KC Public Library Blog

Barack Obama's Campaign & Presidency

These books explore Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign and the initial days of his presidency.

Survival & Rescue in Poland during the Holocaust

These nonfiction books tell the personal stories of Holocaust survivors and their rescuers in Poland.

Federal Writers' Project

The Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) helped define America and American literature by supporting literary talent during the Great Depression. These books include explorations of the history of the FWP, writings and narratives from the FWP, and a select list of writers who worked for the FWP.

African American Women Children's Book Illustrators: Beauty on the Page

This pig has a passion for pretty pictures, and here’s a special list: books illustrated by African American women. Who’s your favorite?

John Brown: Abolitionist

Learn all about John Brown, the abolitionist who rose to fame during the Bleeding Kansas years in the mid- to late-1850s, was executed for his raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, and elevated to legend in the years that followed.

High School Football

Just in time for football season, these books examine high school football teams and the small towns they played in.

Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

Learn all about Charlie “Bird” Parker, the Kansas City-born musician who became one of the most well-known jazz artists in America, with these books at the Library.

War & Visual Media

Visual media, such as posters and photographs, play a significant role in shaping public opinion during war. These books at the library explore that role.

Annie Chambers: Kansas City Madam

Annie Chambers ran a well-known brothel in Kansas City for nearly 50 years around the turn of the twentieth century. Read more about this local figure or check out a few books about the history of prostitution.

The Civil War in Missouri

Explore some of the many books about the Civil War in Missouri, including warfare along the Kansas/Missouri border, or pick up a few fictional accounts of the Civil War experience in this area.

Nell Donnelly Reed

Nell Donnelly Reed, a pioneer in the field of women’s ready-to-wear clothing in the 1920s and 1930s, was largely responsible for making Kansas City one of the largest ready-to-wear clothing manufacturing centers in the world. Learn more about her in these books, films, and articles.

Frank McCourt: 1930-2009

Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt

Award-winning author Frank McCourt died in July 2009 at age 78. His memoir depicting a harsh childhood in Ireland, Angela’s Ashes, not only won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, but also the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Check out a few of Frank McCourt’s books at the Library or view some documentaries about his family and the feature film adaptation of Angela’s Ashes.

Landscape Photography

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Midwest and Western U.S. in these collections of landscape photography.

Fiction for Foodies

Celebrate Culinary Arts Month in July with these delicious novels – from drama to romance to mystery – which all feature chefs at work.

Emmett Till

The brutal murder of 14-year old African American Emmett Till in 1955 served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement. These books and films examine what happened and discuss its impact.