Youth and Family

Post Date: Fri, February 12, 2021

The Library has added an extra dash of discovery to young-adult reading. Our Youth & Family Engagement team recently began a trial run of its Read Outside the Box program. Teens and tweens can check out new reading and activity boxes that hold two or three specially themed books, the titles varying by box and revealed upon opening. With that come with some other goodies: at-home activity kits and a handful of snacks.

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: Tue, August 4, 2020

The Make.Do.Tell. series produced by the Library’s Youth and Family Engagement team offers instruction in creating comics, conducting at-home STEAM experiments, storytelling, and more. Read more about the series.

Post Date: Mon, March 1, 2021

The March 2021 CYS kids zine is now available! It is packed with great new books for Women's History Month and much more!

Post Date: Fri, April 30, 2021

The May 2021 CYS kids zine is now available! It is full of dino-mite May goodies: wonderful new books, a tricky jellybean puzzler, an amazing ostrich egg fact, a T. rex poem, and at least one hilarious joke about an elephant!

Post Date: Wed, May 4, 2022

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.

Post Date: Thu, August 18, 2022

Hit us with a monstrously good story. The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, invites youngsters ages 10-14 to craft their spookiest tales for its annual Youth Ghost Story Contest. Goblins and ghouls. Dark, lightning-streaked nights. Unsettling urban legends. Give us your best, most twisted (and imaginative) tales -- contest runs Sept. 1-30, 2022.

Post Date: Wed, December 29, 2021

With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We pledge to learn a new skill, take a class or two, acquaint ourselves with different and diverse ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in our personal and professional lives … an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library can help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.

Post Date: Tue, October 27, 2020

The Kansas City Public Library is piloting a new service at our Plaza location that allows families to safely browse through its collection and access computers in the Kid Corner. Learn more about how it works and how to make an appointment.

Post Date: Mon, November 1, 2021

The November 2021 Central Youth Services kids zine is now available! This month with Thanksgiving coming up we're hungry for fun new food books. Inside the zine you'll find pie, pickles and no fewer than 46 pieces of pizza ... and some pretty sweet apple jokes! And if you're hankering for a puzzler, there's a magical number waiting to be solved!

Post Date: Tue, November 1, 2022

Who helped the squash cross the road? The crossing gourd! Yes, you guessed it, there's a feast of fun in the November Central Youth Services zine for kids.

Post Date: Fri, October 1, 2021

The October 2021 Central Youth Services kids zine is now available! This boo-tiful issue invites young readers to shiver with delight at scary new books, ghastly poetry, and batty puzzles! There's also a joke that's so corny it will make your pumpkin groan.  

Post Date: Fri, September 30, 2022

Who turns the lights off at Halloween? The lights witch, of course! Mwah ha ha! The October Central Youth Services zine for kids is a little spooky, a little kooky. And it's ready for you to print out or pick up at the Library... if you dare!

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: Mon, June 7, 2021

Pride Month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. The Library celebrates with LGBTQIA+ book recommendations, highlights from past programs, film offerings, and other resources.

Post Date: Tue, May 31, 2022

Pride Month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. The Library offers a collection of book recommendations, events, films, and other resources that celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices and experiences.

Post Date: Thu, September 10, 2020

The start of the 2020 school year finds parents, educators, and students in new territory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the Library offers a variety of free educational resources for everything from homework help to online learning. This year, amid the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve also launched new programs and expanded access to existing services aimed at helping our community. See what our Youth & Family Engagement team recommends.

Post Date: Wed, September 1, 2021

The September 2021 Central Youth Services kids zine is now available! This month we invite you to get a library card and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This issue comes with a pet rock named Trixie, some smart shark facts and an especially silly joke about a pretzel and a potato chip! It is also raining tacos on Page 15. 

Post Date: Thu, September 1, 2022

Why did the frog go out for breakfast? His toadster was broken. Yes! It's September, and the latest Central Youth Services zine is out and full of toad-ally great jokes! Or at least one toad-ally great one about a frog going out for breakfast