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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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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.

The Heart Is A Fist exhibit

As part of the Library’s Big Read 2022, the exhibition The Heart Is a Fist: Contemporary Art from Haskell Indian Nations University, on display at the Central Library through May 29, features paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Indigenous artists. Learn more about the work and hear from the young artists in an upcoming public roundtable event. 

May CYS zine cover t-rex head toy as flower center

It's a special, very merry month of May for Central Youth Services' kids zine! This edition of the zine is abloom with spring fun: bikes, jar jungles, willowwacks (and other wacky words), and a bouquet of super-silly jokes.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Library is celebrating the histories, cultures, and achievements of AAPI with a collection of reading recommendations, films, and more.
Older Americans Month
The Kansas City Public Library joins the nation in observing Older Americans Month in May. This year’s focus – with the theme Age My Way – is on aging in place, on helping older adults stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.