Events

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

May 2015

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
18
 
 
 
 
 
1
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information.

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Come to the library for a special multicultural story time in honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day).

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join the Between the Lines book group for a great discussion each month. This group meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:00pm in the Westport Branch Library Meeting Room. Contact the Westport Branch Library at 816.701.3488 for the group's current reading selection or to reserve your copy of the book!

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Do you have questions about how to use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, E-Reader or other mobile technologies? Want to know more about Overdrive, Hoopla, or other library e-resources? Bring your device to our Open Lab and ask the expert!

15 minute time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vault Level Multipurpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email techclasses@kclibrary.org

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 6:30pm

Kansas City’s Cultural Crossroads initiative looks at the variety of holidays celebrated around the world, helping young participants learn and understand other cultures by creating crafts to take home. Appropriate for all ages.

2
Sat, 05/02/2015 (All day)

Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops and libraries across the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into participating libraries! Free comics are first come, first served!

Participating locations include: Central, Plaza, Bluford, North-East, Southeast, Sugar Creek, Trails West, and Waldo

Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops and libraries across the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into participating libraries! Free comics are first come, first served!

Participating locations:
Central
Plaza
Bluford
North-East
Southeast
Sugar Creek
Trails West
Waldo

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops and libraries across the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into participating libraries! Free comics are first come, first served!

Participating locations:
Central
Plaza
Bluford
North-East
Southeast
Sugar Creek
Trails West
Waldo

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn more about getting around on your computer in this class, which offers insights into hardware and software components.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:30pm

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Every day we inhale, touch, and taste harmful chemicals and toxins. Synthetic ingredients are in virtually every item in the home, from cleaning solutions and personal care products to food additives. Join us in an unforgettable experience and learn how these amazing oils could be the missing link creating optimum health and wellness in your everyday life. Please join guest speakers
Merrie Olmsted and Jane Pleggenkuhle-Schmidtke of Young Living to learn more
No registration is required. Call 816-701-3483 for more information.
No oils will be sold at this program.

19
3
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 2:00pm

Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation. Dramatic Story Times take place one Sunday every month at 2 p.m. throughout the 2014-2015 school year, beginning October 5th, 2014.



May's Selection:
Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval

Appropriate for all ages.

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come to the North East Book Group each month to share your passion for books and join in on riveting book discussions.

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Drop by between 4 - 6 p.m. to play video games and board games. For kids and teens.

4
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Royals were on their way to a fourth 100-loss season in five years when Dayton Moore took over as general manager in June 2006, and their string of non-playoff seasons would stretch to 28 before his painstaking rebuilding plan memorably kicked in a year ago.

Sitting down with Matt Fulks, the co-author of his new book More Than a Season, Moore discusses the leadership principles, strategies, and decisions that guided the Royals’ transformation into American League champions and World Series darlings. The event precedes the public launch of the book, the proceeds from which go to Moore’s C You in the Major Leagues Foundation.

5
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn what the Internet and your Internet browser can do for you. This class focuses on the basics of online navigation and searching. Click here to register.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

A mother tells her child at bedtime how and where different birds make their nest, just like the child nests in a home with her mother.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 6:30pm

Among our “greatest generation” was a succession of U.S. presidents who were informed and defined by World War II. Harry Truman, who oversaw the end of the war, credited his combat experience in World War I for his success in the Oval Office. Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush all served in World War II.

Theodore A. Wilson, emeritus professor of history at the University of Kansas, examines the impact of their experiences and the fact that, today, the connection between wartime service and the presidency is severed. If it is within the crucible of combat that great leaders are made, will 21st-century commanders-in-chief have the “right stuff?”

6
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

7
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday 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!

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Tired of an unfulfilling life in Kansas City, Patrick Dobson left his job and set off on foot across the Great Plains. He arrived over two months later in Helena, Montana, then set a canoe on the Missouri River and asked the waters to carry him back home.

Dobson, who teaches American history and literature at Johnson County Community College, discusses his new book Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer and a journey undertaken nearly 20 years ago that proved to be transformative. Dobson learned to trust himself to the flows of the river and its stark, serenely beautiful countryside – and to a cast of characters he met along the way. They assisted the novice canoeist with portaging around dams and reservoirs, finding campsites, and other travel tasks, and they fueled his personal renewal.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This month, the Ruiz Readers will be meeting at the Plaza Library at 6:30 p.m. to hear Ruiz Reader member and local author Patrick Dobson speak about his new book, Canoeing The Great Plains.

Afterward, we will discuss our group's book selection, The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez.

Contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565 or amymorris@kclibrary.org for more details.

8
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Come join us in the spacious Westport Meeting Room for a great movie and light refreshments.

