This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month carries particular poignance for the Kansas City Public Library. In conjunction with the monthlong observance, running from September 15 to October 15, the Library annually highlights a collection of book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources that explore a rich array of the experiences and perspectives of Latino Americans.
How far will your Library go to serve its community? By one measure: well more than 1,000 miles.
It’s the distance – growing by the day – covered by the Kansas City Public Library’s Bookmobile since it began making regularly scheduled stops at 15 locations across the metropolitan area last October. Those twice-monthly destinations range from Save, Inc., which offers transitional and emergency housing a few blocks from Troost Park, to the Paseo Baptist Church’s Erma L. Williams Learning Center and the Sherwood Autism Center on Ward Parkway.
Every day, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers act on their values to make a difference in communities, focusing on where the need for service is greatest. The Library’s VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Project currently engages 18 AmeriCorps VISTA members at 10 different agencies across Kansas City, including the Library. Additionally, the Library’s new AmeriCorps program – Digital Corps – has seven members currently serving at six Library branches.
The CYS Zine is a 16-page monthly mini magazine that highlights what's new and notable in the children's department of the Central Library. Each issue includes titles of new books, upcoming events, amazing facts, silly jokes, poetry, artwork, and puzzles.
If your to-read pile needs a refresh, check out collections of recent winners and nominees for book awards ranging from the Carnegie Medal for Excellence to picture books for children that received a Caldecott Award nod. We’ve packaged up these prize-winning reads in our catalog for you to enjoy!
Throughout March, the Library commemorates Women's History Month by lifting up stories, achievements, and experiences past and present. Explore book recommendations, watch online events, and discover how local women helped shape Kansas City’s history.