan area of 268,000.

Don’t Just Consume. Create!

What's Your Story?

With messages everywhere, teens can take back power by making their own voices heard. It is impossible to go through the day without consuming information. In fact, there is so much competing for our attention that it can be dizzying. In 2014, spending on advertising in the United States was $180.1 billion.

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eCard Now Available

It's easier than ever to access our digital materials. Sign up for an eCard online and get immediate access to eBooks, streaming movies, music, and more!

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Community Leaders Marilou Joyner, Kathryn Mallinson Join the Library Board

The Kansas City Public Library's board of trustees has returned to its full, nine-member complement with the recent appointment of two local business leaders, Marilou Joyner and Kathryn Mallinson.

Pluto’s Day in the Sun (Figuratively)

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet? by Michael Portman

NASA hasn’t forgotten Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet is due to have its picture taken. When the New Horizon spacecraft gets close to the mass 3 billion miles from Earth, around January 2015, it is set to serve as official space photographer.

Until then, you can brush up on your Pluto knowledge with some Kansas City Public Library books.

Strange Bedfellows

Nell Donnelly

December 16, 1931: Nell Donnelly, a Kansas City dress manufacturer, and her chauffeur, George Blair, are kidnapped and held hostage in a cottage near Bonner Springs, Kansas, only to be released two days later without paying ransom.

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