If you use the Kansas City Public Library, you know it has blossomed into a major cultural asset for the metro area. The director, R. Crosby Kemper III, is the kind of enlightened anti-bureaucrat who can turn the run-of-the-mill into something culturally vibrant and enriching. Just take a look online, if you haven’t already, at the discussions, recitals and performances the library offers. The online catalog is a jewel.
I can recall the old Kansas City Public Library. It was, well, functional. Today Kansas City has one of the best libraries in the country. In October 2008, the library received a national award for museum service.
Anyone using this outstanding resource ought to become a “friend” to show their appreciation and to help keep it culturally turbocharged.