The Community Bookshelf – The unique public library building in Kansas City

The books, which measure approximately 8 meter by 3 meter, are made of signboard mylar that is laid over concrete panels and an aluminum substructure. The shelf showcases 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.”

Panoramic photograph of Kansas Library / Image source

Built in 2004, The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of Kansas City’s downtown. It runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The concept of turning the parking garage into a bookshelf was part of an effort on behalf of the community to bring character to the needed structure.


The books are depicted in the work

Kansas City Stories Volumes 1 and 2
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Republic by Plato
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Tao Te Ching by Lau Tsu
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk, as told to John G. Neihardt
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Journals of the Expedition by Lewis and Clark
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, And The Opening Of The American West by Stephen Ambrose
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Truman by David G. McCullough

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