Lucile H. Bluford Branch

L.H. Bluford Branch Library

The Bluford Branch Library is located in Kansas City's east side. Along with its strong collections in African American literature it is the first library in the Kansas City Public Library system to host a Health & Wellness Center. Among the amenities in the Center are specialized collections featuring extensive materials on topics ranging from teen pregnancy to diabetes and a machine to measure blood pressure. The well trained staff of the Bluford Branch are ready to help with technology questions and making community connections.

Featured Activity at This Branch

It’s Lucile Bluford’s day. Officially. Bluford, for whom the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch is named, was a leading voice in the civil rights movement in Kansas City and helped make The Call one of the largest and most important African-American newspapers in the nation. In recognition a year ago, the state of Missouri designated July 1—her birthday—as Lucile Bluford Day.

On the first statewide Lucile Bluford Day, the Library celebrates the legacy of the renowned former editor and publisher of The Call at the branch named for her. Missouri Rep. Brandon Ellington is the featured speaker. Special, daylong exhibits highlight Bluford’s life and career.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
11:00 am

At this branch

  • Computers: 20 for adults, 6 for kids, 6 for tweens, 14 for teens, 4 business & career computers, 2 education computers, 2 health & wellness computers, & 2 research computers
  • Wireless: All branches have free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.
  • Study Rooms:
    1 room — accommodates 2 – 4 people
    (2 hour limit; available on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Meeting Rooms: 2 rooms
  • Village Post Office
Cardio Kickboxing with NickiFit

Punch and kick you way to good health. Fitness champion Nicki Jones will lead you through 10 to 12 rounds of punches, kicks, and cardio exercise that will leave you feeling invigorated and powerful.

Family Game Night

Join us for fun and games every 3rd Monday starting at 6 p.m. On Game Night, we break out our collection of board games, playing cards, and dominoes and let you and your family have at them. Connect 4, Jenga, checkers, and many more games offer gaming fun for the night. The games are set out for you to browse, and you’re welcome to play whichever one(s) you’d like, either with your friends and family or with other game lovers from the community. Occasionally, we’ll have a themed Game Night. Such nights will be noted on the schedule.

Full Body Chair Fitness with NickiFit

No matter your limitations, you can still reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of exercise. This class is designed to give you a total body workout. Cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises are all performed from a seated position.

Getting Back to Better with Diabetes

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, or do you take care of someone who has? This complete Diabetic Self-Management Workshop will give you the skills to manage symptoms, eat healthier, communicate more effectively, sleep better, develop a healthier lifestyle, and deal with stress, fear, and anxiety. Lunch is provided, and you'll receive a gift card for the TMC Mobile Market when you complete the program. To register for this free six-week course, call Deitra at 817-701-3482 or Raquel at 816-404-3560. This program is a partnership between Truman Medical Centers Wellness Connection and Kansas City Public Library.

HIIT Training with NickiFit

This high intensity interval training (HIIT) will get you sweating and moving. Get the maximum benefits of exercise with this 45-minute workout.

Kids Café

Enjoy a free healthy snack at the library. Snacks are reserved for youth ages 18 and under.

Soul Flo

Created by Yolanda Sanders and presented by NickiFit, Soul Flo is a free flow form of yoga that builds strength and flexibility throughout the entire body. Unlike traditional yoga, Soul Flo trades Buddhist mantras with positive affirmation so people of all beliefs can feel comfortable participating. Flowing freely from one move to the next as opposed to holding stagnant poses, Soul Flo is ideal for both men and women of all ages. More information about Soul Flo can be found at


Bring in your little ones for our weekly Tuesday storytime at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch! You can be sure to expect stories, songs, crafts & lots of imagination. Children must attend with an adult.

Strength Training with NickiFit

Are you ready for a change? HIIT is designed to help participants achieve superior fat loss while maintaining muscle. This class alternates between short periods of cardio exercise with less intense recovery periods. You will improve your athletic capacity and condition, improve glucose metabolism and improve fat burning. Bring your own hand weights.

Health & Wellness Center

The Health and Wellness Center is a well-used enhancement to the beautifully renovated Bluford Branch and was created in partnership with Truman Medical Centers and the Health Sciences Institute of Metropolitan Community Colleges – Penn Valley. It provides access to health, nutrition, and wellness information through collections of educational materials, online information, and regular programming.

Village Post Office

Limited postal services are available:

  • Purchase Forever Stamps
  • Obtain Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and boxes
  • Mail pre-stamped envelopes or packages
  • Enjoy extended P.O. Box hours

About Lucile H. Bluford

The Lucile H. Bluford Branch of The Kansas City Public Library stands as a tribute to one of the city’s most accomplished and beloved individuals. From her early days as a student at Lincoln High School and the University of Kansas to her long and distinguished career at The Kansas City Call, Miss Bluford used her journalistic talents to champion civil rights and strengthen the African-American community. Read More...