As we commemorate Black History Month, there are many ways to discover stories celebrating African American experiences. Check out a selection of recommended books and browse a collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. Attend one of our public speaker events or activities. You can also explore, learn, and celebrate with resources from the Kansas City Black History website and commemorative booklet.
Juneteenth marks the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans on June 19, 1865, following the end of the Civil War. This milestone in America's history came to be known as Juneteenth — combining "June" and "Nineteenth" — and is observed annually. In commemoration of the holiday, the Library offers a number of book recommendations, films, and other resources that highlight the history of Black experiences in America.
What is a pirate's favorite hobby? Arrrt! And what is Summer Reading 2022 all about? Arrrt ... er, Art Starts at the Library! Read all about it in the June edition of the Central Youth Services zine, now available online and in person. This zine also has arrrty jokes, colorful facts, and a crazy fish riddle. Yarr!