Youth and Family

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.

Post Date: Mon, February 1, 2021

The February 2021 CYS zine is now available! It is packed with great new books for Black History Month and info on Winter Reading. (Kids can get a prize just for reading this month!) The zine also has a groundhog puzzler, crazy jokes about skunks and ducks, and even a very veggie Valentine poem.

Post Date: Wed, February 2, 2022

The February Central Youth Services kids zine is full of fun stuff like crazy tiger facts, extra jokes, award-winning books, an eye-bender puzzle, and a poem about eating all of Mom's chocolates, ruh-roh! 

Post Date: Fri, February 3, 2023

Why did the football player take string to the game? To tie the score! That's just a little tip from this month's Central Youth Services Zine, now available, and chock-full of lovely books and football and other fun stuff!

Post Date: Tue, July 17, 2018

The Kansas City Public Library is proud to participate in Harvesters' Kids Cafe program, acting as sites for those 18 and under to eat a free and nutritious meal after school and during the summer. 

Post Date: Tue, November 16, 2021

The Library is putting the fun back into kids’ Fridays.  Friday Night Family Fun resumes – in person – at the Library’s Plaza Branch in December, beginning with a fun, lively presentation by Kansas City children's musician, educator, and storyteller Dinosaur “Dino” O’Dell. Two activities-based, come-at-your-convenience programs are set for the following two Fridays.

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, March 30, 2021

What makes a good book, one worth checking out? Many of you count on our librarians for guidance.  Rest assured. They know, firsthand.  During a recent intra-Library reading challenge highlighting children’s and young-adult titles, staff read nearly a quarter of a million pages – 242,218 – in January and February.  Find out what books we spent time checking out!

Post Date: Wed, January 5, 2022

Happy New Year! The January 2022 Central Youth Services kids zine is hobby-licious this month! Whether you like drawing or chess or making bugbots or training your Popplio or maybe something completely different, the zine has you covered. There are silly sports jokes and a hot rod school bus puzzler, too. So, ring in the new year with some new books full of fun activities!

Post Date: Wed, January 4, 2023

What kind of books do rabbits prefer? Ones with hoppy endings! It's the Year of the Rabbit, so hop by and pick up the January Central Youth Services zine or print one out!

Post Date: Thu, July 1, 2021

The July 2021 CYS kids zine is now available!This is an all-fun Summer Reading specular with hot new books, a Fizz Fountain STEAM activity, mustache art, and extra jokes! No squidding! Actually, there is an item about squid. Or two. Two items about squid. 

Post Date: Fri, July 1, 2022

How does Reese eat ice cream? Witherspoon! If ice cream sounds pretty good right now, check out the July edition of the Central Youth Services zine! It has scoop after scoop of delicious new books, scrumptious jokes, a cool maze, and out-of-this-world facts.

Post Date: Wed, June 2, 2021

The June 2021 CYS kids zine is now available! It is full of fun Summer Reading books & activities, including a Missouri puzzler, Gateway Arch how-to, pizza art, and some hot firefighter jokes!

Post Date: Wed, June 1, 2022

What is a pirate's favorite hobby? Arrrt! And what is Summer Reading 2022 all about? Arrrt ... er, Art Starts at the Library! Read all about it in the June edition of the Central Youth Services zine, now available online and in person. This zine also has arrrty jokes, colorful facts, and a crazy fish riddle. Yarr!

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: Wed, May 27, 2020

Kids Café returns Monday, June 1, 2020, providing nutritious after-school and summer meals and allowing Library staff to reconnect with youth at our Southeast, Trails West, Waldo, and L.H. Bluford branches. Learn more about the Library’s efforts to bridge the nutrition gap.

Post Date: Tue, April 19, 2022

The Library celebrates Earth Day with the release of a new coloring book, Missouri Native Plants, created by Library staff. The plants, insects, and birds included within its pages are many that live in or drop by the prairie garden on the Central Library’s popular Rooftop Terrace. Free copies are available at all Library locations while supplies last, and a digital edition is available for download.

Post Date: Wed, November 11, 2020

For parents trying to navigate Kansas City’s many public, charter, and private school options, the City School Fair is an invaluable resource. The annual event will be held virtually this year, and the Library is working to ensure everyone has access.