New & Notable, Quick & Easy

Looking for some instant literary gratification?

New & Notable, a Kansas City Public Library collection and concept now being piloted at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., features a wide assortment of newly released and best-selling books and some unique features — 14-day checkouts, no holds or renewals — designed to keep the catalog fresh and well-stocked. Readers can pop in, browse the shelves, grab a good read, and pop back out.

It’s a new, quick, and convenient way to use the Library.

“There’s no wait,” says Central Library Director Lillie Brack. “You can come in and find lots of popular titles on the shelves, slip in and out during lunch, or grab a weekend read or two on your way home from work on Friday. There’s little or no standing in line; a self-checkout machine is nearby. And there’s no waiting on holds.”

Update, Nov. 25:

New & Notable is now available at the Plaza Branch, in addition to the Central Library!

The collection, located just inside the Library’s main entrance, houses multiple copies of the latest fiction and nonfiction releases and other sought-after titles, many of them on current bestseller lists. Among current offerings: Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, his long-anticipated sequel to The Shining; James Patterson’s Gone; Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth; and Missourian Daniel Woodrell’s first novel since 2006’s Winter's Bone, the historically based The Maid’s Version.

The offerings augment the Library’s full collection, where the same titles are available via conventional checkout, holds and renewal.

The New & Notable format is available for now only at the Central Library. Plans are underway to extend it to the Plaza Branch by the end of the year and, in time, the collection could be extended to additional Kansas City Public Library locations.