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We’re Here (Longer) for You: Kansas City Public Library Expands Hours
Our doorway to knowledge has swung open a bit wider. As of September 6, 2019, the Kansas City Public Library is expanding operating hours across its system, offering greater access to its vital materials, services, and resources. Nearly all locations will be open longer on weekends, and select sites will remain open later on Friday nights.
 
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What happened to the snowman that was displayed in Gillham Park?

Driving around Kansas City in late December this year, you’d be hard pressed to spot any snow, let alone a humongous snowman. Yet, if you could take a step back to the winter of 1964 you would see one towering high over Gillham Park. Frosty was designed that year by Vernon Jones, the Kansas City Parks Department’s then-supervisor. Each year, Frosty, Santa, toy soldiers and other displays visited the park just south of Gillham Road and 39th Street at Christmas time as part of Santa’s Wonderland.
 

Creativebug Helps Your Build Your Craft Skills

The Library is thinking of offering a new free service which provides more than 1,000 videos that teach you arts & crafts, design, cooking, painting, and more. We need you to test drive it, and all you need is your library card!
 

New Device? The Library Can Help You Make the Most of It.
Planning to give (or get) tech-themed presents such as computers, tablets, or smartphones this holiday season? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift-giving or gift-getting by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
 
Our virtual magazine rack just got a lot bigger. With OverDrive Magazines, you can now access digital editions of many top titles to read on your computer, phone, or tablet.
Our virtual magazine rack just got a lot bigger. With OverDrive Magazines, you can now access digital editions of many top titles to read on your computer, phone, or tablet.
 

UPDATED Question: What happened to all the Christmas decorations that used to be downtown, particularly the crowns strung across the streets with garland?

In our first response to this question, I reported that the Merchants Association began displaying crowns at busy downtown intersections in 1957. Thanks to an observant reader with a special connection to the crowns, I now realize that this date is incorrect. In fact, evidence points to the crowns first being installed in 1962.

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