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.

Friday, September 19 2014

Time Items
All day
Sat, 09/13/2014 (All day) - Sun, 11/02/2014 (All day)

Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.

Sat, 09/06/2014 (All day) - Sun, 10/19/2014 (All day)

This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.

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, 09/19/2014 - 9:00am

ESL (English as a Second Language)
Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.
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 is free for ESL students.
Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for further information.

10:00 am
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

2:00 pm
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Have a mobile device and don’t know what to do with it? This class will introduce you to the basics of applications. Different categories will be covered. Feel free to bring your device. Call 701-3449 or click here to register.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:00pm

More of a fantasy, "Ground Hog Day" is a film about a newscaster who relives Ground Hog Day everyday, going back in time for an unknown reason. Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.

3:00 pm
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 3:00pm

Attention all Minecraft users ages 12-18! We need your help to construct a group community in Minecraft. The Digital Media Lab will provide the equipment for participants to build and teach others how to use Minecraft. Together we will build our neighborhoods with the vision we create. This group will meet every Friday from 3-5 through the end of October.

5:00 pm
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 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, 09/19/2014 - 6:30pm

What are your favorite toys? What did kids play with 20, 50, 100 years ago?

In a program presented by Kansas City’s John Wornall House Museum, Jay Clasen gives kids a hands-on look at an array of antique toys from his collection. Then, he leads them in a “real life” game.

Appropriate for all ages.

8:00 pm
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 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.

Under the direction of Jonathan Demme, David Byrne and the Talking Heads deliver one of the greatest concert movies ever in Stop Making Sense. Featured are Heads classics like “Take Me to the River,” “Psycho Killer,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Burning Down the House.” Not to mention an appearance by Byrne’s “big suit.”

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.