All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.


Money Smart Month 2014

Personal Finance Events throughout April 2014

Get up to $30 in overdue fines and fees waived for attending one or more of these events. Read more...

KC Unbound Blog
Leo Damrosch: Library Speaker, Newly Minted Pulitzer Finalist Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

Columbia University released the roll of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists this week, and one name — Leo Damrosch — caught our eye. He’s speaking at the Library next month.


This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
April 1864
Three Chariton County slaves are placed up for auction upon the death of their master, General James G. Blunt is removed from command due to an earlier defeat at the hands of guerrilla fighter William Clarke Quantrill, and General Samuel R. Curtis pursues Quantrill’s Raiders.
Film Blog
Program Notes: Dark Victory (1939) Dark Victory movie poster

Dark Victory is one of those old-fashioned weepies that sophisticated film goers hate to love. Ever since its release, it's left audiences torn between sobbing and resentment over the picture's emotional manipulation.

2014 Jackson County Spelling Bee 2014 Jackson County Spelling Bee

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Chauncey Downs, Count Basie, & Chester FranklinChauncey Downs, Count Basie, & Chester Franklin

Missouri Valley Special Collections

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Meet the Past

Meet The Past Online

Watch KCPT's Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III online.