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Black History Month

As we commemorate Black History Month, there are many ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. Check out a selection of recommended books and browse a collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. Attend one of our public speaker events or activities. You can also explore, learn, and celebrate with resources from the Kansas City Black History website and commemorative booklet.

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Beginning Sunday, October 2, 2022, hours of operation at several Kansas City Public Library locations will be adjusted to better serve our patrons during periods of higher demand. Check the new schedule and plan your visit! 

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The Library is joining with Kansas City Public Schools for an important initiative for youth: KCPS Loves to Read, a reading program featuring material meant to foster belonging, friendship, curiosity, confidence, courage, and hope. Students can participate between now until the end of the school year.

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Banned Books Week, September 18-24, 2022, spotlights current and historical attempts to censor titles and collections in libraries and schools. The Library explores issues related to bans and challenges happening locally and nationally with programs, reading lists, and other resources.

Kansas City culture wouldn’t be the same without fall fairs and festivals. But what’s celebrated and by whom has changed a great deal throughout the city’s history.

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If you like following music trends, reading artist interviews, and deep-diving into archives of popular music publications, get amped up for the latest addition to our collection of digital resources, Rock’s Backpages, which features over 50,000 articles on thousands of artists ranging from ABBA to Zappa, plus over 800 audio interviews with legends spanning decades of music and genres.