Events

March 2015

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 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.

March's Selection:
Pigs Ahoy! by David McPhail

Appropriate for all ages.

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:30pm

Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge (SPARK) partners with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Kansas City Public Library, to offer a series of lectures about the Bard’s The Merchant of Venice.

The lectures take place on four consecutive Mondays (February 23 – March 16) in Truman Forum on the lower level of the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

It was stop motion animation that brought to life Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big-screen and put Comedy Central’s long-running Robot Chicken into motion.

As part of Teen Tech Week, the Library is offering a week’s worth of opportunities to learn—or polish—the technique, with a series of two-hour stop motion animation workshops at seven of our branches.

Beginners and advanced animators (ages 12-18) can use the Library's equipment to create their own video shorts and enter their work into a contest!

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 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, 03/03/2015 - 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, 03/03/2015 - 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, 03/03/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

A little boy overcomes his fear of the dark during a daring teddy bear rescue.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Come join us in celebrating the 111th birthday of the wonderful Dr. Seuss. We'll have stories, songs, crafts and cupcakes!

Parking is Free!

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 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, 03/03/2015 - 4:00pm

Share your inner otaku by meeting other anime and manga fans while watching some of the most popular anime on Crunchyroll.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:30pm

Each of us has the capacity to spot opportunities, invent products, and build businesses – even $100 million businesses. We just have to know how to crack the code.

Strategic adviser Amy Wilkinson presents the keys to turning ideas into enduring enterprises in a discussion of her new book. From interviews with 200 of today’s leading entrepreneurs, including the founders of eBay, Under Armour, Chipotle, LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, JetBlue Airways, and Dropbox, she has distilled six fundamental strategies that helped them rise to the top. Creators, she finds, are not born but made. They work at it, sharing skills that can be learned, practiced, and passed on. Wilkinson passes them along to you.

Co-presented by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:30pm

Barbecue, jazz, Steamboat Arabia, and the Liberty Memorial, you probably know. But a comprehensive list of must-dos in Kansas City and the surrounding area also includes such lesser-known attractions as ghost tours at Belvoir Winery in nearby Liberty; the fusion of dance, aerial acrobatics, fashion, and live music in a performance by the imaginative ensemble Quixotic; and the eclectic collection of bracelets, brooches, and other adornments at Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence.

Longtime journalist Traci Angel walks through an array of Kansas City’s bucket-list experiences, offering the best day-trip destinations, draws for out-of-towners, and offbeat pleasures in a discussion of her new book.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 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, 03/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This month, the Ruiz Readers Book Group will be discussing City of Thieves by David Benioff, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival -- and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

Join us to discuss City of Thieves or your favorite book.
For further information, contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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.

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Come to the library for a special Dr. Seuss story time in honor of Read Across America Day! After the story time, there will be Dr. Seuss themed games and crafts.

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 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, 03/06/2015 - 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!

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:30pm

Eric Vaughn’s passion for magic started when he was 10 years old. He’s now one of the busiest magicians in the Midwest, keeping audiences laughing and scratching their heads at the same time with performances that are wacky, enthusiastic, interactive, and entertaining. Appropriate for all ages.

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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, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 03/07/2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Find out how to properly prune your fruit trees with Jim Pierce, Farm Outreach Worker with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, and Lala Kumar, Regional Horticulture Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension at the Ruiz Seed Library workshop, Practical Pruning!

The session will begin with approximately an hour of classroom instruction at the library along with an excellent visual presentation. After a short break, participants will then move to the Westside Orchard across the street for some practical pruning practice.

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: Wicked Love.

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

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 2:00pm

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. With Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, and David Niven. 108 minutes, Unrated.

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Sat, 01/24/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/08/2015 (All day)

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.

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, 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.

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 2:00pm

The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues with Same Time, Next Year.

George and Doris have separate families, separate lives — and a physical attraction and growing emotional bond that bring them to the same California country inn every year. One of the most popular romantic comedies of the past century drops in on their clandestine relationship every five years for 25 years. The times change. They change, experiencing the ups and downs of marriage, career change, and childrearing against a backdrop of national turmoil. Their annual weekend together becomes a time of solace, reflection, challenge and, when Doris shows up eight-months pregnant, even birth.

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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, 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.

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 1:30pm

Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge (SPARK) partners with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Kansas City Public Library, to offer a series of lectures about the Bard’s The Merchant of Venice.

The lectures take place on four consecutive Mondays (February 23 – March 16) in Truman Forum on the lower level of the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

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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, 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.

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 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, 03/10/2015 - 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, 03/10/2015 - 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, 03/10/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Monkey, having spied a banana tree across the water, will stop at nothing to get a snack.

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 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, 03/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:30pm

With the end of the Civil War in sight as he delivered his second inaugural address in March 1865, Abraham Lincoln eloquently implored his divided countrymen “to bind up the nation’s wounds” and “do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace.”

But the chaos of war was not yet ended. The South was reeling from Sherman’s destructive March to the Sea. Entire cities, including the Confederate capital of Richmond, were being overrun. Forty-one days after being sworn in for a second term, Lincoln was felled by an assassin’s bullet.

