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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.

September 2023 CYS Zine Cover

Why are pirates called pirates? They just arrr! Aye, mateys, the September Central Youth Services zine is available for pick up at CYS or you can print one out!

Do you dare to terrify? Take a shot at writing the very scariest story in all of Kansas City for this year’s Ghost Light performance. 

The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, invites kids ages 10-14 to raise some goosebumps – R.L. Stine-style – for its annual Youth Ghost Story Contest.  

The Maya Angelou Book Award reading committee has selected five finalists for the third annual national award, which is presented by the Kansas City Public Library, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and five other Missouri universities.