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Be a Friend and join a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the Library through outreach and advocacy efforts. The Friends were 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.


The friends are involved in a number of activities that benefit the Library such as:

  • Book sales that provide monetary gifts to each branch library to encourage love of reading and life-long learning by expanding non-budgeted library programs.
  • Two annual scholarships awarded to members of the Library staff to attend the annual American Library Association (ALA) national conference.
  • Financial support for the Bradbury Speaker Series and Script-In-Hand performances.
  • A myriad of volunteer opportunities from staffing book sales to hosting Library events.
  • Monthly tours of local historical libraries.

Since the Friends were founded in 1984, they have made over $1,000,000 in gifts to the Library.

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