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Black History Month

As we commemorate Black History Month, there are many ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. Check out a selection of recommended books and browse a collection of films available through the Library's free streaming services. Attend one of our public speaker events or activities. You can also explore, learn, and celebrate with resources from the Kansas City Black History website and commemorative booklet.

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Maya Angelou book award

The Maya Angelou Book Award reading committee has selected four finalists for the second annual award, which is presented by the Kansas City Public Library, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and five other universities in the state.

KC Oktoberfest set of 3 cards with local history images.
In celebration of KC Oktoberfest, the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections highlights the city’s German American and beer brewing history. Learn about two prominent families who made names for themselves in the brewing industry -- the Muehlebachs and the Heims -- and about how a 19th-century German biergarten and amusement park occupied the site of today’s Crown Center. Attending the event? Stop by the Library's booth and pick up a set of cards that showcase these three sudsy stories from our city's past.
October 2022 CYS Zine Cover

Who turns the lights off at Halloween? The lights witch, of course! Mwah ha ha! The October Central Youth Services zine for kids is a little spooky, a little kooky. And it's ready for you to print out or pick up at the Library... if you dare!

KCQ Heim Brewery

Among the available libations at the J. Rieger & Co. distillery in Kansas City’s East Bottoms is a specially brewed lager, Heim Bier – a homage to a pre-Prohibition family brewery that once operated and thrived on the site.

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