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Video: Crosby Kemper III Explains the Publitzer Prize for Fiction

Crosby Kemper III

The Pulitzer Prize board’s failure is your opportunity, says Library Director Crosby Kemper III. When it was announced that no Pulitzer award for fiction would be given in 2012, the Library launched a new prize in letters – one that’s ruled by the people.

Cast Your Nomination for the 2012 "Publitzer" Prize for Fiction

Publitzer Prize Medal

When it was announced earlier this week that no award was given for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, we thought: Why not let the public decide? So, we cooked up the first-ever Publitzer Prize for Fiction. Cast your vote now!

Pin Your Perfect Library Contest Winner Announced

Pin Your Perfect Library

If you were thinking of founding a library anytime soon, we have some exciting news: Our Pin Your Perfect Library Pinterest contest created a plethora of patron-sourced ideas for what objects, people, and books should go into the Perfect Library

Find Local Letters in the Alphabet KC Scavenger Hunt & Photo Contest!

Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson

Have you ever spotted letters in unlikely places? Perhaps it’s a crack in the sidewalk shaped like an “R,” or a bridge railing that looks like an “N.” Stephen T. Johnson’s Caldecott Honor book Alphabet City is full of images of ABC’s spotted in city scenes.

Pin Your Perfect Library for National Library Week: 5 of the Best Ideas So Far


We’re only a couple of days into our Pin Your Perfect Library Pinterest contest for National Library Week, and the collective inspiration level is higher than a 12-foot cabinet of vertical files.

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