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Black Lives Matter, Black Stories Matter
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Friday, June 5, 2020
Our city and nation are hurting in the wake of the senseless, horrifying death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The Kansas City Public Library stands in full support of the many across our country — including our staff and their families and others in our community — who have marched in protest and in profound, insistent hope for the future.  We decry the longstanding racial inequities and injustice at the root of their unrest. We need more than ever to understand the challenges of a diverse America, allowing us to define and develop effective change when and wherever it is necessary.
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Monday, September 21, 2020

On May 31, the internationally renowned artist known as Christo died at the age of 84. Here's a story about his exhibition in Loose Park in 1978.

Pop In at the Park
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Monday, July 6, 2020
In an effort to extend summer learning opportunities to more area families, the Kansas City Public Library is partnering with Kansas City Parks and Recreation on Pop In at the Park. The program, which connects families and individuals to the Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program, runs through July and is part of a continued effort to reach the community while physical Library locations are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff will be at pop-up booths Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until noon, in parks throughout the city to help sign people up for its Summer Reading Program
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Chain lubed? Helmet on? All right, then, let’s ride!

Executive Director John Herron
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Thursday, June 4, 2020
John Herron, who drove innovation and growth in leading the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the new director of the Kansas City Public Library. The Library’s board of trustees approved his appointment Tuesday, June 2, 2020, following a nearly four-month national search. Herron will assume his new duties in early July. “This is an exciting time for the Kansas City Public Library, and I am thrilled for this opportunity,” Herron said.  Learn more about our new director.
Race in America
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Thursday, September 3, 2020
As our community and our country lean into the conversations and responsive actions arising from the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, libraries are in a position to both serve and lead through their services, resources, and programs. The Kansas City Public Library looks to facilitate open-mindedness and receptiveness to a variety of viewpoints and experiences — including voices often unheard or overlooked. Here, we offer videos and/or audio recordings of several programs over the past two years that touched on or confronted pressing issues of race, inequity, and injustice.