Featured speakers include Rep. Brandon Ellington, who co-sponsored the bill to create Lucile Bluford Day in Missouri, and city Councilman Quinton Lucas, who represents the Third District.
Since 1988, the Bluford Branch has played a vital role in serving residents along the city’s Prospect corridor in the heart of the urban core. “From the strong sense of community to our legendary namesake, the Lucile H. Bluford Branch offers a profound sense of what a library and its resources and technology can do for a community,” branch Manager Beth Edson says. “The library also serves as an anchor for our neighborhood by bringing people together for story times, programs, and discussions in a lively, colorful space that’s open and welcome to all.”
Patrons can also take part in a library scavenger hunt at the celebration, enjoy free snacks and refreshments, and connect with representatives from several community resource partners.
Nearly 200,000 people visit the branch each month, enjoying the Library’s vast collection of fiction and nonfiction book titles. With more than 30 free public computers available, the Bluford Branch hosts more than 80,000 computer sessions and 12,000 wireless Wi-Fi sessions each year.
The branch also hosts:
- Family story times
- Heat of the Night book group
- Black Classics book group
- The monthly KC BizCare program with the City of Kansas City
- More than 20 fitness classes per month with NickiFit
- Chronic disease self-management program
- Job re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated people