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Heartland Book Fest with heart shaped out of books and a hill

An impressive lineup of nationally known and local authors headlines a new, two-day book festival set for early October in downtown Kansas City. 

The inaugural Heartland Book Festival – co-presented by Missouri Humanities, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Missouri affiliate for the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book – also will offer an array of workshops and musical performances, a photography exhibition, and other presentations and activities – all following the theme Find Your Story. And all free and open to public audiences of all ages

You read. You ... rule

Participation in the Library’s Summer Reading program, which wrapped up Tuesday, August 15, reached an all-time high for the second year in a row. Nearly 13,000 people participated – 12,952 to be exact, young and old and in between. 

The Kansas City Public Library has added and modified a number of its policies in response to a new state rule regarding the age appropriateness of materials and programming. 

The changes give parents and guardians an added avenue of control over minors’ access to books and other Library resources, allowing them to request the deactivation of the youths’ library cards. There are new provisions for identifying programs and activities that might only be suitable for those 18 and older, along with guidelines for challenging those age designations. Similar challenge procedures pertain to Library materials and displays.  

August 2023 CYS Zine Cover

Get it while it's hot! The August Central Youth Services zine is available for pick up at CYS or you can print one out!

Library staff holds orchestral music

In Spring 2023, collection development added about 500 records for orchestral performance sets to the Kansas City Public Library’s online catalog for better discovery and easier circulation. The orchestral performance sets collection had circulated for 50 years using paper checkout cards. Now that they are in the online catalog, the collection is more visible, and items are easier to check out.