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.

Thursday, September 25 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
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 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.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:30am

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

10:00 am
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:00am

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing and conversation. No fees or books required. For more information call the North-East branch: 816-701-3485.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:30am

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

1:00 pm
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday but not on any 5th Thursday of the 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!

4:00 pm
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Drop by between 4 - 6 p.m. to make fun crafts! For kids ages 5-12

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:30pm

Learn to cook simple and nutritional recipes for yourself or the whole family. During this four week course, you'll meet every Thursday to receive hands on training in using kitchen equipment and other cooking skills. Registration is required and is aimed at the teen audience only.

6:00 pm
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:00pm

Explore the world through the lens of literature that has been translated into English. This month's offering is "A Novel Bookstore" by Laurence Cosse.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:30pm

This event has been canceled at the author’s request. We will make every effort to notify interested persons when and if the program is rescheduled.

Undocumented immigrants – especially those who are Spanish-speaking – are under fire on multiple fronts, accused of raising crime rates, taking jobs away from citizens, crashing the economy, and eroding traditional American values.

Florida International University professor Ediberto Román takes on those critics in a discussion of his book, offering a counter-narrative to what he argues is a largely one-sided debate.

Local writer Xánath Caraza opens the evening with a reading of her poem, “De Sinónimos, Eufemismos y Algunos Tropos (Of Synonyms, Euphemisms and Other Figures of Speech).”

The event coincides with the traveling exhibit, Estamos Aqui (We Are Here), on display at the Central Library through October 19, 2014. It showcases the work of largely Chicano-Latino participants in a specialized silkscreening workshop at the Coronado Studio in Austin, Texas.