Events

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

Saturday, October 5 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.

9:00 am
Sat, 10/05/2013 - 9:00am

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the sixth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

10:00 am
Sat, 10/05/2013 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn more about getting around on your computer in this class, which offers insights into hardware and software components.

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 10:30am

The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis, True Grit, and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. Intended for audiences 3-5 years old.

1:00 pm
Sat, 10/05/2013 - 1:30pm

Veteran director William Wellman delivers this rousing prairie epic, with Robert Taylor as the lone male leading a wagon train of mail-order wives on a dangerous trek from Chicago to their husbands-to-be in recently-settled California. (118 minutes; NR)

To complement the Big Read effort and shed more light on the theme of women in the Old West, the Library throughout October is offering Women of the West, a free film series in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

2:00 pm
Sat, 10/05/2013 - 2:00pm

The Down to Earth Riders, a local African American Saddle Club, presents an afternoon of all things cowboy and cowgirl. Youth and adult members discuss the impact that riding horses has had on their lives, and display saddles and other equestrian tack.

Brother John Anderson shares stories about black cowboys. There will also be a craft period.

The Down to Earth Riders was founded in 2007 to encourage and empower youth through experiences with horses. Appropriate for all ages.

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 2:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day! We’ll play games, do crafts, and learn the secrets of the Force with snacks and a costume contest. Come dressed as your favorite character and win prizes! Geared for ages 5-12.

Star Wars Reads Day is a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars! For more information visit: http://starwars.com/reads