Home Bound Books by Mail (HBB) is a free mail service that delivers library items to individuals unable to visit the library due to health-related issues. In order to participate in HBB, you must apply and secure certification from your healthcare provider that you are homebound. Applications are available at your local Kansas City Public Library branch. You may also request an application to be mailed or faxed. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, contact us at 816-701-3490 or e-mail SeniorServices@kclibrary.org .
Outreach provides special book collections to senior residential and recreational sites. A collection of 30 to 90 large print library books are available to facilities located in the Kansas City Public Library service district. Material delivery schedules will be determined by the agency and the library. For more information about Large Print Book Collections, call 816-701-3490 or e-mail SeniorServices@kclibrary.org .
Books to Give is a program of the Kansas City Public Library that supports the “books in the home” or “book ownership” concept that increase positive attitudes towards reading and ultimately encourages children to become lifelong readers. The Library distributes Books to Give books to children and teens at community outreach fairs, school events, and local social service agencies. If you would like to request a Books to Give collection for your youth-serving agency, contact us at 816-701-3580 or e-mail Outreach@kclibrary.org .
Stories to Go brings the magic of an early literacy library story time to your childcare/preschool center. Agencies participating in the Stories to Go program sign up for monthly visits from the Stories to Go team, providing preschool-aged audiences the opportunity to enjoy interactive story time with a strong emphasis on building early literacy skills. For more information about the Stories to Go program call 816-701-3712 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
All preschools and child care homes within the Kansas City Public Library district are eligible for free monthly deliveries of age-appropriate, multicultural library materials. The program is geared to children birth through five years of age. For more information contact the Books to Go team at 816-701-3667 or e-mail email@example.com .
Working on and developing, at an early age, the skills necessary to learn to read has a long-term impact on a child’s academic and reading success. To help facilitate this success, the Early Literacy Program offers workshops for parents, caregivers, and educators, in the Kansas City Public Library district, on building early literacy skills of children birth to age five. Trained staff present early literacy workshops focused on enhancing early learning including modeling best practices to encourage the five early literacy practices of Sing, Talk, Read, Play, and Write. For more information contact the Early Literacy Manager at 816-701-3585.
A space for play and learning, the Kansas City Public Library’s Early Literacy Centers provide young children and their caregivers an opportunity to explore interactive activities designed to build and foster the early literacy skills needed for reading success. For more information contact the Early Literacy Manager at 816-701-3585.