Library Life

Library Deputy Director Carrie Coogan keeps expanding her advocacy for digital literacy and inclusion – from efforts locally in Kansas City, Missouri, to leadership nationally to a place on the docket of arguably the world’s foremost brainstorming session on the health of the internet.
Thank you, voters! From, Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City Public Library officials say they are moving forward with plans to implement upgrades of both services and facilities after approval of the first increase in the Library’s property tax-based levy in 22 years on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 
 
Library Journal 5-Star Library
For the third consecutive year, the Kansas City Public Library earns a 5-star designation from Library Journal
This fall’s election comprises a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have a lot of important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.
This fall’s election encompasses a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have many important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.  
 
Halloween is a great time to share holiday-themed postcards with your friends and family. Browse through our collection for inspiration.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
It’s late summer, and the signs of autumn are swirling in the air: back to school, apple cider donuts, and football. Before any tailgating can get underway, fantasy footballers around the world need to assemble their squads. Among them is an elite group of Kansas City area librarians.
 
Cartooning pioneer Will Eisner helped develop a new style of visual storytelling: the graphic novel. Eisner's work is the focus of a Library exhibit currently on display at the Central Library: Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017. As part of the exhibit, the Library recaps a recent presentation about Eisner’s impact on artists and readers alike, plus we highlight some notable titles in our graphic novel collection – both physical and digital.
Cartooning pioneer Will Eisner helped develop a new style of visual storytelling: the graphic novel. Eisner's work is the focus of a Library exhibit currently on display at the Central Library, Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017. In conjunction, the Library recaps a recent presentation about Eisner’s impact on artists and readers alike, and we highlight some notable titles in our graphic novel collection – both physical and digital.
 
Whether it's a sold-out arena concert featuring a big-name supergroup or a small, intimate show at a local dive bar, a live musical performance generates an inimitable song-listening energy. In celebration of good vibrations and the Library's music-centric 2018 Summer Reading program, Rock & Read, we've put together some note-worthy resources and recommendations and Library staffers' remembrances of their most magical concerts.
Whether it's a sold-out arena concert featuring a big-name supergroup or a small, intimate show at a local dive bar, a live musical performance generates an inimitable song-listening energy. In celebration of good vibrations and the Library's music-centric 2018 Summer Reading program, Rock & Read, we've put together some note-worthy resources and recommendations and Library staffers' remembrances of their most magical concerts.  
 
Marcos Balam toiled through two English for Citizenship courses – each taking 12 weeks – and multiple one-to-one meetings with citizenship interview practice tutors to prepare for his naturalization interview.
 

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