Outreach Services

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

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.

Coffee & Conversation

The Outreach Department, in collaboration with the Central Reference Department, hosts this monthly event aimed at library patrons experiencing homelessness. Coffee & Conversation occurs on the third Wednesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Central Branch. The event is an effort to encourage relationship building, conversations, and connections by bringing together patrons and library staff to enjoy free coffee and pastries, an activity, and plenty of great conversation. Though Coffee & Conversation is held with patrons experiencing homelessness in mind, patrons of any housing status are encouraged to join. To learn more, send us an email.

This program is made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Learn more »

Thursdays in Kirk Hall

Outreach hosts weekly “tabling” in Kirk Hall, the main lobby of the Central Library, every Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library staff hands out information and pamphlets on various library services and events, gives out library cards, and provides free books through Westport Branch’s paperback exchange program. Additionally, community organizations are represented each week and provide help, resources, and referrals to library patrons within their areas of expertise. To learn more, send us an email.

This program is made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Learn more »

Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground (BOG) is a monthly service for homeless veterans provided in partnership by the Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans of America, Catholic Charities, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. On the fourth Friday of every month, representatives from these organizations drive the Vet Center van to key locations around the greater KC area to provide needed services for veterans experiencing homelessness. BOG comes by the Central Library every month around 9 a.m. and occasionally visits other KCPL branches as well. The representatives provide veterans with services like housing, benefits, addiction help, legal aid, assistance with DD 214 forms, and much more. To learn more about Boots on the Ground, contact David Thomas from the Salvation Army.

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.