KC Public Library Blog

1920s-30s America

From flappers to Prohibition to the upheaval of the Great Depression, these books explore society and culture of 1920s-30s America.

Rosy Reading

For National Rose Month this June, pick up some entertaining “rosy” reads at the Library.

Eating Locally

These local diet memoirs and urban farming handbooks reveal the best about eating locally.

Alice Hoffman Read-Alikes

Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, will discuss her new book The Story Sisters on June 16, 2009 at the Plaza Branch. If you’re a fan of Hoffman’s work, you might enjoy these novels.

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Learn more about our 17th president, Andrew Johnson – from the challenges he faced to his impeachment and acquittal.

Express Yourself! Teen Summer Reading Program

June 8, Express Yourself SR Kickoff Party: Roof top concert Featuring the Whomping Willows! With KC Teen Bands, Roving Way, Sour Apple Surgery and Prowl the Sky!

Express Yourself & Make Your Own Crafts:
Every Weds. 2-3 pm
Materials & snacks provided

June 10 Express Yourself Journals and Beaded Bookmarks
June 17 Tie Dye
June 24 CD Clocks

July 1 Mini Cork Boards
July 8 Canvass book bags
July 15 Hardware Jewelry and Gems
July 22 Terrariums
July 29 Express Yourself Craft Wrap-Up!

Free Movie Fridays! 2-4 pm
June 12 Feature Movie: Freedom Writer's Diary
June 19
June 26

Summer Book Picks

Woman reading book

School is out, the temperature is reaching toward the 90s – it’s officially time for summer reading. But, what to read? These summer reading lists should have more than enough suggestions to last you through the heat.

Arthur Stilwell: Railroad Visionary

Arthur Stilwell

Discover the dreamer and visionary, Arthur Stilwell, whose crowning achievement was the railroad that became the Kansas City Southern.

Farm Life Memoirs

These memoirs depict modern farm life – many from the perspective of recently displaced city dwellers.

Memoirs of China

These memoirs depict the daily life, culture, politics, and upheaval in recent Chinese history.

Women in Architecture

Women have had a huge impact on architecture. These books explore the work of women architects and their role in the field.

American Art in Culture

These books at the Library explore the intersection of art and society in the United States.

Central Teens

Express Yourself @ Your Library Teen Summer Reading Program

Express Yourself & Make Your Own:
Every Weds. 2-3 pm
Materials & snacks provided

June 3, Express Yourself Journals
June 10 Beaded Bookmarks
June 17 Tie Dye
June 24 CD Clocks

July 1 Mini Cork Boards
July 8 Canvass book bags
July 15 Hardware Jewelry and Gems
July 22 Terrariums
July 29 Express Yourself Craft Wrap-Up!

Sayings, Folktales & Art in Latin America

These books at the library explore Latin American sayings and proverbs, folktales, arts and crafts.

Historic Preservation

These books examine how we can preserve and restore our historic buildings—why historic preservation adds to the vibrancy of contemporary neighborhoods and cities.