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The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library was formed in 1984 to advocate for a bond issue, which led to the Library's separation from the Kansas City School district and allowed for the branches to be built. When you become a Friend, you join a diverse, dynamic community committed to supporting, advocating for, and sharing in the experiences that make our Library unique. The Friends focus on championing the Library’s Building a Community of Readers initiative and helping Kansas City to become one of the most literate cities in America.

Thanks to Friends like you who fight to keep the Library free and open to all, in 2016:

  • more than 4 million people visited the Library’s ten physical locations and Digital Branch
  • nearly 15,000 students attending the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) automatically received a library account linked to their student ID
  • over 150,000 children, teens and adults attended more than 5,100 free, public programs
  • 28,000  families listened to stories on the Library’s Dial-A-Story hotline
  • 3,700 preschools, child care agencies, and kindergarten sites received a rotating selection of books for their children
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