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We’re Here (Longer) for You: Kansas City Public Library Expands Hours
Our doorway to knowledge has swung open a bit wider. As of September 6, 2019, the Kansas City Public Library is expanding operating hours across its system, offering greater access to its vital materials, services, and resources. Nearly all locations will be open longer on weekends, and select sites will remain open later on Friday nights.
 
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Unidentified Kansas City baseball team with dozens of fans seated in the grandstand, ca. 1880s. Photo: Missouri Valley Special Collections

Is Kansas City the home of baseball's original fans? The almanac On This Day in America credits a local newspaper, presumably The Star or The Times, with making the first-ever reference to the sport's followers as "fans" in March 1889. We investigated the claim.
 

Voter Resources for the June 18 KCMO general election
Kansas City voters go to the polls on April 2 2019,  to weigh in on several races and issues. Want to be prepared to cast your ballot? The Library has an array of election resources, including video from recent mayoral forums, to help you make informed choices on Election Day.
 
Is reading about art like dancing about architecture?  If an artist sits in a vacant gallery, is it art? If an author writes a novel with a real person as a character is it fiction? An FYI Book Group discussion of Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had book and art lovers pondering these very questions. Readers also had the chance to pose their questions to the author, who dropped in via Facetime from her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
Is reading about art like dancing about architecture?  If an artist sits in a vacant gallery, is it art? If an author writes a novel with a real person as a character is it fiction? An FYI Book Group discussion of Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had book and art lovers pondering these very questions. Readers also had the chance to pose their questions to the author, who dropped in via Facetime from her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
 
Several Library locations will undergo upgrades and improvements to public restrooms the first week of April 2019. Construction will impact branch operating schedules; patrons should be aware of late openings and limited access to certain areas during this time. Read on for which neighborhood locations will be affected by the building upgrades.
Several Library locations will undergo upgrades and improvements to public restrooms the first week of April 2019. Construction will impact branch operating schedules; patrons should be aware of late openings and limited access to certain areas during this time. Read on for which neighborhood locations will be affected by the building upgrades.
 
As Kansas City International Airport breaks ground on a new terminal on March 25, 2019, the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections provides a window seat to the city's aviation past.
As Kansas City International Airport breaks ground on a new terminal on March 25, 2019,  the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections provides a window seat to the city's aviation past.
 

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