Propero's KC

Kansas City’s diverse library of destination bookstores are as dedicated to the customer experience as they are to the literature itself. Among each independent bookseller, discover stories, authors and engaging communities unique to the area that keep people coming back.

Here are five noteworthy bookshops worth “checking out:”

Get lost in a book, or the store



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Overlooking busy 39th Street, Prospero’s Books specializes in used books, CDs and vinyl, all packed into a cozy three-story building. Funky chairs are scattered throughout the store so that shoppers can get comfy with a book of their choice, plus a café on the third floor makes Prospero’s an ideal location for booklovers to spend an afternoon reading. Filled to the brim with paperbacks of all kinds, and with a reputation for rare and hard-to-find books, visitors are sure to find their next favorite story, whether it’s a fantasy novel that takes place in a far off world or a history written by a local author.

Interact with authors



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It isn’t unusual for local bookstores to feature author readings and discussions. However, Rainy Day Books rewards readers from January through December with more than 300 Author Events per year. Located at the Fairway Shops in Mission, Rainy Day Books has been serving the Kansas City community for more than 40 years, and thanks to international acclaim for its service, knowledge and commitment, the bookseller is a can’t-miss destination for book lovers. Visitors can consult the Author Events calendar (updated regularly) for the next reading or stop in to learn more.

Develop a new hobby

Night Blooms

Night Blooms Darkroom and Book Store caters to more than just the avid reader. Kansas City’s first public darkroom, the facility, which opened January 2016, offers a community space for people to develop their own photography. Night Blooms serves customers on monthly memberships as well as walk-ins for pay by-the-hour use of the facility located on Southwest Boulevard. The unique storefront also includes a bookstore, which features hand-selected titles on philosophy and art-themed literature for readers interested in honing their craft.

Explore the magic of reading



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While not technically a bookstore, The Rabbit hOle is a reading adventure unlike any other. Self-described as “the World’s First ExploraStorium” (explore-a-story-um), The Rabbit hOle offers an immersive story experience for young readers, who are encouraged to interact with amazing 3-D art displays that depict classic children’s tales such as “The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau.” Currently located in the Crossroads Arts District, The Rabbit hOle is in the process of developing and showcasing various components of its vision. When fully realized, it will feature a library, bookstore, theater, writing lab, two immersive storybook galleries, a printing press and bindery and more, making it the perfect place for kids to spend time exploring their favorite stories.

Satisfy your superhero craving

Elite Comics

Visitors who can’t wait until the next superhero movie comes out can rest easy thanks to Elite Comics and its wide selection of new and used comics, graphic novels, statues and other merchandise. Located in Overland Park, Elite Comics hosts tons of in-store and offsite events each year for its customers while also providing friendly and helpful service to anyone from the novice comic reader to experts in comic canon. The store boasts an active, inclusive community great for lively discussion and making new friends.

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