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Throughout November, discover the rich history, ceremonies, and storytelling traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America as part of Native American Heritage Month. Explore Library reading recommendations, films, resources, and more.

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Do you know your numbers? The numbers of your blood pressure reading, that is. If you don’t, you’ll soon be able to take your blood pressure at your favorite Kansas City Public Library location. 

Jeni Starr, the Library’s community specialists manager, says that high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. People can be in the danger zone for stroke or a heart attack and not realize it until it’s an emergency. 

Hispanic Heritage Month

This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month carries particular poignance for the Kansas City Public Library. In conjunction with the monthlong observance, running from September 15 to October 15, the Library annually highlights a collection of book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources that explore a rich array of the experiences and perspectives of Latino Americans.

Americorps Day of Service

More than 20 years after thousands lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans continue to demonstrate that what unites us is greater than what divides us by coming together in a day of service.   

The Library is pleased to announce a new season of writing classes taught by graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts creative writing program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Course offerings cover a wide range of skills – from crafting a resume or cover letter to writing sonnets and family histories – and are free and open to anyone of any education level or writing background. 

Irene Ruiz and Ruiz branch staff

Ruiz died Sunday, September 3, 2023. She was 102 and leaves a legacy of devotion and service evidenced by far more than her name on a modest sign outside the Ruiz Branch. It extends to the cultural richness of the collections inside the library, to dozens of invaluable oral histories that Ruiz gathered from early West Side settlers, to the enrichment over decades of an entire community.