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Broadband Adoption Trends US compared to KC

How far has Kansas City come in connecting residents to increasingly essential high-speed internet services? It’s a key area of concern for the Library, which has taken a leadership role in efforts to expand digital access and literacy across the metro area. New analysis indicates progress, with the proportion of households using broadband rising from seven in 10 to more than eight over a four-year period. But it also shows KC lagging behind a number of similar-sized “competitor” cities. And it points to continued concerns for lower-income residents.
 

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Books make great holiday gifts, but choosing the right one can be daunting. The Library can toss you a gift-giving lifeline with our Gift Shelf Help reading recommendation service. Tell us a bit about the special reader in your life (or yourself!), and our experts will prepare a customized list of taste-tailored titles.
 
The Library and Legal Aid of Western Missouri will offer a property tax workshop on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the Library's Westport Branch. Get one-on-one help from Legal Aid attorneys.
 
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Has the holiday season got you down?  Feeling stressed?  Need a break?  Check out 12 days of fun wellness activities happening at every Kansas City Public Library location from December 9 -21.  Activities include mindfulness and meditation, arts and crafts, nutrition, workshops on beating the holiday blues, and more. 
 
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One year ago, voters overwhelmingly approved an 8-cent increase in the Library’s property tax-based operating levy – the first adjustment to the rate in 22 years. Thanks to that support and funding, the Library has been doing even more for the people we serve. As we broaden our services and respond to growing community needs, we want to keep you informed about our progress in what we call the Library’s Next Chapter. Learn what's happening at your neighborhood Library location, discover new or expanded services, and see how we’re working to improve patron experiences.
 
The Library's series of signature events bring nationally known authors, local historians, civic voices, political leaders, and others to Kansas City audiences.  But now you have another way to access the ideas and topics covered in the Library's programs: we've created a larger collection of archived online event videos available to the public. Miss a presentation? Watch anywhere, on your own time, for free.
The Library's series of signature events brings nationally known authors, local historians, civic voices, political leaders, and others to Kansas City audiences.  Now you have another way to access the ideas and topics covered in the Library's programs: We're creating a larger collection of archived online event videos available to the public. Miss a presentation? Watch anywhere, on your own time, for free. 
 

Kody Willnauer was looking at Google Maps one day and noticed that roads that run north and south on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area slant to the east. That’s not the case on the Kansas side, where the roads appear to run straight up and down the screen, the elementary school teacher and Tonganoxie resident observed. The roads on the Missouri side are not parallel with those on the Kansas side.

Since organizing in 1984, the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library have supported your Library through advocacy, outreach, and financial assistance. During National Friends of Libraries Week, celebrated from October 20-26, we recognize the contributions of Friends members to many Library programs and initiatives – Summer Reading, outreach services, naturalization ceremonies for new citizens, the purchase of materials for Library book groups, and much more. Learn more about the Friends’ impact and how y
Since organizing in 1984, the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library have supported your Library through advocacy, outreach, and financial assistance. During National Friends of Libraries Week, celebrated from October 20-26, we recognize the contributions of Friends members to many Library programs and initiatives – Summer Reading, outreach services, naturalization ceremonies for new citizens, the purchase of materials for Library book groups, and much more. Learn more about the Friends’ impact and how you can become a member.
 
Digital Inclusion Week is underway at the Kansas City Public Library, and to celebrate, our Tech Access program is hosting events at the Plaza Branch that are fun, informative, and help bridge the digital divide. Check out what we’ve got planned, and learn more about ways you can connect with technology assistance and resources at the Library.
Digital Inclusion Week is underway at the Kansas City Public Library, and to celebrate, our Tech Access program is hosting events at the Plaza Branch that are fun, informative, and help bridge the digital divide. Check out what we’ve got planned, and learn more about ways you can connect with technology assistance and resources at the Library.
 
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Kansas City and haunted houses have a long history. At one time, we were considered the haunted house capital of the world. We still have what is billed as the oldest commercial haunted attraction in the country.

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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.
 
Need Direction? The Library's Community Reference Team Can Help.
As information discovery has evolved, so has the Kansas City Public Library. We’ve launched a new Community Reference Team to help patrons connect with information and resources needed to achieve personal and professional goals. The Library can help you find jobs, start businesses, grow nonprofits, manage personal finances, develop healthy lifestyles, and more.
 
Saloon Smashing and Sunday Liquor:  A Carry Nation KC Q Answered

Known for her fiery rhetoric and fierce resolve, prohibitionist Carry Nation earned a national reputation by “smashing” saloons in Kansas and preaching against the evils of alcohol. Her work as a temperance movement leader began in the late 1800s and lasted until her death in 1911.

National Voter Registration Day 2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 is National Voter Registration Day, is National Voter Registration Day, when we ensure participation in our country’s democratic process by registering to vote or updating our records. While those who are eligible to vote can register anytime during operating hours at any Library location, a number of special voter registration activities take place September 24 in partnership with the Kansas City Board of Elections and the League of Women Voters.
 
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With Halloween right around the corner, we’re changing things up and asking readers, What’s Your KC Boooooo???

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