Reading Lists

Post Date: Fri, February 8, 2019

From classic literature to contemporary cinema, the Library offers a number of ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. As we commemorate Black History Month, check out a selection of recommended books and browse the collection of documentaries and films available through the free Kanopy streaming service. 
 

Post Date: Wed, July 10, 2019

As you power through your Summer Reading to log your books and earn your prize, there's a constellation of space-and science-themed titles out there waiting to be discovered. In addition to this year's official Summer Reading selections for each age group, our librarians working at ground control have more majorly good reads that can give your reading a booster rocket in the final weeks of this year's program, Dare to Discover.
 

Post Date: Tue, May 3, 2022

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.
 

Post Date: Fri, May 7, 2021

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Library is celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of AAPI with a collection of reading recommendations, online events, book discussions, and more.
 

Post Date: Mon, April 11, 2022

As the Library's Big Read 2022 continues, our youth librarians have created collections of books that explore Native American culture and introduce young readers to the power of poetry. 
 

Post Date: Tue, October 26, 2021

Have a delightfully wicked Halloween season with a monstrously good mashup of scary story recommendations, frightfully fun films, and other creepily cool Library resources.
 

Post Date: Tue, September 28, 2021

Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2) was established in September 1982 to highlight current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. We’ve put together a list of some of the most challenged titles since 2000, plus other resources to further your appreciation of the freedom to read.
 

Post Date: Mon, September 12, 2022

The Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with a collection of book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources that explore a rich array of the experiences and perspectives of Latino Americans.
 

Post Date: Sun, May 31, 2020

This year’s Summer Reading Program invites readers of all ages to LIVE THE FANTASTIC and experience the power of storytelling. Behold your quest: Read any five books between June 1 and July 31, 2020. Pick stories in your preferred format, log them online, and earn a reward.
 

Post Date: Tue, February 18, 2020

From classic literature to contemporary cinema, the Library offers a number of ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. As we commemorate Black History Month, check out a selection of recommended books and browse the collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. 
 

Post Date: Tue, February 2, 2021

From classic literature to contemporary cinema, the Library offers a number of ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. As we commemorate Black History Month, check out a selection of recommended books and browse the collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. 
 

Post Date: Tue, July 19, 2022

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on abilities and protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in areas such as transportation and building accessibility. For Disability Pride Month, we offer a collection of books, films, and other resources that celebrate the rich array of stories and experiences of people living with disabilities. 
 

Post Date: Fri, March 8, 2019

March is Women's History Month, and there are many ways to commemorate the lives and achievements of women throughout history and share experiences of today's women. Check out the collection of books, movies, and other resources available at the Library. 
 

Post Date: Wed, April 28, 2021

The Library's Director of Branch Operations Cindy Hohl joined U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in an online conversation April 27, 2021, as part of PBS Books’ Trailblazing American Women Writers series. Harjo is serving her second term as the first Native American poet to serve as the nation’s poet laureate. Cindy, a member of the Santee Sioux Nation of Santee, Nebraska, is this year’s president of the American Indian Library Association. Watch video of the presentation and explore a list of related reading selections.
 

Post Date: Tue, June 7, 2022

Juneteenth marks the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans on June 19, 1865, following the end of the Civil War. This milestone in America's history came to be known as Juneteenth — combining "June" and "Nineteenth" — and is observed annually. In commemoration of the holiday, the Library offers a number of book recommendations, films, and other resources that highlight the history of Black experiences in America.
 

Post Date: Thu, June 17, 2021

Juneteenth marks the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans on June 19, 1865, following the end of the Civil War.  Just in time for 2021's Juneteenth, Congress passed long-discussed legislation making the date a federal holiday — the 12th in U.S. history. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on June 17. In celebration of the newly official holiday, the Library offers a number of book recommendations, films, and a special event that highlight the history of the Black experience in America.
 

Post Date: Wed, April 14, 2021

Passionate about pentameter? Really into rhyme and rhythm? Are you a stanza stan?  The Library can help you get well-versed during National Poetry Month with a collection of reading recommendations, special online events, book discussions, and more!
 

Post Date: Mon, August 15, 2022

Enjoy learning about the people and places that have made Kansas City what it is today? KCHistory.org, the online home of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections, hosts a treasure trove of digitized photos, maps, postcards, and other historical materials that tell the stories of our city’s growth and development over time. For 816 Day on August 16, we’ve selected a handful of historic images and made them available as background wallpapers for your mobile phone. Free to download and use on your device, these snapshots and postcard images can give your modern tech a bit of old-school style by showing off our community’s past.

Post Date: Fri, December 13, 2019

Books make great holiday gifts, but choosing the right one can be daunting. The Library can toss you a gift-giving lifeline with our Gift Shelf Help reading recommendation service. Tell us a bit about the special reader in your life (or yourself!), and our experts will prepare a customized list of taste-tailored titles.
 

Post Date: Tue, February 15, 2022

It’s medals season! Of course we’re talking more about literature than luge, and our preferred sport is curling up with good books. No matter if you’re a speed reader or more of a freestyle fan, we’ve put together collections of recent award winners and nominees in our catalog for you to enjoy. 
 

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