“The Community Bookshelf”: The Coolest Looking Building in Kansas City

“The Community Bookshelf”

The Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage, “The Community Bookshelf”, is coolest looking building in Kansas City, Missouri, if not the world.

Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage, The Community Bookshelf, is coolest looking building in Kansas City, Missouri (2)

Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage — “The Community Bookshelf”

The Central Library is the main library of the Kansas City Public Library system, which is located in the Library District of Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The Central Library contains the administration of Kansas City’s library system. Within the Central Library, the Missouri Valley Room contains a wide collection of items related to Kansas City local history, including original and published materials, news articles, postcards, photographs, maps, and directories dating from the city’s earliest history. The Library’s Ramos Collection includes books, pamphlets, journal articles, and other materials relating to African-American history and culture.

Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage, The Community Bookshelf, is coolest looking building in Kansas City, Missouri (1)

Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage — “The Community Bookshelf”

Despite the library’s world renown collections and beautiful interior, what the Central Branch of Kansas City Public Library has became famous for is the distinctive facade of it’s parking garage called the “Community Bookshelf”. A striking feature of Kansas City’s downtown, the “Community Bookshelf” facade is made of twenty-two individual book spines that run along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which each measures approximately twenty-five feet tall by nine feet wide, are made of signboard mylar. The twenty-two titles making up the “Community Bookshelf” reflect a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage, The Community Bookshelf, is coolest looking building in Kansas City, Missouri (3)

Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage — “The Community Bookshelf”

 

"The Community Bookshelf" -- Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage Facade

“The Community Bookshelf” — Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage Facade

 

"The Community Bookshelf" -- Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage Facade

“The Community Bookshelf” — Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage Facade

 

"The Community Bookshelf" -- Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage Facade

“The Community Bookshelf” — Kansas City Central Library Parking Garage Facade

The 22 “Community Bookshelf” book titles are
(in order from West to East on 10th street):

Kansas City Stories, Volume I
Kansas City Stories, Volume II
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
Children’s Stories
Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)
Cien Años de Soledad (Gabriel García Marquez)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
The Republic (Plato)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu)
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Langston Hughes)
Black Elk Speaks (John Neihardt)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Journals of the Expedition (Lewis, Clark) + Undaunted Courage (Stephen E. Ambrose)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
Truman (David McCullough)

Inside the Kansas City Central Library

Inside the Kansas City Central Library

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