Events

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

Thursday, June 5 2014

Time Items
All day
Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 06/08/2014 (All day)

In the pre-digital era before cellphones, satellites, and the internet allowed travelers to instantly transmit their photos and comments to family and friends, Americans relied on “snail mail” and the picture postcard.

More than 200 examples of Kansas City postcards from the early to mid-1900s are featured in an encore presentation of the exhibit Greetings from Kansas City: Postcard Views of a Midwestern Metropolis, 1900-1950. Created in 2013 and originally displayed from January through June of that year, the exhibit earned the American Library Association’s 2014 Excellence in Library Programming Award.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 01/04/2015 (All day)

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

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
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:00am

Central Library’s ESL classes are small, with excellent one-on-one
help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math, and
American life. Classes are free, and parking in the Library garage is free to ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

10:00 am
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:30am

If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a storytime.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, rhymes, and an activity, too!

Good for ages 3 - 5, but all family members are welcome!

1:00 pm
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets the first and third Thursday of every month and works on all kinds of needlework projects (knitting, rug hooking, crochet, applique, needlepoint, embroidery, etc.) No instruction is provided. Just bring a project and have fun!

3:00 pm
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Do crazy science experiments and make explosive crafts! Something new each week!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Drop in for a quick and fun science experiment!

Held in the Bluford Conference Room. For ages 8-13.

4:00 pm
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:00pm

Compete against other teens on the Wii to duel on Super Smash Brawl, Mario Party, Mario Kart, and other Wii games. We'll also have an Xbox 360 system and board games available for when you're waiting for your turn. All game systems will be simultaneously in play until approximately 6:00 pm.

6:00 pm
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 6:30pm

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But what are the effects of children on their parents? New York magazine’s Jennifer Senior digs into that question in a discussion of her new book.

Senior examines the history and changing definition of what it means to be a parent, analyzing the many ways in which children reshape parents’ lives – their marriages, jobs, habits, hobbies, friendships, and internal sense of self. Her book follows mothers and fathers through parenthood’s deepest vexations and finest rewards.