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What’s Your KC Q? Library and KC Star Team Up to Find Answers
What do you want to know about our community? Beginning October 3, the Library and The Kansas City Star are combining resources to find answers to questions about regional topics ranging from the history of barbecue to the stories behind local landmarks. In a new partnership called What’s Your KC Q?, readers submit questions, the public votes on their favorites, and a team of librarians and reporters digs in and reports back with answers.
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What's your KC Q?

“What’s your KC Q” is a joint project of the Kansas City Public Library and The Kansas City Star. The purpose is to help Kansas Citians become more knowledgeable and informed citizens. Readers submit questions, the public votes on which questions to answer, and our team of librarians and reporters dig deep to uncover the answers. The project is powered by Hearken.

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Question: Why was the city named "Kansas City" rather than for the state in which it is located, Missouri?

It sure seems like Kansas City ought to be named Missouri City, doesn’t it? Although, our neighbors to the north in Clay County where the actual Missouri City is located might have something to say about that. To better understand why Kansas City was given its name, we must first gain an understanding of why a city was established here, and also what was going on in the world at that time.

Five years ago, the Kansas City Public Library and its archival partners announced the launch of the website Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865. The numbers since then speak to its impact: some 608,000 online visitors and more than 1.3 million page views, with usage continuing to climb.
The Kansas City Public Library wants to extend a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2018.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 is National Voter Registration Day and all of our Kansas City Public Library locations are ready to register you to vote.
At the Kansas City Public Library, we’re so excited to report that our 2018 Summer Reading Program was one of our most successful ever.