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Public Library food for fines program

Help some one in need and pay off those old late book fines at the same time.


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Summer Reading Program

The program begins May 18 and lasts until July 31, 2015!

Summer Reading Program 

Guidelines for Children Birth through 5th grade

Listen (Children 0-6)

Share 24 books with your Listener to earn a free book. Up to three (3) prize books may be earned over the summer.

Read (Children 6-11)

Readers earn a prize book for every 360 minutes they read or listen to a book. Up to three (3) prize books can be earned over the summer. Be sure to log your minutes online.

Children are encouraged to read independently at their own reading level.

Children can continue to log their reading or listening after attaining all three levels.

Every Listener and Reader that completes three summer reading logs will be entered into their branch’s drawing for a LeapPad Ultra Prize Pack or Kindle Fire HD 7.

To receive prizes, visit any Mid-Continent Public Library branch (except Midwest Genealogy Center). Library staff can access the participant’s online reading log.

You can start logging on May 18th.

Sign Up / Log Your Books

Guidelines for the Group Summer Reading Program

Contact your local branch for more details!

Interested in contributing to the Summer Reading Program Fund? Find out how.

Contact your Library Branch if you have any questions.

The Kansas City Education Resource Consortium and Mid-Continent Public Library are currently performing a study that has shown a positive connection between summer reading participation and fall reading test scores. Find out more!

Find out about the Teen Summer Reading Program!

Mid-Continent Public Library http://www.mymcpl.org

ONE-ON-ONE BEGINNING INTERNET CLASS FOR SENIORS


Mid-continent public library logoThursday at 11:00
Sign-up for one hour of hands-on basic internet instruction. This one-on-one instruction offers very beginning instruction for those who want to learn about the computer. Learn how to use a mouse and keyboard. Also, learn about various browser tools you can use in searching the internet. Available by appointment only. For adults.

 

Library Launches New Laptop Rental Program

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Mid-Continent Public Library will start a new pilot project to make 6 MacBook and 6 Chromebook laptops available for in-library use at local branches to improve access to the digital world. This rotating project will start in February at the Grandview [12930 Booth Lane] and Boardwalk [8656 N. Ambassador Drive] Branches. The project aims to discover whether customers prefer the portability of laptops or the desktop computers that are currently available at all of our locations.

 

The laptops will be deployed at the following branches for a period of one month before moving on to the next set of branches.

  • February

Boardwalk and Grandview

  • March

Blue Ridge and Liberty

  • April

Antioch and Lee’s Summit

  • May

Kearney and Red Bridge

Branches were chosen based on location (pairing north and south branches), size (pairing similarly sized branches), and PC usage. All locations also fall within the boundaries of public school districts already participating in 1:1 laptop loan programs for students.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Access Your World

Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, operating 35 libraries and serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration. MCPL was honored with the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from IMLS.

At the Library – Original KC Honky-Tonk

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September 24, 2014, Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Original KC Honky-Tonk
Bloodshot Records recording artist Rex Hobart plays an acoustic selection of original honky-tonk tunes steeped in heartache with an occasional shot of humor, in the tradition of George Jones and Merle Haggard. With reverence for classic country music, Hobart plays straight up honky-tonk like most folks haven’t heard in decades.(For adults) Registration is required.

 

 

At the Library – Facebook

Mid-continent public library logoSeptember 23, 2014, Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Facebook
More information to come. For those hesitant about joining Facebook, this program will walk you through the basics of having a Facebook account, covering topics such as Friending, Events, Messaging, Photos Albums, and Feeds, with a brief look at privacy and security settings.
(For adults) Registration is required. 

At the Library – ONE-ON-ONE BEGINNING INTERNET CLASS FOR SENIORS

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ONE-ON-ONE BEGINNING INTERNET CLASS FOR SENIORS

Thursdays at 11:00

Sign-up for one hour of hands-on basic internet instruction. This one-on-one instruction offers very beginning instruction for those who want to learn about the computer. Learn how to use a mouse and keyboard. Also, learn about various browser tools you can use in searching the internet. Available by appointment only. For adults.

