Events

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

Friday, July 11 2014

Time Items
All day
Sat, 06/21/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/31/2014 (All day)

Asian and Pacific Americans make up more than 5 percent of the U.S. population – over 17 million people – and those numbers are growing. In the first exhibition of its kind, the Smithsonian Institution explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by our nation’s history.

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.

8:00 am
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Read from the Start
Two session event: Friday, July 11th and 18th
8:30 – 10:00am at Westport Library
For parents with children ages birth to 5

9:00 am
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 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's garage is free for ESL students.

Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.

10:00 am
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:30am

We'll be reading stories about things growing in the ground.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:30am

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

12:00 pm
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Please join us every weekday for Harvesters' Summer Meals for Kids. All youth ages 0-18 welcome.

Parking is free.

1:00 pm
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Company You Keep - starring Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, and Shia Lebeouf

Jim Grant is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant's world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder.

This 2013 crime thriller runs 122 minutes and is rated R for some language.

Come join us in the Westport meeting room for a great movie and light refreshments.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Neil is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop Emcee and Beatboxer. He uses his talents as "Mr. Kneeel" to encourage and uplift children of all ages.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:22pm

Fizz, Boom Crafts!
Wouldn't you love to make Glooey Gak with us? Yes, making Gak -- or is it Flubber? -- is super fun! We will unveil the secret recipe and experiment!
Flubber, Gak, FUN!!

Parking is free!

2:00 pm
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Need an e-mail account but don’t know the first thing about using one? This class will help you get a free e-mail account and learn how to use it. Call 701-3449 or click here to register.

5:00 pm
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 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, 07/11/2014 - 6:30pm

Cornelius and his talking jester stick, Poppy, let youngsters help tell the stories of adventure and fun.

Learn about the laughter-filled life of this jester and some of the great characters he meets along the way. Audience members become a part of the stories, and help create the final adventure.

They might even pick up some life lessons.

Appropriate for all ages.