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Black History Month

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.
 

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Pride Month
Pride Month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. The Library offers a collection of book recommendations, events, films, and other resources that celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices and experiences.
 
2022 Summer Reading Program
Celebrate the power of creativity, ideas, and expression with the Kansas City Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program: Art Starts at Your Library. Read any five books between June 1 and August 15, log them, and earn a prize!
 
Pop In at the Park
Stop by select Kansas City parks and visit with your Library for this year's Pop In at the Park summer series! We'll be popping up in local neighborhoods between June 1 - August 15, 2022, to provide summer learning resources to families, connect people with services, offer fun kids’ activities, and more!
 
Image of Indigenous drummers, dancers, and performers in front of a crowd in the Central Library.

“This is really about the community,” said U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo during her April 14 visit to the Library. "It’s not about one person standing up here. This is all of us coming together.” For the past two months, Kansas Citians engaged in Big Read 2022 book discussions, speaker events, film screenings, and other activities revolving around Harjo's An American Sunrise. As the celebration draws to a close, we look back on memorable moments.
 

man and boy use a laptop while woman stands in background

The Library has long worked to ensure Kansas Citians can get free access to the internet, from providing public computers and offering classes and training resources to more recent Internet to Go  mobile Wi-Fi hotspot device lending service.  Earlier in May, President Joe Biden announced that 48 million American households are now eligible for free high-speed internet access. Find out what this means for those who currently lack reliable online access and how the Library is further responding to our community's connectivity needs.
 

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