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Love Your Library

Love Your Library logo above library book

This February the UMKC Libraries toook the time to show library love to students, staff, and faculty, and offered reminders of the many reasons to love your library.

Academic libraries connect students, teachers, and researchers to information and resources, but they also offer an important community connection. Libraries are a place on campus where you can work and read in the company of others, or study in silence completely undisturbed (we take silent floor enforcement very seriously), find a helpful librarian, or meet with your students. Our community uses the library as a coffee shop, an alternative office space, a napping spot, a forum, and as a place to find a sense of belonging on campus. Everyone has their own reasons to love the library.

So, why does the library love you, our community of users? We appreciate that our library users are willing to share their stories with us. Every time a library staff member works with a student or researcher to locate resources or launch a research project we learn about the academic journey they are on. We work to support the learning, teaching, and research of everyone, so each success story for a UMKC student, staff, or faculty member is a story that the library celebrates as well. The library's staff is always here to help, and one of the most critical elements of providing library support is listening. This February we are listening extra hard to our community of users.

And finally, here are some specific reasons to love your library this month:

  • February 14 "Send a Friend Some Love" DIY card-making stations at Miller Nichols Library and the Health Sciences Library.
  • February 17 African American Read-In. 12:30-2pm, Miller Nichols Library. You are invited to one of the UMKC Libraries' most-loved annual events celebrating African American literature and literacy.
  • February 21, "A History of Medieval Chant Notation." 2-4pm, Miller Nichols Library. Guest lecture with Dr. Eugeen Liven d'Abelardo, featuring UMKC Libraries' Adair chantbook
  • February 28 Food Love with Liz: Grilled cheese sandwich cooking demonstration. Learn cooking basics to stay happy and healthy.
  • Pop-up book display: "Reasons to Love the Library"
  • ♥ Random Acts of  Encouragement
  • ...and more!

Check out a few highlights captured in the library this month below, and see every little act of library love on our Instagram


African American Read-In 2020

Author and illustrator Grace LaJoy Henderson reads an excerpt from her book “Finding Mother After Five Decades: A Story of Hope”.


Love Your Library cart!

Moved to a different location in the library every day, those who were lucky to find it were treated to a handful of candy and encouraged to snap a selfie with Rooby and Roofus, the library mascots.


Valentine's Day Cards

A crafting station was set up in the library for students to make Valentine's Day cards for friends and loved ones.


Valentine's Day Cards

A crafting station was set up in the library for students to make Valentine's Day cards for friends and loved ones.


African American Read-In

Gloria Soldon-Snowden presents a reading from “Press On” by Frank Clay, Jr.


Valentine's Day Crafting

Students embrace their creative sides and craft unique cards for friends and loved ones for the special day. The library provided an array of fun crafting supplies for the activity.


Black History Month

For the month of February, a book display dedicated to some of the great African American leaders, authors, and other important figures from American History. Also featured in the "Faculty Spotlight" was the library's very own treasure: librarian and Organizational Development Coordinator Gloria Tibbs.


Love Your Library Crafting Station

The library set up a crafting station on Valentine's Day, encouraging patrons to get creative and make something special for the holiday.


Crocheted Hearts

A single library staff member hand-crafted hundreds of beautiful crocheted bookmarks for library patrons. Each keepsake had a few words of praise for its recipient, meant to inspire and encourage students to power on through the spring semester!


Love Your Library!

Hundreds of crocheted bookmarks were stashed around the library for students to discover while searching the stacks, settling into a quiet study carrel, or making their way to class.


Cooking 101: Grilled Cheese Edition

Students crunch away on piping-hot grilled cheese sandwiches, prepared by library staff. The demonstration was held in the library for students to get the inside-scoop on preparing the "perfect" grilled cheese sandwich. The aroma of fried butter filled the first floor of the library and drew in many curious students for the demo!


African American Read-In 2020

Cynthia Fails reads an excerpt from her book “A Spoonful of Sugarplums”.

Posted: January 24, 2020