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Big Read: An American Sunrise
The Big Read Kansas City 2022 celebrates U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and her acclaimed book of poetry, An American Sunrise. Explore poetry, history, and Native American literature and culture through book discussions, speaking events, films, an art exhibit, and much more in this community-wide reading program.
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The Heart Is A Fist exhibit

As part of the Library’s Big Read 2022, the exhibition The Heart Is a Fist: Contemporary Art from Haskell Indian Nations University, on display at the Central Library through May 29, features paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Indigenous artists. Learn more about the work and hear from the young artists in an upcoming public roundtable event. 

May CYS zine cover t-rex head toy as flower center

It's a special, very merry month of May for Central Youth Services' kids zine! This edition of the zine is abloom with spring fun: bikes, jar jungles, willowwacks (and other wacky words), and a bouquet of super-silly jokes.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Library is celebrating the histories, cultures, and achievements of AAPI with a collection of reading recommendations, films, and more.
Older Americans Month
The Kansas City Public Library joins the nation in observing Older Americans Month in May. This year’s focus – with the theme Age My Way – is on aging in place, on helping older adults stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.
entrance of Swope Park

Spring has arrived, and winter-weary Kansas Citians have once again turned their attention to the great outdoors. The What’s Your KCQ? team, a collaboration between the Kansas City Public Library and The Kansas City Star, have been inundated with questions about the crown jewel of the KC Parks system: Swope Park. To keep readers satisfied, we’re taking on five inquiries for this week’s rapid response edition.