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Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to the  installation of planned enhancements, public computers will be unavailable for patron use during the dates that upgrades are scheduled at each location. Before visiting your neighborhood location during this period, read the schedule of upgrades to be aware of computer availability.
Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to time needed for  installation, public computers at each location will be unavailable for patron use on certain dates. Learn more about the upgrades and availability schedule.
 
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The Library salutes its AmeriCorps VISTA members and the vital work they've done the past four-plus years in areas ranging from refugee and immigrant services to tech training.
 
Tuesday, April 9, is National Library Workers Day, and the Kansas City Public Library joins a celebration across the country of the librarians, support personnel, and others who help make our institutions places for community-wide engagement, enrichment, and development.
Tuesday, April 9, is National Library Workers Day, and the Kansas City Public Library joins a celebration across the country of the librarians, support personnel, and others who help make our institutions places for community-wide engagement, enrichment, and development.
 
Unidentified Kansas City baseball team with dozens of fans seated in the grandstand, ca. 1880s. Photo: Missouri Valley Special Collections

Is Kansas City the home of baseball's original fans? The almanac On This Day in America credits a local newspaper, presumably The Star or The Times, with making the first-ever reference to the sport's followers as "fans" in March 1889. We investigated the claim.
 

Kansas City voters go to the polls April 2, 2019, to vote on several races and issues. Among the highest-profile ballot questions: Which two candidates (from a pool of 11) to succeed outgoing Mayor Sly James will advance to the general election in June? If you're looking for election information, needing to research candidates and issues, and hoping to be fully prepared to cast your ballot April 2, the Library has an array available resources.
Kansas City voters go to the polls April 2, 2019, to vote on several races and issues. Among the highest-profile ballot questions: Which two candidates (from a pool of 11) to succeed outgoing Mayor Sly James will advance to the general election in June? If you're looking for election information, needing to research candidates and issues, and hoping to be fully prepared to cast your ballot April 2, the Library has an array available resources.
 
Is reading about art like dancing about architecture?  If an artist sits in a vacant gallery, is it art? If an author writes a novel with a real person as a character is it fiction? An FYI Book Group discussion of Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had book and art lovers pondering these very questions. Readers also had the chance to pose their questions to the author, who dropped in via Facetime from her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
Is reading about art like dancing about architecture?  If an artist sits in a vacant gallery, is it art? If an author writes a novel with a real person as a character is it fiction? An FYI Book Group discussion of Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had book and art lovers pondering these very questions. Readers also had the chance to pose their questions to the author, who dropped in via Facetime from her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
 

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