Note: Returns: Book Drops Only. Holds Pick-Up: Curbside or Drive-Up Service. In-Branch: No in-branch services. Virtual Branch is available 24/7.The Woodneath Library Center, and the Blue Springs South, Camden Point, Dearborn, Edgerton, Excelsior Springs, and Smithville Branches are currently closed until further notice due to potential COVID-19 exposure. Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, all open MCPL branches will operate with curbside or drive-thru service only. Learn more about MCPL's pandemic response
All MCPL branches will be closed from 5:00pm Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday as part of its COVID-19 response. Our Virtual Branch is available 24/7.
Joon's a Korean immigrant living in 1980s' Bronx. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's infidelity; he's left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at 13, decides she'd be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Joon's adolescent years take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiction, to jobs selling newspapers and cosmetics, committing petty crimes, and, finally, toward something resembling hope.