Summer Learning Program

Summer Learning Program

Create your online account now! The program begins May 22 for kids up to age 19!.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

Discover how one tree built a better world for one little boy at this special reading of Shel Silverstein’s classic story.

John Ferguson Legacy Award

John Ferguson Legacy Award

Nominate an MCPL staff member for outstanding service by May 31!

R.S.V.P. - The Royals Scholastic Victory Program

R.S.V.P. - The Royals Scholastic Victory Program

Register now for this unique learning experience presented by the Kansas City Royals!


News and Views

From the Director: MCPL Budget News

Budgets sound like they are dry financial documents. And for many that I have seen in my lifetime, that is a fair description. However, when I was in college, one of my professors explained to me that, in truth, a budget is more than a financial document. A budget can demonstrate organizational values and what an organization sees as important. A budget is a planning document. A budget is a road map. A budget charts an organization’s future course. When you put it like that, it doesn’t sound so boring after all!

Q&A with Author Susan Perabo

The Fall of Lisa Bellow
By Susan Perabo

Meredith Oliver and Lisa Bellow are not friends; frankly, they don’t like each other at all.

Frisson (French for ‘Shiver’)

Have you ever been listening to a song or watching a movie, and it gave you chills? I have and most recently, a new song in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast caused it. That same day, I read an article that reported scientists have determined that you experience "frisson" when you experience an overwhelming emotional response to an experience. Frisson is when you get chills, and it’s often accompanied with goosebumps. 

Why I Nominated Susie

I nominated Susie Hetzel for the John Ferguson Legacy Award last year because she is such an incredible blessing to the Liberty Branch customers. She has a special knack for making customers feel at home and welcome at our Library.  She is creative, resourceful, and considerate. Ms. Susie regularly presents Library programs around the city to individuals of all ages—from kindergarteners in schools to retirees at the community center.

Stargazing in the Spring

Spring is my favorite time of the year to gaze at the stars. It’s not too cold, and the bugs aren’t out yet. Every year around this time, I find myself staring up at the sky and feeling a sense of awe come over me. The stars are one of my favorite things, and recently there’s been a lot of news about the stars and space. 

Legacy Luncheon

Ferguson Legacy Award

Library Closing

All MCPL locations will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. All branches will reopen Tuesday, May 30th.

The Woodneath Library Center, North Independence Branch, and Midwest Genealogy Center will be closed on Sunday, May 28th.

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

See all of MCPL's holiday closings

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