Events

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

Tuesday, November 13 2012

Time Items
All day
Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:00am - Sun, 01/06/2013 - 5:00pm

For nearly half a century Americans coped with the possibility of atomic war as a regular part of their daily lives. Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow, a new exhibit by Kansas City-based ExhibitsUSA, looks at how everyday citizens responded to this threat.

Mass merchandisers used atomic imagery to add excitement to products and packaging. Comic books, monster movies, and toy ray guns created an alternate set of coping mechanisms for a nation constantly under siege from messages of impending annihilation.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 9:00am - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 5:00pm

With America’s transformation into a modern industrial society in the late 19th century came many social and economic problems. These in turn inspired the Progressive Era.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the 1912 presidential election in which Theodore Roosevelt ran on the Progressive Party ticket, the exhibit features letters, cartoons, pictures, and broadsides illustrating America’s shift from rural/agrarian to urban/industrial society.

Created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Thu, 11/01/2012 (All day) - Fri, 11/30/2012 (All day)

In partnership with Turn the Page Kansas City, the Building a Community of Readers initiative of the Kansas City Public Library welcomes families to participate in the second annual Family Read Aloud Month. Throughout the month of November, Families are encouraged to read aloud to one another for one hour every week throughout November 2012.

Sat, 06/11/2011 (All day) - Wed, 12/31/2014 (All day)

Hixon transformed the field of portrait photography in Kansas City and the surrounding region during a career that spanned more than seven decades. His studios—the first in the Brady Building at 11th and Main Streets, and the second just one block west in the Baltimore Hotel—welcomed thousands of patrons throughout the 1910s and 1920s.

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 9:00am - Mon, 12/31/2012 - 5:00pm

To most local landscape architects, Hare & Hare is a household name. The firm has left an indelible mark on some of the most iconic and often-visited areas of Kansas City—the Country Club Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Loose Park, Ward Parkway, and Mission Hills among them.

9:00 am
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Build on what was learned in Microsoft Word Basics to create letters and professional looking documents using this word processing program. Call 816-701-3481 to register, or click here.

10:00 am
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am

All ages enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more. After we've read stories sometimes we'll go to the vault to watch a short video. Sometimes we'll do simple crafts. Other times we'll just play with all of the fun toys, puzzles and games we have here at the library. Join us! Parking is free.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:00am - 10:45am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Olive is told a secret. She wants to tell Jessie. She almost tells Ziggy. She does tell Joe! Now Joe has a secret...
What will happen next? Find out in this wonderfully sweet and witty book!

11:00 am
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you! This class concentrates on the basics of online searches. No registration necessary. Call 816-701-3489 for more information.

12:00 pm
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Getting Back to Better, is a six-week series geared toward teaching patrons with chronic conditions how to live a better life.

The class subjects, taught by professionals from Truman Medical Centers, cover a wide variety of topics, including techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and evaluating new treatments.

3:00 pm
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Xbox360 and Wii game consoles are available at TeenGaming along with board games such as Chess and Monopoly. It’s about having fun with your friends and making new friends. Stop by and bring your games to share with Southeast teens.

5:00 pm
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
book jacket

Oh My Teen discusses Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell. Oh My Teen book group is a program for teens that meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Trails West branch library.

From the publisher:
Adrienne Satti is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillons underbelly looking to find answers, and justice with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshipers but Widdershins herself.

6:00 pm
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 6:30pm

The result of uncontrolled plowing on the Great Plains, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s turned prairies into deserts and unleashed a pattern of massive and deadly dust storms. Children contracted “dust pneumonia,” businesses collapsed, and thousands lost their land and were forced on the road.

A screening of excerpts from Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl will be followed by a panel discussion headlined by the documentary’s writer and co-producer Dayton Duncan.

Co-sponsored by KCPT and the University of Kansas Libraries.

7:00 pm
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 7:00pm

Get into the swing of the Charles Dickens bicentennial by joining the book discussions group meeting on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., and on December 2nd at 2 p.m. at the North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Road.