The Greenwood Society

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The Greenwood Society recognizes the Library’s most generous supporters. Through your membership you champion our children’s programs, the joy of reading, and the Missouri Valley Room historical collections. Members’ gifts are also helping to create a world-class community forum through free public events featuring renowned novelists, playwrights, historians, special exhibits and fine arts performances.

Greenwood Society donors of $1000 and more annually receive invitations to small group receptions and dinners with guest novelists, historians and other public figures featured at Library programs over the course of the year.

Level of giving

  • $10,000 Mark Twain Circle
  • $5,000 Langston Hughes Circle
  • $2,500 T. S. Eliot Circle
  • $1,000 Laura Ingalls Wilder Circle

Mark Twain Circle: $10,000 annual gift

  • The opportunity to reserve the Durwood Film Vault for a private screening
  • The opportunity to introduce an author at a free public Library event
  • Reserved VIP seating for up to four, upon request, at special Library events
  • Discounted use of such Central Library facilities as Helzberg Auditorium, Rooftop Terrace and meeting rooms for private events
  • Private tour, on request, of the Missouri Valley Special Collections
  • Advanced notice of Library events
  • Invitations to members-only dinners with featured authors
  • Recognition in the Library’s Annual Report

Langston Hughes Circle: $5,000 annual gift

  • Reserved VIP seating for up to four, upon request, at special Library events
  • Discounted use of such Central Library facilities as Helzberg Auditorium, Rooftop Terrace and meeting rooms for private events
  • Private tour, on request, of the Missouri Valley Special Collections
  • Advanced notice of Library events
  • Invitations to members-only dinners with featured authors
  • Recognition in the Library’s Annual Report

T.S. Eliot Circle: $2,500 annual gift

  • Reserved VIP seating for two, upon request, at special Library events
  • Private tour, upon request, of the Missouri Valley Special Collections
  • Advanced notice of Library events
  • Invitations to members-only dinners with featured authors
  • Recognition in the Library’s Annual Report

Laura Ingalls Wilder Circle: $1,000 annual gift

  • Advanced notice of Library events
  • Invitations to members-only dinners with featured authors
  • Recognition in the Library’s Annual Report

Gifts should be made payable to The Kansas City Public Library. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Dr. James M. Greenwood

Dr. James M. Greenwood "educator, innovator, advocate, author" served as superintendent of Kansas City‘s schools from 1874-1913. During his tenure, he led the development of the Kansas City Public Library. Dr. Greenwood gained national recognition for championing a comprehensive system of public education from kindergarten through graduate school, and advocated a liberal arts education for every child.