Library life

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Remembering Ray: Our Librarians Celebrate the Late Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

It’s a famous, elemental creation story. Los Angeles, the early 1950s: Ray Bradbury sojourns to the basement of UCLA’s Lawrence Clark Powell Library armed with a bagful of dimes to bang out his now-classic lines like “It was a pleasure to burn” at ten cents an hour on a rented typewriter.

Summer Program Pairs Paintings and Books at the Kemper Museum

Lois Dodd - Self-Portrait in Green Window (1971)

Children who visit libraries early in life are more likely to return as they grow up. The same goes for art museums. This summer, the Kansas City Public Library is partnering with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for a program designed to enhance young readers’ love of listening – and looking.

Calling All Teens: Send In Your Zine Submissions Now

Wick Thomas

In an age of texting, tweeting, and LOL-inducing memes, putting out a print zine may sound a little 20th century. But there’s something to be said for publishing a story you can have and hold.

Know Your Librarians: Children's Tag Team

Elena McVicar and Meghann Henry

One is a master at getting kids revved up at programs. The other knows children's books like an old pro. Find out how our two newest additions to the Library staff are taking reading to all corners of the city.

Video: Kids vs. Engineers in a LEGO Robot Rumble

Geek vs. Geek

What happens when you put trained engineers and science-savvy kids in a room together for two days and ask them to battle it out with LEGO robots? We found out the answer on a recent Saturday at the Plaza Branch.