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KC Library – 2/100

Kansas City Library KC Activity #2 – Kansas City Library (Downtown Branch)
14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Cost: Free
Atmosphere: Quiet, relaxing
Cuisine: Coffee shop and snacks
Features: Movie vault, study rooms, rooftop terrace
Good for: Families, students, everyone
Pro Tip: Parking around the library can be a pain, so take the streetcar if you can. There is a parking garage that’s free for the first hour, if you get your ticket validated in the library.

When I moved to Kansas City two years ago, one of the first things I did was get my library card. I’ve always been the biggest book nerd, but right after college I couldn’t really afford to buy books. So, the library it was.

I’ve challenged myself to read 25 books each year for the past two years, so I’ve been a frequent visitor at the Kansas City library. But, I’ve never taken the time to fully explore the downtown branch. It has so much to offer, and I didn’t even know it.

They have:

  • Rooftop terrace(!)
  • Art galleries
  • Children’s area
  • Film vault
  • Missouri Valley special collections
  • Grand reading room and so much more

Kansas City Library After spending an hour or so exploring, I cannot say enough. This old building has incredible history and is so beautiful – chandeliers, marbling, recessed ceilings (when can I move in?). It seems that every corner is filled with art or antique furniture.

A few fun things:

  • When the Kansas City library moved into the building in 2004, they turned an old bank vault into a movie room, complete with walls of steel and a 35-ton steel door.
  • One wall of the library’s parking garage is covered in 25-feet-tall book spines. The “community bookshelf” showcases 22 books that were suggested by Kansas City readers.
  • The 5th floor houses well-curated information about the structural and transportation plans for downtown Kansas City after World War II. A lot of the plans didn’t happen because of suburbanization.

Kansas City Library

One of my favorite parts about visiting the Kansas City library is the head security officer. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who so friendly each and every day. He’s quick to greet you with a big smile, and is a huge fan of the library, too. He always shares new and exciting things the library has to offer, like the new checkout system and summer movie nights. The sweetest guy!

I also love the rooftop. Looking forward to fall (or a cooler summer day) when I can snag a spot on the rooftop terrace and spend an afternoon reading. Be sure and check it out! xx, LibbieKansas City Library

Westport Flea Market – 1/100


Westport Flea Market

KC Activity #1 – Westport Flea Market
817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Cost: $
Atmosphere: Dive bar, locals
Cuisine: American, bar food
Features: Arcade games, pool tables, patio
Good for: Families, large groups, dive bar enthusiasts
Pro Tip: Bring cash – The Flea doesn’t take cards.

Westport Flea Market

This Kansas City staple has held the title of the Best Burger in KC for 32 years, and there just might be something to it. Westport Flea Market gets their beef from from longtime Kansas City butcher, McGonigle’s Market.

They have two burgers – the regular Flea Market burger (10 oz patty) or the Mini Market (5.5 oz patty). I had the loaded Mini Market with sautéed ‘shrooms and onions, cheese and bacon, and it did not disappoint.

Westport Flea MarketNaturally, The Flea also has a burger challenge. Eat the Flea Market Burger x 5 (50 oz of beef, lol what) and 2 pounds of curly fries in 30 minutes, and you get it free, plus a t-shirt and your picture on the wall.

Other dishes that looked tasty:

  • Titanic Nachos
  • Joe Joe’s Famous Chicken Panini
  • Meatball Grinder
  • Patty Melt

Westport Flea MarketThis place is old school. Waitresses will come to your table to get your drink order, but after that, you’re on your own. Head to the bar to place your order and listen for your name to be called from the kitchen window when your food is ready. They also only accept cash, which is pain for most people. There is an ATM, but the fees are pretty high, so stop at your bank before you come.

We stuck around for trivia on Thursday night, and it was the best I’ve been to in Kansas City. My team didn’t win (pretty typical), but the DJ was super entertaining and the questions were fun. It’s $5 per person to play, and the cash prizes are awesome (1st place got $120 the night we were there!). They have trivia twice a week at The Flea – Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 9pm. I can’t wait to make a trip back, but I need to study up on random trivia facts first. xx, Libbie

 

#100DaysofLibbieLovesKC – 0/100

100 Kansas City Things For the next year, I’m challenging myself to do 100 Kansas City things and *actually* write about my experiences.

I just really love Kansas City. I’ve lived here for two years and I’ve done a lot, but haven’t even scratched the surface of what I’d like to do. This project gives me a reason. I’ve also been looking to write more for fun and for me (not just for work). This project gives me the content.

I was inspired to start this after stumbling upon Elise Joy’s instagram. She’s doing the 100DayProject, a creative, sort of awakening where you make something every single day for 100 days. The idea is that because creativity is a skill – the more you practice, the better you get. And in 100 days, you can get pretty good at something.

I love love love the idea of this project, but I really wanted my project centered around Kansas City. And it’s just not feasible in 100 days. I’m traveling a lot this summer and won’t be in Kansas City for 100 days straight (probably ever). I also have a life, a job and friends and can’t commit realistically (or financially) to do a Kansas City activity every. single. day. So I’m tweaking my version a bit. 100 Kansas City things and 105 days of blogging in one year.

Goals:

  • Complete 100 Kansas City Things in 1 year
  • Write 105 blog posts (1 for each activity and 5 reflections)
  • Get my experience featured in some sort of KC publication (VisitKC.com / Ink Mag / etc.)
  • Build a guide of Kansas City that’s useful – not just for me but others, too.

Activity Ideas:
As of right now, I have a Google doc full of about 80-ish activities and I’m hoping the other 20 pop up throughout the year. Here are a few of the activities I am most looking forward to:

So, that’s the idea behind 100DaysofLibbieLovesKC. I can’t wait to get started and share more. If you’d like, check back here to see what I’ve been doing or follow me on Instagram.

100 Kansas City Things