Kansas City’s Community Bookshelf

With their Community Bookshelf, the Kansas City Public Library has taken an innovative and beautiful approach to public outreach, urban beautification, and large scale art. The ‘bookshelf’ is actually a ‘signboard mylar’ wall mural running the length of a parking garage (several blocks) which represents “22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.” Each book is 25 feet by 9 feet, which I can only imagine is pretty spectacular to walk by. Titles on the book shelf include a number of Kansas-related titles, as well as 100 Years of Solitude, O, Pioneers!, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.

For more on the bookshelf and descriptions of each of the titles represented, see the KCPL website: http://www.kclibrary.org/?q=community-bookshelf

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