Library Stories

Do you remember the first time you walked into your local public library? Did a single book title change your life? Did a librarian change the way you thought? Mid-Continent Public Library is celebrating 50 years of service, and we want to hear your stories. Submit your own story below or browse through our collection of community stories.

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Recent Library Stories

My Library Story

I love the library! I recently lost transportation and have been a participant of Library-By-Mail. This program is wonderful (income tax). I am never without anything to read, and most importantly, they really seem to know “me.” The books seem to be tailor-made for my reading enjoyment.

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Ms. Kathy at the Raytown Branch

My great-granddaughters and I have been coming to the Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library for approximately 16 years. My eldest, Madi, will turn 16 this March. Over the years, Madi and I have grown fond of Kathy Stuart. Every time we would come in, she was very nice and helpful, and...

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Grandson Loves the Library

My husband and I had just retired. My grandson's babysitter had fallen and broken her hip. We stepped in to take over the babysitting while the babysitter recovered from her fall. It had been a long time since we had a little one to care for daily – nine hours a day, five days a week. Bentley...

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Wonderful Tax Service

All the Library staff have been wonderful – very, very helpful! Always willing to assist me. Golden Globe Awards to you all! Thank you very much. Hip-hip-hooray for the Library every day! I appreciate the AARP for their wonderful help! Please keep this tax service!

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First Library Card


I’ve been taking my two daughters to the Antioch Branch since the oldest was a toddler, and it has become a regular part of their lives. Yesterday, on our way there, my five-year-old daughter asked when she could get her own Library card. I told her she could ask one of the...

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