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PowerCheck energy meter
The Kansas City Public Library is teaming with the Mid-Continent Public Library and electric utility Evergy on a pilot program designed to help area residents make their homes more energy efficient. Patrons of the two library systems can check out devices – provided by Evergy – that plug into appliances and other electrical devices to measure energy consumption and calculate expenses by day, week, month, and even year. Residents can identify high-energy-drawing appliances, adjust their use to conserve power, and save on utility bills.
Book Rich Environment outreach
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring of 2020, the Library had just received our shipment of materials for the Book Rich Environment initiative, which brings books and other literacy tools to children and their families who live in HUD-assisted housing. We worried how we would serve these communities during a global pandemic; but today, the relationship we built with the Housing Authority of Kansas City and area families is thriving, thanks to creative community partnerships.
Big Read 2022 Youth Recommendations
As the Library's Big Read 2022 continues, our youth librarians have created collections of books that explore Native American culture and introduce young readers to the power of poetry. 
The April 2022 Central Youth Services kids zine digs into spring with a special green thumbs issue. This zine has an amazing real-life garden maze, a really funny fact about butterfly feet, two extra corny celery jokes, and much more to plant a seed in your imagination! 
Big Read: An American Sunrise
The Big Read Kansas City 2022 celebrates U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and her acclaimed book of poetry, An American Sunrise. Explore poetry, history, and Native American literature and culture through book discussions, speaking events, films, an art exhibit, and much more in this community-wide reading program.