Lucile H. Bluford Branch

L.H. Bluford Branch Library

The Bluford Branch Library is located in Kansas City's east side. Along with its strong collections in African American literature it is the first library in the Kansas City Public Library system to host a Health & Wellness Center.

Among the amenities in the Center are specialized collections featuring extensive materials on topics ranging from teen pregnancy to diabetes and a machine to measure blood pressure. The well trained staff of the Bluford Branch are ready to help with technology questions and making community connections.

Featured Activity at This Branch

Everyone is invited to join us for a holiday celebration at Bluford! Take a picture with Santa, listen to music provided by students from the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, make a delicious cup of cocoa from the cocoa bar and grab a cookie while you are here. Fun and free for all ages.

Monday, December 17, 2018 5:30 pm

At this branch

Be the Boss: Business Support Group for Formerly-Incarcerated People

Do you have a criminal record? Do you have a skill or hobby that you want to turn into a money-making venture? Learn what it really takes to start a business and how the entrepreneurial mindset can help you reenter your community from incarceration.

Cardio Kickboxing with NickiFit

Punch and kick your way to good health. Fitness champion Nicki Jones will lead you through 10 to 12 rounds of punches, kicks and cardio exercise with this 45-minute workout.

Family Storytime

Talk, sing, write, and play with your little ones! For ages 0 - 5 and their caregivers.

Front Porch Cafe

Parents and children will have the chance to connect and socialize with other families in the neighborhood. Children will enjoy a time of engaging in developmental play, while parents enjoy meaningful discussions with other parents over snacks. For pre-school-aged children and their caregivers.

Full Body Chair Fitness with NickiFit

No matter your limitations, we hope you can still reap the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise. This class is designed to give you a total body workout. Cardio, strength and flexibility exercises are all performed from a seated position.

HIIT Training with NickiFit

This high intensity interval training (HIIT) will get you sweating and moving. Get the maximum benefits of exercise with this 45-minute workout.

Kids Cafe

Enjoy a free healthy snack at the library. Snacks are reserved for youth ages 18 and under.

Tai Chi
Tai Chi with NickiFit

This class involves a series of movements performed in a slow focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is an excellent addition to any workout regimen as it has great physical and mental benefits.

Tech Coach Drop In at Bluford
Technology Questions? 


We're here to help with whatever technology questions you have:

· Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
· The internet and email
· Building a resume
· Recovering a password
· Building a website
· Broken computer or phone
· Settings on your computer or phone
· Downloading and uploading
· Filling out applications for a job, assistance benefits, healthcare, legal forms, taxes
· and so much more!
 
Drop-in, no appointment necessary. We have computers or bring your own device.

Just find us by looking for our sign:


Can't make it to the drop in session? Appointments and more information available.


 

Tech Coach Drop In at Bluford

Computer Questions?

We're here to help with whatever technology questions you have:

· Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
· The internet and email
· Building a resume
· Recovering a password
· Building a website
· Broken computer or phone
· Settings on your computer or phone
· Downloading and uploading
· Filling out applications for a job, assistance benefits, healthcare, legal forms, taxes
· and so much more!
 
Drop-in, no appointment necessary. We have computers or bring your own device.

Just find us by looking for our sign:


Can't make it to the drop in session? Appointments and more information available.


 
Teen Drop-Ins

Teens! This is your time for laid back discussions, games, art projects, and snacks. For ages 12 - 18.

Teen Tabletop Gaming

Stop by the Bluford Library every Saturday for a variety of board games, card games, and strategy and adventure games. Look through our board game collection, and suggest new games for us to get! Staff will be on hand to help you learn the rules and organize matches.

Zumba with NickiFit

High energy aerobics class with music and dance-inspired moves. Zumba® incorporates Salsa, Hip-Hop, Meringue, Break Dancing, Cha-Cha, Belly Dancing, Flamenco and more in a cardio format that makes exercising fun.

Zumba with NickiFit

High energy aerobics class with music and dance-inspired moves. Zumba® incorporates Salsa, Hip-Hop, Meringue, Break Dancing, Cha-Cha, Belly Dancing, Flamenco and more in a cardio format that makes exercising fun.

Health & Wellness Center

The Health and Wellness Center is a well-used enhancement to the beautifully renovated Bluford Branch and was created in partnership with Truman Medical Centers and the Health Sciences Institute of Metropolitan Community Colleges – Penn Valley. It provides access to health, nutrition, and wellness information through collections of educational materials, online information, and regular programming.

Village Post Office

Limited postal services are available:

  • Purchase Forever Stamps
  • Obtain Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and boxes
  • Mail pre-stamped envelopes or packages
  • Enjoy extended P.O. Box hours

About Lucile H. Bluford

The Lucile H. Bluford Branch of The Kansas City Public Library stands as a tribute to one of the city’s most accomplished and beloved individuals. From her early days as a student at Lincoln High School and the University of Kansas to her long and distinguished career at The Kansas City Call, Miss Bluford used her journalistic talents to champion civil rights and strengthen the African-American community. Read More...