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September 2023 CYS Zine Cover

Why are pirates called pirates? They just arrr! Aye, mateys, the September Central Youth Services zine is available for pick up at CYS or you can print one out!

Do you dare to terrify? Take a shot at writing the very scariest story in all of Kansas City for this year’s Ghost Light performance. 

The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, invites kids ages 10-14 to raise some goosebumps – R.L. Stine-style – for its annual Youth Ghost Story Contest.  

The Maya Angelou Book Award reading committee has selected five finalists for the third annual national award, which is presented by the Kansas City Public Library, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and five other Missouri universities. 

Heartland Book Fest with heart shaped out of books and a hill

An impressive lineup of nationally known and local authors headlines a new, two-day book festival set for early October in downtown Kansas City. 

The inaugural Heartland Book Festival – co-presented by Missouri Humanities, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Missouri affiliate for the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book – also will offer an array of workshops and musical performances, a photography exhibition, and other presentations and activities – all following the theme Find Your Story. And all free and open to public audiences of all ages

You read. You ... rule

Participation in the Library’s Summer Reading program, which wrapped up Tuesday, August 15, reached an all-time high for the second year in a row. Nearly 13,000 people participated – 12,952 to be exact, young and old and in between.