Events

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.

Friday, May 17 2013

Time Items
All day
Fri, 03/01/2013 (All day) - Fri, 05/31/2013 (All day)

Kansas City’s story doesn’t begin with fur traders and settlers. Rather it goes back millions of years to an era of rising and falling seas, thick green forests of towering ferns, and huge, now-extinct animals. That world, as revealed by the rocks beneath our feet, is explored in the exhibit KC|BC.

KC|BC complements Kansas City Millions of Years Ago – Reading the Rocks, a current show of digital illustrations and actual fossils at the Box Gallery in Suite 211 of the Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut St.

Mon, 01/28/2013 (All day) - Fri, 05/31/2013 (All day)

In the pre-digital era before cell phones, satellites, and the Internet allowed travelers to instantly transmit their photos and comments to family and friends, Americans relied on “snail mail” and the picture postcard.

This exhibit gathers more than 200 examples of Kansas City postcards from the ‘30s and ‘40s. The cards – featuring images of landmarks, hotels, parks, and public buildings - have been drawn from the Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection in the holdings of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections.

Wed, 11/28/2012 (All day) - Sun, 06/30/2013 (All day)

Established in 1874, the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department has for 138 years protected our citizens while keeping abreast of changes in criminology, transportation, technology, and society. This long and colorful history is examined in a new exhibit, Kansas City’s Finest.

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.

10:00 am
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this storytime.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:30am - 11:30am

This story time and play group promotes literacy in children with the participation of caring family members in activities that explore the world of language using stories, songs, and crafts.
Today our theme is "TEETH!" and we will have a special guest! Please join us!

2:00 pm
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Do you have an iPad but want to learn more about what you can do with it? This class covers all of the basic application which comes with the iPad as well as some of the more helpful free ones. Using e-books with the iPad will be explored. Please bring your iPad to the class. Call 701-3449 to register.

5:00 pm
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

6:00 pm
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 6:30pm

Celebrate the winners of the Children’s Book Week Bookmark Contest with a performance by drummer Brandon Draper.

Draper teaches percussion instruments at the University of Kansas and UMKC. He is also percussion director at Shawnee Mission West High School and music director at Kansas City Academy.

The program is appropriate for all ages.

8:00 pm
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 8:45pm

The Library kicks off this year’s summer film series of comedies starring Kansas City native Paul Rudd with this tale of energy drink salesmen (Rudd, Seann William Scott) who must perform community service as mentors to two young boys after a road rage incident. This title is recommended for adult audiences only.

Films are screened outside on the Rooftop Terrace. Filmgoers are welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs. In cases of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.