Events

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

Saturday, October 26 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, 10/26/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Navigate the Internet with Internet Explorer, learn how to do online searches and more in this free class which lasts approximately one hour. Registration is required. Call 701-3488 to register.

Sat, 10/26/2013 - 10:30am - 11:30am

This class on the fundamentals of Microsoft Word focuses on templates as well as the various menu options.

1:00 pm
Sat, 10/26/2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This bi-weekly program at Sugar Creek offers many options for all levels of quilters. Bring a project, start a project, or come to learn something new. Class is every other Saturday at the Sugar Creek Branch Library. Call Nancy at 816-252-3344 for more information.

Sat, 10/26/2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Come to the Central Library on October 26 at 1:00 p.m. to see "creepy critters" and learn about the environment. Creepy Critters program focuses on those less cuddly and icky creatures whose importance is often taken for granted. This program features arachnids, insects and snakes to illustrate that such undesirable critters serve an extremely important purpose to the environment.

Sat, 10/26/2013 - 1:30pm

A widow (Conchata Ferrell) travels to Wyoming to become housekeeper for a crusty bachelor rancher (Rip Torn). Hers is a life of isolation and backbreaking labor, but somehow love blossoms with her taciturn employer. Based on the well-known frontier letters of Elinore Randall Stewart. (96 minutes; PG)

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, 10/26/2013 - 2:00pm

As part of the Big Read in Kansas City, the Library will screen the Coen brothers’ 2010 remake of True Grit starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld. (110 minutes; PG-13)

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