 

 

At the Library – Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, Intermediate

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September 10, 2014, Wednesday at 10:00 AM
Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, Intermediate
This three-week program is a continuation of the arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, Beginning, with additional and slightly more complex movements. Participants should have completed the Beginning class before enrolling in this one.
(For adults) Registration is required. 

 

 

 

Food for Fines at the Library

From Sept. 8th to the 13th the library will accept food donations to pay off fines.Mid-continent public library logo Bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any MCPL location to payoff your overdue fines and help out your local community.  Each single food item will count as $1 off existing overdue fines or replacement card charges, up to $10

 

 

Suggested Items

• Canned Meat, Fruit, or Vegetables
• Boxed Meals
• Canned Soup
• Peanut Butter
• Cereal
• Pasta
Please be aware:
• No Expired Items
• No Damaged Items
• No Glass, Plastic, or Cardboard
Drink Containers
• No Open Packages
& No Non-Nutritious Items Such as
Candy, Chips, Etc.
• Ramen Noodles (And Other
Multi-Pack Items) Will Be Accepted
at a Value of 4 Packages = $1

At the Library – The Magic of Science

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July 24, 2014, Thursday at 7:00 PM
The Magic of Science
Picture this: a magic trunk containing a huge magician’s handbook. Inside the magician’s handbook are magic tricks representing a unique branch of science, from chemistry to physics, from biology to astronomy, and beyond! With the help of the magician’s handbook, the kids will guide Tommy Terrific through a magical adventure where these branches of science come alive in wacky and unexpected ways.
(All ages) Registration is required. 

At the Library – Join the D.I.G. – Discovery Imagination Group

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July 23, 2014, Wednesday at 10:00 AM

Join the D.I.G. – Discovery Imagination Group
Like a geode, you have to go below the surface to find the beautiful crystals inside your imagination. In this presentation by Happy Faces Entertainment, children will have a chance to dig into their creative side while experiencing an exciting story played out before them–a story without words!
(Ages 5 and up) Registration is required. 

At the Library – The Lab Rat Experiment

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July 17, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM

The Lab Rat Experiment
A science experiment has gone terribly wrong and the animals have taken over the lab! Will they take over the world? Join StoneLion Puppet Theatre in this wacky musical that explores the three states of matter, magnetic attraction, and other awesome science concepts! Singing wabbits, computer geek rats, and mad guinea pigs will rock your space.
(All ages) Registration is required. 

At the Library – Create with LEGOs: Helicopter

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July 8, 2014, Tuesday at 1:30 PM
Create with LEGOs: Helicopter
Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children where “we learn, we build, we play with LEGO® bricks.” Programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is required.
July 8, 2014, Tuesday at 3:00 PM
Create with LEGOs: Helicopter
Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children where “we learn, we build, we play with LEGO® bricks.” Programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is required. 

At the Library – Emergency Vehicles at the Library

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July 1, 2014, Tuesday at 2:00 PM
Emergency Vehicles at the Library
Come and see emergency vehicles at the Raytown Branch. We will have a police car, fire truck, and ambulance in our parking lot. Explore emergency vehicles up close and learn safety tips from first responders.
(All ages) Registration is required. 

At the Library – Dome Theater: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket & More

