Library Life

Publisher’s Policy Change May Bring Longer Waits for New E-Book Checkouts

Macmillan Publishing is drastically limiting libraries' -- and patrons' -- access to new e-book releases.

That’s Boss! Library’s Pendergast Website Wins National History Award
That’s Boss! Library’s Pendergast Website Wins National History Award
The Library’s historical website The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression has been accorded a prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History. It recognizes “superior and innovative achievements” in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history.
 
Special Library Exhibit Spotlights Ralph Steadman’s Distinctive, Gonzo-esque Artwork
Artist Ralph Steadman is known for his creative collaboration with writer Hunter S. Thompson, matching outrageous illustrations to Thompson’s gonzo writing. Beyond that partnership, Steadman’s career spans over 60 years; this summer, the Library is among a few U.S. sites hosting a touring retrospective exhibit of over 100 of his original works.
Artist Ralph Steadman is known for his creative collaboration with writer Hunter S. Thompson, matching outrageous illustrations to Thompson’s gonzo writing. Beyond that partnership, Steadman’s career spans over 60 years; this summer, the Library is among a few U.S. sites hosting a touring retrospective exhibit of over 100 of his original works.
 
KC Area Libraries Launch Cross-Catalog Searching
BiblioCommons catalog

Four local libraries have teamed up to provide you with an easy way to search all their collections at the same time! Starting Tuesday, April 16, you will see links to other libraries when you search our catalog.

Join Us in Celebrating the Stars of National Library Workers Day
Tuesday, April 9, is National Library Workers Day, and the Kansas City Public Library joins a celebration across the country of the librarians, support personnel, and others who help make our institutions places for community-wide engagement, enrichment, and development.
Tuesday, April 9, is National Library Workers Day, and the Kansas City Public Library joins a celebration across the country of the librarians, support personnel, and others who help make our institutions places for community-wide engagement, enrichment, and development.
 
Carol Wallace Celebrates 50 Years With the Kansas City Public Library
Carol Wallace
Carol Wallace marks 50 years at the Library. That's worth celebrating.
 
How to Better Navigate Money Matters? Look to Lynda.com
The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with Lynda.com, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.
The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with Lynda.com, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.
 
Our Favorite Books of 2018
 What books were winners with Library staff in 2018?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
What books were winners with Library staff in 2018?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
 
Record Crowds, Interested Artists: Library Emerges as an Art Destination
Anne Ducey, Kansas City Public Library's exhibit director.
Nearly 103,000 people visited eight exhibits in Central Library's first-floor Genevieve Guldner and second-floor Rocky and Gabriella Polony Mountain galleries in 2017-18, an average of 302 each day the Library was open. Both numbers were Library records. The daily average spiked further, to 375, in the first few months of ’18-19.
 
Locally, Nationally, and Now Internationally, Library’s Coogan Pushes Digital Literacy
Library Deputy Director Carrie Coogan keeps expanding her advocacy for digital literacy and inclusion – from efforts locally in Kansas City, Missouri, to leadership nationally to a place on the docket of arguably the world’s foremost brainstorming session on the health of the internet.
Voters say "Yes!" to Their Library
Thank you, voters! From, Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City Public Library officials say they are moving forward with plans to implement upgrades of both services and facilities after approval of the first increase in the Library’s property tax-based levy in 22 years on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 
 
Library Earns Top-Tier 5-Star Rating
Library Journal 5-Star Library
For the third consecutive year, the Kansas City Public Library earns a 5-star designation from Library Journal
Preparing for Election Day – Tuesday, November 6, 2018
This fall’s election comprises a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have a lot of important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.
This fall’s election encompasses a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have many important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.  
 
Browse These Spooky Vintage Cards
Halloween is a great time to share holiday-themed postcards with your friends and family. Browse through our collection for inspiration.
What’s the value of your Library? It impacts more than your wallet.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
 

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