Youth and Family

Post Date: Thu, April 1, 2021

The April 2021 CYS kids zine is now available! It is hopping with great new books for Spring and Poetry Month and much more!

Post Date: Fri, April 1, 2022

The April 2022 Central Youth Services kids zine digs into spring with a special green thumbs issue. This zine has an amazing real-life garden maze, a really funny fact about butterfly feet, two extra corny celery jokes, and much more to plant a seed in your imagination! 

Post Date: Thu, April 2, 2020

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, free meals for children are available at area pick-up sites during certain days and times. Check out the current list of organizations providing support.  ​
 

Post Date: Tue, August 3, 2021

The August 2021 Central Youth Services kids zine is now available! This end-of-summer, back-to-school issue includes a special guest visit by Pigeon, who still wants to drive the bus! (Noooo!) There are also great whale jokes, a tricky toothpick puzzler, and a pvery pfunny ptarmigan poem.

Post Date: Thu, August 4, 2022

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.

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, March 24, 2020

How do you keep your kids entertained during this time of social distancing? Through her fearless Harry Potter heroine, Hermione Granger, author J.K. Rowling  famously (and wisely) advised: When in doubt go to the library. But what does one do when library buildings are closed? The Library's director of Youth & Family Engagement, Crystal Faris, suggests going to the digital library and taking advantage of all the youth-friendly online services we have to offer.
 

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 Royals.com/KCLibrary; 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: Wed, May 2, 2018

Children's Book Week is April 30 - May 6, 2018.  This year, Kansas City Public Library staffers were asked to complete the thought, "If I could be a children's book character, I'd be ... ." We narrowed their options to 21 iconic children's book characters, and participating staffers are wearing special lanyards throughout the week showing off the characters they selected.

Post Date: Fri, May 3, 2019

Children's Book Week, an annual celebration of books for youth and the joy of reading, was launched in 1919 and is currently the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Marking the event's 100th anniversary, the Library shares its history and spotlights a remarkable collection of commemorative Children's Book Week posters dating to that founding year. 
 

Post Date: Mon, October 30, 2017

It’s one of the most important decisions we make when it comes to our kids: where they will go to school. In some cities and towns, it’s all about the neighborhood. In smaller communities, there might be a single school for all the kids to attend. Here in Kansas City, there are dozens of options for families and caregivers, and let’s face it, they can be overwhelming. That’s why Show Me KC Schools, the Office of the Mayor Sly James, and the Kansas City Public Library are co-sponsoring the City School Fair.

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: Tue, April 12, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring of 2020, the Library had just received our shipment of materials for the Book Rich Environment initiative, which brings books and other literacy tools to children and their families who live in HUD-assisted housing. We worried how we would serve these communities during a global pandemic; but today, the relationship we built with the Housing Authority of Kansas City and area families is thriving, thanks to creative community partnerships.
 

Post Date: Thu, July 28, 2022

As kids return to classrooms for the start of a new school year, we’ve got a backpack full of resources to make life easier for parents and caregivers. Whether it’s live homework help services, educational apps, or other learning tools, your Library offers many ways to help young learners succeed.
 

Post Date: Tue, April 14, 2020

The latest CYS Zine is out! This 16-page monthly mini magazine highlights what's new and notable in the children's department of the Central Library. Each issue is filled with new books and upcoming events, plus amazing facts, funny jokes, poetry, artwork and puzzles. Normally available at the CYS service desk, you can now download a copy online, print it, and enjoy the zine from home.

Post Date: Thu, December 2, 2021

The December 2021 Central Youth Services kids zine has gone to the birds with crazy bird counts, silly bird jokes, egg-cellent bird facts, and a big bird puzzle! (Not that Big Bird!)

Post Date: Wed, December 2, 2020

The December 2020 CYS Zine is out! This 16-page monthly mini magazine highlights what's new and notable in the children's department of the Central Library. Each issue is filled with new books and upcoming events, plus amazing facts, funny jokes, poetry, artwork and puzzles. Normally available at the CYS service desk, you can now download a copy online, print it, and enjoy the zine from home.

Post Date: Tue, February 1, 2022

The Library's Dial-A-Story service features several books that celebrate Black stories and voices as part of Black History Month. Dial 816.701.3456 to hear these titles read by our special narrators the week of February 9 -12, 2022. You can also listen online.
 

Post Date: Tue, September 14, 2021

Enriching young minds is part of what the Library does best. But we also want to be sure that our future cardholders'... other parts are getting necessary attention, as well. In partnership with HappyBottoms, the Library is taking part in a diaper donation drive starting September 13 and ending during National Diaper Needs Awareness Week,  September 27- October 3. Patrons are invited to drop off new or opened packages of diapers in donation bins at any of our locations.
 

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