We are pleased to announce the addition of our Organized Crime Files collection to KCHistory.org. Compiled by The Kansas City Star from the 1930s through the 1970s, the files were used by reporters covering the crime beat. Each file is filled with police mug shots, photographs, reports, memoranda, and notes detailing the mafia-like activities of the so-called Kansas City Outfit. Reporter Mike McGraw discovered the collection at the Star offices and donated it to Missouri Valley Special Collections in 2017. The contents of the collection, in their entirety, have now been scanned and made available to the public.
It’s a story that has become a part of Kansas City baseball lore: a local team enlisting famed frontier lawman Wild Bill Hickok to umpire a game against a heated rival.
How much, if any of it, is true? After listening to a Library audiobook version of Tom Clavin’s Wild Bill: The True Story of America's First Gunfighter, reader and Wild West enthusiast Robert Sholar put the question to What’s Your KCQ?
The Kansas City Public Library is launching a series of online writing classes developed for beginning and intermediate-level writers interested in developing their writing skills for personal reasons or to help advance their careers. Taught by graduate students in the University of Missouri-Kansas City MFA Program in Creative Writing program, classes are offered online via Zoom. RSVPs are required and space is limited; students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
It would be kind of retro-cool to bill the Library’s new outreach vehicle as its first bookmobile in more than half a century. Except it’s more than a bookmobile. The customized, brightly emblazoned cargo van hit the streets Thursday, September 17, 2020, ferrying bags of books, audiobooks, and DVDs to residents of area senior living centers as part of the Library’s Lobby Stops program. It will be a frequent presence at other outreach events and activities, transporting displays, supplies, and other materials and serving as a pop-up gathering place. Equipped with Wi-Fi, it’ll also eventually provide patrons who need it with essential internet access.