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Youth Ghost Story Contest
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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Do you like stories about haunted houses and supernatural encounters? The Library wants you to write your own urban myth or ghost story. If your story scares us enough, we’ll produce it into a spooky video that will feature on the Youth & Family Engagement YouTube channel around Halloween. (Mwah hahaha!)

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Monday, August 23, 2021

A reader recently asked ”What’s your KCQ?,” a community reference project with The Star and the Kansas City Public Library, about the early days of the Kansas City Mafia: “Who was leader of the Kansas City mafia during Prohibition?”

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Finding a beach during the dog days of summer can be a real problem for landlocked Kansas Citians. The quest often requires long-distance travel and can decimate vacation budgets. Reader Tyler Smith recently came across some old photos of locals wiling away long summer days at a picturesque beach, a mere 20-minute train ride from downtown. He asked What’s Your KCQ?, a partnership between The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Public Library, to help explain where it was located and what exactly happened to it.

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Two hundred years ago, on August 10, 1821, Missouri officially became the 24th state. From this year’s Homegrown Stories Summer Reading Program and our Missouri Valley Special Collections to recommended reading and online events, the Kansas City Public Library has many ways to celebrate the Show-Me State’s bicentennial.
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Monday, August 9, 2021

Did you know that Kansas City was actually the training ground for what was supposed to be the first U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team? For this installment of “What’s Your KCQ?,” a partnership between The Star and the Kansas City Public Library, we respond to one reader’s question: What’s the history of the women’s basketball team, the Raytown Piperettes?

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