Library Life

Whether it's a sold-out arena concert featuring a big-name supergroup or a small, intimate show at a local dive bar, a live musical performance generates an inimitable song-listening energy. In celebration of good vibrations and the Library's music-centric 2018 Summer Reading program, Rock & Read, we've put together some note-worthy resources and recommendations and Library staffers' remembrances of their most magical concerts.
Whether it's a sold-out arena concert featuring a big-name supergroup or a small, intimate show at a local dive bar, a live musical performance generates an inimitable song-listening energy. In celebration of good vibrations and the Library's music-centric 2018 Summer Reading program, Rock & Read, we've put together some note-worthy resources and recommendations and Library staffers' remembrances of their most magical concerts.  
 
Just as there are different genres of books for every reader's taste and state of mind, music also matches all kinds of moods, and each individual has their own song preferences. Below are a couple music categories or scenarios; some of our Library staffers have opened up to tell us what tunes make them turn up the dial, shed a tear, or bust a move.       And whatever your bookish proclivities may be, you still have time to log your books before the 2018 Summer Reading Program ends on July 31.
Just as there are different genres of books for every reader's taste and state of mind, music also matches all kinds of moods, and each individual has their own song preferences. Below are a couple music categories or scenarios; some of our Library staffers have opened up to tell us what tunes make them turn up the dial, shed a tear, or bust a move.    

And whatever your bookish proclivities may be, you still have time to log your books before the 2018 Summer Reading Program ends on July 31. Read and record five books, claim your Rock & Read prize!
 
LGBT Pride Month, celebrated in June, commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. Throughout the month and beyond, the Kansas City Public Library offers LGBTQIA+ programs and highlights reading or listening recommendations and other resources.
LGBT Pride Month, celebrated in June, commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. Throughout the month and beyond, the Kansas City Public Library offers LGBTQIA+ programs and highlights reading or listening recommendations and other resources.
 

Where can someone purchase a home computer for as low as $60, get tips on using a smartphone, learn to use internet search engines, or find help filling out online applications for jobs, healthcare, and social services?

The answer starts with simply making a phone call.

In celebration of National Digital Inclusion Week, May 7-11, 2018, the Kansas City Public Library is leading the launch of a new Tech Access hotline in partnership with the Digital Inclusion Coalition.

First friday event at the Library

If you’re reading this right there’s a good chance the Kansas City Public Library, and libraries in general, are an important part of your life. Congratulations. You’ve made a very good decision. What better time to celebrate than now? It’s National Library Week from April 8 – 14, 2018.

A Central Library barista started offering coffee tastings a year ago as a way to share her knowledge of the coffee world, but they have turned into something more—an opportunity to highlight local organizations that are helping the Kansas City community.
 

We know there are more than 50 shades of love, and we’ve broken down some of the many subgenres of romance to help you find the best match for your readin’ heart this Valentine’s Day.

As the Kansas City Public Library’s director of public affairs from June 2006 to August 2015, Henry Fortunato imagined and developed revolutionary public programming that earned national recognition and helped redefine the role of the modern library. On February 5, 2018, Fortunato died at his home after a short illness. He had turned 62 a month earlier.

As the Kansas City Public Library’s director of public affairs from June 2006 to August 2015, Henry Fortunato imagined and developed revolutionary public programming that earned national recognition and helped redefine the role of the modern library. On February 5, 2018, Fortunato died at his home after a short illness. He had turned 62 a month earlier.

Too many people, it seems, aren't quite sure what life at a 21st-century library is all about. The Missouri Library Association has come up with a fun way for us to share what we do: Library Snapshot Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, January 24. Follow along on social media by searching for the hashtag #LibrarySnapshotDay.

Device Tutorials and Digital Content
Are you the proud owner of new tech products this holiday season? The Library keeps the spirit of gift-giving going by providing you with many ways to make the most of your new computer, tablet, or smartphone.  We've got a few  resources to get you started.
 
The Country Club Plaza in December is synonymous with holiday lights and shopping, as illustrated in these historical photos from our Missouri Valley Special Collections.
 

Pull into the parking garage for the downtown Central Library – the one with the cool collection of giant books on the exterior – and you might notice some changes. New gates. And a new system for entry. We’re here to help get you through.
 

We Present the Class of 2017! First Class of Career Online High School Receives Diplomas
On a chilly November evening at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance filled the Truman Forum. The auditorium was filled with smiling audience members holding phones and cameras high. At least three video cameras were positioned in different parts of the room to capture the event. In the corner, a reporter and photographer from 41 Action News were ready to shoot video and get interviews. All eyes were on the women wearing caps and gowns on the stage. They were the first class of graduates through the unique Career Online High School program.
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.
During a special five-day event in partnership with Brian Frehner, a tenured professor of science, technology, and society at University of Missouri–Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library offers free classes and drop-in sessions to help you with your smartphone, technology repair, and even prepare you for a job interview.

During a special five-day event in partnership with Brian Frehner, a tenured professor of science, technology, and society at University of Missouri–Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library offers free classes and drop-in sessions to help you with your smartphone, technology repair, and even prepare you for a job interview.

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