The Metro only goes so far. Your imagination, though, is limitless. This year’s Teen Read Week theme is “Get Away @ Your Library.” We are proud of how our ten branches all have books that transport readers to other places—both real and whimsical.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
publication date: 2015
Imagine this: You hear about a book that sounds really interesting. Your friends have raved about it. You haven’t been this excited to get your hands on something to read in a long time. You go to the library to check it out. No can do. Somebody has taken all copies of those books off the shelves. Nobody will be able to borrow them for a long time. You are out of luck.
Made You Up by Francesa Zappia
publication date: 2015
Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?
This semester, the Kansas City Public Library is looking for teenagers to join our first ever Teen Leadership Council! These volunteer positions have helped the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City this year, including:
The Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration, May 23rd
The Harry Potter House Cup Award Ceremony, May 30th
The Largest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World, June 6th
The Black Archives History Lock-In, July 11th
The Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit, July 25th
Anything Could Happen was a quirky, fun book that fit within the tradition of coming-of-age novels, albeit from a slightly different perspective. In Anything Could Happen, it was Tretch Farm's 15th year and he just discovered he was in love with his best friend, Matt Gooby. Tretch must navigate that situation, while grappling with his sexuality, his brother’s absence at college, and health problems in his family.
This book was right up my alley. The author presented puppy love through the eyes of a likable, insightful character. Tretch’s inner monologue and dialogue were so endearing and genuine.
It has been a great summer! Come join us for our last BIG event of the Summer this Saturday at the Plaza Library. Every attendee will be entered in a raffle to win iTunes gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and one GRAND PRIZE to be announced that night.
There will be video game tournaments, movie marathons, FREE FOOD and drinks, dancing, crafts, Minecraft demos, Roblox groups, giant Jenga games, Magic/YuGiOh games and MORE!
Meet the Teen Leaders of Today!
The Teen Leaders of Today! are the Kansas City Public Library's Teen Leadership Council! They represent the library at several events throughout the summer and help plan some of our largest events, including the Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit. Thanks to a grant from the Mayor's Office, these teens are working hard all summer long to bring relevant and exciting programs to Kansas City's teenagers!
Click through to meet the Teen Leaders of Today!
The Amazing “Race” at the Black Archives
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Program: 6:30 p.m.
Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E 17th Terrace
RSVP: kclibrary.org * 816.701.3407
Teens can enjoy a night of games, food, fun, and challenges, including a team scavenger hunt inside and outside the Black Archives of Mid-America. Tap into the African American people, places, and events that have made the Kansas City region great.
There’s only room for 50 so arrive early. Activities last until 11 p.m.
Independence Day is more than fireworks and barbecues. There is a reason for the barrage of red, white, and blue.
Yes, in the Revolutionary War American colonists separated from Great Britain. But here are a few facts you might not know:
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
publication date: 2014
June 6th - 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Open to those ages 11-18!The Biggest Smash Bros Tournament in the World! - Plaza
Join us for a massive tournament where 8 players will go head-to-head at a time. Smash your friends on the big screen and root for your friends! Be the champion and win some amazing prizes!
For more info call (816) 876-6637.
End-of-the-Year Celebration: Hogwarts House Cup Award Ceremony Program: 6-11 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Enjoy food and fun at this magical event presented by the KC Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance and Plaza Branch Teen Services. Awards go to the House with the most points from the school year.
Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Central Library this Saturday! Pickup will be available at many KC Public Library locations with a completed permission slip. Talk to your local teen librarian or call (816) 876-6637 for more info!