Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous as the creator of the character of Sherlock Holmes, and as the author of the 56 original short stories and four novels featuring this character.

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Hurricane Katrina: Books Show Triumph over Tragedy

Kids face all kinds of challenges in their lives, and stories have the power to provide them comfort, support, and examples of resilience.

During Hurricane Katrina people in boats rescued families stranded on rooftops; a little black girl and an old white woman in a wheelchair held hands near the Superdome; and with very little clean water, people shared what they had.

Seveneves proves once again that Neal Stephenson possesses an imagination of staggering inventiveness and scope. For him, an event that most of us would find unthinkable is the start of the story.

Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?

This semester, the Kansas City Public Library is looking for teenagers to join our first ever Teen Leadership Council! These volunteer positions have helped the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City this year, 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
The Black Archives History Lock-In, July 11th
The Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit, July 25th

Through an AmeriCorps VISTA grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Kansas City Public Library is working breaking the cycle of poverty with the support and service of four VISTA members.

As a beloved and longstanding institution, the American Royal owes much of its early success to the Kansas City Stock Yards (KCSY) Company. The bond between the Stockyards and the growing organization was certainly one of mutual benefit. The American Royal needed leadership, financing, and housing; the Kansas City Stockyards needed a thriving livestock industry. This relationship, which lasted for the greater part of the 20th century, proved to be successful.

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Anything Could Happen was a quirky, fun book that fit within the tradition of coming-of-age novels, albeit from a slightly different perspective. In Anything Could Happen, it was Tretch Farm's 15th year and he just discovered he was in love with his best friend, Matt Gooby. Tretch must navigate that situation, while grappling with his sexuality, his brother’s absence at college, and health problems in his family.

This book was right up my alley. The author presented puppy love through the eyes of a likable, insightful character. Tretch’s inner monologue and dialogue were so endearing and genuine.

Reference librarian Judy Klamm examines a nearly 80-year-old reference book while weeding at the Central Library.

Clothes. Cars. Computers. They don’t last forever, succumbing to wear and tear, obsolescence, or shifts in interests and tastes. It’s the same with library books.

It’s the same with library books. The Kansas City Public Library counts some 747,000 items in its collection, housing close to half of them in its downtown Central Library. They age. Some are torn or stained. Others languish on the shelves, unnoticed or unneeded by patrons for years. If not timeless classics, it might be time for them to go.

As a young man, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn hit upon the idea of writing a great epic cycle of novels about Russia, and especially the history of the creation of the Soviet Union and its rise.

He first began work on this series of novels (August 1914, October 1916, March 1917, and April 1917) known collectively as the The Red Wheel, in 1936.

It has been a great summer! Come join us for our last BIG event of the Summer this Saturday at the Plaza Library. Every attendee will be entered in a raffle to win iTunes gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and one GRAND PRIZE to be announced that night.

There will be video game tournaments, movie marathons, FREE FOOD and drinks, dancing, crafts, Minecraft demos, Roblox groups, giant Jenga games, Magic/YuGiOh games and MORE!

Meet the Teen Leaders of Today!

The Teen Leaders of Today! are the Kansas City Public Library's Teen Leadership Council! They represent the library at several events throughout the summer and help plan some of our largest events, including the Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit. Thanks to a grant from the Mayor's Office, these teens are working hard all summer long to bring relevant and exciting programs to Kansas City's teenagers!

Click through to meet the Teen Leaders of Today!

Just how does a Library book find its way onto the shelf? With the recent release of the highly-anticipated Go Set a Watchman, this is a good opportunity to give you a behind the scenes look at how things work at the Kansas City Public Library.

Purchasing decisions start in the Collection Development department, run by Debbie Stoppello. The Library is always adding new titles: It could be a newly-released crime novel or a perennial favorite children’s book. High demand titles and bestsellers are almost always purchased, but the Library also tries to acquire a good selection of award-winning books, significant cultural or literary works, as well as 'in-fill' or replacement copies of books that are already in the collection.

Twin Citians Social Club, 1948

The Amazing “Race” at the Black Archives
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Program: 6:30 p.m.
Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E 17th Terrace
RSVP: kclibrary.org * 816.701.3407

Teens can enjoy a night of games, food, fun, and challenges, including a team scavenger hunt inside and outside the Black Archives of Mid-America. Tap into the African American people, places, and events that have made the Kansas City region great.

There’s only room for 50 so arrive early. Activities last until 11 p.m.

We will be transporting teens from the following Kansas City Public Library Locations with a completed permission slip:

Trails, North-East, Central, Southeast, Plaza, Bluford

Click here for more information and for the permission slip!

Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship by Victor Appleton

Released between 1910-1941, the 40 adventure novels in this series feature a young inventor named Tom Swift, who lives in a small town in upstate New York.

Fancy Nancy Tea Parties by Jane O’Conner and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Dress up in fancy clothes and play with perfect etiquette. Isn’t there something special about a tea party!

According to Emily Clede, hostess of the web series Teatime with Emily, joining to share tea has been “a symbol of friendship and hospitality” for generations. The practice dates back to the time of kings and queens, to ancient Roman emperors, and Chinese monks.” However, it is a tradition that we can enjoy, too.

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