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2022 Summer Reading Program
Celebrate the power of creativity, ideas, and expression with the Kansas City Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program: Art Starts at Your Library. Read any five books between June 1 and August 15, log them, and earn a prize!
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David McCullough, the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize award-winning author of 14 books, including presidential biographies on Harry Truman and John Adams, died on August 7, 2022.

What’s Your KCQ?, on which the Kansas City Public Library and The Kansas City Star collaborate to answer reader-submitted questions about local history, quirks, and curiosities, tackles a trio of recent inquiries:

  • A body in the old Waldo water tower?
  • The first hospital for Black patients west of the Mississippi River?
  • Before the Chiefs … the Blues?
Summer Reading 2022 Final Stretch
This year's Summer Reading Program has been a celebration of making, dreaming, and doing – over 10,000 readers have read more than 11,000 books so far! You have until August 15 to finish logging your books to earn your prize. If you need last-minute ideas on books and services to ignite your creative spark, our staff have shared a few that get their artsy engines roaring.
August 2022 CYS Zine Cover

What is an English teacher's favorite breakfast? Synonym rolls! Yes, the August Central Youth Services zine is going back to school, but... there will NOT be a test! Unless you count the puzzler, and we're not counting. By the way, why is 2+2=5 like your left foot? Because it's not right.

New York Times Cooking and Games graphic

Kansas City Public Library cardholders already enjoy free digital access to The New York Times, letting you read unlimited articles on your phone, tablet, or computer.  If you love the newspaper's cooking section or are a fan of their infamous crossword puzzle, we’ve got breaking news: You now get paywall-free passes to New York Times Cooking and New York Times Games