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Summer Reading 2023 graphic with text "All Together Now"
The Library invites all Kansas Citians to read, learn, imagine, and explore together in this year’s Summer Reading Program: All Together Now. No matter your tastes — fantastic fiction picks, riveting real-life reads, awesome audiobooks, or gorgeously illustrated graphic novels — you can read ANY five books between June 1 and August 15, 2023, log them online, and earn a reward. Join us in celebrating the power of books to build bonds, create connections, inspire us, enrich us, and empower us.
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banner reading: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Congress established Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in 1992, corresponding its timing in May to two historical milestones: the arrival of the nation’s first Japanese immigrants in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, in which Chinese workers played a pivotal role, in May 1869. A presidential proclamation in 2021 expanded the observance to include Native Hawaiians. The Library pays tribute by offering a collection of books, events and activities, resources, and more that highlight AAPI voices and experiences.
Patron Service Notice
With an estimated 300,000 to 600,000 people expected to converge on downtown Kansas City during the three days of 2023 NFL Draft activities, the Kansas City Public Library will close its Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., and Irene H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 West Pennway, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 27-28-29, to focus our resources on locations that will be more easily accessible to our Library patrons. 
Collage styled art that says "There's More to the Story" on top of a teal backround with National Library Week text April 23-29, 2023
Libraries can be such wondrous places. During National Library Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 29, it's an appropriate time to celebrate – to reappreciate – the indispensability of libraries to their communities. This year’s theme, There’s More to the Story, calls attention to the wealth of services, programs, and other resources provided by libraries beyond their traditional (and still crucial) role as lenders of books. 
Image of Cindy Hohl with text "Congratulations" on graphic
Cindy Hohl, director of policy analysis and operational support at the Kansas City Public Library, has been elected president of the 58,000-member American Library Association (ALA) for 2024-25. Hohl will serve as the ALA’s president-elect in the coming year and assume the presidency of the association in July 2024.
Buki Papillon
Buki Papillon's award-winning debut novel, An Ordinary Wonder, is told through tense divisions — starting within the protagonist’s body. Otolorin is physically both male and female, intersex. Otolorin is a boy and a girl, raised as a boy while knowing she’s a girl. Otolorin is a twin.