Winter Reading Program

The Adult Winter Reading Program was an annual initiative of the Kansas City Public Library aimed at encouraging leisure reading among adults. Every year, the program advanced a different theme as a means of recommending literary classics and overlooked gems to the reading public.

Kansas City is consistently ranked among the top 10 cities nationwide in terms of Library usage * – a status that should be celebrated and rewarded, which are both part of the goal of the Adult Winter Reading Program.

(*According to the 2016 Central Connecticut State University study, "America's Most Literate Cities.")

Past Programs

Youth Winter Reading Challenge on black snowy background

Youth Winter Reading Challenge

February 1 – February 28, 2021

'Book BINGO' on blue background


January 27 – March 31, 2017

feather pen with ink blot

A Winter's Tale Spin

January 19 – March 19, 2016

50's style man and woman

Love on the Rocks

January 20 – March 20, 2015

City Skyline

While the City Sleeps

January 7 – March 17, 2013

'Destination Anywhere' on map

Destination: Anywhere!

January 9 – March 11, 2012

Statue of Liberty on neon green background

Altered States

January 10 – March 13, 2011

bloody handprint

Readers in the Rue Morgue

January 11 – March 14, 2010

Missouri on quilt background

Reading Missouri

January 12 – March 14, 2009