Local Resources regarding COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness.
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The Kansas City Public Library’s Community Resource Team provides individuals experiencing life-challenges an inclusive place to access the connections, supports and services they need.
Home Bound Books by Mail
Home Bound Books by Mail (HBB) is a free mail service that delivers library items to individuals unable to visit the library due to health-related issues. To participate in HBB, you must apply and secure certification from your healthcare provider verifying that you are homebound. Applications are available at your local Kansas City Public Library branch, or you can request an application to be mailed or faxed. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, call 816.701.3490 or send us an email.
Large Print Book Collections
Outreach provides special book collections to senior residential and recreational sites. A collection of 30 to 90 large print library books is available to facilities located in the Kansas City Public Library service district. Material delivery schedules will be determined by the agency and the library. For more information about Large Print Book Collections, call 816.701.3490 or send us an email.
Lobby Stops bring the library to senior housing sites in the community monthly. The staff sets up a small, pop-up library in a common meeting area or lobby. During their visit, patrons are invited to browse and check out items on-site. For more information about Lobby Stops, call 816.701.3490 or send us an email.
Books to Give
Books to Give is a program that supports the “book ownership” concept, which increases positive attitudes towards reading and ultimately encourages children to become lifelong readers. The Kansas City Public Library partners with Turn the Page KC to promote early literacy in Kansas City, MO by distributing books to children and teens at community outreach fairs, school events, and local social service agencies within the library’s service area. If you would like to request Books to Give for your youth-serving agency, please fill out a request with Turn the Page KC here.
Books to Go
Books to Go is an early literacy initiative of the Kansas City Public Library. Any childcare provider who cares for children 6 and under is eligible for this program. This encompasses home daycares, religious organizations, preschool and kindergarten programs, afterschool programs etc. Books to Go can service these sites with a deposit collection of age appropriate, hand curated materials. For more information, call 816.701.3667 or send us an email.
Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE)
The mission of Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) is to connect refugee and immigrant populations with the quality services, resources, and lifelong learning opportunities of the Library through outreach, education, and advocacy. RISE currently offers free classes and one-on-one services for English language learning and citizenship. Visit kclibrary.org/rise or send us an email for more information.
AmeriCorps VISTA Service Opportunities
The Kansas City Public Library has been granted the opportunity by the Corporation for National and Community Service to serve an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) intermediary sponsor—The Library VISTA Project. As an intermediary, the Library partners with local organizations serving as AmeriCorps VISTA member host sites. Click here for more information.