KC Public Library Blog

All of our DVDs are now FREE!

Think of it as an early holiday present.

We are working to make our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals. The changes took effect on Friday, December 5, 2014.

Read all about it over at our KC Unbound Blog!

Forgotten, But Not Gone

Nelle Nichols Peters, Architect. Photo credit Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society Archives

December 11, 1884: Nelle Nichols Peters, whose architectural skills will leave their mark on nearly 1,000 Kansas City apartment buildings and residences, is born in Niagara, North Dakota.

Library Life

New Rules in Effect for DVD Checkouts - No More $1 Fee

DVD Fee Removed

Think of it as an early holiday present. We are making our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals.

If you're between the ages of 5 and 12 ... it's time to write a story!

Pull up your imagination!

The 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest is brought to you by the Reading Reptile Bookstore, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Johnson County Library. If you're between the ages of 5 and 12 and you have a story in your heart, we want to see it!

Print out the entry form, attach it to your story, and drop off at any branch of the Library or at the Reading Reptile Bookstore by January 28, 2015.

Library Life

Hour of Code Events: December 8 - 14, 2014

Hour of Code 2014

Join us! Youth across the world are participating in the Hour of Code. More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event.

Hour of Code

Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
December 8 - 14, 2014.

More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants.

Want to get involved?
Get all the info here!

Beautiful Dreamer

Meyer Memorial fountain at Meyer and Ward Parkway

December 2, 1905: August Meyer, a leader in Kansas City’s park and boulevard movement and president of the Municipal Improvement Association, dies.

Prelude in KC

Virgil Thomson

November 25, 1896: Virgil Thomson, who will become an acclaimed composer, music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, and a major influence on American music, is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

Teen Review: Save the Enemy

Save the Enemy

Save the Enemy, by Arin Greenwood

Teen Reviewer: Abigail Borne

Zoey Trask’s life is a mess. A year ago her mother was killed and her father still isn’t out of mourning and gets more depressed with each day. Her brother has to be monitored constantly and the burden is left to her. She feels like it is impossible to put her life back together until a boy named Pete takes a sudden interest in her.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Patrick Rothfuss introduces The Slow Regard of Silent Things with a warning that it's not a proper story. It doesn't do the things a story is supposed to do. And it's wonderful. It's unlike most anything else I've read and I treasured every word of it.

The World of Women Inventors

What would the world be like without chocolate chip cookies, high-quality shampoo that helps grow your hair, and windshield wipers? We would lack yummy snacks to dip in milk. Our hair would be thin and dull. Most importantly, we would be unsafe driving in the snow or rain!

Plane Speaking

Kansas City International Airport

November 11, 1972: Built at a cost of $250 million, Kansas City International Airport opens, featuring an innovative "Drive to Your Gate" design.

Getting and Staying Connected

Anna Francesca helps Rachel search the electronic catalog.

Sometimes it is about people.

Bobblemas Visits Central Youth Services

Bobblemas from the KC Rep visits Kansas City Public Library Central Youth Services.