This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month carries particular poignance for the Kansas City Public Library. In conjunction with the monthlong observance, running from September 15 to October 15, the Library annually highlights a collection of book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources that explore a rich array of the experiences and perspectives of Latino Americans.
The Library launches a new season of its popular classes for beginning and intermediate-level writers interested in developing their writing skills over a variety of genres and topics. These online classes are taught by graduate students in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and include courses like the basics of food and movie reviewing, which will make your opinions shine whether you’re posting them on Facebook, Yelp, or Letterboxd or want to pitch your work to a print publication.
In 1920s visiting “Paris of the Plains,” one could enjoy performances of everything from vaudeville to Shakespeare, or even one of the newly invented motion pictures.
For Black Kansas Citians, however, some of whom had served their country in WWI and visited the real Paris in France, much of their hometown was closed off to them.
February is National Library Lovers' Month, and you can celebrate by making use of our fantastic resources, visiting your favorite Library location, attending a public event, or exploring our catalog for things to read, watch, or listen to. And if Valentine's Day isn't your bag, we offer some suggested reading with titles that show appreciation for valued friendships and relationships.
Two innovative art exhibitions at the Central Library are nearing their closing dates, but time to see them hasn’t entirely run out. Headspace, featuring 17 vibrant watercolors on paper by local artist Andy Ryan, has been extended through March 11. Peripheral Visions, which closes March 25, is comprised of dozens of pieces in various media by artists from Imagine That! KC and Johnson County Developmental Supports’ Emerging Artists program.
Kansas City Public Library cardholders living in the Library’s service area can now earn a high school diploma at no cost through Excel Adult High School, a self-paced, virtual education completion program.