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Library Staff Youth Reading Challenge
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Friday, April 2, 2021
What makes a good book, one worth checking out? Many of you count on our librarians for guidance.  Rest assured. They know, firsthand.  During a recent intra-Library reading challenge highlighting children’s and young-adult titles, staff read nearly a quarter of a million pages – 242,218 – in January and February.  Find out what books we spent time checking out!
Service Notice
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
The Library is adding hours to current operating schedules at its Plaza and Southeast locations, expanding availability of services such as Pop In / Pick Up and computer appointments. Learn more about the schedule changes.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Both Kansas and Missouri have opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of thousands more residents. And though more doses are flowing into the Kansas City area, demand still outstrips supply. Here’s what you need to know.

Stop Asian Hate
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Saturday, March 20, 2021
For too long, and in particular since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed acts of senseless, shameless violence against our nation’s Asian and Asian American community. The Library calls on everyone in our city, state, and country to join us in saying: Enough! And to act in ways large and small to turn back this deadly rise in discrimination and hostility – against Asian Americans, against all who are its victims.
In Memoriam: Alvin Sykes
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Thursday, April 1, 2021
A school dropout after eighth grade, Alvin Sykes became a fixture in local libraries and emerged as a self-taught human rights activist, working though the justice system on behalf of injured parties – particularly minorities and the poor. He wound up writing history, pushing and prodding until Congress enacted the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2008, empowering the federal to investigate long-ago cases of civil rights violations. The Library is honored to have known and worked with him.