We know there are more than 50 shades of love, and we’ve broken down some of the many subgenres of romance to help you find the best match for your readin’ heart this Valentine’s Day.

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 who have made their mark on Kansas City history. The seven individuals featured in 2018 have left indelible imprints on our community and beyond.

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 seven individuals featured in 2018 left indelible imprints on our community and beyond.

As the Kansas City Public Library’s director of public affairs from June 2006 to August 2015, Henry Fortunato imagined and developed revolutionary public programming that earned national recognition and helped redefine the role of the modern library. On February 5, 2018, Fortunato died at his home after a short illness. He had turned 62 a month earlier.

As the Kansas City Public Library’s director of public affairs from June 2006 to August 2015, Henry Fortunato imagined and developed revolutionary public programming that earned national recognition and helped redefine the role of the modern library. On February 5, 2018, Fortunato died at his home after a short illness. He had turned 62 a month earlier.

Too many people, it seems, aren't quite sure what life at a 21st-century library is all about. The Missouri Library Association has come up with a fun way for us to share what we do: Library Snapshot Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, January 24. Follow along on social media by searching for the hashtag #LibrarySnapshotDay.

When I heard Aaron Mahnke had written a book about The World of Lore, I hoped he would use the freedom of this different format to dive more deeply into each story, and into the subject as a whole, than he does in his podcast. I wanted him to tackle the Big Questions in more substantive way. If the podcast is tapas, I wanted the book to be meat and potatoes. It’s not.
Tax Help

The Library wants to make filing taxes as clear and easy as possible, offering free, walk-in tax preparation assistance and resources.

Library Staffers Share Memorable Moments of 2017
Memories are made at the Library each day. Our staff members reminisced about some of the moments from the past year that stood out as unique and notable -- stories and anecdotes underscoring how the Library is a special place that offers so much to our community. 
 
On a recent segment for KCUR’s Central Standard, the Bibliofiles gathered to talk about romance novels and the fan outrage that started with a piece in The New York Times' Book Review section. Listen to audio from the chat about why readers like romance (not just for the steamy parts), and get some heart-racin' reading recommendations.
 

What books were winners with Library staff in 2017?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.

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.
 
Device Tutorials and Digital Content
Are you the proud owner of new tech products this holiday season? The Library keeps the spirit of gift-giving going by providing you with many ways to make the most of your new computer, tablet, or smartphone.  We've got a few  resources to get you started.
 
The Country Club Plaza in December is synonymous with holiday lights and shopping, as illustrated in these historical photos from our Missouri Valley Special Collections.
 
Pull into the parking garage for the downtown Central Library – the one with the cool collection of giant books on the exterior – and you might notice some changes. New gates. And a new system for entry. We’re here to help get you through.
 
CSPAN Tour
The Kansas City Public Library is featured in the latest C-SPAN Cities Tour, which highlights the history and literary life of a selected city.  Producers spent time with the Library in examining the history of the Stockyards District and the 1920s and '30s era in which local political boss Tom Pendergast was at the height of power. The segments aired the weekend of December 2-3, 2017, and videos are available to view online.
 

On a chilly November evening at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance filled the Truman Forum. The auditorium was filled with smiling audience members holding phones and cameras high. At least three video cameras were positioned in different parts of the room to capture the event. In the corner, a reporter and photographer from 41 Action News were ready to shoot video and get interviews. All eyes were on the women wearing caps and gowns on the stage. They were the first class of graduates through the unique Career Online High School program.

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