MCPL Culinary Center program submissions form are now open! The Culinary Center is looking for great pitches for exciting culinary programs and experiences. We accept program proposals from a vast array of fields and backgrounds in hopes of connecting distinct talents with the dynamic communities we serve. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note:

  • MCPL policy prohibits selling of products or services during programs, with exception for authors and musicians (who may sell books, CDs and/or DVDs). Exceptions have also been made for non-profit organizations and/or community partners.
  • MCPL Culinary Center presenters who handle food are required to have a food handler or food manager certification. 
  • MCPL policy requires a background check of any accepted presenters.
  • Program submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. We thank you in advance for your patience in this process.

FORM INTRODUCTION

Calling all Local Authors!

The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library is seeking authors in the greater Kansas City area to participate in our 9th annual Local Author Fair, which will take place in-person on Saturday, November 19 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM at the Woodneath Library Center campus. All authors must submit application within the June 29-July 13 time frame. Late entries will not be accepted. Chosen authors will receive their booth for free, which includes a 5x2 table and black tablecloth, and authors keep all proceeds from the sale of their books. Authors will need to manage their sales.

We are also bringing back the Local Author Fair Scavenger Hunt, which will be in the form of BINGO cards. Readers will have to get 4-5 authors to mark their cards based on the genre spots provided. We designed this to encourage readers to talk to more authors and explore the books. The completed cards will be turned in for a raffle ticket to win a coffee mug and gift card to the Friendly Bean.

We will be choosing 50 authors. The Local Author Fair seeks to broadly represent locally produced materials, so we will be making careful decisions in order to have a diverse lineup. Authors of all genres are invited to submit! Though you can sell as many books as you'd like, we only ask for three examples of your work that you plan on selling.

All accepted authors will also be featured in our Local Author Database, which will link to their website. For an example, please take a look at last year's database

If you are an author within the greater Kansas City area who would like to participate in our upcoming author fair, please submit your application to the link below. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received. All entries will be evaluated by a selection committee and selected authors will receive notification of acceptance no later than August 3.

Author Registration Requirements:

-All authors must submit application within the June 29-July 13 time frame. Late entries will not be accepted.

-Must live or work in the MCPL service area (Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties in Missouri) or a library district with which MCPL has a reciprocal agreement. You can find a list of our reciprocal libraries here.

-Books must be appropriate for inclusion in a public library.

-Authors must be willing to help promote the event.

Please direct additional questions to Story Center Program Manager Shannon Thompson at sthompson@mymcpl.org

 MCPL is now accepting Virtual Library program submissions! The Mid-Continent Public Library is looking for great pitches for exciting library programs and experiences. We accept program proposals from a vast array of fields and backgrounds in hopes of connecting distinct talents with the dynamic communities we serve. We hope to hear from you soon! 

Please note:

  • MCPL policy prohibits selling of products or services during programs, with exception for authors and musicians (who may sell books, CDs and/or DVDs). Exceptions have also been made for non-profit organizations and/or community partners. 
  • Per this policy, presenters cannot have banners with links to their sites showing throughout the entire program. This includes any Facebook, Twitter, or personal sites. Presenters are welcome to bring these sites up at the end of the program. However, this must be done in a passive manner and no active push should be made to get audience members to visit them. Sites that take funds (such as Patreon or donation sites) cannot be mentioned or have their links shown at all. 
  • MCPL policy requires a background check for any accepted presenter.
  • All virtual programs must be at least 25 minutes long and in the mp4 format
  • If your program will be live on Facebook, be sure to accept the MCPL360 friend request to ensure the necessary administrative permissions.
  • If you are sending a video, the file needs to be submitted at least four business days prior to the program date.
  • Program submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. We thank you in advance for your patience in this process 

MCPL Library program submissions form are now open! The Mid-Continent Public Library is looking for great pitches for exciting library programs and experiences. We accept program proposals from a vast array of fields and backgrounds in hopes of connecting distinct talents with the dynamic communities we serve. We hope to hear from you soon! 


Please note:

  • Preferential treatment is shown to those presenters willing to travel to all 31 of our locations. We understand that the size of the MCPL library system can make traveling to all locations difficult. Please review the MCPL map and indicate to which branches you would be willing to travel.  
  • MCPL policy prohibits selling of products or services during programs, with exception for authors and musicians (who may
    sell books, CDs and/or DVDs). Exceptions have also been made for non-profit organizations and/or community partners. 
  • MCPL policy requires a background check of any accepted presenters.
  • Program submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. We thank you in advance for your patience in this process. 

Thank you for your interest in providing training for Mid-Continent Public Library.  MCPL’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.  We accept program proposals from a vast array of fields and backgrounds in hopes of connecting distinct talents with the dynamic communities we serve.


Please note:

  • MCPL policy prohibits selling of products or services during programs, except for authors and musicians (who may sell books, CDs and/or DVDs). Exceptions may also be possible for non-profit organizations and/or community partners. 
  • Program submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. We thank you in advance for your patience in this process. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Mid-Continent Public Library. The ELL360 MCPL Programming Volunteer program provides fun and rewarding opportunities for individuals to engage with the library. Individuals under the age of 18 must have parent or legal guardian written consent. All volunteers are required to undergo a background check.

The ELL360 Volunteer role is designed to support and facilitate English language classes and/or one on-one tutoring to help learners develop their literacy and English language skills whether it be an in-person or virtual learning environment.  ELL360 volunteer can help manage and support learners in a group and/ or one-on-one setting. ELL360 volunteers can also encourage and support learners as they engage in MCPL activities and inform them of other MCPL or community activities they could participate in. In one-on-one environment ELL360 volunteers will help students practice English. Among other goals the ELL360 volunteer program promotes intercultural understanding and cross-cultural appreciation.


TIME COMMITMENT:

A minimum of 1 hour per week for 3 months 

Consistent weekday afternoon/evening availability


QUALIFICATIONS:

Ability to speak, read, and write in English fluently

Cultural sensitivity and openness to different values/beliefs

ELL/ESL tutoring experience encouraged not required

Patience and willingness to provide encouragement


TRAINING:

Attend a minimum of 2 training sessions

Observe a minimum of 2 ELL classes

Continue observing classes and assisting teachers after placement


BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING:

Learn about other cultures

Contribute to your community

Make a positive difference in people’s lives

Please complete the form below to apply to be an ELL volunteer with the library! For more information, contact communityprogramming@mymcpl.org

Mid-Continent Public Library