Library Blog

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

Local History

1940 Tax Assessment Photographs

Perhaps you’ve spotted Google’s Street View car cruising through Kansas City, making a photographic record of whatever it happens to pass by. In April 1940, Kansas Citians might have spotted a similarly peculiar activity taking place throughout the city.

Book Reviews

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire, the new sequel to Code name Verity, picks up a year after Elizabeth Wein's previous novel left off. It's August 1944 and Rose Justice grew up in Pennsylvania flying planes from a young age.

Book Reviews

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Unlike the other biographies we’ve looked at this year (Roper’s Life of More, Cavendish’s Life of Cardinal Wolsey, and Boswell’s Life of Johnson), Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians is a work marked by distance seen through the fresh eyes of a new generation.

Library Life

Staff Reading Picks for September

Redshirts by John Scalzi

September is upon us and fall is fast approaching, even if it doesn't feel like it outside. And being September, it means that we are overdue for another Staff Picks blog!

Local History

Elmer, A.L., and Me (Part 2)

John F. Stacey (from the M. Christine Schwartz Collection)

Dr. John Horner concludes his search for the identities of the two artists who created the portraits on display in the Guerrillas in Our Midst exhibit from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections.