Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

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KC Food Truck Face Off: Rookie Class 2016

KC Food Truck Face Off: Rookie Class 2016

Eat, drink, and vote for this year's champion!

Ready, Set, Read Rube Goldberg Style

Ready, Set, Read Rube Goldberg Style

Watch scientists brings an interactive Rube Goldberg Machine to life.

Freegal Streaming

Freegal Streaming

Download or stream the music you want!


News and Views

An Upstanding Digital Citizen

When I was growing up, my mom taught me to say “please” and “thank you.” She also taught me that I needed to clean my plate because kids in some countries didn’t have enough to eat and to say “excuse me” when I belch. She taught me to look both ways before I cross the street and not to interrupt people while they are speaking. She taught me how to behave properly to be a good person. She taught me how to be a good citizen. 

Get to Know Your (Digital) Librarian

Last week, Booklist Online interviewed MCPL's Multimedia Collection Development Librarian, Beth Atwater. In her position, Beth has a great influence on the audiovisual and digital materials MCPL offers to our customers. Readers' Advisory, which is the process where librarians recommend titles to customers, has been around as long as libraries. In this interview, Beth discusses her foray into watchers' advisory, a process of recommending audiovisual and digital titles.

Turning Elementary Students into Entrepreneurs

We all know Kansas City is becoming the place for entrepreneurs. Now we just have to figure out how to make that sustainable. That’s where the program Your Piece of the Pie comes in.

2016 Winter Reading Challenge - Results!

This year's Winter Reading Challenge was a great success!

ICE – In Case of Emergency

You never think it’s going to happen to you or to your loved ones, but extreme emergencies do happen. Several years ago, my sister was in a terrible car crash. The EMT’s were able to get to her phone’s contact list to find my dad’s info to call us, so within a few hours, all of us were able to make it up to the hospital to be with her. But ever since that day, I’ve always wondered what would have happened if she had put a lock on her phone that would have prevented the EMTs from calling us so quickly.

Library Closing

All MCPL locations will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. All branches will reopen Tuesday, May 31st. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Woodneath Library Center, North Independence Branch, and Midwest Genealogy Center will be closed on Sunday, May 29th.

However, our digital collection is always available! Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and more 24/7!

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