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The Library invites all Kansas Citians to read, learn, imagine, and explore together in this year’s Summer Reading Program: All Together Now. No matter your tastes — fantastic fiction picks, riveting real-life reads, awesome audiobooks, or gorgeously illustrated graphic novels — you can read ANY five books between June 1 and August 15, 2023, log them online, and earn a reward. Join us in celebrating the power of books to build bonds, create connections, inspire us, enrich us, and empower us.
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Words "Women's History Month" on top of a colorful pattern
Throughout March, the Library commemorates Women's History Month by lifting up stories, achievements, and experiences past and present. Explore book recommendations, watch online events, and discover how local women helped shape Kansas City’s history.
Writing Class

The Library launches a new season of its popular classes for beginning and intermediate-level writers interested in developing their writing skills over a variety of genres and topics. These online classes are taught by graduate students in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and include courses like the basics of food and movie reviewing, which will make your opinions shine whether you’re posting them on Facebook, Yelp, or Letterboxd or want to pitch your work to a print publication.

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In 1920s visiting “Paris of the Plains,” one could enjoy performances of everything from vaudeville to Shakespeare, or even one of the newly invented motion pictures.

For Black Kansas Citians, however, some of whom had served their country in WWI and visited the real Paris in France, much of their hometown was closed off to them.

Valentine's Day
February is National Library Lovers' Month, and you can celebrate by making use of our fantastic resources, visiting your favorite Library location, attending a public event, or exploring our catalog for things to read, watch, or listen to. And if Valentine's Day isn't your bag, we offer some suggested reading with titles that show appreciation for valued friendships and relationships. 
mixed media gallery

Two innovative art exhibitions at the Central Library are nearing their closing dates, but time to see them hasn’t entirely run out. Headspace, featuring 17 vibrant watercolors on paper by local artist Andy Ryan, has been extended through March 11. Peripheral Visions, which closes March 25, is comprised of dozens of pieces in various media by artists from Imagine That! KC and Johnson County Developmental Supports’ Emerging Artists program.