The Adult Winter Reading Program is an annual initiative of the Kansas City Public Library aimed at encouraging leisure reading among adults. Every year, the program advances a different theme as a means of recommending literary classics and overlooked gems to the reading public.
Kansas City is consistently ranked among the top 10 cities nationwide in terms of Library usage * – a status that should be celebrated and rewarded, which are both part of the goal of the Adult Winter Reading Program.
The Show-Me State claims some of the most enduring voices in American Literature, not to mention some of its more provocative contemporary writers. This program complements the exhibit Painting Missouri  - featuring original oil paintings representing every county in Missouri and the City of St. Louis.
(*According to the 2010 Central Connecticut State University study, "America's Most Literate Cities.")