Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Friday, September 20 2013

Time Items
All day
Fri, 09/20/2013 (All day) - Sun, 12/01/2013 (All day)

In the 1890s Francis Marion Steele began photographing cowboys, recording the work and play of these iconic figures on the open ranges of southwest Kansas, southeast Colorado, northeast New Mexico, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.

This genre-crossing exhibit juxtaposes Steele’s photographs with passages from True Grit to help visitors envision the world in which heroine Mattie Ross and her companions Rooster Cogburn and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf had their adventures.

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.

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, 09/20/2013 - 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.

11:00 am
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 11:00am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

2:00 pm
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Need to give a presentation? This slide show program can help. Learn the basics of PowerPoint with this class. Call 701-3449 to register.

6:00 pm
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 6:30pm

Nancy Lewis and Anne Mallinson discuss the challenges American families faced during the Civil War era. Lewis and Mallinson are both graduates from the University of Missouri, retired educators and life-long Missouri residents. Children will be able to dress up in period attire provided by the Wornall House and make rag dolls.

The event is appropriate for all ages.

8:00 pm
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 8:45pm

Part of the 2013 Off-the-Wall Film Series featuring comedies starring Kansas City native Paul Rudd. George and Linda (Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) have given up on life in the Big Apple. En route to a new job, the uptight couple find themselves staying in a latter-day hippie commune where both the sexuality and the bathroom doors are wide open. With Justin Theroux, Alan Alda. This title is recommended for adult audiences only.