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June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 1:00 PM
Dome Theater: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young children and enter an extraordinary ride through space in this lighthearted show. Experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets, and receive special guidance from Astronomy Book, a character personified by a wise, kind old man. You’ll see each fascinating orb as you never have before! You’ll zoom through the crackling ice-and-rock rings of the gas giant Saturn, right after you investigate another gas giant Jupiter, whose size equals 1,000 earths. You’ll navigate around our other planets and find yourself hurtling toward the outer reaches of our system to our final destinations, the remote, frozen planet of Pluto. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 3 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 1:30 PM
Dome Theater: The Dinosaur Prophecy
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Join paleontologists at the scene of the crime, excavating bones, and wondering what killed the mighty dinosaurs. Be amazed as your favorite giants come to life, roam across the dome, and meet their catastrophic deaths. Find out how NASA scientists monitor the Earth for potential disasters. The Dinosaur Prophecy is a co-production of the Rice Space Institute and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, funded by NASA’s Office of Earth Science under the “Immersive Earth” project. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 5 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 2:00 PM
Dome Theater: Earth’s Wild Ride
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. What would it be like to live on a lunar colony and to dream of visiting Earth? Experience the heart-pounding exhilaration of a water canyon ride near an erupting volcano, venture through an Ice Age scene with a herd of woolly mammoths, and travel to the time of the dinosaurs as an asteroid hits! Produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science/Rice University as part of the NASA-funded Immersive Earth Project. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 2:30 PM
Dome Theater: Passport to the Universe
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. This is a thrilling journey out into the solar system, through the Milky Way Galaxy, and to the edge of the observable universe. Fly beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula, and back to Earth through a black hole. Experience these and other stunning cosmic destinations as never before! Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and produced by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 8 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 3:00 PM
Dome Theater: Night of the Titanic
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. A 25-minute multi-media planetarium program that combines “fully immersive” computer animation with the latest scientific research, allows viewers inside the dome theater to experience what it was like to stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner Titanic the night she sank. “Night of the Titanic” shows the unique conditions in Earth and space that, coupled with human errors, contributed to the sinking of the ship on April 15, 1912. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 3:30 PM
Dome Theater: Saturn, The Ring World II
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. The Cassini Mission to Saturn has been a resounding success, giving us a greater knowledge of the gas giant and its spectacular moon Titan. Learn how sophisticated instruments have gathered vital data to help scientists understand this vast, mysterious region. Ring World is narrated by Star Trek’s John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on the Enterprise) and was produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 3 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 4:00 PM
Dome Theater: Microcosm
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. In this extraordinary adventure inside the human body; fly up the carotid artery, explore the eye, brain, ear, and heart, then shrink into a cell to see the nucleus and DNA. Microcosm uses the latest discoveries of nanoscale science to create a voyage that is realistic and only possible for inner space probes only a few nanometers wide. Audiences learn about using superconductors to measure magnetic fields outside the body and about deploying gold nanoshells to the sites of tumors or infections. Microcosm is produced in conjunction with Evans & Sutherland Corporation with collaboration and support from the Center for Biological Environmental Nanotechnology, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering at Rice University, and the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 5:00 PM
Dome Theater: Future Moon
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Catch a glance of what the future may hold for humans on the moon. This show takes us back to Apollo missions, humanity’s first step on the Moon, and a look at what a future lunar colony might be. Narrated by the legendary Walter Cronkite, Future Moon was developed by Houston Museum of Natural Science, Rice University, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 9 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 5:30 PM
Dome Theater: Force Five
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Feel Mother Nature’s fury. Extreme weather takes center stage in this show, revealing images not seen by the naked eye and their life-threatening nature. Using real movies and NASA based imagery, Force Five gives the audience a vantage that would never be safe in the real world, creating a sense of what it would look and feel like if you were standing in the middle of a deadly storm. Hunker down as you are hit by a force five hurricane, tornado, and solar storm. Force Five was funded by NASA’s Museums Teaching Planet Earth Project at Rice University and the Image Spacecraft Mission, and produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Sybil Media. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(All ages) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Dome Theater: Cosmic Collisions
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. The breathtaking new Space Show narrated by award-winning actor, director, and producer Robert Redford launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time to explore cosmic collisions – hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. Produced by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Dome Theater: Night of the Titanic
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. A 25-minute multi-media planetarium program that combines “fully immersive” computer animation with the latest scientific research, allows viewers inside the dome theater to experience what it was like to stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner Titanic the night she sank. “Night of the Titanic” shows the unique conditions in Earth and space that, coupled with human errors, contributed to the sinking of the ship on April 15, 1912. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Dome Theater: Earth’s Wild Ride
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. What would it be like to live on a lunar colony and to dream of visiting Earth? Experience the heart-pounding exhilaration of a water canyon ride near an erupting volcano, venture through an Ice Age scene with a herd of woolly mammoths, and travel to the time of the dinosaurs as an asteroid hits! Produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science/Rice University as part of the NASA-funded Immersive Earth Project. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Dome Theater: Fantasy Worlds
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Explore the limits of life! Is extra-solar life stranger than life on Earth? On Earth, scientists have discovered life forms flourishing in the most extreme and dangerous environments. Fantasy Worlds features artists’ and animators’ creations of possible life-bearing worlds that our telescopes and spacecraft may someday find around other stars. Fantasy Worlds is a joint production of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the University of Houston. Partial funding was provided by an education and public outreach supplement to a NASA-Exobiology Program of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 8 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details. 

