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The Library's Tech Access team and LaunchCode now offer the Discovery Learning Program, a new way to learn computer coding skills. The program offers anyone a pathway to training and helps reduce barriers to jobs in the rapidly growing tech field.
The Library's Tech Access team and LaunchCode now offer the Discovery Learning Program, a new way to learn computer coding skills. The program offers anyone a pathway to training and helps reduce barriers to jobs in the rapidly growing tech field.
 
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UPDATED Question: What happened to all the Christmas decorations that used to be downtown, particularly the crowns strung across the streets with garland?

In our first response to this question, I reported that the Merchants Association began displaying crowns at busy downtown intersections in 1957. Thanks to an observant reader with a special connection to the crowns, I now realize that this date is incorrect. In fact, evidence points to the crowns first being installed in 1962.

The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with Lynda.com, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.
The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with Lynda.com, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.
 
 What books were winners with Library staff in 2018?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
What books were winners with Library staff in 2018?  From pop culture potboilers to heavy-hitting history reads, check out the favorites that lined our staff's personal shelves this past year.
 
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How many man-made underground spaces does KC have? Like SubTropolis or the tunnels connecting the buildings around Barney Allis.

Beneath Kansas City’s urban edges exists more than 20 million square feet of business, said Mike Bell, vice president of Hunt Midwest , which owns SubTropolis — a sprawling underground complex that’s “wide enough to hold 42 Arrowhead Stadiums.” It was developed by Lamar Hunt’s family, who also owns the Chiefs.

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Question: How did “Union Station” get its name and why do so many other older railroad stations have that name?

It’s true that Kansas City’s Union Station doesn’t have a unique name. In fact, I found a similar question had been addressed by The Smithsonian Magazine in November 2017. The author explains that the term “union station” was used in the 19th and 20th centuries to indicate a hub in which multiple railroad companies operated. For example, you could enter a union station via a train on a small regional line and then switch to a larger national line to continue your journey. By today’s standards, it would be like changing airlines during a layover at an airport.

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