KC Public Library Blog

Go Girl! Essential sports reading for girls and their families.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close and the Spring sports season ramps up on the court and field, I thought it might be fun to find books, fiction and nonfiction alike, that tell the stories of women and girls in athletics. From the true story of 1940’s Rollerderby rough-housers featured in Sue Macy’s Rollerderby Rivals to the critically acclaimed graphic novel Rollergirl tracking one young girl’s tumultuous introduction into contact skating at summer camp, these stories are bound to inspire and inform.


Death Takes a Holiday (Maybe)

Postcard of Woodward Hall at Park College

March 27, 1836: George S. Park, who will go on to found Parkville, Missouri, and what has become Park University, purportedly survives a Mexican firing squad during the fight for Texan independence by pretending to be dead.

Local History

Wide Open Town Symposium: Kansas City during the Pendergast Era

The Library, UMKC, and 18 local and national historians partner to explore Kansas City’s vibrant history of the 1920s and ’30s in a public symposium, April 1-2.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Shakespeare by Mark van Doren

Mark van Doren’s Shakespeare is a sensitive, enthusiastic, and insightful collection of short essays on Shakespeare’s plays and his poetry first published in 1939.

Book Review - We Are the Ants

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

publication date: 2016
pages: 451
ISBN: 978-1-4814-4963-2

A Man of Many Parts

Lafayette Tillman

March 15, 1858: Lafayette Tillman, who will go on to become a veteran of the Spanish-American War and one of Kansas City's first African American police officers, is born in Evansville, Indiana.

Katz in the Cradle

Isaac Katz

March 8, 1879: Isaac Katz, who, along with his brother Mike, will found the Katz Drug Co. in Kansas City, is born in western Ukraine.

Teen Tech Week 2016

Teen Tech Week is the time of year when libraries around the country showcase all of the digital resources and services that are available for teens to succeed in school and prepare for college and careers! From March 6-12, we'll be celebrating all things tech and you're invited to join in the fun.

Library Life

reBOUND - Where Book Lovers and Podcast Fans Come Together

Podcast fans talk about their favorite radio shows with the same enthusiasm readers talk about their favorite books. The Library and KCUR 89.3 FM recently smashed the two formats together into one event, reBOUND.

Separate but Equal?

Dr. Thomas C. Unthank (1866-1932)

March 2, 1930: After much political maneuvering over its location, the new—and remarkably high-quality, albeit segregated—General Hospital No. 2 opens to serve Kansas City's African American community.

Conventional Wisdom

The first Convention Hall

February 22, 1899: Local leaders celebrate as Kansas City gets a building large enough to accommodate large crowds with the opening of Convention Hall, built at a cost of $225,000.

Featured Authors

Remembering Harper Lee

News broke Friday that author Harper Lee had died peacefully in her sleep at age 89. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the greats of American literature.

Join the Kansas City Public Library Teen Leadership Council!

Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?

The Kansas City Public Library has three spots open for teenagers to join the Teen Leaders of Today! These volunteer positions have helped the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City!

Teen Council member will receive training and mentorship from some of the best youth advocates in Kansas City and will:

Learn how to market with social media
Create impactful online videos
Help develop more effective teen programs
Be the driving force behind our summer programs

Star Wars, We Have

Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Star Wars fever is menacing. It is easy to catch and challenging to shake. Then again, maybe it doesn’t need to be thrown off. Perhaps the desire to be one with the force is justifiable. Appease your appetite with library materials.

Death of a Visionary

Jesse Clyde Nichols

February 16, 1950: Jesse Clyde Nichols, who developed the Country Club Plaza and many housing developments throughout Kansas City, dies just six months before his 70th birthday at his Kansas City home.

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