Library Life

Everyone from our frontline librarians to Director Crosby Kemper III takes pride in the often cutting-edge services offered by the Library, in our efforts to help chart a course for 21st-century libraries nationwide.

The Kansas City Public Library is considering a new program to enhance and extend the benefits of having a library card and would like to determine the level of public interest in this type of program. 
The 2017 Veterans Writing Workshop is designed to help veterans and their families develop the writing and narrative skills that can empower them to tell their stories, whether they be true-life accounts or wholly original tales. The workshop is free and open to past or present military members and family members of veterans. Each of the four-hour sessions is conducted by professional writers and educators; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college or university writing course.
The 2017 Veterans Writing Workshop is designed to help veterans and their families develop the writing and narrative skills that can empower them to tell their stories, whether they be true-life accounts or wholly original tales. The workshop is free and open to past or present military members and family members of veterans. Each of the four-hour sessions is conducted by professional writers and educators; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college or university writing course.
 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 is National Voter Registration Day and all of our Kansas City Public Library locations are ready to register you to vote.
 
The Library can be a valuable resource for artists as they develop their projects.  For instance, a handful of this year's Art in the Loop creators used the services of the Missouri Valley Special Collections to conduct research.
 
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Kansas City Public Library is celebrating and hopefully inspiring by having staff rifle through their wallets and closets to find the earliest library cards they own. 
 

After about a month of being closed for renovations, the Library’s Southeast Branch will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 5.

We DON'T Have Eclipse Glasses, But …
You may have heard on TV, radio, or online that “your local library has eclipse glasses free for the public.” That’s not entirely accurate. Not ALL local libraries have the glasses. Here’s why:

 
Wanting to photograph the upcoming solar eclipse with your smart phone? Do it with care, professional photographer Reed Hoffmann says.
 
On July 18, 2017, the heads of four KC-area library systems – Johnson County’s Sean Casserly, KCK’s Carol Levers, Mid-Continent’s Steve Potter, and KCPL’s Crosby Kemper III – joined KCPT’s Nick Haines for a public conversation at the Plaza Branch about Libraries Out Loud, a documentary series celebrating the work of our local libraries. Produced by filmmaker and documentarian Michael Price for KCPT’s Flatland website, the film series touches on ways today’s libraries fulfill their traditional missions while also serving our communities in innovative and vital ways.
 
The children’s book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night became hugely popular after its 2014 publication. It features photographs of dinosaur toys caught in the middle of making messes in different rooms around the house.
Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas speaks at a recent event at a recent event at which the city and the Library were presented a 2017 LibraryAware Community Award.

Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas offered a moving tribute to libraries in general, and the Kansas City Public Library in particular, at a recent event at which the city and the Library were presented a 2017 LibraryAware Community Award. 

Past and present are spelled out in a series of painstakingly researched interpretive panels recently installed along the Central Library’s rooftop perimeter. Collectively titled “What Surrounds Us: Reading the Past and Present,” they weave more than a century and a half of Kansas City history into narratives and accompanying illustrations.
The Kansas City Public Library is teaming up with our sister institutions across the area and the hometown Royals for Library Night at the K on Thursday, August 3.
Digital Services: Latest Updates and New Resources

The Kansas City Public Library offers dozens of digital resources that provide endless educational and entertainment opportunities for everyone with a library card. There are several changes and new developments coming soon; learn more about what you have to look foward to!

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