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A Message From the Library's Interim Director
Our goal, in short, is to make these uncertain times a little less uncertain. Your Library is here for you.
 
Consider the Source: NewsGuard Browser Extension Offers Context for Online Information
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A resource implemented earlier this year by the  Library on its computers is temporarily available for you to use at home for free. NewsGuard can help sift through the news of today and sort fact from fiction – from reports about the upcoming election to updates about the novel coronavirus. The browser extension provides credibility ratings and “Nutrition Label” reviews of thousands of news and information websites, indicating which sources are generally trustworthy, and which have been found to spread misinformation.  NewsGuard has temporarily removed its paywall until July 1, meaning anyone can add the service at home to see the most up to date, accurate news possible related to COVID-19.
 
Resources for Staying Connected During the Coronavirus Outbreak
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More than ever, perhaps, we find ourselves relying on technology to stay informed, keep in touch with family and friends, continue school, and work effectively from our homes. Here are some resources – and some generous special offers – to help remain digitally connected during this challenging time. 
 
Why Is There a Large Piece of Ungraded Bedrock on Grand Between Seventh and Eighth Streets?
What's your KC Q?

“What’s Your KCQ?” — a partnership between The Star and the Kansas City Public Library — is focusing on downtown curiosities this week. Reader Eric Haar got the ball rolling by asking us to explain the odd-looking bit of exposed bedrock that runs along Grand Boulevard between Seventh and Eighth streets. He works in the Western Union Telegraph Building near the site and always notices how much it stands out from its surroundings.

A Colorful Centennial Commemoration of Women's Right to Vote
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One hundred years ago the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women in the U.S. the hard-won right to vote. In commemoration of the centennial, the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections has produced a new coloring book profiling local women who took part in the suffrage movement. A limited number of free copies will be available at KC Library locations beginning in March 2020 for Women’s History Month. A digital edition and downloads of all the profiles can be found at kchistory.org/coloringkc.
 
Celebrating Black History in Books and Film
From classic literature to contemporary cinema, the Library offers a number of ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. As we commemorate Black History Month, check out a selection of recommended books and browse the collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services.
From classic literature to contemporary cinema, the Library offers a number of ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. As we commemorate Black History Month, check out a selection of recommended books and browse the collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. 
 
Kansas City Public Library Earns Top-Tier 5-Star Rating … Once Again
For the fourth consecutive year, the Kansas City Public Library has earned a 5-star designation from Library Journal. Only 85 public libraries nationwide – less than than 1 percent of the total of 9,245 – attained that top-tier standing.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Kansas City Public Library has earned a 5-star designation from Library Journal. Only 85 public libraries nationwide – less than than 1 percent of the total of 9,245 – attained that top-tier standing.

Kansas City Black History 2020
Kansas City Black History 2020
Each year, the Library partners with the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and the Black Archives of Mid-America to produce a series of Black History Month materials celebrating the legacies and accomplishments of notable African-Americans from the Kansas City area. The individuals featured in the 2020 series all helped break down barriers in our community, elevating and inspiring others then and now. Read on to learn more about their achievements.
 
U.S. Senate Confirms: Kansas City’s Crosby Kemper III Will Head National Library Agency
Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III is assuming leadership of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump.

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III is assuming leadership of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump.

Library Offers Array of Nonprofit Resources – Including Upcoming Webinar
You have a worthy cause, a mission, and you’ve formed a nonprofit to pursue it. Now, you need funding.  Start that search at the Library. Through Candid, the world's largest source of information on nonprofits, foundations, and grants, the Kansas City Public Library offers an array of resources to both organizations and individuals seeking nonprofit backing.

You have a worthy cause, a mission, and you’ve formed a nonprofit to pursue it. Now, you need funding.

Start that search at the Library. Through Candid, the world's largest source of information on nonprofits, foundations, and grants, the Kansas City Public Library offers an array of resources to both organizations and individuals seeking nonprofit backing.

Live Your Best Life in 2020 with Library Resources
Live Your Best Life in 2020 with Library Resources
With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We tell ourselves we’re going to learn a new skill, take a class or two, strive to get exposed to diverse and different ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in personal and professional lives… an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library is an ideal starting point to help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.
 
Library’s VISTA Project honors legacy of MLK with 2020 Hygiene Kit Donation Drive
Library’s VISTA Project honors legacy of MLK with Hygiene Kit Donation Drive
In the spirit of service embodied by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Library’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project is collecting donations of travel-size personal care items for a Hygiene Kit Drive. Between January 2–15, 2020,  visit any Kansas City Public Library location and bring supplies to drop off in dedicated boxes. Donated materials will be assembled into kits that will be given to individuals experiencing homelessness.
 
Make the Most of Your New Device with Library Resources
Did Santa bring you a new tech-themed present such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
Did Santa bring you a new tech-themed present such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
 
Our Favorite Books of 2019
What books were winners with Library staff in 2019?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
What books were winners with Library staff in 2019?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
 
North-East Branch Undergoing Renovations Through 2020
North-East Branch Undergoing Renovations Through 2020
The Library’s North-East Branch has TEMPORARILY RELOCATED as it begins a complete renovation and redesign. A temporary space directly across the street at 5930 Wilson Rd. in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center houses many of the location’s materials during the process, which is expected to last through late 2020. Plan your visit and learn more about the North-East Branch's exciting future.
 

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