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Throughout November, discover the rich history, ceremonies, and storytelling traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America as part of Native American Heritage Month. Explore Library reading recommendations, films, resources, and more.

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Two months ago, in April 2023, the Library’s Julie Robinson looked on proudly as 198 people became U.S. citizens during the latest in a series of naturalization ceremonies at the downtown Central Library.  

Two weeks ago, for a few moments amid a day-long celebration of World Refugee Day at the Library’s North-East Branch on June 17, the spotlight belonged to Robinson. Lauding her “ongoing commitment to serving and supporting marginalized communities including refugees, immigrants and indigenous peoples,” the local Baraza African Cultures Center accorded her its Community Service Award

Lucile Bluford

Lucile Bluford – namesake of the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch – was a local civil rights leader and helped make The Kansas City Call one of the most important African-American newspapers in the nation. During July, The Library celebrates Bluford’s impact on the KC community and the nation at large.

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by the parking lot of the Kansas City Public Library’s North-East Branch for activities, free food trucks, and speakers intended to shine a light on the rights, needs, and dreams of refugees.   

In a recent op-ed column in The Kansas City Star, Pete Browne, president of the Kansas City Library board of trustees, shares concerns about Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's new administrative rule and notes how libraries are being "swept into America's culture wars" amid a rise in organized censorship movements, threatened budget cuts, and other onerous actions.

Commemorating Juneteenth

Established as a general holiday in 2021, Juneteenth marks the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans on June 19, 1865, following the end of the Civil War. Celebrate this milestone in America's history by exploring book recommendations, films, and other resources that highlight the history of Black experiences in America.