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Since The Kansas City Public Library launched "What’s your KCQ?" last October in partnership with the Kansas City Star , we’ve answered many reader-submitted questions about Kansas City’s history, traditions and quirks.

In recent months, we’ve explored how Kansas Citians used to travel between downtown and West Bottoms, if a reader’s father did really pay a nickel to see a giant whale in Kansas City in the 1950s — Long story short, the whale’s name was Winnie. — and why Kansas City has a bridge to nowhere.

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. The Kansas City Public Library commemorates Pride Month with LGBTQIA+ book recommendations, revisit highlights from past programs, film offerings, and other resources.
LGBT Pride Month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. The Library celebrates Pride Month with LGBTQIA+ book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources.
 
Quantrill Reunion

In the Kansas City region, the name "Quantrill" is largely associated with William Clarke Quantrill, the infamous Missouri guerrilla who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and led a violent raid on the Unionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863. The Quantrill name came up in a recent What’s Your KC Q? submission by Star reader Tony Rome. Rome’s mother attended the old Benjamin Harrison School (now the Kansas City International Academy) near Interstate 435 and East Wilson Road. He recalls her mentioning a “Quantrill Park” just east of the school and asks, “Who was that Quantrill?” At the risk of reviving old border war animosities, historians in the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections searched the department’s newspaper, map, and photograph collections for the answer.
 

Could the 8th Street Tunnel Ever be Restored?

Robert Felix, a Kansas City native who grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and now lives in Shawnee, has always known about the old cable car tunnel that runs below Eighth Street from downtown to the West Bottoms. As the new Kansas City Streetcar system gains popularity he wondered: Could the Eighth Street Tunnel/streetcar line be restored and used to link the two parts of the city?

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Reader Wayne Moots recently asked us how people used to travel up and down the rocky bluffs that separate downtown from the West Bottoms. Moots works at the revitalized Golden Ox restaurant, and has had plenty of time to ponder this KC Q during his commute.

It’s summer in Kansas City, so it’s time for “What’s Your KCQ?” to take a swing at a baseball question. Ashley Tebbe recently submitted her question to The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Public Library about some local baseball history: "What is the history of Negro Leagues baseball trading cards?"

The Library launches an out-of-this-world learning adventure for all ages in this year’s Summer Reading Program. As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we invite readers to Dare to Discover a universe of books, events, and activities that celebrate science fact and fiction alike. To participate, youth and adults just need to get registered online (or at your local Library location). Read five books between June 1-July 31 (our mad scientist librarians have cooked up some stellar Su
The Library launches an out-of-this-world learning adventure for all ages in this year’s Summer Reading Program. As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we invite readers to Dare to Discover a universe of books, events, and activities that celebrate science fact and fiction alike. Read five books between June 1-July 31, 2019 (our mad scientist librarians have cooked up some stellar Suggested Reading titles to get you started). Log your completed books, and earn a cosmically cool prize.
 
Winnie the Whale advertisement

In October 1953, three brief articles appeared in The Kansas City Times (the morning edition of The Star), detailing the exhibition of a 40-ton, 42-foot, embalmed gray whale named Winnie. Winnie had met an untimely end a year earlier, when she encountered a U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of San Diego and lost her tail. The DuPont Company built and attached a new plastic tail, and Winnie’s preserved remains were sent on a nationwide tour.

The second class of Career Online High School graduates enthusiastically collected their diplomas during a recent celebration. The program. sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Literacy Kansas City, in partnership with Gale Cengage, gives area adults a chance to earn a fully accredited high school diploma and career certificate online, at no charge.
The second class of Career Online High School graduates enthusiastically collected their diplomas during a recent celebration. The program is sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Literacy Kansas City, in partnership with Gale Cengage; it gives area adults a chance to earn a fully accredited high school diploma and career certificate online, at no charge.
 
Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to the  installation of planned enhancements, public computers will be unavailable for patron use during the dates that upgrades are scheduled at each location. Before visiting your neighborhood location during this period, read the schedule of upgrades to be aware of computer availability.
Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to time needed for  installation, public computers at each location will be unavailable for patron use on certain dates. Learn more about the upgrades and availability schedule.
 
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.

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.
 
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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.
 

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