After World War II, Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties created their own public library districts to separate public libraries being defined by their attached school district. The three library districts began working together in 1964 in an effort to combine and multiply the educational effects the library could have on residents of all ages...[view more]
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City, MCPL bring story time to parks | May 26, 2016
Kander awards grant to MCPL | May 25, 2016
Libraries to use grant for youngsters' learning | May 20, 2016
Kander awards technology grant to Mid-Continent Public Library | April 21, 2016
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"You have good books and programs for ages 2-5... giving a mom just enough time to grab some story to get her mind out of the house and her brain can pretend to visit with adults."
--Anita from Liberty
"My family gets help to look up topics and books about information we are unfamiliar with. I receive help in researching databases for school projects. The programs offered are wonderful and for all ages; the staff at the Edgerton, MO branch are above and beyond friendly. My kids think of them as extended family."
--Kristy from Trimble, MO
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--Ryan from Excelsior
"The Library has been an important place to me since I was a kid. There is nothing like holding a good book in your hands and letting the story take you to far off places. I also love meeting the character's in the books -- sometimes to be rescued by a prince or taken hostage by an evil villian. Each book is new and exciting to me. We need adventurest like these to give us a break from reality."
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