About KCDML

KCDML is currently under renovation and closed to the public. The doors are expected to reopen in February 2018. Check back in January to see the schedule of hours and activities.

Please feel free to contact Andrea Ellis (andreaellis@kclibrary.org) or Marcus Brown (marcusbrown@kclibrary.org) with questions.

KCDML is an initiative of the Kansas City Public Library.  It functions out of the Southeast Branch (6242 Swope Parkway), and is open to youth ages 12-18.

KCDML is a hands-on learning environment that uses storytelling, robotics, digital media production, and other maker activities to engage Kansas City youth.

Our goals are to support the development of Kansas City youth by 1) offering access to resources and expertise that align with their interests, 2) encouraging and supporting youth voice, and 3) by helping KC teens make connections between their interests and future academic or professional opportunity.

The fundamental tenets of KCDML are as follows:

  • You have to be an active participant in your own learning;
  • In order to grow in your craft you have to be willing to create, critique, and present your work;
  • Deep learning requires commitment, persistence, and play;
  • Technology is a tool, use it as a means to achieve your desired goals.