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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Hunter Hawkins served as the Shawnee Mission North High School mascot during his senior year in 2012-13. Now, he's helping to lead the fight against culturally insensitive sports mascots.
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Friday, February 12, 2021

Standing at 11th and Main streets downtown is a peculiar street sign labeled Petticoat Lane. Taking in the surrounding parking garages, banks, and office buildings, it can be difficult to discern why this short byway was named after women’s undergarments of a bygone age. Reader Scott Allen asked us to get to the bottom of it.

Read Outside the Box
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
The Library has added an extra dash of discovery to young-adult reading. Our Youth & Family Engagement team recently began a trial run of its Read Outside the Box program. Teens and tweens can check out new reading and activity boxes that hold two or three specially themed books, the titles varying by box and revealed upon opening. With that come with some other goodies: at-home activity kits and a handful of snacks.
Service Notice
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Monday, February 22, 2021
The Library's Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., will restore key services on Thursday, February 11, 2021.  The location was temporarily closed on January 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.
FYI Book Group
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The Kansas City Public Library partners with The Kansas City Star on the latest FYI Book Group discussion:  Sarah Smarsh’s She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, via Zoom. Read an interview with Smarsh, learn more about the book, and get details on registering for the online conversation.