9
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

As a six-year-old child, local artist and gardener Dean Bracy observed what seemed like hundreds of monarch butterflies feeding on a butterfly bush and then roosting in a nearby tree. This fascinating experience began a life-long interest in butterflies for Dean — including painting them, raising them, growing host and nectar plants, studying Monarch migratory patterns and life cycles, and investigating causes for the dwindling butterfly population.

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Celebrate the rich diversity in our communities! The Kansas City Public Library is participating in the national El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day. This program is about different cultures. Join us books, storytelling, games, songs and a craft that lets you travel the world without ever leaving your library. This program is geared towards elementary-aged children.

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 1:30pm

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 2:00pm

Come to the library for a special multicultural story time as part of the Diversity in Action initiative. We'll read some bilingual books (English/Spanish), learn some Spanish words, sing a bilingual song, and do some crafts.

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.

Title of Talk: A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Domestic Goddess

Speaker: Teddy Wiberg

Join us at the Westport Branch Library on Saturday May 9th as we welcome speaker Teddy Wiberg. Wiberg will speak about the life of a typical mid-19th century "housewife" in Western Missouri, and the skills, perseverance, and bravery required to survive and ensure the success of her family.

20
10
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 2:00pm

The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre concludes with The Light in the Piazza.

This dreamy, Tony-winning musical revolves around wealthy Margaret Johnson and her beautiful but emotionally stalled teenage daughter, Clara, who spend a summer together in the Tuscan countryside. When Clara falls in love with an earnest, dashing, and passionate young Italian, a protective Margaret must decide what to do with a secret from the girl’s past — which could take romance off the table — while confronting her own deep-seated hopes and regrets.

11
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

The quilting class is back in session at Westport Library. Quilting basics are covered and some fabric is available to make a colorful pieced quilt. Also, if you have a quilt already started it's a great opportunity to finish your project.

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:30pm

The world is blowing up, seemingly confronted by a violent new crisis every day: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria, the East-West standoff in Ukraine, abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. The common thread, Sarah Chayes says, is government corruption so pervasive that some regimes now resemble criminal gangs.

A former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chayes spent most of the past decade in Afghanistan. She discusses her new book Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security and the premise that structural corruption inevitably provokes resentment, prompting protests and revolts and often fueling extremist violence. The U.S., she argues, has a tendency not just to ignore such international corruption but also compound it, which in places like Afghanistan can be destabilizing and dangerous.

12
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Sign up for a free email account and follow along as this tutorial teaches how to send, receive, and organize email. Click here to register.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

All of the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This group will discuss books and work on quilting projects. Beginners are welcome!

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:30pm

The relationship is clear: The more books a family owns, the greater the educational gains are for children.

Mariah Evans, a sociologist at the University of Nevada-Reno, headed a 20-year, worldwide study that found “the presence of books in the home” to be the top predictor of whether a child will attain a high level of education – more significant than parents’ education, occupation, or class. On average, kids growing up amid an abundance of books get three more years of schooling than those from bookless homes.

Evans examines those findings and sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation on the issue.

13
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Check out the NEW Teen Book Club at Westport! We are reading great new books and a few old favorites. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in the Westport Branch Library meeting at 4:30pm. Copies of the book club selection are available at the front desk.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Come and celebrate your favorite series! We will read from the book,craft and play games. Ages 8-12.

14
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come in and play your favorite Wii games and board games with other adults.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday 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!

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:30pm

The Kansas City Call and its longtime editor and publisher, Lucile Bluford, epitomized the role of the African American press in the civil rights movement. The newspaper advocated forcefully for the political and economic interests of its readers, forging relationships with such key organizations as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Beneath outward displays of unity, however, were internal disagreements between the press and activist groups about what direction the fight for equality would take and, often, who should be its voice. Earnest L. Perry Jr., an associate professor of journalism at the University of Missouri, examines that struggle, what it entailed for Bluford and The Call, and the implications for today’s social justice movement.

15
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Do you have questions about how to use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, E-Reader or other mobile technologies? Want to know more about Overdrive, Hoopla, or other library e-resources? Bring your device to our Open Lab and ask the expert!

15 minute time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vault Level Multipurpose Room, Central Library. Questions? Email techclasses@kclibrary.org

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy some of your favorite online and board games at the Ruiz Branch on the third Friday of each month. Join your pals for a friendly game of LIFE, SORRY, Apples to Apples, or any other game in our collection. The computers will be available for online games as well.

For ages 12-18, and a parental permission form must be signed.

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 6:30pm

Students in the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program perform to live music alongside their teachers and mentors in the joyful Dancing in the Stacks: A Celebration of Children’s Books and Literature. Appropriate for all ages.

