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Local History

Not Sacred Enough: Trials and Tribulations of Kansas City Blue Laws

Originally enacted by our Puritan forebears, the so-called Blue Laws forbade the transaction of any sort of business or entertainment on Sundays except for things like medical care and other urgent, unforeseen needs.

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American Public Square Series Debates Hot-Button Issues – Get This, with Reason and Respect

The Library and American Public Square kick off a series of spring discussions of some of the city’s most polarizing issues—minus the invective that too often feeds polarity—in early December.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Ashenden; or, the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham’s novel, Ashenden, was quite influential. Later spy novelists, such as John LeCarre, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler and Len Deighton, all give a nod to Maugham as inspiring their own work.

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Top 2½ Percent: We Earned a 4-Star Rating from Library Journal

The Kansas City Public Library remains among a select group of public libraries across the country, earning a 4-star designation from Library Journal.

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Money Matters Workshops at the Library

The Kansas City Public Library is one of 21 nationwide recipients to receive a $100,000 grant to help launch a two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.

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