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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 Wednesday, December 14, 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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Opened in 2000, the Kauffman Memorial Garden and Legacy Park honor the philanthropic spirit of Ewing and Muriel Kauffman. The property, which includes the Kauffman Foundation headquarters and Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, offers public greenspace in the heart of the city.

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Hit us with a monstrously good story. The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, invites youngsters ages 10-14 to craft their spookiest tales for its annual Youth Ghost Story Contest. Goblins and ghouls. Dark, lightning-streaked nights. Unsettling urban legends. Give us your best, most twisted (and imaginative) tales -- contest runs Sept. 1-30, 2022.

Charlie Parker's Kansas City

Over a century after his birth and nearly 70 years after his death, jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker remains one of Kansas City’s favorite sons. The Library helps to memorialize Parker’s genius through the website, created in collaboration with KC Jazz ALIVE and Marr Sound Archives Director Chuck Haddix. The site highlights Parker’s deep connections to Kansas City and its Depression-era jazz scene through locations associated with the musician.

2022 Summer Reading wrapup

By the time our 2022 Summer Reading Program, Art Starts at Your Library, wrapped up on August 15, our patrons had shattered records across the board. Nearly 12,000 of you participated, and you read more than 23,700 books! Young artists also dove into activities ranging from comics-drawing classes to music production, and took part in enjoyable and entertaining arts such as bubble painting, puppet making, and felt-board storytelling. We popped up in area parks, our bookmobile rolled up to community events, and our locations hosted book groups, games, and other creativity-fueled fun for all ages. It was a great summer, and we hope you enjoyed taking part in the reading revelry!

Digital Comics

The pop culture pipeline regularly feeds cinema screens and streaming services with characters and stories from the pages of comics and graphic novels. Recent additions include Netflix’s Sandman series, Amazon Video’s Paper Girls, or the Marvel-ous lineup of Disney+ shows such as Moon Knight, Loki, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel. Explore the origins and ongoing adventures of caped characters, quirky personalities, or real-life heroes in hoopla’s digital comics collection. Read for free on your phone, tablet, or computer with your library card!