Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge

Can you read five books in two months?

Determine Your Plan of Care

Determine Your Plan of Care

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Kansas City Jazz Revisited

Kansas City Jazz Revisited

Join members of Kansas City's Vine Street Orchestra for a live jazz jam session!


News and Views

‘Mother Nature’ on Display at Woodneath Library Center

Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of “Mother Nature” at its Woodneath Library Center off Flintlock Road. Created by artist Ariel Bowman as a self-portrait during her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, “Mother Nature” is an intricate clay sculpture depicting a woman’s head with various species of flora and fauna woven into her long hair. The work of art is a gift from the Kansas City Public Library on behalf of Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper. 

New Year, New Goals

Well, you made it through the holidays! And if you’re like me, you’re looking at the upcoming year and pondering what to set as a goal for yourself. I like to set new intentions for myself and aim to achieve those during the new year. This year, I’ve decided to learn how to hand letter and to make some improvements to my home. 

Technology Wasteland

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the yearly cycle of companies who constantly update their products, but we didn’t talk about what to do with your old devices if you do upgrade. With so many people getting caught up in the yearly cycle of replacing their devices when the latest models come out, we are starting to run into a problem known as electronic waste or e-waste.

The Annual Resolution Race

Every year I approach January 1 with the wilted but exuberant spirit of a marathon runner—I did it. I reached the finish line. I “adulted” for 12 months straight with only a few minor cuts and bruises, and although I’m winded, I’m proud of my accomplishments and look forward to seeing how I can top my previous record in the coming race. For 2017, I have a few resolutions that I think will help me break my record best:

Virtual Disconnect

In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to get by without being connected in some way. Maybe it’s Facebook. Maybe it’s Twitter. Maybe it’s some other app you use to keep in touch with family and friends. It’s even becoming commonplace for employers to accept applications online only. In short, we have to be connected to even take part in so many things. This is the world we live in.

Library Levy FAQ

Library Closing

All MCPL locations will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All branches will reopen Tuesday, January 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Woodneath Library Center, North Independence Branch, and Midwest Genealogy Center will be closed on Sunday, January 15th.

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

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