Library Life

Past and present are spelled out in a series of painstakingly researched interpretive panels recently installed along the Central Library’s rooftop perimeter. Collectively titled “What Surrounds Us: Reading the Past and Present,” they weave more than a century and a half of Kansas City history into narratives and accompanying illustrations.

The Kansas City Public Library is teaming up with our sister institutions across the area and the hometown Royals for Library Night at the K on Thursday, August 3.
Digital Services: Latest Updates and New Resources

The Kansas City Public Library offers dozens of digital resources that provide endless educational and entertainment opportunities for everyone with a library card. There are several changes and new developments coming soon; learn more about what you have to look foward to!

Lucile Bluford isn’t just Kansas City’s treasure. The state of Missouri has officially seen to that. Saturday, July 1, marked the first statewide observance of Lucile Bluford Day per a Missouri House measure signed into law a year ago. The Library joined in the commemoration – on what would have been Bluford’s 106th birthday – with a day of events and exhibits at its L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect.
 
Indisposable was a pop-up exhibit featured at Central Library from June 2-9, 2017. The idea for it came from the monthly Coffee and Conversation put on by members of the Outreach AmeriCorps VISTAs. Indisposable featured photographs taken by patrsons experiencing homelessness. 
Location to undergo renovations, become official home of Digital Media Lab 
Behind the Curtain: Bringing Hamlet to the Stage
If you’re planning to attend this summer’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presentation of Hamlet, the Library offers a number of opportunities to learn more about the play and the production: upcoming events at which you can hear from festival organizers, scholars, and cast members about what it takes to bring the tale of the infamous Danish prince to life onstage. All in conjunction with HASF’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Meet the Library’s version of Duke Silver.

Tom Platt, a member of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library and longtime Library volunteer, was recently presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award. 

It is important to remember that the act of preservation extends beyond the care of dusty, old books and withered pieces of paper. Our records of the past often include structures of the built environment, which in recent decades have come to be regarded as worthy of preservation. 

Libraries, archives, museums, and other collecting institutions around the country are taking a week (April 23-29) to promote resources and activities they hope will inspire individuals, communities, and institutions to better preserve their cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Libraries Association, Preservation Week’s goal is to engage the public by presenting information and resources about preservation projects and methods that can also be used by them. 

Before Missouri Valley Special Collections staff acquired the Kansas City Stockyards Collection, its 6,000-plus items had been scattered about the Livestock Exchange Building.

Boise Public Library

From the time I was very young, I heard my parents reading and telling stories. My mom loved to tell me about when my sister and I got our library cards.

The recently proposed White House budget calls for eliminating or making drastic cuts to many agencies and organizations that work directly with the Kansas City Public Library to create the free programming, classes, activities, and services we offer.
Whether absorbed in solitary research or standing at a podium, enlightening a roomful of listeners on some aspect of local African-American history, Joelouis Mattox was a familiar -- and eternally welcome – face at the Kansas City Public Library.

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