Kansas City Public Library

This Library in Kansas City is a Giant Bookshelf of 25 Foot Tall Books

This Library in Kansas City is a Giant Bookshelf of 25 Foot Tall Books

The Kansas City Public Library in Missouri has one of the most unique architectural designs of a library that you may have ever seen. The design consists of 22 different books with titles that reflect greatly on the interests of Kansas City readers.

Public Library Location:

The library, which runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue, is part of the Central Library that was founded in 1873, and is actually the oldest and the third largest public library systems in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

If passerby’s are ever in need of some awesome book recommendations while visiting this public library in Kansas City, then the large wall of books will give then some great ideas of what other books fans in the area recommend.

The Kansas City Public Library in Missouri

Here is a list of the books that are included in the wall:

These book spines reach an incredible height of 25 feet and are 9 feet wide, made out of signboard mylar.

Kansas City Stories Volumes 1 and 2
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Republic by Plato
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Tao Te Ching by Lau Tsu
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk, as told to John G. Neihardt
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Journals of the Expedition by Lewis and Clark
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, And The Opening Of The American West by Stephen Ambrose
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Truman by David G. McCullough

There are also a fair amount of children’s books, many of which you probably read as a child:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson; Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne; Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss; What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele; Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton

The Uniqueness of the Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library houses many different special collections such as the local history of Kansas City with lots of original and published materials including news articles, photographs, maps and even city directories that date back to the community’s earliest history. It is really a great place to get in touch with history, and you will even find a rather large collection of books, journal articles and other materials that relate back to the African-American history and culture.

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