KC Public Library Blog

Going Nuclear

Still from the 1983 made-for-TV movie "The Day After"

November 20, 1983: An estimated 100 million Americans watch Kansas City and its environs destroyed by a nuclear attack in the made-for-TV movie, The Day After.

Local History

Not Sacred Enough: Trials and Tribulations of Kansas City Blue Laws

Originally enacted by our Puritan forebears, the so-called Blue Laws forbade the transaction of any sort of business or entertainment on Sundays except for things like medical care and other urgent, unforeseen needs.

Library Life

American Public Square Series Debates Hot-Button Issues – Get This, with Reason and Respect

The Library and American Public Square kick off a series of spring discussions of some of the city’s most polarizing issues—minus the invective that too often feeds polarity—in early December.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Ashenden; or, the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham’s novel, Ashenden, was quite influential. Later spy novelists, such as John LeCarre, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler and Len Deighton, all give a nod to Maugham as inspiring their own work.

The Dean of Women Lawyers

The Kansas City School of Law, ca. 1928

November 8, 1917: After being shunned by the all-male Kansas City Bar Association, Mary Tiera Farrow and 20 other female lawyers form the Women's Bar Association of Kansas City.

Library Life

Top 2½ Percent: We Earned a 4-Star Rating from Library Journal

The Kansas City Public Library remains among a select group of public libraries across the country, earning a 4-star designation from Library Journal.

Book Review - Love & Profanity

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Love & Profanity edited by Nick Healy

publication date: 2015
pages: 231
ISBN: 978-1-63079-021-7

Library Life

Money Matters Workshops at the Library

The Kansas City Public Library is one of 21 nationwide recipients to receive a $100,000 grant to help launch a two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.

Make Your Voice Heard

Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke

You are a writer. You may not know it, but you are. Everybody has stories. Unless you’ve been in a coma, you’ve been doing something. Even if you were in a coma, when you awaken, you have an incredible story to tell. I don’t recommend trying to fall into a coma for inspiration, though. There are a lot of methods that are far less traumatic.

Royals are World Series Champions!

Champions

Kansas City hasn't savored this victory since 1985. In honor of victories then and now, let's visit winning children's books from then and now.

Into the Sunset

Tom Bass, a founder of the American Royal

November 4, 1934: Tom Bass, who was born a slave and went on to become a celebrated horse trainer and a founder of the American Royal, dies in his Mexico, Missouri, home at 75 years of age.

The Show Must Go On

George Warder, a lawyer and real estate investor who moved to Kansas City in 1878

October 26, 1887: The unfinished Warder Grand Theater opens with a production of Othello starring Edwin Booth; the determined audience sits in borrowed chairs without a roof or heat.

Reading for Recovery!

Teresa Shockley, 16 years old of Kansas City, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Reading for Recovery. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts equivalent to the Boy Scout's Eagle Scout. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts get their Gold Award. This Girl Scout Gold Award Project encourages the use of reading to help those dealing with difficulties in their lives.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Hissing Cousins by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer

Hissing Cousins

Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer in Hissing Cousins examine the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who led parallel yet different tracks in American politics.

Get Away @ Your Library

Get Away @ Your Library

The Metro only goes so far. Your imagination, though, is limitless. This year’s Teen Read Week theme is “Get Away @ Your Library.” We are proud of how our ten branches all have books that transport readers to other places—both real and whimsical.

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