Event Archive

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

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Format: 2014-12-25
Format: 2014-12-25
  • Kansas City Star reporter Brian Burnes discusses his coffee-table book, published by Kansas City Star Books, commemorating the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri and chronicling its growth since 1839 into an economic and scholastic powerhouse.
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Founded in 1839 as the first publicly supported institution of higher education in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory, the University of Missouri has grown from a cluster of buildings on a field in rough-and-tumble Boone County to an economic and scholastic powerhouse with an enrollment of nearly 35,000 and annual research expenditures of approximately $250 million.

    One of its more than 275,000 graduates, Kansas City Star reporter Brian Burnes, discusses the book he has written for Kansas City Star Books commemorating the school’s 175th anniversary. The 220-page, coffee-table publication features historical and contemporary photos along with Burnes’ history of the university.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Join youth across the world for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week,
    December 8 - 14, 2014.

    More than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during last year’s event. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million worldwide participants. This session is open to all ages.

    Get all the info here!

  • When the U.S. finally entered World War I, it was left to former Kansas City newspaperman George Creel – head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information – to sell the move to the largely neutral nation. Historian Timothy Westcott examines this trailblazing propagandist.
    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    George Creel, the onetime head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information, recalled in his memoir “how we advertised America.” But more accurately, his legacy was selling World War I to the country’s largely neutral populace.

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.

    December's Selection:
    Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library’s 8th Annual Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks. Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books suitable for gift giving are $5-15.
    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    The Friends of the Library’s 8th Annual Pre-Owned Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks featuring eye-catching, mouth-watering recipes that will delight family and friends. Learn to cook like a top chef. Or make these recipe books a holiday gift.

    Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books are priced from $5-15.

  • Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to help tell the magical story.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.
    Friday, December 5, 2014

    Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to take the stage and help tell a magical story filled with laughter, song, and dance.

    Recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • Historian John Suprin of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines tiny Finland’s valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion launched 75 years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II.
    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Seventy-five years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II, tiny Finland began a valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion that became the stuff of modern military legend.

  • Historian Sonny Gibson discusses his new coffee table-style book on Kansas City’s African American past, the product of a 25-year effort to “raise the cultural consciousness of the current generation and set right the history books for generations to come.”
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Sonny Gibson began his 25-year effort to unearth Kansas City’s African American past with serious doubts. So much was unrecorded and seemingly unknown that he feared “the history of ‘Negroes’ was as good as lost.”

    He pressed on, however, scouring libraries, archives, flea markets, and old book stores. He waded through old magazines, newspapers, and other memorabilia. What Gibson found was a trove of materials – photographs, handbills, advertisements, newspaper clippings, social announcements, and other artifacts dating to the 1860s – that he features in his new coffee table-style book, Kansas City Early Negro History.

  • Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.  Recommended for all ages.
    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.

    Recommended for all ages.

  • Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead, singing, dancing, and celebrating the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.
    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead. Sing, dance, and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

    Appropriate for all ages.