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Children's Book Week, an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, launched in 1919 and is currently the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. In 2019 the annual event celebrates its 100th anniversary;  on the occasion of this notable milestone, the Library shares the history of Children's Book Week and highlights a collection of commemorative posters produced throughout the program's past.
Children's Book Week, an annual celebration of books for youth and the joy of reading, was launched in 1919 and is currently the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Marking the event's 100th anniversary, the Library shares its history and spotlights a remarkable collection of commemorative Children's Book Week posters dating to that founding year. 
 
Trolley car

The name of Kansas City’s Trolley Trail – a six-mile path now populated by walkers, runners, and bikers – offers some indication of its original purpose. The route is one of the last pieces of the city’s original streetcar system.

Library Offers Access to Kansas City Star Digital Editions
The Kansas City Star Image Edition service provides readers with free access to digital versions of the full paper, with an archive ranging from 2013 to present. View the paper online just as it appears in print; plus you can share, clip, print, and save articles, add citations, conduct searches, and view easily on mobile devices.
 
The Library joins the Kansas City community in saying a fond, grateful goodbye to Henry Bloch, one of the city’s greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Bloch, who co-founded H&R Block in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 96.
 
Image of Amanda Barnhart
One of the Kansas City Public Library’s branch managers has received national recognition. Amanda Barnhart, manager of the North-East Branch, has been elected president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.
 
Image of the front of the Central Library.

Opened April 12, 2004, the new Central Library wasn’t merely a triumph for merely the Library. The restoration of the century-old First National Bank building also lent momentum to then-nascent efforts to revitalize Kansas City’s downtown.

The Library salutes its AmeriCorps VISTA members and the vital work they've done the past four-plus years in areas ranging from refugee and immigrant services to tech training.
 
Unidentified Kansas City baseball team with dozens of fans seated in the grandstand, ca. 1880s. Photo: Missouri Valley Special Collections

Is Kansas City the home of baseball's original fans? The almanac On This Day in America credits a local newspaper, presumably The Star or The Times, with making the first-ever reference to the sport's followers as "fans" in March 1889. We investigated the claim.
 

Voter Resources for the June 18 KCMO general election
Kansas City voters go to the polls on April 2 2019,  to weigh in on several races and issues. Want to be prepared to cast your ballot? The Library has an array of election resources, including video from recent mayoral forums, to help you make informed choices on Election Day.
 
Is reading about art like dancing about architecture?  If an artist sits in a vacant gallery, is it art? If an author writes a novel with a real person as a character is it fiction? An FYI Book Group discussion of Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had book and art lovers pondering these very questions. Readers also had the chance to pose their questions to the author, who dropped in via Facetime from her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
Is reading about art like dancing about architecture?  If an artist sits in a vacant gallery, is it art? If an author writes a novel with a real person as a character is it fiction? An FYI Book Group discussion of Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had book and art lovers pondering these very questions. Readers also had the chance to pose their questions to the author, who dropped in via Facetime from her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
 
Several Library locations will undergo upgrades and improvements to public restrooms the first week of April 2019. Construction will impact branch operating schedules; patrons should be aware of late openings and limited access to certain areas during this time. Read on for which neighborhood locations will be affected by the building upgrades.
Several Library locations will undergo upgrades and improvements to public restrooms the first week of April 2019. Construction will impact branch operating schedules; patrons should be aware of late openings and limited access to certain areas during this time. Read on for which neighborhood locations will be affected by the building upgrades.
 
As Kansas City International Airport breaks ground on a new terminal on March 25, 2019, the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections provides a window seat to the city's aviation past.
As Kansas City International Airport breaks ground on a new terminal on March 25, 2019,  the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections provides a window seat to the city's aviation past.
 
March is Women's History Month, and there are many ways to commemorate the lives and achievements of women throughout history and share experiences of today's women. Check out the collection of books, movies, and other resources available at the Library.
March is Women's History Month, and there are many ways to commemorate the lives and achievements of women throughout history and share experiences of today's women. Check out the collection of books, movies, and other resources available at the Library. 
 
This past week, street signs along Paseo Boulevard began coming down, replaced with new ones proclaiming the street’s new name: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Following a long period of local debate, a mayoral task force, and a measure passed by the city council in October, the historic street is now officially renamed after the civil rights leader. On the occasion of the historic boulevard’s name change, the Library has pulled together a selection of images from the Missouri Valley Special Collections t
Street signs along Kansas City's Paseo Boulevard began coming down in late February, replaced with new ones proclaiming the street’s new name: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Following a long period of local debate, a mayoral task force, and a measure passed by the city council in October, the historic street is now officially renamed after the civil rights leader. On the occasion of the boulevard’s name change, the Library has pulled together a selection of images from the Missouri Valley Special Collections that provide some snapshots of The Paseo’s past.
 
The Library has relaunched its Stories to Go program, offering monthly story time sessions to children at day care and early-learning centers in underserved areas of the city. We’re looking for book-loving adult volunteers to join the program – storytellers will undergo training and learn how to conduct fun, engaging story times throughout the community. Learn more about the program and apply to be a volunteer.
The Library has relaunched its Stories to Go program, offering monthly story time sessions to children at day care and early-learning centers in underserved areas of the city. We’re looking for book-loving adult volunteers to join the program – storytellers will undergo training and learn how to conduct fun, engaging story times throughout the community. Learn more about the program and apply to be a volunteer.
 

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