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A Library Lovers Guide to Family Activities Near Your Home

Can you believe it is already February? It honestly feels like I was just talking about things to do for New Years Eve! February may be a short month, but there are tons of fun “National Day/Months” One that I absolutely love is National Library Lovers Day!

A Library Lovers Guide to Family Activities Near Your Home

National Library Lovers Day is February 14th and in honor of this day, I thought I would highlight our own fascinating libraries around the metro area. I for one love the library. They always have fun and FREE things to do. Not to mention, anything you want to learn, perfect, or just fact check, it is all available right there at your fingertips.  The metro area has great, history rich libraries that are an adventure in their own right. So, even though you may have already visited  your  local library, here are a few things that these branches offer that you may not know!

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Mid-Continent Public Library

Mid-Continent Public Library’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the metropolitan area, operating 35 libraries and serving nearly 800,000 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.

With the 19th largest public library collection in the nation, over 10,000 live programs per year, and constantly expanding resources, Mid-Continent Public Library has been providing world class customer service to the area since 1965.

Antioch Branch

6060 N Chestnut Ave, Gladstone, MO 64119

  • Storytimes for toddlers and babies
  • STEAM Powered Programs
  • Quilting Classes
  • Tax Help
  • Computer Classes
  • Book Clubs
  • Interior Design Classes

Blue Ridge Branch

6131 Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO 64133

  • Storytime for kids and families
  • STEAM Powered Programs
  • Kids Create Workshops
  • Kids Shows
  • Kids Games

Blue Springs North Branch

850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue SpringsMO 64015
  • LEGO Events
  • Read to a Dog
  • Storytime for Families
  • KC Magic Man

Blue Springs South Branch

2220 S. 7 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO 64014

  • Storytime
  • Kids Create Workshops
  • Kids Lab

Boardwalk Branch

8656 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64154

  • Homeschoolers at the Library
  • Storytime
  • Kid Reads
  • Sensory Lab – Play & Learn
  • Yoga Tales
  • Brixology

Claycomo

309 E. U.S. Highway 69, Claycomo, MO 64119

  • Read & Draw
  • Lego Time
  • Kids Create
  • STEAM Powered Programs
  • Zoomobile Visits

Colbern Road Branch

1000 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s SummitMO 64086
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • Storytime
  • Play & Learn Time
  • Family Night

Lee’s Summit Branch

150 NW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

  • Gardening Workshops
  • Storytime
  • Play & Learn Time

Liberty Branch

1000 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068

  • Homeschoolers at the Library
  • Play & Learn Time
  • Storytime
  • Read to a Dog
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • STEAM Program

North Independence Branch

317 US-24, Independence, MO 64050

  • Kids Create
  • LEGO Robotics
  • Yoga for Kids
  • Pet Safety Classes
  • Art Classes from Nelson Atkins

Kansas City Public Library

Lucile H. Bluford Branch

3050 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64128

  • ABsolutely Amazing Abs
  • Cardio Kickboxing with NickiFit
  • Full Body Chair Fitness with NickiFit
  • HIIT Training with NickiFit
  • Kids Café ( free healthy snacks for kids 18 and under)
  • Strength Training with NickiFit
  • Tech Coach Drop In at Bluford
  • Teen Tabletop Gaming and more!

Central Library

14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

  • Storytime at Central
  • Citizenship Interview Practice
  • Graphic Novel Book Club at Central (7-15)
  • FREE Tax Preparation
  • Coffee & Conversation
  • Ukes on the Roof Monthly Meetup
  • Coffee Tastings and Pairings

Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

2017 West Pennway Street,Kansas City, MO 64108

  • Lego Time

Plaza Branch

4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

  • Baby Bounce
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes
  • Preschool Story Time
  • Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic
  • Wildcard Wednesdays
  • Book Club (topics vary)
  • Tabletop Gaming

Sugar Creek Branch

102 South Sterling Avenue, Sugar Creek, MO 64054

  • Walk with us
  • Teens After Hours
  • Low Impact Cardio Workouts
  • After Lunch Book Group
  • Preschool Story Time
  • Kid’s Craft Time

