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2022 Summer Reading Program
Celebrate the power of creativity, ideas, and expression with the Kansas City Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program: Art Starts at Your Library. Read any five books between June 1 and August 15, log them, and earn a prize!
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Service Notice

Online maintenance taking place between 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, through the morning of Friday, June 24, will impact patrons' ability to access several Library services, including our catalog and other digital apps and databases. Read more for details.

illustration showing the extent of the Swope land donation

It was 126 years ago that real estate tycoon Thomas H. Swope donated the land to the city. A follow-up KCQ questioner wonders: What inspired his generosity?

Image of Evicted exhibit
Through photographs, video storytelling, and spatial elements, Evicted is an immersive exhibition illuminates the harrowing experience of eviction – faced annually by thousands in Kansas City and across the country. Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, the exhibit is on display at the Central Library through July 17, 2022.
Kansas City Black History
The Library and two institutional partners – the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and the Black Archives of Mid-America – are being honored with the nation’s top award for the preservation of state and local history. They’ll receive the American Association for State and Local History’s Award of Excellence, recognizing their multifaceted 2021 Kansas City Black History project. It features a 44-page publication highlighting Black trailblazers, barrier breakers, and history makers in the city and the surrounding area, along with a companion website offering lesson plans, Black history programming, and other related content. 
group standing around blue pop up tent

North-East Branch hosts World Refugee Day for the second time on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The celebration will take place in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.