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Hispanic Heritage Month

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.

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January 2023 CYS Zine Cover

What kind of books do rabbits prefer? Ones with hoppy endings! It's the Year of the Rabbit, so hop by and pick up the January Central Youth Services zine or print one out!

hygiene kit drive

In the spirit of the service embodied by Dr. King, the Library’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project is collecting donations of travel size personal care items for a Hygiene Kit Drive. Between January 3-12, 2023, visit any Kansas City Public Library location and bring supplies to drop off in dedicated boxes.

New North-East Branch

All Kansas City Public Library locations see patrons of every interest, need, and want in search of not only materials like books and magazines but also valuable social, community, and career services. The Library’s resources are free and for all with nothing expected in return, though many patrons find ways of giving back through gifts of time and their own resources.

Person holding up a calendar with the numbers 01 on it, and overlaid text that reads Library Resources for the New Year

With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We pledge to learn a new skill, take a class or two, acquaint ourselves with different and diverse ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in our personal and professional lives … an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library can help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.

Graphic with "KC Library Staff Picks 2020" that includes a pattern of books behind the words.

What books from the past year really resonated with our staff? From pop culture page-turners to mind-melting history reads, we’ve highlighted some favorites that offered bookish delight.