Trails West Branch

11401 East 23rd Street, Independence, MO 64052

  • Rockin’ Ramblin’ Readers
  • Tuesday Family Fun (every Tuesday)
  • KC Kids Create: Kitchen Science
  • Coffee and Coloring (adults and seniors)
  • Teen’s Group

Waldo Branch

201 East 75th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

  • Teen Gaming Club
  • Tabletop Tuesdays
  • Stories for Ones (12-24mo)
  • Preschool Story Time (2-5)
  • Read to a Dog
  • Lego Club
  • Parents as Teachers Playgroup

Westport Branch

118 Westport Road,Kansas City, MO 64111

  • Preschool Story Time
  • Library Yoga
  • Grown Up Game Night
  • Between the Lines Book Group

Kansas City Kansas Public Library

Main Library

625 Minnesota Avenue,Kansas City, KS 66101

  • Working Wednesday
  • Baby Story Time
  • Computer Training
  • Kids A Cookin
  • Kids Cafe
  • Family Story Time
  • STEAM Story Time
  • Anime Club
  • Book Clubs

South Branch

3104 Strong Avenue,Kansas City, KS 66106

  • Quilting
  • Little Learners Story Time
  • Teen Time
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Movie Night (varies in rating)

Turner Library

831 S 55th Street,Kansas City, KS 66106

  • Anime Club
  • Friday Story Time
  • Cubs Corner Crafts

FL Schlagle Branch

4051 West Drive,Kansas City, KS 66109

  • Homeschool Adventures (weekly age varies)
  • Project Feeder Watch
  • Nature Story Time

All of these libraries host recurring clubs and activities that vary in age. They also host a wide variety of special events that take place only once! To make sure you get the full details on age ranges, times and if a reservation is needed, you can check out the full list of events on the library’s websites! So this National Library Lovers Day, head to your local library!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 


Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

Hello, Kansas City! The weekend is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something new and creative for your family outing, consider checking out First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette and her own squad had some fun and shared it with us below. Check it out!

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the
Kansas City Public Library

As you may know over the past few years, Kansas City has hosted a popular trend that is increasingly growing. I’m talking about First Fridays! Art galleries, local restaurants and fellow Kansas Citians enjoy the culture rich Crossroads Art District and downtown Kansas City. But did you know, the Central Library ALSO has a First Friday’s event?! Me neither!
The Central Library is located downtown off 10th and Main st. If you haven’t been there before, they have an excellent kid’s area, stunning interior and enough space to get lost in a good book! The kids and I visit there frequently but never heard of their First Friday event until a few weeks ago, so I thought why not? So the whole family headed off to visit the library!
Since we have never been, we didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew there were going to be activities for the kids, but would there be something to keep the adults entertained too? You bet! As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with local musicians playing their guitar and violin, friendly staff welcoming us and an array of adult satisfying hors d’oeuvres. Plus an open bar with wine and local brew. I knew then, my husband was sold lol.

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library
Once we grabbed a small glass of wine and a cookie for the kiddos to snack on, we ventured off upstairs to explore the setup for kids! You would have thought they were in Toys R Us they were so excited! The library hosts different exhibits throughout the year and the one that was on display was “Things Come Apart”, a cool display of everyday items completely taken apart. So the kids’ activities were a reflection of that exhibit. They had hands on activities that required nothing else but an imagination.
One station was a marble obstacle course! The kiddos could put together different shaped blocks to make a maze or obstacle course. Once the kids built their structure, they would see if it could get from one side to another without falling off!

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library
The second station was a really cool one! There were buckets of “straws” and jacks that you could put together and make just about anything you could think of! We built windows, turbines and even a chair. One librarian got super creative and built a structure taller than my little Italy!
The third station required a little more than brain power! It was a build your own vehicle station! There were different length pvc pipes, wheels and notches that kiddos could put together to make their own car, lawnmower or whatever else their minds could fathom!

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library
And of course no kids’ event is complete without snacks! The library provided more kid friendly snacks along with low sugar juices and water to recharge them from all their creativeness!
My family and I had such a great time we are definitely planning on attending the next one! Just keep in mind this is ONLY THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY OTHER MONTH at the CENTRAL LIBRARY. Also, with each First Friday, they conduct a different set of activities that reflect the current exhibit down the hall!

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

 

From iFamily to Yours,