Great City | Great Read - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


No other product of Victorian literature has enjoyed as long and boisterous a life as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a story written for one young girl that became an enduring, worldwide classic—adored by young and old. The Kansas City Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library invite you to join family, friends, and neighbors in a citywide celebration of this beloved book in September, October, and November 2015.

The libraries' first Great City | Great Read initiative celebrates 150 years of Alice in literature and pop culture.

This collaborative program offers numerous opportunities to engage in Alice's whimsical, sly, and sometimes satirical text through lectures and other special events, youth programs, book discussions, film screenings, and a special art exhibit — all free.

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Readers will be able to connect with Alice through a wide range of free public events, programs, and book discussions.

Signature Events

Speakers, author events, discussions, and more

Book Discussions

Join other readers for Alice-related conversations


Films that complement the themes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


A genre-crossing exhibit exploring Alice's fictional aesthetic

Family Events

Activities for younger audiences

Down the Rabbit Hole

Ebooks, digital audiobooks, read-alikes, movies, and more

Corporate Edition

The Library offers workplace outreach resources

Participate Online

Readers can share Wonderland experiences online

The Great City | Great Read celebration of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library.


Made possible by a generous contribution from Polsinelli and its National Real Estate Practice.


With additional support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Partners and Supporters

The Rabbit Hole | The Kansas City Star | The Pavilion at John Knox

Penguin Random House for donating copies of the 2015 Puffin Chalk edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland