As part of the Library’s invaluable team of teen volunteers and interns over the summer, 17-year-old Brayden Lyons drew up and directed a Workshop Wednesday art event, Face Maker, for elementary-age youth at the Central Library. He reflects on his experience.
Opened in 2000, the Kauffman Memorial Garden and Legacy Park honor the philanthropic spirit of Ewing and Muriel Kauffman. The property, which includes the Kauffman Foundation headquarters and Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, offers public greenspace in the heart of the city.
Hit us with a monstrously good story. The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, invites youngsters ages 10-14 to craft their spookiest tales for its annual Youth Ghost Story Contest. Goblins and ghouls. Dark, lightning-streaked nights. Unsettling urban legends. Give us your best, most twisted (and imaginative) tales -- contest runs Sept. 1-30, 2022.
Over a century after his birth and nearly 70 years after his death, jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker remains one of Kansas City’s favorite sons. The Library helps to memorialize Parker’s genius through the website CharlieParkersKC.org, created in collaboration with KC Jazz ALIVE and Marr Sound Archives Director Chuck Haddix. The site highlights Parker’s deep connections to Kansas City and its Depression-era jazz scene through locations associated with the musician.
By the time our 2022 Summer Reading Program, Art Starts at Your Library, wrapped up on August 15, our patrons had shattered records across the board. Nearly 12,000 of you participated, and you read more than 23,700 books! Young artists also dove into activities ranging from comics-drawing classes to music production, and took part in enjoyable and entertaining arts such as bubble painting, puppet making, and felt-board storytelling. We popped up in area parks, our bookmobile rolled up to community events, and our locations hosted book groups, games, and other creativity-fueled fun for all ages. It was a great summer, and we hope you enjoyed taking part in the reading revelry!