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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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postcard showing a christmas crown decoration

Question: What happened to all the Christmas decorations that used to be downtown, particularly the crowns strung across the streets with garland?

A timely question as we enter holiday light season in the Kansas City area. Short of digging through the attic at City Hall, my first thought was to consult Monroe Dodd’s 2001 book Christmastime in Kansas City: The Story of the Season. According to Dodd, the Christmas shopping season was a modest affair in the years before World War I. The economic boom that followed the war changed things, and beginning in 1924, a group of downtown retailers pooled their resources to festoon the streets with garland and other decorations. In 1925 they added a parade to kick off the holiday season.

Anne Ducey, Kansas City Public Library's exhibit director.
Nearly 103,000 people visited eight exhibits in Central Library's first-floor Genevieve Guldner and second-floor Rocky and Gabriella Polony Mountain galleries in 2017-18, an average of 302 each day the Library was open. Both numbers were Library records. The daily average spiked further, to 375, in the first few months of ’18-19.
 
KCTV5 Tower

The KCTV broadcast tower at 31st Street and Grand Avenue once served as a 1,042-foot tall beacon at night, visible for miles around with more than 1,300 white lights tracing its four legs. But the tower has been unlit for more than a decade. Kansas City native Todd Hembree wonders why — and if — the lights will ever return.

Library Deputy Director Carrie Coogan keeps expanding her advocacy for digital literacy and inclusion – from efforts locally in Kansas City, Missouri, to leadership nationally to a place on the docket of arguably the world’s foremost brainstorming session on the health of the internet.
KCHistory and Civil War websites are undergoing maintenance

The Library is currently migrating its large collection of digital historic images to a new software platform. An unfortunate consequence of our data migration is that we need to take the entire collection offline for about two months while the work is completed.

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