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One year ago, voters overwhelmingly approved an 8-cent increase in the Library’s property tax-based operating levy – the first adjustment to the rate in 22 years. Thanks to that support and funding, the Library has been doing even more for the people we serve. As we broaden our services and respond to growing community needs, we want to keep you informed about our progress in what we call the Library’s Next Chapter. Learn what's happening at your neighborhood Library location, discover new or expanded services, and see how we’re working to improve patron experiences.
 
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Readers have been boldly going where many love to go – to the Library – to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover. We’re just a few weeks away from the July 31 wrap-up, but patrons have already rocketed past 6,000 registrations! If you or your family haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time. Visit kclibrary.org/summerreading, get registered, log your five books, and claim your prize. We've also organized some other Summer Reading highlights and resources to showcase this year's c
Readers have been boldly going where many love to go – to the Library – to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover. We’re just a few weeks away from the July 31 wrap-up, but patrons have already rocketed past 6,000 registrations! If you or your family haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time. Visit kclibrary.org/summerreading, get registered, log your five books, and claim your prize. We've also organized some other Summer Reading highlights and resources to showcase this year's celestial reading celebration. 
 
 From July 8 through early August, 2019, the property on which the Plaza Branch is located will be undergoing construction that will temporarily close the main level parking lot and parts of the garage.  Learn more about how to plan your visit to the Plaza Branch during these repairs. Patron Notice - Plaza Branch
 From July 8 through mid-August, 2019, the property on which the Plaza Branch is located will be undergoing construction that will temporarily close the main level parking lot and parts of the garage.  Learn more about how to plan your visit to the Plaza Branch during these repairs.
 
As you power through your Summer Reading to log your books and earn your prize, there's a constellation of space-and science-themed titles out there waiting to be discovered. In addition to this year's official Summer Reading selections for each age group, our librarians working at ground control have more majorly good reads that can give your reading a booster rocket in the final weeks of this year's program, Dare to Discover.
As you power through your Summer Reading to log your books and earn your prize, there's a constellation of space-and science-themed titles out there waiting to be discovered. In addition to this year's official Summer Reading selections for each age group, our librarians working at ground control have more majorly good reads that can give your reading a booster rocket in the final weeks of this year's program, Dare to Discover.
 
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Conceived as a ploy to bring customers to visit the Heim Brewing Company in 1899, the original Electric Park at Chestnut and Guinotte streets grew into an attraction in its own right. Each night, the 100,000 lights that gave the park its name illuminated a roller coaster, scenic railway, carousel, skating rink, swimming pool, bowling alley, alligator farm, dime museum, theaters, dance pavilions, bandstand, penny arcade, shooting gallery, flower beds, lake, and rental boats. Most alluring were the nightly performances of costumed young women who danced to a colorful electric light show on a platform in a large fountain in the center of the lake. Sometimes known as Kansas City's Coney Island, it served as the city's greatest amusement park for nearly two decades.

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Every once in a while, the Kansas City skyline lights up in brilliant, seemingly coordinated hues — like everyone got together to make the city shine. Reader Joel Jackson was wondering just how this was possible, so he submitted this question to our "What’s Your KCQ?" series: "How does the Kansas City skyline’s lights get coordinated for special occasions, and which buildings participate?"

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