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Summer Reading 2023 graphic with text "All Together Now"
The Library invites all Kansas Citians to read, learn, imagine, and explore together in this year’s Summer Reading Program: All Together Now. No matter your tastes — fantastic fiction picks, riveting real-life reads, awesome audiobooks, or gorgeously illustrated graphic novels — you can read ANY five books between June 1 and August 15, 2023, log them online, and earn a reward. Join us in celebrating the power of books to build bonds, create connections, inspire us, enrich us, and empower us.
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June 2023 CYS Zine Cover

"All Together Now" is the Summer Reading theme, so we put TOGETHER a new zine and it's ALL ready NOW.

All Modes Are Open To Us exhibit photo
Amy Cousins and Ruben Castillo have been friends for five years. They are both artists and educators – Cousins in Philadelphia, Castillo in Kansas City – and they both often root their work in archival material as they have for their joint exhibition, All Modes Are Open to Us, which imagines new forms of “queer magic” through themes of domestic life, archives, and decoration. The two artists discussed their influences and respective practices for the pieces on display in the exhibition, which runs through August 12, 2023, in Central Library’s Guldner Gallery.


Pride Month
Pride Month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. The Library offers a collection of book recommendations, events, films, and other resources that celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices and experiences.

At 19,091 unique titles, the Kansas City Public Library’s collection of movies and television shows is larger than any streaming service’s offering. In January 2023, Statista reported that Amazon Prime had 7,429, Netflix 7,318, Hulu 6,741, and Discovery+ 6,203. Every other service had fewer. 

Altogether, the system’s 10 locations house a total of 52,340 discs with over 30,000 located at Central Library. 

The Library continues to collect DVDs for numerous reasons, including: many people don’t have access to the tech that’s needed to stream video; streaming services fall short in terms of diversity of interest; need for better inclusion of groups by race and age; and availability of titles.   

Child holding book stands with adult

Stop by select Kansas City parks and visit with your Library for this year's Pop In at the Park summer series! We'll be popping up in local neighborhoods between June 6 - August 18, 2023, to provide summer learning resources to families, connect people with services, offer fun kids’ activities, and more!