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Overdue records

David Izzard recently discovered two record albums he’d checked out in 1961 – they were 22,276 days overdue. In 1961, late fees were 2 cents a day, which would have amounted to $891.04 if late fees hadn’t been capped at the time. Lucky for him and all of Kansas City, the Library went fine-free some years ago. David was gracious enough to return the items and share his story.

'Missouri Native Plants' on green background with coloring book cover
The Library celebrates Earth Day with the release of a new coloring book, Missouri Native Plants, created by Library staff. The plants, insects, and birds included within its pages are many that live in or drop by the prairie garden on the Central Library’s popular Rooftop Terrace. Free copies are available at all Library locations while supplies last, and a digital edition is available for download.
PowerCheck energy meter
The Kansas City Public Library is teaming with the Mid-Continent Public Library and electric utility Evergy on a pilot program designed to help area residents make their homes more energy efficient. Patrons of the two library systems can check out devices – provided by Evergy – that plug into appliances and other electrical devices to measure energy consumption and calculate expenses by day, week, month, and even year. Residents can identify high-energy-drawing appliances, adjust their use to conserve power, and save on utility bills.
Book Rich Environment outreach
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring of 2020, the Library had just received our shipment of materials for the Book Rich Environment initiative, which brings books and other literacy tools to children and their families who live in HUD-assisted housing. We worried how we would serve these communities during a global pandemic; but today, the relationship we built with the Housing Authority of Kansas City and area families is thriving, thanks to creative community partnerships.
Big Read 2022 Youth Recommendations
As the Library's Big Read 2022 continues, our youth librarians have created collections of books that explore Native American culture and introduce young readers to the power of poetry.