The Central Branch of This Library Has the Perfect Parking Garage

@Corbin5 (102828)
United States
June 12, 2018 2:13pm CST
The face of the parking garage for the Central Branch of the public library in Kansas City, Missouri, looks like a row of books on a shelf!!!! That row of books on a shelf for the library parking garage is beyond clever, in my opinion. The books that appear on the facade of the parking garage are 25 feet high. Each book is also 9 feet wide. We are talking really big books!!! In 2004, the members of the community, along with patrons of the library, voted on the titles they wanted on the those huge books that would make up the facade of the library parking garage. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, O' Pioneers by Willa Cather, The Republic by Plato, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are among the 22 titles on those big books. Even the stairs leading to the parking garage of the Central Branch of the public library look like books stacked on top of each other.
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@amadeo (63803)
• United States
12 Jun
Thank you for sharing t his with us.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
You are welcome, my friend.
@sallypup (26599)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Jun
I love it. Sure catches the eye.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
It really is a unique sight to see.
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@sallypup (26599)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Jun
@Corbin5 Its near where you live?
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
@sallypup No, I live in a far west Chicago suburb. Quite a drive for me to see that library parking garage.
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• United States
12 Jun
I remember seeing this photo when @GardenGerty posted about it. That would be a lovely little library to visit. Our downtown branch of the County Library has had an update to it but I haven't gone to see it since it was reopened. I can recall how dizzying the staircase was to traverse and hope they updated it.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
Yes, it would be nice if your library did something about that dizzying staircase.
• United States
12 Jun
@Corbin5 It was a beautiful staircase but it didn't quite suit the building itself. If memory serves there were three levels. The third looked like old book stacks in movies, those boring and somehow desolate looking rooms. The third was the most bright and cheery but it was the one with the dizzying staircase. I should find a reason to go down there but I don't use the library anymore and any book on local history I can surely find online.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum I rarely use our library due to having to return those books. I buy my books from charity shops for less than a dollar, and I don't have to drive anywhere to return them.
• United States
12 Jun
What a clever way to promote the best possible form of entertainment: BOOKS !
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
I love the look of it.
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• United States
12 Jun
@Corbin5 it looks like a gifted artist with lots of patience and really passionate about their work, took time to promote a really great entertainment venue: BOOKS !
@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
@enlightenedpsych2 Such a detailed job that had to be.
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@LadyDuck (151800)
• Switzerland
13 Jun
This facade is incredible. I will search to know which are the other titles they picked up.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
I did see the entire list of titles on Wikipedia. An impressive list it is.
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@LadyDuck (151800)
• Switzerland
14 Jun
@Corbin5 I have seen the list and also more photos of the outside and inside, it is amazing.
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@Jessabuma (19994)
• Baguio, Philippines
13 Jun
This is so beautiful view.. I love it!
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
The detail used on each book is very impressive.
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@Jessabuma (19994)
• Baguio, Philippines
13 Jun
@Corbin5 yes that's right
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@mom210 (6696)
• Atlanta, Georgia
12 Jun
That is amazing! How creative.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
Yes, a lot of hard work went into creating that facade.
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@mom210 (6696)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Jun
@Corbin5 I am sure it did, the detail along is impressive.
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@just4him (112912)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
That's a garage. That's a garage? Wow! That's some garage! Awesome! I wouldn't mind visiting that garage. Makes me wonder what the library looks like if the garage looks that awesome.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
It really is a lovely sight to see. How clever to design it that way.
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@just4him (112912)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
@Corbin5 It definitely is clever.
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@snowy22315 (45409)
• United States
12 Jun
That is really cool I like it!
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
I thought the idea was quite clever.
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@snowy22315 (45409)
• United States
12 Jun
@Corbin5 It sure was!
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@mlgen1037 (23922)
• Manila, Philippines
12 Jun
Hi Deborah. I like those row of books for a parking lot. I feel like inside the pages of those books.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
12 Jun
Yes, and all the books are very well-known and loved ones too.
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@mlgen1037 (23922)
• Manila, Philippines
13 Jun
@Corbin5 And that makes it all the more nostalgic.
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@Shellyann36 (9215)
• United States
15 Jun
That is really neat and a great way to camouflage a parking deck!
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
15 Jun
Yes, a very clever idea. The attention to detail on those "books" is superb.
• India
13 Jun
Wow that was amazing to know about that and it looks so very good. Have a very great Wednesday
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
I think it looks really good too. Wishing you a very good Wednesday too!
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• United States
13 Jun
That is really awesome. I bet it's great seeing it in person.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
Yes, and I do hope it encourages others to read even more. I love all the titles on those huge books.
@GardenGerty (97947)
• United States
13 Jun
I had heard about this but forgot where it was. I will have to see about swinging through there sometime when I head north. It would be fun to see in person.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
I think they did such a great job on that facade. I would like to see it too.
13 Jun
That is most definitely the best looking car park I've ever seen!
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
It really is an inspirational one.
@Courage7 (5699)
• United States
13 Jun
Thats very very nice of that library to have that designed like that
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
They sure did a fine job on those books.
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@ridingbet (49680)
• Philippines
13 Jun
that is beautiful. it is an art making books as facade for the garage.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
It was such a clover idea.
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@TRBRocks420 (75380)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Jun
Wow probably the coolest garage I have ever seen.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
It is the coolest one I have ever seen too.
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@Susan2015 (20410)
• United States
13 Jun
That is really something and so very unique.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
It is just perfect for a parking garage that leads to the library.
@DianneN (76104)
• United States
12 Jun
It's very unique. I especially like the chosen titles.
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@Corbin5 (102828)
• United States
13 Jun
Yes, it was nice that patrons and the community were able to suggest the titles.
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