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All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

New Library Cards Now Available

Adult Library Card

The age-old question What’s in your wallet? just got a smarter answer. Starting today, newly redesigned Library cards are available to all Kansas City Public Library customers, new and returning.

Best-Checkers: The Most Checked-Out Books of 2011

Tom Sawyer Penguin cover

It was a year of ice and fire in the book industry, of fallen leaders, marriage plots, and Paris wives. But amid the usual best-seller buzz, Kansas City Public Library customers were thrilling to a 135-year-old novel of a boy’s life in rural Missouri.

Know Your Librarians: Carrie McDonald

Carrie McDonald photo

It's the day before Thanksgiving. The Central Library is closed to the public due to a water main break. Down on the first basement level, Carrie McDonald is days from retirement. It should be a great opportunity for kicking back and reflecting on nearly 30 years of service.

Gigabyte Christmas: Google Fiber Discussion Buzzes at the Library

Give Us a Gig photo Aaron Deacon Social Media Club

Unless you’ve been living in a hole out in the prairie, communicating with the outside world only through smoke signals and/or fax machine, at some point in the past few months you’ve heard murmurs about the impending arrival of Google Fiber to Kansas City.

Teens: How to Write a Novel in a Month, the KC Library Way

Wick Thomas

Every November, amateur novelists around the world put their word processors where their mouths are in daring attempts to spit out 50,000-word tomes in a mere 30 days.