Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Wednesday, November 20 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, 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
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

10:00 am
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:30am

Join us for a fun storytime about an ugly pumpkin, an old lady who swallowed a pie, and why I'm glad to be me! After, we'll have a turkey friendly craft.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

3:00 pm
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Like to compete? Ask your friends to join you at the Southeast library for some serious tournament gaming on Xbox360, Wii, or PlayStation 2.
Snacks are provided.

4:00 pm
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Get your game on at the Waldo Community Branch. The library has both Wii and PS2 available with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Sports and Guitar Hero as well as plenty of board games. You may also bring your own games to share.

6:00 pm
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 6:00pm

Every Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. catch these study sessions designed to help those interested in obtaining their General Equivalency Diploma, the equivalent of a high school diploma. To register, call Adult Basic Education at 816.418.8202.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 6:30pm

Bobby's Books for Boys is back for a 4th year! The book club, for boys ages 8-12, meets once a month October through March 2014. Each month boys read a great book, learn something new, enjoy snacks and activities, and have FUN!

Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 816.701.3481 ext. 3 or e-mailing PlazaKidCorner@kclibrary.org.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 6:30pm

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century – and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. Biographer Terry Teachout sheds new light on this creative genius in a discussion of his new book about the grandson of a slave who wrote such classics as “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady.”

Teachout, a Kansas City resident from 1975 to 1983, is the author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, and the play Satchmo at the Waldorf. For The Wall Street Journal, he is drama critic and the author of “Sightings,” a column about the arts in America. He is the critic-at-large at Commentary, and writes the blog About Last Night.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 6:30pm

Join us for a screening of a new documentary by noted director Werner Herzog, From One Second to the Next, part of the “It Can Wait” campaign to stop texting and driving.

The film includes a variety of vignettes featuring texting-and-driving perpetrators and surviving victims and their relatives who recount traumatic accidents and explain how their lives were forever changed. The “It Can Wait” campaign was launched to educate the public about the dangerous practice and secure pledges to abstain from it.