Kansas City Public Library Endures 150 Years: Not Just For Hobos?!?

Here's a bit of bookish braggadocio claiming that local stacks are for people other than vagrants looking to make BM in a comfy locale.

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 Don't get us wrong . . . It's a great resource . . . But the attendance figures aren't so impressive given that a lot of the traffic comes from really great events & presentations put on by local libraries. 

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According to a KCPL spokesperson, last year more than 600,000 people visited the library to browse the nearly 800,000 books and other items available within its physical collection.

"People thought that libraries wouldn't survive the internet age and there would be no need, saying they're just the buildings with books, but we proved that that's not the case," said Jeremy Drouin, manager at KCPL's Missouri Valley Special Collections.

The library was founded in 1873 as the public school library of Kansas City and originally had a just a bookcase filled with eight volumes of the New American Encyclopedia in its initial collection.

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Kansas City Public Library turns 150, celebrates with look-back at its rich history

KCPL is showcasing historic artifacts, including a letter from Walt Disney, to celebrate its 150th anniversary.