Events

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Friday, October 4 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, 10/04/2013 - 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.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:30am

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

2:00 pm
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:00pm

As part of the Big Read in Kansas City, the Library will screen the original 1969 True Grit starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell, and Kim Darby. (128 minutes; PG)

For additional film screenings, visit our Big Read Film Series page.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Are you lost in the World Wide Web? This class will help. Learn how to use search engines as well as basics strategies for finding what you need. Call 701-3449 to register or click here.

5:00 pm
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

KC Teen Lock-in at Southeast will feature Holly Weatherford Program Director with ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri who will present on Know your Rights.
Gaming competitions are on the schedule along with unlimited computer use.
The usual refreshments will be served.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

6:00 pm
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 6:30pm


True Grit’s fictional heroine Mattie Ross had real-life counterparts—and not all of them were white. Women of color played their part in the history of the American West, and historian Michael Searles explores their world.

Among his subjects is “Stagecoach” Mary Fields, who wore a six shooter on her hip, smoked cigars, and was given official permission to drink at her local tavern in Montana. Searles’ talk examines the little known history of black women with true grit in the West.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 6:30pm

Kansas City’s own De Los Barrios Flamenco Group presents an exciting evening of music and dance.

Get a taste of Spain with this entertaining and interactive program for children and adults. Dancers Tamara Carson and Amanda January, accompanied by Jarrod Stephenson on guitar, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, and John Currey on the Cajón, (a Peruvian percussion instrument ), heat up the stage with their captivating clapping and fiery footwork.

Appropriate for all ages.