Summer Reading

Post Date: Thu, July 11, 2019

Readers have been boldly going where many love to go – to the Library – to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover. We’re just a few weeks away from the July 31 wrap-up, but patrons have already rocketed past 6,000 registrations! If you or your family haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time. Visit, get registered, log your five books, and claim your prize. We've also organized some other Summer Reading highlights and resources to showcase this year's celestial reading celebration. 

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: Fri, June 8, 2018

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; a portion of sales support KCPL’s children’s and Summer Reading programs.

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, July 5, 2022

If you’re on a creative kick as part of our Summer Reading Program, Art Starts at Your Library, one of the most powerful tools at your disposal is your library card. Access these digital resources – for free – to develop your artistic skills, engage with ideas, and unleash your maker might! 

Post Date: Mon, July 26, 2021

Stanley Banks' Blue Beat Syncopation: Selected Poems 1977-2002 is a frank meditation on the Black experience in Kansas City at that time – with remarkable resonance today, addressing street violence, untimely death and “never-to-be dreams” while also celebrating resilience and finding room for hope. It's the Library's latest FYI Book Club selection.

Post Date: Wed, May 23, 2018

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.

Post Date: Tue, July 2, 2019

Join the Kansas City Public Library and other area library systems for this year’s Library Night at the K on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, as the Royals face off against the Toronto Blue Jays. Purchase discounted game tickets at; a portion of sales support the Library's Summer Reading Program.

Post Date: Fri, June 5, 2020

In an effort to extend summer learning opportunities to more area families, the Kansas City Public Library is partnering with Kansas City Parks and Recreation on Pop In at the Park. The program, which connects families and individuals to the Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program, runs through July and is part of a continued effort to reach the community while physical Library locations are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff will be at pop-up booths Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until noon, in parks throughout the city to help sign people up for its Summer Reading Program

Post Date: Sun, May 16, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Parks and Recreation, and Kansas City Public Schools present the 2021 Pop In at the Park series.  Library staff members will be stationed in parks throughout the city Tuesdays through Fridays beginning in June to provide summer learning opportunities and resources to families, connect people with key Library services, and more.

Post Date: Thu, May 26, 2022

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!

Post Date: Tue, June 1, 2021

Dig into this year's Summer Reading Program with a bounty of HOMEGROWN STORIES that celebrate regional roots and cultivate the seeds of learning. We're commemorating Missouri’s Bicentennial with a crop of book picks that highlight Show-Me State storytelling in many forms, for readers of all ages. Read any five books, log them, and earn a prize!

Post Date: Mon, May 23, 2022

Stop by select Kansas City parks and visit with your Library for this year's Pop In at the Park summer series! We'll be popping up in local neighborhoods between June 1 - August 15, 2022, to provide summer learning resources to families, connect people with services, offer fun kids’ activities, and more!

Post Date: Fri, May 25, 2018

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.

Post Date: Mon, July 30, 2018

Whether it's a sold-out arena concert featuring a big-name supergroup or a small, intimate show at a local dive bar, a live musical performance generates an inimitable song-listening energy. In celebration of good vibrations and the Library's music-centric 2018 Summer Reading program, Rock & Read, we've put together some note-worthy resources and recommendations and Library staffers' remembrances of their most magical concerts.  

Post Date: Wed, July 18, 2018

Just as there are different genres of books for every reader's taste and state of mind, music also matches all kinds of moods, and each individual has their own song preferences. Below are a couple music categories or scenarios; some of our Library staffers have opened up to tell us what tunes make them turn up the dial, shed a tear, or bust a move.    

And whatever your bookish proclivities may be, you still have time to log your books before the 2018 Summer Reading Program ends on July 31. Read and record five books, claim your Rock & Read prize!

Post Date: Fri, July 6, 2018

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.

Post Date: Wed, May 29, 2019

The Library launches an out-of-this-world learning adventure for all ages in this year’s Summer Reading Program. As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we invite readers to Dare to Discover a universe of books, events, and activities that celebrate science fact and fiction alike. Read five books between June 1-July 31, 2019 (our mad scientist librarians have cooked up some stellar Suggested Reading titles to get you started). Log your completed books, and earn a cosmically cool prize.

Post Date: Mon, August 9, 2021

Two hundred years ago, on August 10, 1821, Missouri officially became the 24th state. From this year’s Homegrown Stories Summer Reading Program and our Missouri Valley Special Collections to recommended reading and online events, the Kansas City Public Library has many ways to celebrate the Show-Me State’s bicentennial.

Post Date: Thu, July 21, 2022

If you hear the sound of something breaking, that would be our previous Summer Reading registration record shattering into tiny pieces. We’re not even through our second month of Art Starts at Your Library, and our book-loving patrons have already surpassed all our previous Summer Reading registration rankings. Check out the impressive numbers our readers are racking up!