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.
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.
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.
During a special five-day event in partnership with Brian Frehner, a tenured professor of science, technology, and society at University of Missouri–Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library offers free classes and drop-in sessions to help you with your smartphone, technology repair, and even prepare you for a job interview.