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As you power through your Summer Reading to log your books and earn your prize, there's a constellation of space-and science-themed titles out there waiting to be discovered. In addition to this year's official Summer Reading selections for each age group, our librarians working at ground control have more majorly good reads that can give your reading a booster rocket in the final weeks of this year's program, Dare to Discover.
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Friday, July 12, 2019
As you power through your Summer Reading to log your books and earn your prize, there's a constellation of space-and science-themed titles out there waiting to be discovered. In addition to this year's official Summer Reading selections for each age group, our librarians working at ground control have more majorly good reads that can give your reading a booster rocket in the final weeks of this year's program, Dare to Discover.
 
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Conceived as a ploy to bring customers to visit the Heim Brewing Company in 1899, the original Electric Park at Chestnut and Guinotte streets grew into an attraction in its own right. Each night, the 100,000 lights that gave the park its name illuminated a roller coaster, scenic railway, carousel, skating rink, swimming pool, bowling alley, alligator farm, dime museum, theaters, dance pavilions, bandstand, penny arcade, shooting gallery, flower beds, lake, and rental boats. Most alluring were the nightly performances of costumed young women who danced to a colorful electric light show on a platform in a large fountain in the center of the lake. Sometimes known as Kansas City's Coney Island, it served as the city's greatest amusement park for nearly two decades.

Join the Kansas City Public Library and other area library systems for this year’s Library Night at the K on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, as the Royals face off against the Toronto Blue Jays. Purchase discounted game tickets at Royals.com/KCLibrary; a portion of sales support the Library's Summer Reading Program.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Join the Kansas City Public Library and other area library systems for this year’s Library Night at the K on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, as the Royals face off against the Toronto Blue Jays. Purchase discounted game tickets at Royals.com/KCLibrary; a portion of sales support the Library's Summer Reading Program.
 
No More Library Late Fines. Seriously.
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Monday, December 2, 2019
As of July 1, 2019, the Library will no longer charge fines on overdue materials. Bonus: we’ve also cleared existing late fines from all accounts, giving our patrons a fresh start. Get the details about what FREEDOM FROM FINES means for you and your fellow Library users.
 
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Since The Kansas City Public Library launched "What’s your KCQ?" last October in partnership with the Kansas City Star , we’ve answered many reader-submitted questions about Kansas City’s history, traditions and quirks.

In recent months, we’ve explored how Kansas Citians used to travel between downtown and West Bottoms, if a reader’s father did really pay a nickel to see a giant whale in Kansas City in the 1950s — Long story short, the whale’s name was Winnie. — and why Kansas City has a bridge to nowhere.

LGBT Pride Month, celebrated 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 Kansas City Public Library commemorates Pride Month with LGBTQIA+ book recommendations, revisit highlights from past programs, film offerings, and other resources.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
LGBT 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 celebrates Pride Month with LGBTQIA+ book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources.
 
Quantrill Reunion
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In the Kansas City region, the name "Quantrill" is largely associated with William Clarke Quantrill, the infamous Missouri guerrilla who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and led a violent raid on the Unionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863. The Quantrill name came up in a recent What’s Your KC Q? submission by Star reader Tony Rome. Rome’s mother attended the old Benjamin Harrison School (now the Kansas City International Academy) near Interstate 435 and East Wilson Road. He recalls her mentioning a “Quantrill Park” just east of the school and asks, “Who was that Quantrill?” At the risk of reviving old border war animosities, historians in the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections searched the department’s newspaper, map, and photograph collections for the answer.
 

Voter Resources for the June 18 KCMO general election
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Friday, June 14, 2019
Kansas City voters go to the polls on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, to vote on several races and issues. Among the highest-profile ballot questions: Who will succeed outgoing Mayor Sly James - Jolie Justus or Quinton Lucas? If you're looking for election information, needing to research candidates and issues, and hoping to be fully prepared to cast your ballot, the Library has an array available resources, including video from the June 12 mayoral forum hosted by the Library and KSHB-TV.
 
Could the 8th Street Tunnel Ever be Restored?
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Robert Felix, a Kansas City native who grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and now lives in Shawnee, has always known about the old cable car tunnel that runs below Eighth Street from downtown to the West Bottoms. As the new Kansas City Streetcar system gains popularity he wondered: Could the Eighth Street Tunnel/streetcar line be restored and used to link the two parts of the city?

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Friday, June 7, 2019
If you’ve visited the Library’s Plaza Branch recently, you may have noticed a new addition to our team. Meet our new automated sorting machine – it’s here to help speed up the process of checking in returned materials and getting them back onto shelves faster, plus it will free up staff to focus on assisting patrons instead of sorting through returns.
 
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Friday, June 7, 2019

Reader Wayne Moots recently asked us how people used to travel up and down the rocky bluffs that separate downtown from the West Bottoms. Moots works at the revitalized Golden Ox restaurant, and has had plenty of time to ponder this KC Q during his commute.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

It’s summer in Kansas City, so it’s time for “What’s Your KCQ?” to take a swing at a baseball question. Ashley Tebbe recently submitted her question to The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Public Library about some local baseball history: "What is the history of Negro Leagues baseball trading cards?"

The Library launches an out-of-this-world learning adventure for all ages in this year’s Summer Reading Program. As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we invite readers to Dare to Discover a universe of books, events, and activities that celebrate science fact and fiction alike. To participate, youth and adults just need to get registered online (or at your local Library location). Read five books between June 1-July 31 (our mad scientist librarians have cooked up some stellar Su
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Friday, June 28, 2019
The Library launches an out-of-this-world learning adventure for all ages in this year’s Summer Reading Program. As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we invite readers to Dare to Discover a universe of books, events, and activities that celebrate science fact and fiction alike. Read five books between June 1-July 31, 2019 (our mad scientist librarians have cooked up some stellar Suggested Reading titles to get you started). Log your completed books, and earn a cosmically cool prize.
 
Winnie the Whale advertisement
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Friday, May 31, 2019

In October 1953, three brief articles appeared in The Kansas City Times (the morning edition of The Star), detailing the exhibition of a 40-ton, 42-foot, embalmed gray whale named Winnie. Winnie had met an untimely end a year earlier, when she encountered a U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of San Diego and lost her tail. The DuPont Company built and attached a new plastic tail, and Winnie’s preserved remains were sent on a nationwide tour.

The second class of Career Online High School graduates enthusiastically collected their diplomas during a recent celebration. The program. sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Literacy Kansas City, in partnership with Gale Cengage, gives area adults a chance to earn a fully accredited high school diploma and career certificate online, at no charge.
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Friday, May 10, 2019
The second class of Career Online High School graduates enthusiastically collected their diplomas during a recent celebration. The program is sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Literacy Kansas City, in partnership with Gale Cengage; it gives area adults a chance to earn a fully accredited high school diploma and career certificate online, at no charge.
 

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