When some people think about the library, they imagine a place that only houses old, dusty, out of print titles. Others may assume that the library's sole purpose is to provide resources for children. That's definitely not the case at MCPL! In addition to providing up-to-date books, movies, music, and more for all ages, each of our 29 branches also carries the latest and greatest titles available.
If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to browse the stacks for books, then come and check out our displays. We try to have something for everyone on them. They are a quick and easy way to find books that interest you.
The first display you will see is the “Thrill a Minute” display. These are the action-packed thrillers. The covers are sure to catch your eye. If it has something blowing up, planes or helicopters, the Capital building, the White House, FBI, CIA, or the KGB, on the cover, the book will be on this display.
As you browse our collection this summer, you’ll find that the Lee's Summit Branch has added a new display table by our Most Requested Author’s section. Over the last few years, several patrons have asked us for staff recommendations. We thought we’d take advantage of the coming summer months to spotlight some our favorite summer reads. Each book is displayed with a bookmark letting you know which staff member recommended each title.
The Midwest Genealogy Center has many displays of various types, and there is always something new to see there. Right now you can see a sampling of hair wreaths from Leila’s Hair Museum. The museum, which is located on Noland Road in Independence, Missouri, boasts well over 100 hair wreaths, as well as an assortment of jewelry and other artifacts that are made of, or at least contain, human hair.
Things are going swimmingly at the library this summer! We hope you are diving into some good books. Kid’s you can earn a plush duck, some ducky binoculars, or an art kit for reading this summer!
If you need help finding some good reads this summer we will be happy to recommend our favorites. Come in and check our books displays; Beach Reads; Author of the Month, Larry McMurtry and Children’s Authors, Richard Scarry, David McPhail and Eric Carle to name a few.
People Looking for Their Next Favorite Author Find Winners on the MRA Table
For those of you looking for your next favorite author, rest easy because the library has done the hard work for you!
Each month the Raytown branch puts out our most requested titles on a large table right inside the front door. The table is regularly stacked with titles from Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Clive Cussler, and many more.
Since its introduction, many patrons have commented on how good the titles on the MRA (Most requested author) tables are, and we intend to keep it fully stocked with the most popular authors and titles.
Our new Adult Display is Travel the Beaches of the World. It is a display of travel books from the United States to Australia. The books cover three major oceans, the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian, as well as the Caribbean Sea.
On display at the Midwest Genealogy Center is a collection of replica Revolutionary War flags courtesy of the Kansas City Chapter, Missouri Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Harry S. Truman Chapter of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Stars and Stripes, the Grand Ole Flag, the Star-Spangled Banner or whatever you call it, the thirteen stripes and fifty stars we know today is not the flag the country used during its battle for freedom. In the Revolutionary War, each colony, each military unit, had its own flag.
I just wanted to share a really special painting Jacqueline Howell did for the teen summer reading program.
If you visit the Buckner branch very often, you will see many of Jackie’s great works of art on our bulletin boards and displays. It is really amazing what great talents so many of our employees have, and how lucky everyone is when they share them.