Library Life

Twenty-five Kansas City households with school-age children will get free wireless Internet access at home as part of a pilot program allowing them to "check out" the service from the Library.

The Kansas City Public Library has received a $100,000 grant to help launch a new, two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.

We have been selected as a location for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national tour in 2016. Few copies exist of Shakespeare's First Folio, and we are excited to have the opportunity to exhibit one at the Library!

The Kansas City Public Library's board of trustees has returned to its full, nine-member complement with the recent appointment of two local business leaders, Marilou Joyner and Kathryn Mallinson.

DVD Fee Removed

Think of it as an early holiday present. We are making our DVD collection more accessible by removing the $1 fee for feature films and limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals.

Hour of Code 2014

Join us! Youth across the world are participating in the Hour of Code. More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event.

Food For Fines 2014

The Library is partnering with Harvesters for Food for Fines Week, October 13-19, 2014. For each non-perishable food item donated at the Library, you get a $1 credit towards your existing fines.

Booktoberfest

Join the Young Friends of the Library on Friday night for an evening of books, beer, bites … and baseball. Booktoberfest brings together local breweries for a unique tasting event benefiting the Young Friends.

Join Mozilla Hive KC for the official launch of the Kansas City Hive Learning Network.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Call us America’s library capital – or at least, one of them. The Mid-Continent Public Library has been named a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Kush Sharma (at left) and Sophia Hoffman (right)

After 95 rounds and nearly six hours of competition, Kush Sharma emerged Saturday as champion of the Jackson County Spelling Bee at the Kansas City Public Library.

hoopla digital

The Kansas City Public Library is offering a new, refreshingly quick — and free — way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks.

Library patrons can now use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It's the latest addition to the Library's extensive menu of electronic resources.

All Hoopla content is available on demand. No holds necessary. No waiting. Users can watch or listen to their selections via online streaming or by temporarily downloading selections to a mobile device for viewing without an internet connection.

Hoopla's digital collection counts tens of thousands of titles - some 100,000 CDs; 10,000 audiobooks; 3,000 movies; and 500 TV series - and continues to expand. The Holland, Ohio-based service struck new streaming deals late in 2013 with NBCUniversal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, National Geographic, and BBC America. It already had agreements with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and eOne Music.

Irish Legends by Iain Zaczek

Ireland is a country full of storytellers. It seems every citizen of the Emerald Isle was born with a golden tongue and a quick mind. KCPL has pulled together a Pinterest board of some of Ireland's most famous writers and poets. It's the Readin' O' the Green for March!

About the Author

Kaite Stover

Kaite Mediatore Stover is the Director of Readers’ Services at the Kansas City Public Library. She is a regular guest on KCUR's Book Doctors segment and moderator of The Kansas City Star’s FYI Book Club. She can tap dance, read tarot cards, and doesn’t bite.

Looking for more books about good love gone bad, bad love that feels good and love in all the wrong places?

Check out our KCPL Pinterest page, Books of Love.

Pin Winner

The Library’s latest Pinterest Contest, Christmas Books: Past, Present, and Future, is over. But before we settle down for a long winter’s read, we’d like to congratulate Kristi Bond, the winner in the drawing for the grand prize.

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