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What's your KC Q?

Fifty years ago this week, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. This year, they’re back in the thick of things -- and Kansas City fans are revved up and ready for a possible title run. A question dating back to that fabled championship season is this week’s "What’s Your KC Q?" -- the partnership between The Star and the Kansas City Public Library.

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III is assuming leadership of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump.

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III is assuming leadership of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump.

You have a worthy cause, a mission, and you’ve formed a nonprofit to pursue it. Now, you need funding.  Start that search at the Library. Through Candid, the world's largest source of information on nonprofits, foundations, and grants, the Kansas City Public Library offers an array of resources to both organizations and individuals seeking nonprofit backing.

You have a worthy cause, a mission, and you’ve formed a nonprofit to pursue it. Now, you need funding.

Start that search at the Library. Through Candid, the world's largest source of information on nonprofits, foundations, and grants, the Kansas City Public Library offers an array of resources to both organizations and individuals seeking nonprofit backing.

Live Your Best Life in 2020 with Library Resources
With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We tell ourselves we’re going to learn a new skill, take a class or two, strive to get exposed to diverse and different ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in personal and professional lives… an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library is an ideal starting point to help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.
 
Kansas City Black History 2020
Each year, the Library partners with the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and the Black Archives of Mid-America to produce a series of Black History Month materials celebrating the legacies and accomplishments of notable African-Americans from the Kansas City area. The individuals featured in the 2020 series all helped break down barriers in our community, elevating and inspiring others then and now. Read on to learn more about their achievements.
 
Library’s VISTA Project honors legacy of MLK with Hygiene Kit Donation Drive
In the spirit of service embodied by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Library’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project is collecting donations of travel-size personal care items for a Hygiene Kit Drive. Between January 2–15, 2020,  visit any Kansas City Public Library location and bring supplies to drop off in dedicated boxes. Donated materials will be assembled into kits that will be given to individuals experiencing homelessness.
 
Did Santa bring you a new tech-themed present such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
Did Santa bring you a new tech-themed present such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.
 
What books were winners with Library staff in 2019?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
What books were winners with Library staff in 2019?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
 
North-East Branch Undergoing Renovations Through 2020
The Library’s North-East Branch has TEMPORARILY RELOCATED as it begins a complete renovation and redesign. A temporary space directly across the street at 5930 Wilson Rd. in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center houses many of the location’s materials during the process, which is expected to last through late 2020. Plan your visit and learn more about the North-East Branch's exciting future.
 
Broadband Adoption Trends US compared to KC

How far has Kansas City come in connecting residents to increasingly essential high-speed internet services? It’s a key area of concern for the Library, which has taken a leadership role in efforts to expand digital access and literacy across the metro area. New analysis indicates progress, with the proportion of households using broadband rising from seven in 10 to more than eight over a four-year period. But it also shows KC lagging behind a number of similar-sized “competitor” cities. And it points to continued concerns for lower-income residents.
 

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Books make great holiday gifts, but choosing the right one can be daunting. The Library can toss you a gift-giving lifeline with our Gift Shelf Help reading recommendation service. Tell us a bit about the special reader in your life (or yourself!), and our experts will prepare a customized list of taste-tailored titles.
 
The Library and Legal Aid of Western Missouri will offer a property tax workshop on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the Library's Westport Branch. Get one-on-one help from Legal Aid attorneys.
 
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Has the holiday season got you down?  Feeling stressed?  Need a break?  Check out 12 days of fun wellness activities happening at every Kansas City Public Library location from December 9 -21.  Activities include mindfulness and meditation, arts and crafts, nutrition, workshops on beating the holiday blues, and more. 
 
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One year ago, voters overwhelmingly approved an 8-cent increase in the Library’s property tax-based operating levy – the first adjustment to the rate in 22 years. Thanks to that support and funding, the Library has been doing even more for the people we serve. As we broaden our services and respond to growing community needs, we want to keep you informed about our progress in what we call the Library’s Next Chapter. Learn what's happening at your neighborhood Library location, discover new or expanded services, and see how we’re working to improve patron experiences.
 
The Library's series of signature events bring nationally known authors, local historians, civic voices, political leaders, and others to Kansas City audiences.  But now you have another way to access the ideas and topics covered in the Library's programs: we've created a larger collection of archived online event videos available to the public. Miss a presentation? Watch anywhere, on your own time, for free.
The Library's series of signature events brings nationally known authors, local historians, civic voices, political leaders, and others to Kansas City audiences.  Now you have another way to access the ideas and topics covered in the Library's programs: We're creating a larger collection of archived online event videos available to the public. Miss a presentation? Watch anywhere, on your own time, for free. 
 

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