Claim: Photograph shows a library facade lined with giant-sized representations of books.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2009]
Supposedly this photograph is of the Kansas City Library in Kansas City Mo. Kansas City has
I want to know if this photograph is legit.
Origins: Our first impulse on viewing a picture like the one displayed above was to check to see whether Worth1000 was holding a photo editing contest in which entrants are challenged to create
images of buildings that visually represent their functions. However, no such search was necessary, as background information about this photograph was easily located on the
As noted on that site, these 25-foot-high representations of
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
For those curious types who can’t make out the all of the titles displayed on Community Bookshelf, we note that they are:
- Kansas City Stories
- Children’s Stories
- Silent Spring
- O Pioneers!
- 100 Years of Solitude
- Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Fahrenheit 451
- The Republic
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Tao Te Ching
- The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
- Black Elk Speaks
- Invisible Man
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Journals of the Expedition (Lewis and Clark)
- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
- Lord of the Rings
- A Tale of Two Cities
- Charlotte’s Web
- Romeo and Juliet
Last updated: 20 November 2013
Shepherd, Sara. “Big Buzz About Those Big Books on Downtown Garage.” Kansas City Star. 13 October 2009 (p. S6). Kansas City Star. “KC Library’s Huge Bookshelf Wins National Attention.” 30 September 2009 (p. A4).