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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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With the holidays in full swing, a What’s Your KCQ? reader recently wondered: “What happened to the Christmas decorations that used to be displayed downtown, particularly the crowns strung across the streets?”

'Ordinary Wonder' book cover along with author Buki Papillon

Buki Papillon is the winner of the second annual Maya Angelou Book Award for her acclaimed first novel An Ordinary Wonder. The award reading committee selected Papillon from four finalists who emerged from a field of more than 100 submissions. Learn more about the author and her award-winning book.

4 candy hearts breaking in sequence

This popular annual screening-and-discussion series continues after a big, pandemic break with romantic comedies that’ll prompt swooning, hilarity, and – psychoanalytic analysis. Join experts in pondering big relationship questions and even bigger questions about their Hollywood representations.

Graphic with "KC Library Staff Picks 2022 - NONFICTION" that includes a pattern of books behind the words.

No lie, our staff enjoyed a ton of top NONFICTION titles in 2022. See the collection of true stories that took our bookshelves by storm.

Graphic with "KC Library Staff Picks 2022 - FICTION" that includes a pattern of books behind the words.

What FICTION books were winners with Library staff in 2022? Check out the favorites that lined our staff's shelves this past year.