At the Library – Mad Science Presents Shocks, States, and Spectra

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June 19, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM
Mad Science Presents Shocks, States, and Spectra
Have you ever been shocked? Do you know why matter matters? Have you ever wondered what causes the colors in the sky when you watch fireworks on Independence Day? Join us for this exciting and interactive look at the science of electricity, matter, light, and color.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is required. 

Getting to Know Your Computer at the library

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June 25, 2014, Wednesday at 2:00 PM
Getting to Know Your Computer
Need to learn how to turn a computer on? Does even thinking about using a computer give you a “lost” feeling? If so, help is here! This 90-minute, hands-on session will guide you through some of the basics of making a computer work for you. No experience is required. If you have your own laptop computer, feel free to bring it. If not, the branch will provide one for you to practice with.  Registration is required. 
Mid-Continent Public Library http://www.mymcpl.org
Raytown Branch
Phone: (816) 353-2052

eReader try out at the library

Mid-continent public library logoMay 8, 2014, Thursday at 6:30 PM
eReader Petting Zoo
Thinking about getting an eReader and want to test it out before you buy? Come explore some of the different options that work with our OverDrive eBook selections. We will have a Kindle, Kindle Fire, NOOK, and iPad available to peruse. Ask your questions and test drive some of the most popular options available.
() Registration is required. 

At the Library – Identifying a Scam

April 30, 2014, Wednesday at 7:00 PM Identifying a Scam People from all over the world are trying to get your money. Scammers prey on senior citizens, the unemployed, or uninformed in an attempt to gain money. With information learned in this class, you will have a better understanding of what a financial scam is, how they work, and what to do if you feel you have been scammed.(For adults) Registration is required

At the Library – Fancy Nancy Sees Stars

April 24, 2014, Thursday at 7:00 PM
Fancy Nancy Sees Stars
Come join Dawnna Morris as she shares a “Fancy Nancy” story by Jane O’Connor! She’ll bring a box of dress items for kids to wear for fancy time with her after the story. Fun for both boys and girls. “Because everyone needs a little fancy in their lives!”
(Ages 3 and up) Registration is required.  

 

Google Fiber Informational meetings

Google Fiber informational meetings  will be held at the Raytown Library on Thursday April 3rd 2014 @ 1:00 p.m.  and  Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.

Building Characters – Programs at the Library

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Building Characters Stories are full of characters and we want them to come alive. We will take familiar stories and flesh out the characters. In this workshop we start with a puppet, give it a name, a life, and a voice. It becomes a character. Now we are ready to use it in a story. (For adults) Registration is required. 
March 25, 2014, Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Raytown Branch
6131 Raytown Road
Raytown, MO 64133 
Phone: 816.353.2052 
Mon – Thur 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5 

Beginning Genealogy – Programs at the Library

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Beginning Genealogy This class looks at the fundamentals of beginning a genealogical research project. How to organize, census information, vital records, and where to look for information will be discussed.(For adults) Registration is required. 

March 19, 2014, Wednesday at 7:00 PM 

Raytown Branch
6131 Raytown Road
Raytown, MO 64133 
Phone: 816.353.2052 
Mon – Thur 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5 

Chair Fitness – Programs at the Library

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Chair Fitness

Participants can learn a variety of range-of-motion, flexibility, strengthening, balance, endurance-building activities, and relaxation techniques in this class. All the exercises are done sitting in a chair and can be modified to meet participant need. This is a six-session class.(For adults) Registration is required. 

March 6, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM 
March 13, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM
March 20, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM
March 27, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM 

Raytown Branch
6131 Raytown Road
Raytown, MO 64133 
Phone: 816.353.2052 
Mon – Thur 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5 

Student wins Kindle Fire HD by reading

kindle winner

 

Leah Pisors was presented with a Kindle Fire HD by Susan Haley, Raytown Branch Manager. Leah was one of six who won from the Mid-Continent Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program drawing.