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.

Please Note: Kids Cafe will not be offered at Bluford Library from Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 2017

Featured Activity at This Branch

Tuesday, September 26 is National Voter Registration Day, and Kansas City Public Library is here to help you celebrate!
Date of Event: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:00 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
ABsolutely Amazing Abs

ABsolutely Amazing Abs goes beyond getting a flat belly or a six-pack of abs. There are several benefits associated with abdominal exercises. Attain better posture, increase flexibility in the lower back and improve digestion. Classes will begin with a dynamic stretching warm up. Participants will need to be able to perform floor exercises. Bring a mat.

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.

Diabetes Empowerment Education

Take charge of your life by learning how to control your diabetes. In these FREE classes you will learn how to live a healthier life with diabetes:
• Find out how diabetes affects your body
• Make sense of your blood sugar numbers
• Meet others who have diabetes
• Have fun learning in a small group through games, activities and support conversations
• Learn about diabetes through classes located in the community near your neighborhood

A trained instructor leads the class, which meets an hour and a half once a week for 6
weeks, giving you plenty of time to ask questions and learn more from others in your
class.

Register for this program, presented with Truman Medical Centers, by calling Raquel Garcia at 816-404-3560 or Deitra Johnson at 816-701-3482.

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 2 Better Chronic Disease Management

Are living with a chronic disease, or do you live with or take care of someone living with a chronic disease? Join us for education, support, and resources to manage chronic disease. In this class, you'll learn to manage symptoms, eat healtheri, communicate more effectively, sleep better, develop a healthier lifestyle, and deal with stress, fear, and anxiety. Call Raquel Garcia at 816-404-3560 or Deitra Johnson at 816-701-3482 to register. Sponsored by Truman Medical Centers Wellness Connection.

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.

Please Note: Kids Cafe will not be offered at Bluford Library from Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 2017

Storytime

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...