Events

All Library locations are closed today, Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Wednesday, August 28 2013

Time Items
All day
Sun, 08/18/2013 (All day) - Sun, 12/29/2013 (All day)

Before and during the Civil War, Confederate guerrillas – men like William Clarke Quantrill, “Bloody Bill” Anderson, and Frank and Jesse James – battled federal troops and Jayhawker irregulars along the Missouri-Kansas border.

That brutal era comes to life in Guerrillas in Our Midst, an original exhibit of drawings and photographs from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections. It covers not only the war but also its aftermath, when former bushwhackers like the James brothers turned to outlawry.

Sat, 08/17/2013 (All day) - Sun, 10/27/2013 (All day)

Begun in 1942 to address labor needs in agriculture and the railroads, the U.S. government’s bracero program became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, with hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers providing manpower from World War II through 1964.

Bittersweet Harvest, a new bilingual exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, examines the experiences of Bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican-American life and historical background to today’s debates on immigration and guest worker programs.

Thu, 06/27/2013 (All day) - Fri, 09/13/2013 (All day)

Glen Hansen specializes in art inspired by the architecture of cities like Paris, Prague, and Venice. Now he turns his pencils and brushes on Kansas City for a show featuring over 30 drawings and a half-dozen paintings of local buildings and their architectural and decorative details.

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.

9:00 am
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

10:00 am
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:30am

We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

3:00 pm
ESL
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Learn basic conversation, pronunciation, and grammar for daily use and workplace. Meet friends from many countries and have a great time! Classes are free. Please call 816-701-3488 for more information.

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Entrepreneurs and investors need current business information to make the right decisions about their money.

Job seekers also need current information about companies and industries in which they are interested in working.

Join Dan Sovocool, Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ representative for Missouri, as he provides an orientation to NetAdvantage, which features current information about companies, industries, and investment funds.

Registration is free. Please email bcc@kclibrary.org or call 816-701-3645.

4:00 pm
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us as we commemorate one of the landmark events in the civil rights movement.
Library staff will lead a march around the block carrying signs representative of those seen in 1963.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – 4 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.

Following the March, the documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin will be shown. Rustin was the sole organizer of The Great March on Washington.

5:00 pm
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Bring a friend, listen to a few stories, and make a craft.

6:00 pm
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 6:30pm

She is no longer a household name, but during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration Frances Perkins was one of America’s most influential women. As the first female secretary of labor she was responsible for implementing programs that reshaped society and business and established the social safety net we enjoy today.

Biographer Kirstin Downey examines Perkins’ life and enduring impact in a discussion of her book The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins – Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage.