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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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Cover of the March 2023 zine
The CYS Zine is a 16-page monthly mini magazine that highlights what's new and notable in the children's department of the Central Library. Each issue includes titles of new books, upcoming events, amazing facts, silly jokes, poetry, artwork, and puzzles.
If your to-read pile needs a refresh, check out collections of recent winners and nominees for book awards ranging from the Carnegie Medal for Excellence to picture books for children that received a Caldecott Award nod. We’ve packaged up these prize-winning reads in our catalog for you to enjoy!
Words "Women's History Month" on top of a colorful pattern
Throughout March, the Library commemorates Women's History Month by lifting up stories, achievements, and experiences past and present. Explore book recommendations, watch online events, and discover how local women helped shape Kansas City’s history.
Writing Class

The Library launches a new season of its popular classes for beginning and intermediate-level writers interested in developing their writing skills over a variety of genres and topics. These online classes are taught by graduate students in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and include courses like the basics of food and movie reviewing, which will make your opinions shine whether you’re posting them on Facebook, Yelp, or Letterboxd or want to pitch your work to a print publication.

group of people sitting at various tables

In 1920s visiting “Paris of the Plains,” one could enjoy performances of everything from vaudeville to Shakespeare, or even one of the newly invented motion pictures.

For Black Kansas Citians, however, some of whom had served their country in WWI and visited the real Paris in France, much of their hometown was closed off to them.