Events

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, June 14 2014

Time Items
All day
Sat, 06/14/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/10/2014 (All day)

The humble apron gets a fascinating re-evaluation in this traveling exhibit of 51 vintage and contemporary kitchen aprons that are both utilitarian and works of art. Featuring aprons from as early as 1900, the exhibit chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work and presents aprons as vehicles for self-expression.

Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Sun, 04/12/2015 (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.

10:00 am
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Learn the basic functions of your computer such as using the mouse and keyboard. This class also offers insights into hardware and software components. Registration is required. Call 701-3488 to register.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you!

12:00 pm
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

1:00 pm
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 1:00pm

Calling all Duelists looking to throw down in a tourney. Bring your cards early to be approved and be sure to check the ban list against your deck. Sign-up is required. Call the Trails West branch to reserve a spot (816.701.3483).

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 1:30pm

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

June's film lineup focuses on Comedy.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

2:00 pm
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 2:00pm

Join Michelle Pond, Judith Towse Roberts, and Rhiannon Ross, Kansas City artists, writers and members of Rocket Grants 2012 Award-winning team Vox Narro, for an afternoon celebrating Kansas City’s Liberian community. Following the presentations, sample a variety of West African cuisine.

The program and post-event reception are presented by the Vox Narro project, which pairs writers and immigrant groups for a discussion of the cultural traditions and stories of immigrant communities. Vox Narro is supported by the Rocket Grants program, which is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in support of innovative, public-oriented work in nontraditional spaces.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 2:00pm

During decades of official segregation in public schools, all-black Lincoln High was a source of community inspiration, pride, and hope matched only by African American churches.

To celebrate Lincoln High’s recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places, local historian Joelouis Mattox leads a discussion about the school — now Lincoln High Preparatory Academy — and its students, teachers, alumni, and parents. Special guests include the Lincoln High School Class of 1964, gathered for its 50-year reunion.

Mattox is historian for Kansas City’s Historic Preservation Commission.