KC Public Library Blog

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Monumental Undertaking

Liberty Memorial

February 9, 1920: The City Council approves a plan to build Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial on the property south of Union Station.

Program Notes: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame movie poster

RKO's prodcution of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not only the best version of the tale ever committed to celluloid, it’s a remarkable artistic achievement – hugely emotional, entertaining, and filled with great performances.

2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

The children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as the winner of the 2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.

Book Reviews

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

Bad Monkey

What do you get when you combine a Florida health inspector, an unidentified hairy left arm, a crazy Bahamian voodoo witch, and a formerly famous primate with serious behavioral issues? You get Carl Hiaasen’s quirky mystery novel, Bad Monkey.

The Worst Fire in Kansas City History

Postcard of the Coates House Hotel

January 28, 1978: Flames engulf the Coates House Hotel, destroying much of the building and causing the worst loss of life by fire in Kansas City history.

Program Notes: The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

The Man in the Iron Mask movie poster

The Man in the Iron Mask is the sort of rousing historical swashbuckler that Hollywood turned out with regularity during its so-called Golden Era. It's also the last great gasp in the career of director James Whale.

Book Reviews

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting by Mei-Ling Hopgood

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm

Shortly after we brought our daughter home, a friend recommended Mei-Ling Hopgood’s How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. I wasn’t prepared for what a fun and wild ride I was embarking on with this book.

Join Us at Advocacy Day in Jefferson City! - Rescheduled for March 4th!

Due to the snow this event has been rescheduled for March 4th!

This is an all day trip where you will tour the capitol and meet with your representatives to make REAL CHANGE!

Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together for the Missouri Library Association's Advocacy Day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

What holiday coming up is filled with dragon dances, fire-crackers, long-noodles, and gifts of red envelopes filled with money? Chinese New Year! There multiple choices for those who want to celebrate this holiday via the power of books. Here are a few festive options:

Program Notes: Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings movie poster

Only Angels Have Wings was made under studio conditions. Yet it doesn’t seem artificial. The emotions feel real, the dialogue sharp and authentic, the characters interesting. It’s a classic example of how “Hollywood phony” can be more satisfying than realism.

One Step at a Time

March: Book One

A personal memoir carries a glance into American history. Illustrate this story as a graphic novel. When these elements blend, it takes readers back in time. Here, we travel sixty years. We join those central to the Civil Rights movement, watch the sit-ins, and ask ourselves, “Do I have the courage that they did?”

The Annexation That Wasn’t

Robert T. Van Horn

January 21, 1879: The Kansas Senate approves a proposal to move the state border eastward in order to annex Kansas City, a plan that is blocked by the Missouri legislature.

Book Reviews

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet

Doyle did not invent the detective story or the mystery novel, but he did establish something of a template in his stories of the brilliant, but quirky, Sherlock Holmes.

Program Notes: Idiot’s Delight (1939)

Idiot’s Delight movie poster

Idiot’s Delight features Clark Gable’s only on-screen singing/dancing performance. It was very timely film in 1939. Today, not so much. Still, as one of that year’s hits it’s part of our year-long film series Hollywood’s Greatest Year.

Bowled Over

Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs

January 15, 1967: The Kansas City Chiefs battle the Green Bay Packers in front of 63,036 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum and another 60 million on television, losing the game 35 to 10 (in what will become known as Super Bowl I).