If you're between the ages of 5 and 12 ... it's time to write a story!

Pull up your imagination!

The 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest is brought to you by the Reading Reptile Bookstore, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Johnson County Library. If you're between the ages of 5 and 12 and you have a story in your heart, we want to see it!

Print out the entry form, attach it to your story, and drop off at any branch of the Library or at the Reading Reptile Bookstore by January 28, 2015.

The World of Women Inventors

What would the world be like without chocolate chip cookies, high-quality shampoo that helps grow your hair, and windshield wipers? We would lack yummy snacks to dip in milk. Our hair would be thin and dull. Most importantly, we would be unsafe driving in the snow or rain!

Bobblemas Visits Central Youth Services

Bobblemas from the KC Rep visits Kansas City Public Library Central Youth Services.

Warm-Up This Fall

Pumpkin Ribbon

Summer has definitely gone on siesta. Winter hasn’t yet hinted it's near by dropping the temperature below freezing. Autumn, though, now blusters full-blast.

There are all kinds of ways that people bring warmth into their ever-cooling lives. A few are:

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Count the Monkeys

If you’re looking for a book to read aloud to your child, the Missouri Building Block Award is a good place to start. The Building Block Award is a chance for the children of Missouri (and neighboring states) to select the best read-aloud book of the year from a set of 10 nominees.

Below are the 2014 Missouri Building Block Award Nominees:

Kansas City Public Library Beta