Five years ago, the Kansas City Public Library and its archival partners announced the launch of the website Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865. The numbers since then speak to its impact: some 608,000 online visitors and more than 1.3 million page views, with usage continuing to climb.
What do you want to know about our community? Beginning October 3, the Library and The Kansas City Star are combining resources to find answers to questions about regional topics ranging from the history of barbecue to the stories behind local landmarks. In a new partnership called What’s Your KC Q?, readers submit questions, the public votes on their favorites, and a team of librarians and reporters digs in and reports back with answers.
It’s late summer, and the signs of autumn are swirling in the air: back to school, apple cider donuts, and football. Before any tailgating can get underway, fantasy footballers around the world need to assemble their squads. Among them is an elite group of Kansas City area librarians.
Cartooning pioneer Will Eisner helped develop a new style of visual storytelling: the graphic novel. Eisner's work is the focus of a Library exhibit currently on display at the Central Library, Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017. In conjunction, the Library recaps a recent presentation about Eisner’s impact on artists and readers alike, and we highlight some notable titles in our graphic novel collection – both physical and digital.
Whether it's a sold-out arena concert featuring a big-name supergroup or a small, intimate show at a local dive bar, a live musical performance generates an inimitable song-listening energy. In celebration of good vibrations and the Library's music-centric 2018 Summer Reading program, Rock & Read, we've put together some note-worthy resources and recommendations and Library staffers' remembrances of their most magical concerts.
Marcos Balam toiled through two English for Citizenship courses – each taking 12 weeks – and multiple one-to-one meetings with citizenship interview practice tutors to prepare for his naturalization interview.
Just as there are different genres of books for every reader's taste and state of mind, music also matches all kinds of moods, and each individual has their own song preferences. Below are a couple music categories or scenarios; some of our Library staffers have opened up to tell us what tunes make them turn up the dial, shed a tear, or bust a move.
And whatever your bookish proclivities may be, you still have time to log your booksbefore the 2018 Summer Reading Program ends on July 31. Read and record five books, claim your Rock & Read prize!
The Veterans Writing Workshop is designed to help veterans, active military, and their family members develop writing and narrative skills that can empower them to tell their stories, whether they are true-life accounts or wholly original tales. Each of the sessions is free and conducted by professional writers and educators; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college or university writing course.
When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently announced his retirement, a national conversation kicked into gear regarding the process of nominating and confirming a new justice to our nation’s highest court. To help make sense of the SCOTUS – its history, its role in our society, the personalities in its ranks – the Library has gathered a collection of resources to help you explore how its decisions have influenced the country and the lives of its people.
Looking for a few more music-themed books to add to your Summer Reading playlist? Library staff have shared some of their favorite titles on the subject. Check out the list of books that fit this year's Rock & Read theme.
Lucile Bluford – namesake of the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch – was a local civil rights leader and helped make The Kansas City Call one of the most important African-American newspapers in the nation. During July, The Library celebrates Bluford’s impact on the KC community and the nation at large.