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Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library is a social and networking group of young professionals who support the Library’s mission to provide access to knowledge for all. The Library plays a critical role in enhancing learning and literacy throughout Kansas City and promoting civic engagement. The Young Friends of the Library believe the library is a community for everyone, and we support its endeavors and encourage participation in its events and activities.

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We are excited to announce our new event series in partnership with Our Daily Nada:

Woman Crush Wednesdays, highlighting  interesting, influential, and inspiring women in the Kansas City area. See below for information on the first event in the series! 


 All Hallow's Read

A Spooky BOOOOOK Swap and Happy Hour

Strange Days Brewing

 Wednesday, October 9, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join Young Friends and Strange Days Brewing for an evening of brews, books, and blood-curdling Halloween fun. Bring a book to exchange or pick up a new one, learn more about the Young Friends, and have a drink among other book lovers!



Main Street History Crawl

Saturday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore Kansas City’s historic landmarks, hidden architectural gems and the incredible stories that shaped the cityscape in a guided walking tour of downtown's Main Street corridor. Approximately 2 miles of walking, the tour will begin in the Central Library and end by the WWI Museum’s Great Frieze with cocktails and small bites. Hosted in partnership with the Kansas City Museum, the Kansas City Public Library, The Modernists and the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

$25 for participating partner members and $35 for non-members

*Guests must be 21 and older to take part.



 Our Daily Nada

Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

This year's FrankenWines horror live-reading event sinks its teeth into Stephen King's vampire classic 'SALEM'S LOT. Local writer and professor Danny Alexander hosts the evening, and voice actor Dan Barnett brings the story to life. Grab a drink and join us for a bloody good evening of live narrative performance, a discussion of the book, and more. Hosted in partnership with the
 Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

$12 - Entry + Specialty Cocktail (ages 21+) ✧ $7 - Entry only

Didn’t get your ticket? Join the waitlist, and if tickets open up, we’ll notify people in the order they signed up!


Horror in the Hall Movie Night: SCREAM

Friday, October 25

SAVE THE DATE for this after-hours film screening in the Central Library's Kirk Hall! Take in a scary movie among the stacks as we show the 1996 meta-horror classic SCREAM. It'll be an evening of tricks, treats, and terror. Guests will enjoy two free beers compliments of Big Rip Brewery. We’ll also have some sinister snacks, but feel free to bring your own movie-watching food. Costumes highly encouraged.

FREE; tickets required, space is limited.

DETAILS COMING SOON, so be on the edge of your seat!


Terror from the Trenches

National WWI Museum and Memorial -- JC Nichols Auditorium

Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m.

From blood-thirsty vampires to the vengeful undead, join us as American pop and folk culture specialist W. Scott Poole traces the origins of the contemporary genre of horror to the devastation of World War I in an eye-opening conversation based upon his 2018 book, Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror.

Presented in partnership with The Modernists. Book sales available before and after lecture with author signing.



Woman Crush Wednesdays

Our Daily Nada

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

A new event series in partnership with Our Daily Nada highlighting interesting, influential, and inspiring women in the Kansas City area. Our first guest will be Amber Shaffie, an environmental lawyer who travels the world working to improve international policy to benefit the environment. Read more about her here. The program will comprise of a live interview followed by an audience Q&A. Drinks, snacks, and books available for purchase.


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