Library Life

Macmillan Publishing is drastically limiting libraries' -- and patrons' -- access to new e-book releases.

That’s Boss! Library’s Pendergast Website Wins National History Award
The Library’s historical website The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression has been accorded a prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History. It recognizes “superior and innovative achievements” in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history.
 
Artist Ralph Steadman is known for his creative collaboration with writer Hunter S. Thompson, matching outrageous illustrations to Thompson’s gonzo writing. Beyond that partnership, Steadman’s career spans over 60 years; this summer, the Library is among a few U.S. sites hosting a touring retrospective exhibit of over 100 of his original works.
Artist Ralph Steadman is known for his creative collaboration with writer Hunter S. Thompson, matching outrageous illustrations to Thompson’s gonzo writing. Beyond that partnership, Steadman’s career spans over 60 years; this summer, the Library is among a few U.S. sites hosting a touring retrospective exhibit of over 100 of his original works.
 
BiblioCommons catalog

Four local libraries have teamed up to provide you with an easy way to search all their collections at the same time! Starting Tuesday, April 16, you will see links to other libraries when you search our catalog.

Tuesday, April 9, is National Library Workers Day, and the Kansas City Public Library joins a celebration across the country of the librarians, support personnel, and others who help make our institutions places for community-wide engagement, enrichment, and development.
Tuesday, April 9, is National Library Workers Day, and the Kansas City Public Library joins a celebration across the country of the librarians, support personnel, and others who help make our institutions places for community-wide engagement, enrichment, and development.
 
Carol Wallace
Carol Wallace marks 50 years at the Library. That's worth celebrating.
 
The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with Lynda.com, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.
The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with Lynda.com, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.
 
 What books were winners with Library staff in 2018?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
What books were winners with Library staff in 2018?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
 
Anne Ducey, Kansas City Public Library's exhibit director.
Nearly 103,000 people visited eight exhibits in Central Library's first-floor Genevieve Guldner and second-floor Rocky and Gabriella Polony Mountain galleries in 2017-18, an average of 302 each day the Library was open. Both numbers were Library records. The daily average spiked further, to 375, in the first few months of ’18-19.
 
Library Deputy Director Carrie Coogan keeps expanding her advocacy for digital literacy and inclusion – from efforts locally in Kansas City, Missouri, to leadership nationally to a place on the docket of arguably the world’s foremost brainstorming session on the health of the internet.
Thank you, voters! From, Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City Public Library officials say they are moving forward with plans to implement upgrades of both services and facilities after approval of the first increase in the Library’s property tax-based levy in 22 years on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 
 
Library Journal 5-Star Library
For the third consecutive year, the Kansas City Public Library earns a 5-star designation from Library Journal
This fall’s election comprises a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have a lot of important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.
This fall’s election encompasses a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have many important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.  
 
Halloween is a great time to share holiday-themed postcards with your friends and family. Browse through our collection for inspiration.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
 

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