Library Life

The Kansas City Public Library is proud to participate in Harvesters' Kids Cafe program, acting as sites for those 18 and under to eat a free and nutritious meal after school and during the summer. 
When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently announced his retirement, a national conversation kicked into gear regarding the process of nominating and confirming a new Justice to our nation’s highest court. To help make sense of the SCOTUS – its history, its role in our society, the personalities among its ranks – the Library has gathered a collection of resources to explore how the Court’s decisions have influenced the United States and the lives of its people.
When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently announced his retirement, a national conversation kicked into gear regarding the process of nominating and confirming a new justice to our nation’s highest court. To help make sense of the SCOTUS – its history, its role in our society, the personalities in its ranks – the Library has gathered a collection of resources to help you explore how its decisions have influenced the country and the lives of its people.
 
Looking for a few more music-themed books to add to your Summer Reading playlist? Library staff have shared some of their favorite titles on the subject. Check out the list of books that fit this year's Rock & Read theme.
Looking for a few more music-themed books to add to your Summer Reading playlist? Library staff have shared some of their favorite titles on the subject. Check out the list of books that fit this year's Rock & Read theme.
 
Nominations are open for The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2018. And should you be inclined, there are some categories that offer a perfect chance to give the Kansas City Public Library some love.
Lucile Bluford – namesake of the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch – was a local civil rights leader and helped make The Kansas City Call one of the most important African-American newspapers in the nation. During July, The Library celebrates Bluford’s impact on the KC community and the nation at large.
Lucile Bluford – namesake of the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch – was a local civil rights leader and helped make The Kansas City Call one of the most important African-American newspapers in the nation. During July, The Library celebrates Bluford’s impact on the KC community and the nation at large.
 
Kansas has seen advances in LGBT acceptance and rights over the past decade and a half that belies perceptions of one of the country’s most famously red states. Progress has come fitfully, to be sure. But it has come nonetheless, and C.J. Janovy details the advances in both attitude and deed in the Library’s latest FYI Book Club selection, No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas.
Kansas has seen advances in LGBT acceptance and rights over the past decade and a half that belies perceptions of one of the country’s most famously red states. Progress has come fitfully, to be sure. But it has come nonetheless, and C.J. Janovy details the advances in both attitude and deed in the Library’s latest FYI Book Club selection, No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas.
 
LGBT Pride Month, celebrated in June, commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. Throughout the month and beyond, the Kansas City Public Library offers LGBTQIA+ programs and highlights reading or listening recommendations and other resources.
LGBT Pride Month, celebrated in June, commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. Throughout the month and beyond, the Kansas City Public Library offers LGBTQIA+ programs and highlights reading or listening recommendations and other resources.
 
Join the Kansas City Public Library and other area library systems for this year’s Library Night at the K on Tuesday, July 24. Purchase discounted tickets at Royals.com/KCLibrary; a portion of sales support KCPL’s children’s and summer reading programs.
Join the Kansas City Public Library and other area library systems for this year’s Library Night at the K on Tuesday, July 24. Purchase discounted tickets at Royals.com/KCLibrary; a portion of sales support KCPL’s children’s and Summer Reading programs.
 
There's just too much rock to be contained within the Summer Reading Program's Adult Suggested Reading, so we've gathered up bookish bootlegs, bonus tracks, and B sides for even more Rock & Read enjoyment. Check back here throughout the summer as the Library continues to add music-themed books, feature films and documentaries, albums and sountracks, and more.

There's just too much rock to be contained within the Summer Reading Program's Adult Suggested Reading, so we've gathered up bookish bootlegs, bonus tracks, and B sides for even more Rock & Read enjoyment. Check back here throughout the summer as the Library continues to add music-themed books, feature films and documentaries, albums and sountracks, and more.

Pump up the volumes as the Library's Summer Reading Program again invites both youth and adults to Rock & Read. The song remains the same: Read and log five books between May 25-July 31, 2018, earn a rockin’ prize. Explore this year’s music-themed offerings, including suggested reading titles, events, book discussions, family activities, and more.

Pump up the volumes as the Library's Summer Reading Program again invites both youth and adults to Rock & Read. The song remains the same: Read and log five books between May 25-July 31, 2018, earn a rockin’ prize. Explore this year’s music-themed offerings, including suggested reading titles, events, book discussions, family activities, and more.

Fausto Montero prepared for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' naturalization test with the help of the Kansas City Public Library's English for Citizenship classes and one-on-one Citizenship Interview Practice sessions.

Where can someone purchase a home computer for as low as $60, get tips on using a smartphone, learn to use internet search engines, or find help filling out online applications for jobs, healthcare, and social services?

The answer starts with simply making a phone call.

In celebration of National Digital Inclusion Week, May 7-11, 2018, the Kansas City Public Library is leading the launch of a new Tech Access hotline in partnership with the Digital Inclusion Coalition.

Children's Book Week is April 30 - May 6, 2018.  This year, Kansas City Public Library staffers were asked to complete the thought, "If I could be a children's book character, I'd be ... ." We narrowed their options to 21 iconic children's book characters, and participating staffers are wearing special lanyards throughout the week showing off the characters they selected.

The Kansas City Public Library is celebrating the makeover of its Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Parkway, with a community open house on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Library invites patrons to sit down and connect through conversation during the first National Week of Conversation, April 20-28, 2018.

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