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Enter the Infinite KC Mapmaking Contest!

Infinite City book cover

What makes Kansas City Kansas City? To celebrate the arrival of Rebecca Solnit, author of the spellbinding book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, we’re giving away a signed book and a vintage map to the best idea for a new, unconventional map of KC.

Library Interview: U.S. Senate Historian Donald A. Ritchie

Donald A. Ritchie

What's it like to be the in-house historian for the United States Senate? Before he visits the Library on Monday, February 20, Donald A. Ritchie told us about how Congress has changed – and how it hasn't – in the past 200 years.

Author Interview: South African Novelist Zakes Mda on Mandela, Apartheid, and Ubuntu

Zakes Mda by Jim Shirey

As a boy in South Africa, Zakes Mda saw his father dragged off by police in the middle of the night. His crime was criticizing the racist white government.

Author Interview: Jennifer Phegley on Finding Love in Victorian Times

Jennifer Phegley

Way before online personals were a twinkle in Craig Newmark’s eye, our Victorian forebears had their own version of dating services to assist them in the search for a mate.

Victorian Valentines Contest: Write a Victorian Personal Ad for Valentine’s Day, Win Chocolate

Marriage and Courtship

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Kansas City Public Library is inviting its online fans to write personal ads for their favorite characters from Victorian literature. The writer of the best ad will receive a box of Christopher Elbow chocolates and a free copy of Jennifer Phegley’s book Courtship and Marriage in Victorian England.

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