Events

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, September 21 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
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word in this free class which lasts approximately one hour.

This word processing program is used for letter writing, papers, and other professional documents. Registration is required. Call 701-3488 to register.

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Sign up for a free e-mail account and follow along with this tutorial that teaches the ins and outs of sending and receiving email, as well as how to organize your messages.

12:00 pm
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 12:00pm

Two times a year members of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie hold an open session where members of the public may join professional artists in painting in the great outdoors. The next such session will be held on the Central Library’s Rooftop Terrace.

“En Plein Air” means “in plain air,” and founder Robert Bingaman calls the process “invigorating, amusing, and rewarding … I think we’ve quietly and consistently done something wonderful for Kansas City. We have highlighted our city’s civic landmarks and we have reminded citizens that any street corner is worthy of painting.”

1:00 pm
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 1:30pm

September is Classical Music Month, and with that in mind the Library is offering a lineup of free movies about those other long-haired musicians.

Robert Alda (Alan’s dad) plays the great American composer George Gershwin. Paul Whiteman, Al Jolson and Oscar Levant appear as themselves; Alexis Smith and Joan Leslie are the women in his life. “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” are performed almost in their entirety.

2:00 pm
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us as for a special Kid-friendly movie and enjoy a snack.