“This is really about the community,” said U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo during her April 14 visit to the Library. "It’s not about one person standing up here. This is all of us coming together.” For the past two months, Kansas Citians engaged in Big Read 2022 book discussions, speaker events, film screenings, and other activities revolving around Harjo's An American Sunrise. As the celebration draws to a close, we look back on memorable moments.
The Library has long worked to ensure Kansas Citians can get free access to the internet, from providing public computers and offering classes and training resources to more recent Internet to Go mobile Wi-Fi hotspot device lending service. Earlier in May, President Joe Biden announced that 48 million American households are now eligible for free high-speed internet access. Find out what this means for those who currently lack reliable online access and how the Library is further responding to our community's connectivity needs.
As part of the Library’s Big Read 2022, the exhibition The Heart Is a Fist: Contemporary Art from Haskell Indian Nations University, on display at the Central Library through May 29, features paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Indigenous artists. Learn more about the work and hear from the young artists in an upcoming public roundtable event.