Library life

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars Welcomes Hyde, Tarzan and Wilbur; Draft Begins for Femme Fatale Pitcher

Charlotte's Web

As Kansas City buzzed with All-Star game activity over the weekend, we got great help from our customers in choosing three more fictional players for our Off-the-Shelf All-Stars.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Holden Caufield to Center Field, Help Us Choose LF, RF & Catcher

Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caufield always dreamed of being a catcher. Though this year's Off-the-Shelf All-Star voting won't find the incorrigible Caufield behind the plate, he'll have plenty of opportunity to field fly balls from Center Field. Find out who Holden beat for his coveted spot, and help us choose more fictional all-stars!

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Calamity Jane Heads to Third, Teen Idol Wanted in Center Field

Calamity Jane

‘Bout time we got a lady in the game! Straight from the pages of Larry McMurtry’s Buffalo Girls comes Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman and Off-the-Shelf All-Star Third Baseman. Once Jane’s warmed up, it’ll be time to pick a Teen Idol for Center Field!

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Ender Ends Encyclopedia, American Hero Called to Third

Ender's Game

In our closest contest yet, Ender Wiggin won by a single vote to become the Kid Genius Shortstop on our Off-the-Shelf Literary All-Star Team. And as today is July 4, we’re asking your help choosing an American Hero or Heroine to cover Third Base.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Bourne Beats Bond! Kid Genius Needed at Shortstop

Bond vs. Bourne

James Bond is the New York Yankees of bookball. He must be. Overexposure is surely the reason the world’s greatest pop-culture spy got fed to the sharks in the contest over Second Base on the Library’s Off-the-Shelf Literary All-Star Team.