Community Bookshelf

4801 Main St Kansas City

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Community Bookshelf

Who doesn't love the classics? At the Kansas City Public Library, some of the world's most famous literature is on display in a fantastic way. The giant artistic bookshelf, known as the "Community Bookshelf," is a giant facade covering the front of the library's parking garage. Make no mistake; these are not your ordinary books—they are much larger than life. Every title on display is made of signboard mylar and measures at 25 feet wide and nine feet tall. There are a total of 22 books, ranging in topic, author, and time period.

If you love the world of literature, then you will not want to miss out on visiting this beautiful tribute to the written word and its impact on our world.

Community Idea

The Community Bookshelf was conceived in 2004 when the Kansas City Public Library was looking to expand the parking lot to accommodate the city's growth. The city reached out to local residents for a way to make the parking lot more aesthetically pleasing, and the idea for an enormous bookcase was born. This video gives an up-close look at the books and what they are made out of.

Patrons and community members voted for titles to feature on the giant work of art, though The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees made the final choices in March 2014. Some examples of chosen works include "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, and “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Cover image by Jonathan Moreau is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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