Terry Beckenbaugh of the U.S Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses those tumultuous final months and examines the start of the Reconstruction of the South.

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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, 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.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:30pm

Comedian, columnist, broadcaster, and author Colm O’Regan is renowned throughout Ireland for his hilarious standup routines and series of bestselling books celebrating the wit, wisdom, pragmatism, and warmth of the women he admires as Irish Mammies.

You know a Mammy. You might be one. There are matriarchal equivalents around the world, advising “you’ll get another wear out of that” and admonishing “I don’t care WHO started it. I’m FINISHING it.” They establish tea towel hierarchy and the importance of airing clothes properly.

Less than a week before St. Patrick’s Day, O’Regan — whose popular Twitter account spawned the books — examines the global influence of the Irish Mammy through history, science, politics, and literature. Were you aware, for instance, that Hamlet had an Irish Mammy?

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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, 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.

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 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, 03/12/2015 - 6:30pm

Short, balding, and soft-spoken, James Madison was overshadowed by many of America’s other, more dynamic Founding Fathers. His list of accomplishments ran long, however: outlining what became the Constitution, co-writing the Federalist Papers, creating the Bill of Rights, forming America’s first political party, supervising the Louisiana Purchase, and serving as the country’s first wartime president (during the War of 1812).

In a discussion of his new book, Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, author David O. Stewart reveals a rare leader who artfully collaborated with others toward common goals while worrying little about who got the credit.

The event is part of the Hail to the Chiefs series co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and made possible by grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund.

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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, 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.

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

This month's film: Zombieland (2009)

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 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!

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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, 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, 03/14/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Come join us at the Westside Orchard across from the Ruiz Library to practice all the skills you learned in the recent Ruiz Seed Library Workshop Practical Pruning.

You will need to bring a pair of SHARP pruners, a cloth, and denatured alcohol to the orchard. A hot beverage or tap water will be provided.

Note that we will be meeting at the Ruiz Library at 9:00 a.m. and then walking over to the orchard together for an educational workday as soon as everyone arrives.

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:00am

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) literacy program uses therapy animals to improve children's reading and communication skills. Join the R.E.A.D. team at the Waldo Branch the second Saturday each month between February 2015 and April 2015 as children read the pooches some prose. Children may sign up for a 10-minute slot each Saturday. Parents must sign a release form before children will be allowed to read with one of the dogs.

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

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

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: Wicked Love.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

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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, 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.

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 2:00pm

Bordered by rugged cliffs and the Missouri and Kansas rivers, the West Bottoms provided the spark for a rugged cowtown to become an urban metropolis. Steve Noll, executive director of the Jackson County Historical Society since 2004, draws from his personal collection and from Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales, a new book by longtime attorney and civic leader Edward T. Matheny Jr., in recounting the epic story of how cowboys, stockyards commission men, meat packers, railroaders, and assorted hangers-on formed a vibrant, now-vanished Bottoms community.

Cowtown is the product of an innovative collaboration between a local author, the Jackson County Historical Society, and Woodneath Press, a new print-on-demand service developed by the Mid-Continent Public Library.

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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

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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, 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.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:30pm

Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge (SPARK) partners with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Kansas City Public Library, to offer a series of lectures about the Bard’s The Merchant of Venice.

The lectures take place on four consecutive Mondays (February 23 – March 16) in Truman Forum on the lower level of the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

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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, 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.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

It is hard to keep text and numbers separate, but an Excel spreadsheet can help manage them both. Excel makes it easier to gather, store, and manage all the text, numbers, and charts that are important in personal and business accounts. Click here to register.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 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, 03/17/2015 - 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, 03/17/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Think about how everyone says hello. When you meet someone, do you:
smile? say "go away!'? slap a high five?
Do chimps shake Hands?
Do Coyotes smile? kiss?
Let's explore, discover, and think about these things.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 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, 03/17/2015 - 4:00pm

Teen readers discuss Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple. Graphic Fiction Readers is a book group for teens that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Trails West branch. Copies of the selection are available for checkout at the branch library.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

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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, 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.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 6:30pm

Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members who will direct the city for the next four years. What are the talking points? The priorities?

Concluding the second season of Citizens Project forums, outgoing city council members Melba Curls, Ed Ford, Jan Marcason, and John Sharp identify and discuss the issues they believe the candidates ought to be addressing. Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star moderates.

The series is co-presented by the nonpartisan Citizens Association of Kansas City. Two previous discussions featured the perspectives of the media and city administrators.

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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, 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.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 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, 03/19/2015 - 6:30pm

As underscored by The Huffington Post six months ago, when it named Kansas City one of America’s “coolest” cities, things are looking bright for the onetime cowtown. While much of the buzz is about downtown’s revitalization, the historic West Bottoms has slowly and quietly undergone its own transformation over the past decade, emerging as a destination for restaurants, art studios, vintage shops, and other businesses.

What is behind the revival, and what does the future hold for the West Bottoms? Gina Kaufmann, host of KCUR’s Central Standard, moderates a timely conversation with young stakeholders.

Co-presented by KCUR Generation Listen KC and the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

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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, 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.

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

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, 03/20/2015 - 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!

