Summer Learning Programs

Summer Learning Programs

Earn up to 250 SLP points when you attend these great programs. Sign up now!

The 3rd Annual Missouri State Liars' Contest

The 3rd Annual Missouri State Liars' Contest

Come cheer on your favorite liars as they compete for cash prizes!

Access Your History

Access Your History

From grandparents to ancestors, find your family history.

Legacy Luncheon

Legacy Luncheon

Get your tickets for this exciting event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence on July 7!


News and Views

John Ferguson Legacy Award Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 John Ferguson Legacy Award for Outstanding Library Service—Carrie Mayle from the Colbern Road Branch!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate so many stellar staff members throughout our system. We received 108 nominations recognizing 71 staff members throughout Mid-Continent Public Library, and it was incredible to read about the different ways staff influence the community by expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

Father's Day

From love and laughter to a helping hand when you need it most, dads play a special role in our lives. This Father’s Day, enjoy one of these delightful dad reads recommended by members of Mid-Continent Public Library’s staff:

June Is National Perennial Gardening Month

Have you been dreaming of landscaping your yard, but lack confidence in your expertise? I can really photosympathize with you. HA! Around this time of year, I cannot wait to get out in the sunshine, get dirty, and earn the satisfaction of transforming my yard one section at a time. In the past, I rose to the challenge but quickly got frustrated with my Pinterest-fail-worthy attempts. This spring, I am determined not to be a pansy and plant myself on the couch! I found some great books about perennials by searching in the new Mid-Continent Public Library catalog.

Library and Harvesters Help Alleviate Childhood Summer Hunger

As part of its Childhood Hunger Initiative and to help alleviate summer childhood hunger, Harvesters – The Community Food Network is offering its summer feeding program—Kids Cafe—at more than 60 sites this summer including seven Mid-Continent Public Library branches. 

The Farmers Market as a Small Business Opportunity

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s the perfect time to go to the farmers’ market!

You may not have noticed, but each market booth is its own small business, and these venues can be an inexpensive way to test out your own venture. If you have a small-batch food product, selling at farmers' markets can be a low cost and potentially profitable way to get your foot into the local market.

Legacy Luncheon

Library Closing

All MCPL locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day. All branches will reopen Wednesday, July 5th.

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

See all of MCPL's holiday closings

Weekly Poll

How many books do you read in a month?

9% (137 votes)
2 - 4
46% (713 votes)
5 or more
37% (579 votes)
I need more than a month to read a book.
8% (123 votes)
Total votes: 1552

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