It’s the distance – growing by the day – covered by the Kansas City Public Library’s Bookmobile since it began making regularly scheduled stops at 15 locations across the metropolitan area last October. Those twice-monthly destinations range from Save, Inc., which offers transitional and emergency housing a few blocks from Troost Park, to the Paseo Baptist Church’s Erma L. Williams Learning Center and the Sherwood Autism Center on Ward Parkway.
Every day, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers act on their values to make a difference in communities, focusing on where the need for service is greatest. The Library’s VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Project currently engages 18 AmeriCorps VISTA members at 10 different agencies across Kansas City, including the Library. Additionally, the Library’s new AmeriCorps program – Digital Corps – has seven members currently serving at six Library branches.
The Library launches a new season of its popular classes for beginning and intermediate-level writers interested in developing their writing skills over a variety of genres and topics. These online classes are taught by graduate students in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and include courses like the basics of food and movie reviewing, which will make your opinions shine whether you’re posting them on Facebook, Yelp, or Letterboxd or want to pitch your work to a print publication.