Music

Post Date: Fri, April 22, 2022

David Izzard recently discovered two record albums he’d checked out in 1961 – they were 22,276 days overdue. In 1961, late fees were 2 cents a day, which would have amounted to $891.04 if late fees hadn’t been capped at the time. Lucky for him and all of Kansas City, the Library went fine-free some years ago. David was gracious enough to return the items and share his story.

Post Date: Wed, May 23, 2018

Pump up the volumes as the Library's Summer Reading Program again invites both youth and adults to Rock & Read. The song remains the same: Read and log five books between May 25-July 31, 2018, earn a rockin’ prize. Explore this year’s music-themed offerings, including suggested reading titles, events, book discussions, family activities, and more.

Post Date: Thu, December 26, 2019

Did Santa bring you a new tech-themed present such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
 

Post Date: Tue, December 22, 2020

Planning to give (or get) tech-themed presents such as computers, tablets, or smartphones this holiday season? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift-giving or gift-getting by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
 

Post Date: Wed, December 22, 2021

Expect to be the proud owner of a new computer, tablet, or smartphone this holiday season? Load those devices up with FREE digital content, courtesy of your Library: eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies and TV programs, digital music and more.
 

Post Date: Fri, December 21, 2018

Planning to give (or get) tech-themed presents such as computers, tablets, or smartphones this holiday season? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift-giving or gift-getting by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
 

Post Date: Fri, May 25, 2018

There's just too much rock to be contained within the Summer Reading Program's Adult Suggested Reading, so we've gathered up bookish bootlegs, bonus tracks, and B sides for even more Rock & Read enjoyment. Check back here throughout the summer as the Library continues to add music-themed books, feature films and documentaries, albums and sountracks, and more.

Post Date: Mon, July 30, 2018

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.  
 

Post Date: Wed, July 18, 2018

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 books before the 2018 Summer Reading Program ends on July 31. Read and record five books, claim your Rock & Read prize!
 

Post Date: Fri, July 6, 2018

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.
 

Post Date: Tue, September 13, 2022

If you like following music trends, reading artist interviews, and deep-diving into archives of popular music publications, get amped up for the latest addition to our collection of digital resources, Rock’s Backpages, which features over 50,000 articles on thousands of artists ranging from ABBA to Zappa, plus over 800 audio interviews with legends spanning decades of music and genres.
 

Post Date: Wed, February 2, 2022

Does your online streaming experience feature more mattress ads than actual music? Tired of shelling out for a Spotify subscription or feeling boxed in by Pandora? If Apple Music or other paid services are taking a bite out of your budget, we have some news that will be music to your ears (and your wallet). Your library card lets you stream, borrow (and sometimes even keep) songs and albums  - for free.  
 

Post Date: Fri, August 28, 2020

We’re celebrating the 100th birthday of Kansas City jazz legend Charlie Parker. Known as “Yardbird,” or just “Bird,” he was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on August 29, 1920, and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, during its peak years of jazz culture. Discover more about Parker’s impact on Kansas City and explore his musical legacy through the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections. You can also listen to albums of Parker’s music, available for free with your library card.