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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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Anne Ducey, Kansas City Public Library's exhibit director.
Nearly 103,000 people visited eight exhibits in Central Library's first-floor Genevieve Guldner and second-floor Rocky and Gabriella Polony Mountain galleries in 2017-18, an average of 302 each day the Library was open. Both numbers were Library records. The daily average spiked further, to 375, in the first few months of ’18-19.
KCTV5 Tower

The KCTV broadcast tower at 31st Street and Grand Avenue once served as a 1,042-foot tall beacon at night, visible for miles around with more than 1,300 white lights tracing its four legs. But the tower has been unlit for more than a decade. Kansas City native Todd Hembree wonders why — and if — the lights will ever return.

Library Deputy Director Carrie Coogan keeps expanding her advocacy for digital literacy and inclusion – from efforts locally in Kansas City, Missouri, to leadership nationally to a place on the docket of arguably the world’s foremost brainstorming session on the health of the internet.
KCHistory and Civil War websites are undergoing maintenance

The Library is currently migrating its large collection of digital historic images to a new software platform. An unfortunate consequence of our data migration is that we need to take the entire collection offline for about two months while the work is completed.

City Hall

Question: What happened to the really cool looking city hall at 5th and Main?

Answer by Michael Wells, Missouri Valley Special Collections Librarian

Really cool looking is definitely an accurate description of Kansas City’s second City Hall building. To gain a better sense of what’s so cool about it, I began by consulting architectural historian George Ehrlich’s Kansas City, Missouri: An Architectural History, 1826-1990.