KCKPL Library Directors
Since 1895, 20 people have served as KCKPL's director or acted in the role of director. The following list represents those professionals.
- Carol Levers -- 2010-present
- Jason Strickland (acting - school district personnel) -- 2009-2010
- John Rios (acting - school district personnel) -- 2008-2009
- Charles Perdue -- 1988-2008
- Teresa Garrison (acting - library personnel) -- 1987-1988
- Raymond E. Riddle -- 1985-1987
- Teresa Garrison (acting - library personnel) -- 1984-1985
- Charles Joyce -- 1978-1984
- Carl Kent (acting - school district personnel) -- 1978-1978
- Esther Norman (acting - library personnel) -- 1978-1978
- Willard Dennis -- 1963-1978
- Esther Norman -- 1953-1963
- Gerald H. Sandy -- 1941-1953
- Donald Kohlstedt -- 1935-1941
- O.Q. Claflin (acting)
- Bertha McMann -- 1924-1932
- Sara Judd Greenman -- 1902-1924
- Mina Lane Fanin -- 1899-1902
- Mary Farrow -- 1897-1899
- Elizabeth Mae Dickinson -- 1895-1897
Articles about KCKPL's History
The following articles focus on KCKPL's history.
- Click here to read the Then & Now Series article about the Library's History. Margaret Landis researched and wrote this article. Find the series online by going here.
- Read bio about Sarah Richart, known as the "Benefactor of the Library".
KCKPL Mascot RU Reading
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library's mascot is a lizard named RU Reading. The lizard originated from a cooperative project with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools to promote reading. In support of USD 500's Just Read Program and to stimulate interest in reading, a contest was held by KCKPL to name the giant green book-loving lizard created by Main library staff member David Carleton. 6-year-old Shanna Martin won naming the lizard R.U. Reading. The happy green lizard has graced KCKPL in the form of posters, stickers, tote bags, t-shirts, library cards, keychains, coloring pages, beanie babies, and even a human-sized costume. RU Reading has become a beloved personality in the community appearing at school, civic and library events to promote the public library and reading.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library has had many iterations over the years of logos to represent the library.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library through Photos
The following are photos of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library facilities throughout its history.