Event Archive

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Format: 2016-05-25
Format: 2016-05-25
  • The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.   Suitable for grades 3 - 12.
    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.



  • In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.

  • Continuing the Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary Peace Officer. It examines the issue of police and SWAT firepower and tactics through the eyes of a former Utah county sheriff whose son-in-law was killed in a standoff.
    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.

  • Theatre professionals from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offer a two-hour workshop exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare's plays.   Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

    This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.


  • Only 235 copies of the First Folio, the first printed collection of Williams Shakespeare’s plays, are known to survive today. University of Kansas professor Jonathan P. Lamb explores and explains the mystique of the nearly 400-year-old book.
    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    They’re artifacts, nearly 400 years old, and only 233 are known to have survived to today. But what else has driven collectors to pay as much as $6 million for copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio? What renders this 900-page book so important that it merits a nationwide tour?

  • The Library and American Public Square continue their series of discussions of hot-button issues, examining tax and other financial incentives designed to encourage and promote economic development. Those gains, though, often come at  the expense of others.
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Incentives of various types are widely offered to encourage and promote economic development – a point of competition and controversy in a years-long “border war” between Missouri and Kansas.

  • David Aamodt and Richard Edwards of the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence examine the Santa Fe Trail from the Mexican perspective. Immigrants who made their way up the commercial corridor eventually outnumbered Americans traveling the other way.
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    The Santa Fe Trail was best known as a commercial route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. But while Americans called it “the road to Santa Fe,” Mexicans knew it as “el Camino a los Estados Unidos” – the road to the United States. Immigrants making their way up the corridor eventually outnumbered Americans coming the other way.

  • Ambassador Dennis Ross, who has been directly involved in steering American policy on the Middle East for nearly 30 years, examines the close, U.S.-Israeli relationship through every presidential administration from Truman’s to Obama’s.
    Monday, May 9, 2016

    U.S. policy on Israel has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and America’s strong commitment to Israeli security. Their ties are so close today that, when differences arise, they tend to make news. But that wasn’t always the case.

  • In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.

  • The Kansas City Public Library joins other libraries nationwide in celebrating the world of comic books, giving away hundreds of free comics at all 10 Library locations. It’s first come-first served.  Free Comic Book Day is observed annually the first Saturday in May.
    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    The Kansas City Public Library joins other libraries nationwide in celebrating the world of comic books, giving away hundreds of free comics at all 10 Library locations. It’s first come, first served.

    Free Comic Book Day is observed annually the first Saturday in May.

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