Events

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

Saturday, October 19 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
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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.

1:00 pm
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 1:30pm

Seeking revenge for her murdered father, a girl (Jane Fonda) turns outlaw and hires a drunken has-been gunslinger (Lee Marvin) to take on the baddies. In this comedy Marvin shines both as the boozy sharpshooter and his twin brother, a psychopath with a steel nose. Don’t ask. (97 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, 10/19/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Kid Corner staff presents fun stuff the third Saturday of every month – it might be a storytime, a scavenger hunt, a cool workshop, or some other fun surprise!

5:00 pm
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 5:00pm

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.