Events

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 and remain closed on Thursday, January 1 to celebrate the New Year.

Friday, June 20 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.

9:00 am
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 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.

10:00 am
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:30am

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:30am

Preschool age kids (3-5) will enjoy stories, songs, and art in this fun storytime.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Be prepared to have your audience become mesmerized by the wild world of animals and all their wonderful fun facts. In this presentation, we will take them on a magical journey around the world discovering animals and their homes.

2:00 pm
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

This month's Sci-Fi offering is "Source Code." This film is a high action thriller about a experimental government program used to thwart a terrorist attack in Chicago. Rated PG-13 for elements of violence and some language.

2011 Color

5:00 pm
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for the perfect card to complete your deck? Stop by the plaza library and trade, then put your best deck to the test!

6:00 pm
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Why should October have all the fun? Come in costume for tricks, treats, and a ghoulishly good time!

8:00 pm
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:45pm

The 2014 edition of the long-running Off-the-Wall Film Series, co-presented by The Kansas City Public Library and The Pitch, features musically-themed titles from 1984.

In Breakin', a struggling jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) finds inspiration on the streets, thanks to the moves of Adolfo “Shabba-Do” Quinones and Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers. Plotwise the film is typical hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a-show, but it provided for millions an introduction into hip-hop culture and music. Check out Ice-T in his first movie role as a rappin’ emcee.

These five films, presented on one Friday each month from May through September on the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., offer a tuneful sampling of what Americans were listening to 30 years ago. Featured are such musical artists as Prince and the Talking Heads, an early cinematic celebration of break dancing, and a classic cult film noted for its innovative musical soundtrack.