30 Blue Springs City Guide
• Mid-Continent Public Library
Library is your ‘everything’ resource The Mid-Continent Public Library system has two branches in Blue Springs. For more information visit the website at www.mymcpl.org. u Blue Springs North Branch 850 N.W. Hunter Drive Phone: 816-224-8772 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Blue Springs North Branch was established in 1992 and is home to more than 110,000 items, including books, DVDs, reference materials, CDs, audiobooks and VHS tapes. The library also offers free Wi-Fi access, as well as computers, printers and copy machines available for public use. The branch hosts numerous programs throughout the year for families, teenagers, adults and children. During the summer, both North and South branches participate in the summer reading program, which encourages children and teens to read during the summer by offering free books as rewards for meeting reading goals. This year, the theme for the children’s program is “One World, Many Stories.” The theme for the teen program is “You Are Here.” The program ends on July 30. To participate, sign up at any local branch. u Blue Springs South Branch 2220 S. Missouri 7 Phone: 816-229-3957 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Blue Springs South Branch holds more than 143,000 items and hosts programming for adults, teens and children. The library offers free Wi-Fi access in addition to public computers available for use with a library card. Mid-Continent libraries offer an eBook rental service through their
website. The eBooks are compatible with most eReaders. Visit www. mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/downloadable-ebooks for more information. To sign up for a library card, visit any Mid-Continent branch. Library cards are free and are available to anyone who lives, works or owns property in the Mid-Continent district service area (Clay, Platte an Jackson counties, excluding the Kansas City School District and North Kansas City). u Midwest Genealogy Center 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence Phone: 816-252-7228 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondayThursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The center opened in 2008 and is one of the largest genealogy resources in the country. Its collection holds more than 96,000 circulating and reference titles, as well as periodicals, newspapers, microforms and maps. These online databases are available through the Genealogy Center: u America’s GenealogyBank – Includes historical newspapers, books, documents, obituaries and the Social Security Death Index, 1937-present, with some newspapers and books dating back to the 1600s. u America’s Obituaries & Death Notices – Newspaper obituaries and death notices published since 1980. The database is available for searches by name, date range or specific text. u Ancestry Library Edition (library use only) – An enhanced library version of Ancestry.com that searches the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930. Also search immigration, vital, military, court, church and ethnic records. u Archive Finder – Search for in-
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Book clubs explore a variety of genres at Mid-Continent Public Library. formation from thousands of archival collections from the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. u Biography and Genealogy Master Index – A comprehensive index to more than 13 million biographical sketches from both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world. u Digital Sanborn Maps – A collection of fire insurance maps created between 1867 and 1970. Search through maps for more than 12,000 American cities and towns.
u HeritageQuest Online – Thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930. They can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity and more. It also includes Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank, and the PERSI periodical index. u ProQuest Obituaries – More than 10 million obituaries and death notices in full image format from national newspapers dating back to 1851.