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Missouri’s secretary of state wants to enact a new policy that libraries believe endangers your freedom to read and threatens to reduce community access to public library books and other resources. A public comment period runs through Thursday, December 15, 2022, giving you a chance to speak up for your right to read and speak out against censorship. Learn more and take action today.
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Banned Books Week, September 18-24, 2022, spotlights current and historical attempts to censor titles and collections in libraries and schools. The Library explores issues related to bans and challenges happening locally and nationally with programs, reading lists, and other resources.

Kansas City culture wouldn’t be the same without fall fairs and festivals. But what’s celebrated and by whom has changed a great deal throughout the city’s history.

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If you like following music trends, reading artist interviews, and deep-diving into archives of popular music publications, get amped up for the latest addition to our collection of digital resources, Rock’s Backpages, which features over 50,000 articles on thousands of artists ranging from ABBA to Zappa, plus over 800 audio interviews with legends spanning decades of music and genres.
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The Kansas City Public Library’s online classes for beginning and intermediate-level writers return the week of September 26, 2022, with sessions on screenwriting and sharing personal stories. Taught by John Ingle and Thomas White – graduate students in the University of Missouri-Kansas City MFA Program in Creative Writing – the entire lineup will be offered online. RSVPs are required, and space is limited.
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The Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with a collection of book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources that explore a rich array of the experiences and perspectives of Latino Americans.