KCPL Commemorative Plate
Based in Kansas City, Irma Starr is a world-renowned potter who creates collectible works of art that are modeled after the 17th-century slipware style of pottery. This beautifully and meticulously rendered ceramic plate holds the Kansas City Central Library building as its focal point, thus placing further emphasis on the Library as the city's oldest cultural institution. On the outer lip of the plate are two images. To the left, a portrait of the Public Library's founder James M. Greenwood. To the right, Greenwood’s white marble memorial chair located at the Central Branch. The text on the outer lip signifies the Kansas City Public Library's mission to Kansas City as "A Doorway to Knowledge for All". Details on the face of the plate include an open book situated above the central image reading 1873, the founding date of the library. Below the central image a collection of books reading 2004 along the spine indicates the date of the plate’s creation. On the reverse side of the plate, an inscription dedicates it to the Kansas City Public Library commissioned by the Kemper Family.