Events

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

Friday, October 18 2013

Time Items
All day
Mon, 10/14/2013 (All day) - Sun, 10/20/2013 (All day)

 

In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library announces its annual Food for Fines Week from October 14-20, 2013.

During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.

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, 10/18/2013 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 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.

2:00 pm
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Find out what a social networking site is all about in this class. Learn how to set up your own site on Facebook. A current e-mail account is needed for this class. You may want to set up an email account specifically for this before you attend the class. Call 701-3449 to register or click here.

5:00 pm
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Be creative. Be loud. Be here! The Sugar Creek Library stays open late for a special Halloween Party Teen Night! Come and hang out – play on the computers, watch a movie, or just meet up with friends. Food and noise allowed!

Come in costume for our third annual costume contest! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Enjoy pizza, snacks, and ghoulish surprises!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

6:00 pm
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 6:30pm

Children's books come alive with music from the Fine Arts Chorale! Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with this program filled with stories and music.

After reading excerpts from award-winning children’s books, music director and conductor Terri Teal leads the Chorale in music inspired by the literature.

The Fine Arts Chorale has been part of the Kansas City musical community since 1972.

Appropriate for all ages.