Join the Kansas City Public Library in a campaign to transform our community by promoting a lifelong love of reading! Our goal is for Kansas City to reap the social and economic benefits of being one of the most literate cities in America.
Why does reading matter to a community?
In 2007 the National Endowment for the Arts published a study of book, magazine and online reading. Among the key findings:
- Americans are reading less.
- Americans are reading less well.
- The declines in reading have civic, social and economic implications.
How can we expect Kansas City to benefit as a Community of Readers?
- More knowledgeable citizens.
- Children better prepared for school success.
- More college graduates.
- More small business start-ups.
- Wider involvement in civic issues.
- Higher lifetime earnings.
- Heightened support for the arts.
How can YOU help make a difference?
- Read every day to a young child in your life.
- Encourage teenagers to visit the Library and read.
- Join the Library’s programs that support reading among adults.
The Library offers programs throughout the year designed to celebrate Kansas City as a community of readers.
To donate your financial support to Building a Community of Readers, go to our Giving page .