Tax Help for Seniors

Tax Help for Seniors

AARP Tax-Aide representatives will be at the Library to assist seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax preparation.

Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge

There's still time to take the challenge!

Celebrate Black History

Celebrate Black History

Register now for Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition's (M.A.G.I.C.) Sherri Camp's workshop at MGC on February 25 at MGC.

Is There a Black Sheep in Your Past?

Is There a Black Sheep in Your Past?

Register now for this annual event at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO.


News and Views

Storyteller Brings the Past to Life in Black History Month Programs for Children

When it comes to telling tales from history, Brother John Anderson is always interested in the rest of the story. As a master storyteller, Anderson isn’t interested in telling his audiences just the usual facts about notable people from the past. For him, it’s not about someone’s achievements, but rather their motivations and ability to persevere through adversity. When you tell that story, he says, people find themselves in the narrative, and that’s when you connect with them.

Remembering the Stars on Music’s Biggest Night

There is one feature common to all awards shows—and the 2017 GRAMMY Awards will likely follow suit— remembering artists who have passed to the great musical beyond during an “In Memoriam” segment.

Music’s biggest night takes place on Sunday, February 12, and it’s likely that a number of these GRAMMY-nominated and other award-winning artists will be honored, including George Michael, and, of course, Prince. Through the Library, you can learn more about them through books written about their lives, and, in a number of cases, listen to and remember them through their music.

Get a Sneak Preview of the New Catalog!

Have you checked out the “Sneak Preview” of Mid-Continent Public Library’s new catalog? I have! It only took a few minutes of poking around to discover some really exciting, new features! First of all, there are three “shelves” to track my reading. I can add items directly from my checkout list to my “In Progress” shelf. Then when I complete the title, I can move it to my “Completed” shelf. If I want to finish it later, I can move it to the “For Later” shelf. 

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of accomplishments by black Americans and a time to reflect and acknowledge the role African Americans have played in the history of the United States. For some, that means learning more about culture, which can be investigated further by using MCPL’s Black Thought and Culture database. This database contains speeches, essays, monographs, and articles written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to 1975. 

Professor Sheds Light on Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Most of us know abolitionist Harriet Tubman as the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor, leading dozens of escaped slaves from bondage in the South to freedom in the North. But that’s only a fraction of her story.

Library Lovers

Library Closing

All MCPL locations will be closed on Monday, February 20th for Presidents Day. All branches will reopen Tuesday, February 21st. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Woodneath Library Center, North Independence Branch, and Midwest Genealogy Center will be closed on Sunday, February 19th.

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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