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Throughout March, the Library commemorates Women's History Month by lifting up stories, achievements, and experiences past and present. Explore book recommendations, watch online events, and discover how local women helped shape Kansas City’s history.
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In 1920s visiting “Paris of the Plains,” one could enjoy performances of everything from vaudeville to Shakespeare, or even one of the newly invented motion pictures.

For Black Kansas Citians, however, some of whom had served their country in WWI and visited the real Paris in France, much of their hometown was closed off to them.

Valentine's Day
February is National Library Lovers' Month, and you can celebrate by making use of our fantastic resources, visiting your favorite Library location, attending a public event, or exploring our catalog for things to read, watch, or listen to. And if Valentine's Day isn't your bag, we offer some suggested reading with titles that show appreciation for valued friendships and relationships. 
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Two innovative art exhibitions at the Central Library are nearing their closing dates, but time to see them hasn’t entirely run out. Headspace, featuring 17 vibrant watercolors on paper by local artist Andy Ryan, has been extended through March 11. Peripheral Visions, which closes March 25, is comprised of dozens of pieces in various media by artists from Imagine That! KC and Johnson County Developmental Supports’ Emerging Artists program.

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Kansas City Public Library cardholders living in the Library’s service area can now earn a high school diploma at no cost through Excel Adult High School, a self-paced, virtual education completion program.

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The system’s first branch – the oldest in Kansas City – is marking its 125th birthday with a week of remembrances, appearances, and other activities, plus a special art exhibition.