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:30pm

You don’t just sit and watch a Peanut Butter Hamster performance. Terry and Melissa Wright make you a part of an interactive show – singing, dancing, laughing, having more fun than humans young or old should be allowed. Appropriate for all ages.

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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, 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, 03/21/2015 - 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, 03/21/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: Wicked Love.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

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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, 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.

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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, 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.

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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, 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.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Learn more about getting around on your computer in this class, which will offer insights into hardware and software components and their uses. Click here to register.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 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, 03/24/2015 - 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, 03/24/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Little Elephant loves trains. One day, Mommy and Daddy take Little Elephant for a ride on a real train, and Little Elephant is so excited! But on the train, Little Elephant gets angry when no one wants to play trains with him.
Cat wants to play with his plane. Penguin wants to play with his car. And Rabbit would rather play with his digger. How will they all find a way to play together?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 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, 03/24/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:00pm

Looking to volunteer at your library? Stop by and find out the many ways you can participate to gain the volunteer hours you might need to graduate. We'll collaborate together to plan teen events at the library. Meetings are approximately 1 hour 15 min in length.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

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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, 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.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:30am

We provide stories and activities for children 12-24 months of age.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:30am

Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:30am

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

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:30pm

For the Greatest Generation, memories of World War II replay as vividly as motion picture newsreels. Whether they parachuted into France or joined an assembly line, virtually every American—every Kansas Citian—went to war.

Launching a new series, War Stories: World War II Remembered, Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle interviews three of the city’s most recognizable veterans of the six-year conflict. Civic giants Henry Bloch, Edward T. Matheny Jr., and Bill Dunn Sr. were barely out of their teens when they rallied to the cry of “Remember Pearl Harbor." Now, 70 years after the war's end, they share their personal stories and reflect on the leadership of President Harry S. Truman, their hometown commander-in-chief.

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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, 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.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 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, 03/26/2015 - 4:00pm

Compete against other teens on the Wii to duel on Super Smash Brawl, Mario Party, Mario Kart, and other Wii games. We'll also have an Xbox 360 system and board games available for when you're waiting for your turn. All game systems will be simultaneously in play until approximately 6:00 pm.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:30pm

There is a movement along the nation’s political right encompassing younger voters who cling to the tenets of smaller government, fewer regulations, and fiscal conservatism but not necessarily social conservatism. They take a more libertarian approach to such issues as gay marriage and drug control.

Can these “conservatarians” feed the momentum gained by Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections?

National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke examines this hybrid constituency in a discussion of his new book – what defines them, where they stand on the hot-button issues of the day, and how they could instigate change within the GOP.

Co-sponsored by the National Review Institute.

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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, 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.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Stories, songs, crafts and more!!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 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!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:10pm

Discussion: 6:10 p.m. • Screening: 6:30 p.m.

The Sandlot is a sweet and funny coming-of-age story about friendship and fitting in, about kids and baseball and a beast of a dog on the other side of the fence.

In partnership with the Kansas City Film Festival, the Library screens the 1993 classic after a brief discussion about the art of storytelling. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

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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, 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, 03/28/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to speak conversational Spanish.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:30pm

The Library’s Winter Reading Program, this year featuring the theme Love on the Rocks, begins January 20, 2015, and continues through March 20, 2015. Pick up your Winter Reading booklet at your favorite Library location and be sure to check out these films about love gone wrong. This month’s focus: Wicked Love.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 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, 03/28/2015 - 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: Old Stories of Westport

Speaker: David Baumgartner

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Hachi: a dog's tale - starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen.

The heartwarming true story of a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station everyday and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Even after his master passed away, he continued to return to the same spot at the station every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master. During his daily visits he touched many lives and taught the local people about love, compassion, and above all unyielding loyalty.

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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, 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.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:00pm

The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues with Barefoot in the Park.

Neil Simon’s longest-running Broadway hit, which became a 1967 movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, focuses on newlyweds Paul and Corie as they begin their life together in a tiny, fifth-floor apartment in a New York City brownstone. He is a strait-laced attorney. She’s a far more spontaneous free spirit who wants him to loosen up — to walk barefoot in the park. The young couple also must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie's well-meaning mother. Marriage, it turns out, isn’t so easy.

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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, 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.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

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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, 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.

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 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, 03/31/2015 - 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, 03/31/2015 - 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, 03/31/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Illustrations and rhyming text reveal which animals might enjoy different sorts of eyewear, from fancy glasses for a snake to swimming goggles for a shark.
Glasses, glasses, all is clear:
What is far and what is near!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 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, 03/31/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:30pm

Thanks to Shakespeare, Julius Caesar’s stabbing is the most famous assassination in history. But what actually happened on March 15, 44 B.C., is even more gripping than the Bard’s depiction.

In a discussion of his newly released book, Cornell University’s Barry Strauss details the true story. While Shakespeare portrayed Caesar’s murder as an amateur and idealistic affair, it actually was a carefully planned paramilitary operation executed by disaffected officers. Brutus and Cassius were, indeed, key players but had the help of a third man, Decimus, a leading general and lifelong friend of Caesar who became a mole in his entourage.