Youth and Family

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: 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!

Post Date: Tue, October 25, 2022

Ten-year-old Addison Achberger delivered a delightfully goosebumpy tale of an eerie and (ahem) bloody encounter in winning the Library’s 2022 Ghost Story Contest. Her nearly 500-word piece, “Into the Night,” was selected from some three dozen submissions from youngsters ages 10-14 who live in the Kansas City Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools districts.

Post Date: Sat, January 2, 2021

We're all glad to have 2020 behind us. How can you make the most of the blank slate that is 2021? Let the Library help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.

Post Date: Fri, August 19, 2022

As part of the Library’s invaluable team of teen volunteers and interns over the summer, 17-year-old Brayden Lyons drew up and directed a Workshop Wednesday art event, Face Maker, for elementary-age youth at the Central Library. He reflects on his experience.

Post Date: Tue, January 18, 2022

If a parent is jealous of children’s programming, a library knows it has hit on a good idea. The Kansas City Public Library’s Read Outside the Box program is definitely an idea that parents wish they had for themselves.

Post Date: Wed, September 2, 2020

 The Pitch recently featured the Library's popular Dial-A-Story program, which has seen usage triple during the pandemic and become a model for library systems across the country.

Post Date: Thu, October 3, 2019

It’s fall, y’all, and the Library is kicking off the Halloween season with a monstrously good mashup of haunted local history tales, scary story recommendations, spooky special events, and frightfully fun family festivities.

Post Date: Tue, May 5, 2020

With thousands of Kansas City children confined to their homes, exercise and early literacy programs are at a premium. Librarian Alli Bernskoetter is tackling the problem on both fronts. Read more about the Library’s yoga storytimes.

Post Date: Fri, December 23, 2022

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: Thu, April 30, 2020

If you’re a parent or caregiver who’s overwhelmed by the seemingly endless number of events and activities online for kids right now, don’t panic! Your Library is here for you. Our Youth & Family Engagement department is reviewing what’s out there and recommending our favorite new online content.

Post Date: Tue, August 31, 2021

Do you like stories about haunted houses and supernatural encounters? The Library wants you to write your own urban myth or ghost story. If your story scares us enough, we’ll produce it into a spooky video that will feature on the Youth & Family Engagement YouTube channel around Halloween. (Mwah hahaha!)

Post Date: Mon, February 8, 2021

What better way for kids and teens to spend the cold days of the season than passing the time reading books for a chance to win fabulous prizes (more books, of course)? The Library's Youth Winter Reading Challenge is currently underway - between February 1-28, 2021, readers ages 18 and younger can take part, reading and logging books. If they complete and record their reads, they're eligible to win some great bundles of bookishness.