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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Library initiates a phased-in reintroduction of some services and operations.  We begin with a new Pop In/Pick Up contact-free holds service, allowing patrons to pick up holds at five locations during designated hours, expanding to others in the coming weeks. But anxious as we are – and know that you are, too – we will remain cautious and deliberate. Read more about what our next steps are.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
A protege of L.H. Bluford Branch namesake Lucile Bluford, Donna Stewart spent more than four decades as a journalist at Kansas City's renowned African American newspaper, The Call,  and formed her own Library connections. Stewart died April 11 at age 65.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Need a break from 24/7 information on the pandemic? Many local institutions and organizations are adapting their content and programming (for free) during this time of sheltering in place. Here are some links to just a few.
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Monday, April 13, 2020

As we adjust to this new “normal” — some of us working from home, or adjusting to work in essential businesses – things that used to be commonplace are coming into question.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Enjoy Facebook Live storytimes at 10:30 a.m. each day with some of your favorite children’s librarians:

Monday – Elizabeth at the Central Library
Tuesday – Lauren at the Bluford Branch
Wednesday – Julia at the Plaza Branch
Thursday – Clare at Central
Friday – Kristan at Central
Saturday – Alli at Central (yoga storytime)
Sunday – Molly at Central

Each storytime will include several books, songs, and/or fingerplays, and an early literacy tip. Saturday’s storytime will integrate child-friendly yoga exercises.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

by Sara Wagner, Digital Branch Librarian

I’ll admit it: I’ve been bit by the genealogy bug. It’s like a big treasure hunt, finding documents to prove that my mother’s mother’s father’s father’s mother’s father’s mother Phoebe (aka my 5th great-grandmother) was indeed a Tilson before she married my 5th great-grandfather and became a Bundy at the turn of the 19th century. If so, then one very tiny branch of my family tree came to North America on the Mayflower. How. Cool. Is. That?

However, there’s an overwhelming number of documents out there to help me in my search, and it can seem daunting to try and hunt them all down. Enter It has national and state census data from 1940 and earlier, baptism and marriage documents since churches around the world first began recording such things, Social Security death records, US war draft cards and pension information, and so much more.