Adult Winter Reading Program

The Adult Winter Reading Program is an annual initiative of the Kansas City Public Library aimed at encouraging leisure reading among adults. Every year, the program advances a different theme as a means of recommending literary classics and overlooked gems to the reading public.

Kansas City is consistently ranked among the top 10 cities nationwide in terms of Library usage * – a status that should be celebrated and rewarded, which are both part of the goal of the Adult Winter Reading Program.

Stop Me if You've Read This One
January 21 – March 21, 2014

The 2014 Adult Winter Reading Program is determined to make you laugh. Also chuckle. Guffaw. Roar. Giggle. And titter. The books on this year’s list range from ancient Roman comedies to beloved novels, recent memoirs, collections of ethnic humor, and laugh-inducing poetry. They cover all sorts of subjects, but they have one thing in common: They’re funny.

While the City Sleeps
January 7 – March 17, 2013

The 2013 Adult Winter Reading Program featured books that delve into our world after dark. Explore fiction and non-fiction, the interplay of light and dark, the shadows of the human sould, and the brightness of the human spirit.

Destination: Anywhere!
January 9 – March 11, 2012

The 2012 Adult Winter Reading Program offered readers some of the most captivating places put into print, literary destinations that shape people – and shape readers.

Altered States
January 10 – March 13, 2011

The 2011 Adult Winter Reading Program featured masterful writers from a wide spectrum of genres to provide unique perspectives on what our lives might look like if humanity took a different turn—or takes a dive in the future.

Readers in the Rue Morgue
January 11 – March 14, 2010

The 2010 Adult Winter Reading Program invited patrons to become Readers in the Rue Morgue, and focused on the best in classic and contemporary mysteries and crime fiction.

Reading Missouri
January 12 - March 14, 2009

The Show-Me State claims some of the most enduring voices in American Literature, not to mention some of its more provocative contemporary writers. This program complemented the exhibit Painting Missouri – featuring original oil paintings representing every county in Missouri and the City of St. Louis.

(*According to the 2010 Central Connecticut State University study, "America's Most Literate Cities.")