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:45pm

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Library’s summer series of outdoor movies—focusing on strangers cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands—kicks off with this dark fantasy classic directed by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. A young boy joins a band of six renegade dwarves on a breakneck, time-travel trek through history, encountering an assortment of historical figures including a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and a stuffy Robin Hood (Python headliner John Cleese).

16
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Sign up for a free e-mail account and follow along with this tutorial that teaches the ins and outs of sending and receiving email, as well as how to organize your messages.

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 1:30pm

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Every day we inhale, touch, and taste harmful chemicals and toxins. Synthetic
ingredients are in virtually every item in the home, from cleaning solutions and personal care products to food additives. Join us in an unforgettable experience and learn how these amazing oils could be the missing link creating optimum health and wellness in your everyday life. This session will focus on how to have a green home using Essential Oils. Please join guest speakers
Merrie Olmsted and Jane Pleggenkuhle-Schmidtke of Young Living to learn more
Call 816-701-3483 for more information.

21
17
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 2:00pm

By the time of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the land and people of western Missouri had suffered as much as any during the Civil War. The 1863 edict known as “Order No. 11”—forcing the evacuation of all non-rural residents of three western counties including Jackson—and the Federal army that carried it out had depopulated those counties, devastated homes and farms, and left deep scars.

Focusing on families and communities, Parkville, Missouri, author Tom Rafiner examines the scene that greeted returning residents after the Civil War on the Western Border ended. The “burnt district” took decades to heal, casting a long, dark shadow on postwar Missouri.

18
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

The Sewing Basic class is back in session at Westport Library. It's a great opportunity to learn how to use a sewing machine. Summer shorts, capris or summer tops are an easy way to learn how to follow a pattern. As well, learn how to do basic repairs such as hand sew a hem, fix a tear, or sew on buttons.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Drop by between 4-6 p.m. to make cool crafts! For teens.(For Teens)

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Meet with neighbors to discuss and resolve local issues. Open to the public.

19
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word and how to create letters and professional looking documents using this word processing program. Click here to register.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

In an interactive farmyard game of hide-and-seek,intrepid little mouse Maisy searches beneath lift-flaps to locate mommy Hen's missing chicks.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

20
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:30pm

Dwight Eisenhower was a man of simple tastes but decisive action. Behind the dry smile was a brilliant, intellectual tactician, an attribute—also evident at the poker table—that served to keep dozens of Cold War standoffs from flaring into full-scale war during his two terms as president.

Former Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas draws from his book Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World in discussing the central Kansas war hero turned commander-in-chief, who navigated the nation through some of the most perilous times the world has known.

21
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Please join us as we enjoy a movie on our big screen.

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday 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!

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:30pm

Fashion changed forever on November 28, 1973, when a team of top U.S. designers—including Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, and Anne Klein—faced off on the runway against Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, and the rest of a well-heeled French lineup considered the best in the world. The lavish spectacle in King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles drew many of the world’s social elite.

The Americans stole the show, in no small part due to a dynamic and groundbreaking group of models featuring 10 African Americans.

Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan of The Washington Post discusses her new book about a night that altered the industry’s view of race, gender, sexuality, and economics for decades to come.

22
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:30am

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

23
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

This class on the fundamentals of Microsoft Word focuses on templates as well as the various menu options.

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Swing by Central Every Saturday this Summer for CRAFTS@CENTRAL!

In honor of STAR WARS DAY, stop by the Central Branch for Star Wars themed arts & crafts! Design your own R2-D2, make an origami Yoda, or bring finger puppet Ewok's to life! The choice is yours and may the force be with you!

Parking is FREE!

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 1:30pm

Kids Team up for Art! Local professional artists will team up with young artists to create a work of art to be displayed at our branch. Participation is FREE!! Kids 6-12 are welcome to attend.

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 1:30pm

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Essential oils can be used to treat our pets as well.
If you would like to learn more on how to avoid using toxic products and chemicals with your pets join guest speakers Merrie Olmsted and Jane Pleggenkuhle-Schmidtke of Young Living to learn more.
No registration is required
Call 816-701-3483 for more information
No oils will be sold at this program

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Ghost Writer - starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnon and Kim Cattrall.

When a gifted ghostwriter is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue. Lang is implicated in a scandal over his administration's harsh tactics, and as the ghostwriter digs into the politician's past, he discovers secrets that threaten to jeopardize international relations forever.

22
24
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

25
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

26
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Build on what was learned in Microsoft Word Basics to create fun letters and professional looking documents using this word processing program. Click here to register.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Come join us for thirty minutes of fun stories, songs, and learning activities!

Please note that the Library does not open until 10 a.m., but story time attendees will be allowed in early for the 9:30 a.m. program.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us every Tuesday on the second floor! It's a great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome.

