Note: Returns: Book Drops Only. Holds Pick-Up: Curbside or Drive-Up Service. In-Branch: No in-branch services. Virtual Branch is available 24/7.The Woodneath Library Center, and the Blue Springs South, Camden Point, Dearborn, Edgerton, Excelsior Springs, and Smithville Branches are currently closed until further notice due to potential COVID-19 exposure. Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, all open MCPL branches will operate with curbside or drive-thru service only. Learn more about MCPL's pandemic response
All MCPL branches will be closed from 5:00pm Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday as part of its COVID-19 response. Our Virtual Branch is available 24/7.
The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. In an instant, their train runs off the rails, violently flinging passengers about the cabin. But when the great iron machine finally comes to rest, the only casualty is the President-elect's beloved son, Bennie, which casts Franklin's presidency in a pall of sorrow and grief. As Franklin moves into the White House, he begins to notice that something bizarre is happening. Strange sounds coming from the walls and ceiling, creepy voices that seem to echo out of time itself, and visions of spirits crushed under the weight of American history. But when First Lady Jane Pierce brings in the most noted Spiritualists of the day, the Fox sisters, for a séance, the barrier between this world and the next is torn asunder. Something horrible comes through and takes up residence alongside Franklin and Jane in the walls of the very mansion itself. Only by overcoming their grief and confronting their darkest secrets can Jane and Franklin hope to rid themselves-and America-from the entity that seeks to make the White House its permanent home.