Upcoming Panel Discussion Throws Open the Doors to the Modern Library

No matter what you write, if you’re not visiting your local library or archive regularly, you may be missing out on a wealth of resources. And what’s in the stacks may be the least of it. 

That’s the focus of an upcoming panel discussion on May 15 at The Writers Place. Better Writing Through Effective Research is designed to open up writers’ ways of viewing and working with the modern library, an institution that today goes way beyond the dusty stacks and blissful solitude of times long gone. The session will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.

The moderated discussion will explore the tips and tricks for the seasoned or novice researcher, how to find resources in special or technical areas, and the inspiration a writer may find in new and exciting additions to special collections. But it will also include a discussion of the new ways libraries can provide writers with other resources, like serving as a presentation venue, connecting writers with readers through classes and book clubs, or providing writers with creative and generative places to work, including fellowships.

Historic postcard of Midtown's Bellerive Hotel, the kind of thing you can find at the National Archives.

Historic postcard of Midtown's Bellerive Hotel, the kind of thing you can find at the National Archives.

Panelists will include Eli Paul, Director of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library; Lori Cox-Paul, Director, Archival Operations, National Archives at Kansas City, and Cody Croan with the Woodneath Story Center, Mid-Continent Public Library. The panel will be moderated by local author and Writers Place board member LaDene Morton. The format is both presentational and interactive, and attendees are encouraged to come with questions, comments or suggestions for the panelists. Click here for more information.

Inside The National Archives 

Inside The National Archives