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No More Library Late Fines. Seriously.
As of July 1, 2019, the Library will no longer charge fines on overdue materials. Bonus: we’ve also cleared existing late fines from all accounts, giving our patrons a fresh start. Get the details about what FREEDOM FROM FINES means for you and your fellow Library users.
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Quantrill Reunion

In the Kansas City region, the name "Quantrill" is largely associated with William Clarke Quantrill, the infamous Missouri guerrilla who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and led a violent raid on the Unionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863. The Quantrill name came up in a recent What’s Your KC Q? submission by Star reader Tony Rome. Rome’s mother attended the old Benjamin Harrison School (now the Kansas City International Academy) near Interstate 435 and East Wilson Road. He recalls her mentioning a “Quantrill Park” just east of the school and asks, “Who was that Quantrill?” At the risk of reviving old border war animosities, historians in the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections searched the department’s newspaper, map, and photograph collections for the answer.

Voter Resources for the June 18 KCMO general election
Kansas City voters go to the polls on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, to vote on several races and issues. Among the highest-profile ballot questions: Who will succeed outgoing Mayor Sly James - Jolie Justus or Quinton Lucas? If you're looking for election information, needing to research candidates and issues, and hoping to be fully prepared to cast your ballot, the Library has an array available resources, including video from the June 12 mayoral forum hosted by the Library and KSHB-TV.
That’s Boss! Library’s Pendergast Website Wins National History Award
The Library’s historical website The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression has been accorded a prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History. It recognizes “superior and innovative achievements” in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history.
Could the 8th Street Tunnel Ever be Restored?

Robert Felix, a Kansas City native who grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and now lives in Shawnee, has always known about the old cable car tunnel that runs below Eighth Street from downtown to the West Bottoms. As the new Kansas City Streetcar system gains popularity he wondered: Could the Eighth Street Tunnel/streetcar line be restored and used to link the two parts of the city?

Sorting Machine graphic
If you’ve visited the Library’s Plaza Branch recently, you may have noticed a new addition to our team. Meet our new automated sorting machine – it’s here to help speed up the process of checking in returned materials and getting them back onto shelves faster, plus it will free up staff to focus on assisting patrons instead of sorting through returns.