Parking is free.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

A boy named Zack and his dog Rufus go to school, where Rufus joins in on all the activities and goes home a mess.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us for lots of great stories, songs, fun learning activities and even a short movie - all geared for three and four-year-olds.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In class you will learn basic English skills: reading, writing, and conversation. No fee or books required.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:30pm

After four of the bloodiest years of warfare in its history, peace finally had come to the United States in May 1865. For two glorious days, Washington, D.C., residents watched as the mighty Union armies that had compelled the surrender of the Confederacy’s main forces marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in triumph. “The rebels,” Ulysses S. Grant proclaimed a few weeks earlier, “are our countrymen again.”

Historians Terry L. Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth close the Library’s Civil War Sesquicentennial series with a discussion of how the North prevailed and the South lay broken and defeated, what the four years of fighting left unresolved, and why the Civil War remains so compelling 150 years after the final shots were fired.

27
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:30am

It's never too early to read to your baby! We provide stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:30pm

Having spent a quarter-century in the political arena, Annie Presley has had a full life: enduring a near-plane crash with Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft and Sen. Christopher Bond and sitting tight for an hour with Margaret Thatcher while a couple of armed protesters were hauled to jail, among other memorable episodes.

Part of living, too, is preparing for death. And Presley and co-author Christy Howard have written Read This ... When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones, a fill-in-the-blank guide to organizing your key information, thoughts, and wishes for your heirs.

Presley, a native Missourian and accomplished fundraising and political consultant, discusses both her eventful career and her new book on planning for the end in a public conversation with University of Missouri-Kansas City professor and former U.S. ambassador to Portugal Allan Katz.

28
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:30am

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

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:30am

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

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A gathering of needleworks enthusiasts! This group meets every Thursday 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!

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:00pm

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:30pm

Matt Rahner began documenting the dismantling of roughly a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood—acquired by the city via eminent domain—in the fall of 2012. Forty-three households were displaced, some forcibly, to make room in the predominantly African American area for a new police station and crime lab.

Rahner’s photographs, along with objects and ephemera from the vacated homes and lots, are featured in the installation Eminent Domain on display in the Central Library through May 31, 2015. He discusses his effort to illuminate what he says are “the repercussions and reality of a power construct that allows one entity to forcefully and legally relocate others against their will.”

29
Fri, 05/29/2015 (All day) - Sat, 05/30/2015 (All day)

Featuring nearly 2,500 items priced from 50¢ to $1, including children's books at every reading level, youth audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs. A small selection of new and vintage books will also be available. All proceeds support services and programs at the Kansas City Public Library.

Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:00am

ESL classes are small , with excellent one-on-one help in areas of conversation, pronunciation, grammar, math and American Life. Classes are free. Please call Estelle Manning at 816.560.0135 for more information

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Emcee and vocalist Neil McIntyre (aka Mr. Kneel), comes to town with a blend of hip-hop and beatboxing that's both inspiring and fun.

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:30am

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

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:30pm

Coloradan Neil McIntyre—aka Mr. Kneel—delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun. Appropriate for all ages.

30
Fri, 05/29/2015 (All day) - Sat, 05/30/2015 (All day)

Featuring nearly 2,500 items priced from 50¢ to $1, including children's books at every reading level, youth audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs. A small selection of new and vintage books will also be available. All proceeds support services and programs at the Kansas City Public Library.

Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.

Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

Register online or at 816.701.3585.

FREE PARKING is available in the adjacent Library garage.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Missouri in-service training clock hours will be granted for attending the Early Literacy Symposium.

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Swing by Central Every Saturday this Summer for CRAFTS@CENTRAL!

Did you know that clothes pins are not just for hanging clothes? They can also be used to make fun crafts! Drop by 1pm at Central Branch as we color, glue, draw, and create some fun new creations out of these traditional fasteners!

Parking is FREE!

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 1:30pm

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this month, would have left an indelible imprint on filmmaking if he’d stopped with Citizen Kane in 1941. But he would work more than four more decades, accruing 35 big-screen credits as a director and more than 100 as an actor before his death in 1985. Recall, or be introduced to, Welles’ genius with screenings of five of his films in May – curated by John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

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

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us as we take a look at the oils given to the Christ child on his birth as well as many other oils used in ancient times. Learn of the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We'll learn how oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Hyssop, Spikenard, and many others were used for spiritual and physical healing during ancient times and how these oils may still be used today. 
Camille Seever, Young Living
No registration is required
Call 816-701-3483
No oils will be sold at this program

23
31
Sat, 03/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling—via eminent domain—of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.

Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/31/2015 (All day)

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/27/2015 (All day)

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.