Library Staff

Post Date: Fri, January 25, 2019

Carol Wallace marks 50 years at the Library. That's worth celebrating.

Post Date: Wed, April 28, 2021

The Library's Director of Branch Operations Cindy Hohl joined U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in an online conversation April 27, 2021, as part of PBS Books’ Trailblazing American Women Writers series. Harjo is serving her second term as the first Native American poet to serve as the nation’s poet laureate. Cindy, a member of the Santee Sioux Nation of Santee, Nebraska, is this year’s president of the American Indian Library Association. Watch video of the presentation and explore a list of related reading selections.

Post Date: Sun, April 19, 2020

Librarian Katie Dennis grew up in the country in a family of birdwatchers, but never shared the interest until she became a city dweller. Now, she's found bird watching to be a relaxing, affordable, and easy way to connect with nature while social distancing. Learn more about resources to help any budding birdwatcher.

Post Date: Wed, October 11, 2017

During a special five-day event in partnership with Brian Frehner, a tenured professor of science, technology, and society at University of Missouri–Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library offers free classes and drop-in sessions to help you with your smartphone, technology repair, and even prepare you for a job interview.

Post Date: Tue, March 16, 2021

What’s now the Library’s Waldo Branch was once a small outpost at the old Southwest High School. Donna Newell was there, as a student and library page and later – fresh out of college – as a fulltime staffer. With 37 uninterrupted years at the Library, atop a total of six years as a high school and college page, you could say Newell is as much an institution as the institution itself.

Post Date: Wed, April 14, 2021

Come to a Library event, big or small, and it’s skillfully set up. The sound and other technical details are ironed out. All easy peasy. Often, that’s the handiwork of Leslie Case.

Post Date: Thu, April 8, 2021

Libraries are essential civic and cultural institutions in our society. They're gathering places, service providers, and hubs of learning, growth, and discovery. What makes a library a transformative presence in communities? As this year's National Library Week draws to a close, we're taking a moment to recognize the many ways the Library — and specifically, our staff — strive to support and serve our city and its people.

Post Date: Tue, March 30, 2021

What makes a good book, one worth checking out? Many of you count on our librarians for guidance.  Rest assured. They know, firsthand.  During a recent intra-Library reading challenge highlighting children’s and young-adult titles, staff read nearly a quarter of a million pages – 242,218 – in January and February.  Find out what books we spent time checking out!

Post Date: Thu, November 30, 2017

The Kansas City Public Library is featured in the latest C-SPAN Cities Tour, which highlights the history and literary life of a selected city.  Producers spent time with the Library in examining the history of the Stockyards District and the 1920s and '30s era in which local political boss Tom Pendergast was at the height of power. The segments aired the weekend of December 2-3, 2017, and videos are available to view online.

Post Date: Mon, April 15, 2019

One of the Kansas City Public Library’s branch managers has received national recognition. Amanda Barnhart, manager of the North-East Branch, has been elected president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Post Date: Mon, July 13, 2020

The Kansas City Public Library’s director of branch operations has received national recognition.

Cindy Hohl, who has overseen the Library system’s branch operations for nearly three years, took office July 1, 2020, as president of the American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association.

Post Date: Thu, November 3, 2022

The Kansas City Public Library’s Cindy Hohl is one of two candidates for the presidency of the American Library Association – with 55,000 members, the largest and most influential library association in the world.

Post Date: Fri, January 12, 2018

Memories are made at the Library each day. Our staff members reminisced about some of the moments from the past year that stood out as unique and notable -- stories and anecdotes underscoring how the Library is a special place that offers so much to our community. 

Post Date: Fri, June 18, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library’s director of branch operations Cindy Hohl, who is serving her first term as president of the American Indian Library Association, will join the American Library Association-affiliated Freedom to Read Foundation this summer. She will also move onto the standing committee of the International Federation of Library Associations’ Indigenous Matters Section in August.

Post Date: Wed, April 10, 2019

The Library salutes its AmeriCorps VISTA members and the vital work they've done the past four-plus years in areas ranging from refugee and immigrant services to tech training.

Post Date: Thu, March 31, 2022

We’re observing National Library Week, which runs April 3-9, 2022. This year’s theme, Connect With Your Library, underscores the role of libraries – here in Kansas City and nationwide – in connecting individuals, families, and entire communities to an array of crucial resources, from internet access and digital devices to programs, classes, and of course books.

Post Date: Wed, December 14, 2022

No lie, our staff enjoyed a ton of top NONFICTION titles in 2022. See the collection of true stories that took our bookshelves by storm.

Post Date: Wed, January 24, 2018

Too many people, it seems, aren't quite sure what life at a 21st-century library is all about. The Missouri Library Association has come up with a fun way for us to share what we do: Library Snapshot Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, January 24. Follow along on social media by searching for the hashtag #LibrarySnapshotDay.