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Patron Service Notice

With an estimated 300,000 to 600,000 people expected to converge on downtown Kansas City during the three days of 2023 NFL Draft activities, the Kansas City Public Library will close its Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., and Irene H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 West Pennway, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 27-28-29, to focus our resources on locations that will be more easily accessible to our Library patrons. 

Collage styled art that says "There's More to the Story" on top of a teal backround with National Library Week text April 23-29, 2023

Libraries can be such wondrous places. During National Library Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 29, it's an appropriate time to celebrate – to reappreciate – the indispensability of libraries to their communities. This year’s theme, There’s More to the Story, calls attention to the wealth of services, programs, and other resources provided by libraries beyond their traditional (and still crucial) role as lenders of books. 

Image of Cindy Hohl with text "Congratulations" on graphic

Cindy Hohl, director of policy analysis and operational support at the Kansas City Public Library, has been elected president of the 58,000-member American Library Association (ALA) for 2024-25. Hohl will serve as the ALA’s president-elect in the coming year and assume the presidency of the association in July 2024.

Buki Papillon

Buki Papillon's award-winning debut novel, An Ordinary Wonder, is told through tense divisions — starting within the protagonist’s body. Otolorin is physically both male and female, intersex. Otolorin is a boy and a girl, raised as a boy while knowing she’s a girl. Otolorin is a twin.

Earth Day graphic

The Library is excited to offer resources and a month of activities in commemoration of Earth Day 2023 on Saturday, April 22. Since April 1970, Americans have used the occasion to raise awareness and inspire action aimed at protecting and saving Earth’s natural resources. In 1990, Earth Day went global, and now is observed as a day of action and awareness for issues we face as a worldwide community.