Outreach services

Home Bound Books by Mail

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. To participate in HBB, you must apply and secure certification from your healthcare provider verifying that you are homebound. Applications are available at your local Kansas City Public Library branch, or you can request an application to be mailed or faxed. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, call 816.701.3490 or email SeniorServices@kclibrary.org.

Large Print Book Collections

Outreach provides special book collections to senior residential and recreational sites. A collection of 30 to 90 large print library books is 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 email SeniorServices@kclibrary.org.

Lobby Stops

Lobby Stops bring the library to senior housing sites in the community monthly. The staff sets up a small, pop-up library in a common meeting area or lobby. During their visit, patrons are invited to browse and check out items on-site. For more information about Lobby Stops, call 816.701.3490 or email SeniorServices@kclibrary.org.

Books to Give

Books to Give is a program that supports the “book ownership” concept, which increases 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 within the library’s service area. The program can provide up to 100 books per event.

If you would like to request Books to Give for your youth-serving agency, call 816.701.3667 or email BooksToGive@kclibrary.org. Books to Give requires at least a month's notice for all requests.

Books to Go

All preschool, home child care, and kindergarten sites within the Library district are eligible for free, monthly deliveries of age-appropriate, multicultural library books and CDs. The program is geared toward children birth through kindergarten age. For more information, contact the Books to Go team at 816.701.3667 or BooksToGo@kclibrary.org.

Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment

The mission of Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) is to meet the educational, informational, and cultural needs of Kansas City refugees and immigrants through library materials, services, and programs. RISE currently offers free citizenship prep classes to the community and hosts a variety of events. Visit http://www.kclibrary.org/services/immigrant-services or contact Julie Robinson, the Refugee & Immigrant Services Outreach Manager at JulieRobinson@kclibrary.org, 816.701.3587, or 816.206.8231 for more information.

Generation Exchange

Generation Exchange is an intergenerational storytelling (oral history) project designed to increase social interaction between youth and older adults, give every older adult in the greater KC region a chance to tell their story, and preserve local history for future generations. The goal of this project is to create a collection of stories that document memories and experiences related to neighborhood life, historical events, and cultural experiences. Generation Exchange is a Greater Kansas City collaborative initiative which is free and open to the public. For a complete line up of participants, visit generationexchange.mymcpl.org.

To find out more or to check out a Generation Exchange kit, contact the Kansas City Public Library Outreach Department at 816.701.3580 or by email at outreach@kclibrary.org.

Coffee & Conversation

The Outreach Department, in collaboration with the Central Reference Department, hosts this monthly event aimed at library patrons experiencing homelessness. Coffee & Conversation occurs on the third Wednesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Central Branch. The event is an effort to encourage relationship building, conversations, and connections by bringing together patrons and library staff to enjoy free coffee and pastries, an activity, and plenty of great conversation. Though Coffee & Conversation is held with patrons experiencing homelessness in mind, patrons of any housing status are encouraged to join. To learn more, contact Jason Pearl at jasonpearl@kclibrary.org.

This program is made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Learn more »

Thursdays in Kirk Hall

Outreach hosts weekly “tabling” in Kirk Hall, the main lobby of the Central Library, every Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library staff hands out information and pamphlets on various library services and events, gives out library cards, and provides free books through Westport Branch’s paperback exchange program. Additionally, community organizations are represented each week and provide help, resources, and referrals to library patrons within their areas of expertise. To learn more, contact Emily Luedtke at emilyluedtke@kclibrary.org.

This program is made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Learn more »

Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground (BOG) is a monthly service for homeless veterans provided in partnership by the Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans of America, Catholic Charities, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. On the fourth Friday of every month, representatives from these organizations drive the Vet Center van to key locations around the greater KC area to provide needed services for veterans experiencing homelessness. BOG comes by the Central Library every month around 9 a.m. and occasionally visits other KCPL branches as well. The representatives provide veterans with services like housing, benefits, addiction help, legal aid, assistance with DD 214 forms, and much more. To learn more about BOG, contact Jason Keene from the Salvation Army at Jason_Keene@usc.salvationarmy.org.